Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Vegan cookbooks, complete with glossy, gastro-glam pictures and sassy attitude, are sprouting like wheatgrass.
BabyCakes, a high-profile Manhattan vegan bakery, and other upscale vegan confection shops have propelled the vegan baking movement into the mainstream."
Lawrence, who also teaches vegan cooking classes, says the availability of ingredients and meat alternatives has made vegan eating an easier choice."
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Been a while since I posted. I don't really have anything to say. I have had a busy few weeks!
On a bad note, I have gained weight. I am eating too much dessert. But I just cannot help myself. Food is too delicious.
I made this Dark Chocolate Tart;
The tart I did quite like - but not as much as I would have if it were white chocolate, instead. I will try that next time, i think. The texture/consistency was spot on, though. And the raspberries added a nice touch.
So, what's new?
I recently ordered a cheesecake for Phil from a place called 'From Earth and Water' in Miami, Queensland. They are an organic, raw food dessert company. As much as I feel inclined to support vegan companies as there are just so few of us - let alone raw foodists - what do you do when the business owners are rude and childish? I found them so frustrating and unprofessional, I never want to deal with them again! Such a shame. The owner Nicki was indeed one of the most childish women I have ever met! Why? Well, as an exmaple, it states on their website they do deliveries...so I order a cheesecake (after trying to call over 30 times!!) and request delivery at exactly 9.09am. They deliver the cake 3 hours late, did not call me to notify or pick up any of my calls or return my messages. Once I finally get hold of her she claims 'I am not a delivery service and I made an exception!'. Hmmmm....you would think, a proper business owner would, in an event of being late a) call the customer, explaining the problem; b) offer compensation for the inconvenience e.g $x off the price c) not absolve responsibility by saying something silly like 'I am not a delivery service'....especially when on their website they claim to be! Not recommended at all!
H20 have launched a new Vegan Skincare Range. This is very exciting. Body cream, body oil, body mud! Mmmm, yes please!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
^^ Amazing Rainbow Cake! I was so amazed at the perfection of colours....and the taste was divine. Perfect consistency and the icing reminded me of kids parties.
^^ I liked these. But I tried them after I had heaps of cake so i liked them less than I normally would have. Cheryl, however loved them.
^^ The cake at the back is the cashew/chocolate cream pie which was ridiculously nommy! Teeny bit bitter but nothing a bit of agave or less intense dark choc couldn't solve - I think it should have won a prize.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
"The animals, which now number more than one million, are destroying fragile ecosystems and trampling all over indigenous sacred sites. They foul ancient water holes and chomp through the boughs of endangered native trees.
Travelling in large, aggressive packs, they prevent Aboriginal women from venturing into the countryside, for fear of being attacked or trampled.
The situation is expected to get worse, with the camel population predicted to double every eight to 10 years unless action is taken.
The problem has grown so large that the Australian government recently pledged £10 million towards developing a camel control plan, which is expected to involve shooting them from helicopters.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Another interesting article I read this morning was entited "Fox hunting ban 'harms animal welfare"
The publication states hunting with hounds is "demonstrably the natural and most humane method of control", and there was "never any scientific evidence" to support a ban.
The all-party parliamentary Middle Way Group worked with the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management to produce the document, which concluded the hunting ban of 2004 is "unscientific, unenforceable, socially divisive, and harms, rather than improves, animal welfare".
So, killing foxes is the natural and most humane method? Clearly sterilisation or relocation is barbaric in comparison. It is a wild claim to suggest that death is the most 'effective' way of control. What should we do about all the overpopulation of our species in certain countries? Kill the babies and elderly? It is the most effective way, after all...
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Today I witnessed a perfect case of Moral Schizophrenia.
As I was walking towards my car, I saw a little baby fox sitting next to one squinting at me - I stopped. We stared at each other for a while and i made a move towards him and he moved closer to me, i clearly piqued his interest. I then inched closer and he moved back. We ended up playing a game of chasey. I was feeling inclined to try and catch him to take him home to help him as he was in terrible shape. He was covered in severe scabs, bleeding and puffy eyes, bleeding tail, very injured legs, major hair loss and several cuts. After about 5 minutes he ran away and to my despair, I could not find him.
When I told someone I know about this, they responded saying "I hate it when innocent little animals are hurt. I love animals so much." (This someone also happens to be a meat consumer)