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Valentine’s Day

Veggie valentinos know that animal suffering – which is inherent in the meat industry – is a big turnoff! Plus being humane and healthy is hot, so this Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetie to a romantic vegan dinner. Vegetarian aphrodisiacs – from chocolate and strawberries to tomatoes and peppers – are famous for their reputed arousing qualities, but did you know that there’s a scientific reason why meat-free cuisine is a recipe for romance? The cholesterol and fat in animal foods slow the flow of blood to all of a man’s vital organs – not just his heart – but healthy vegetarian foods will leave lovers full of energy and vitality. Aphrodisiacs from the plant kingdom For vegetarian lovers there are plenty of aphrodisiacs to choose from – for an appetizer select steamed asparagus with a light salad dressing, the main course could be oyster mushrooms sautéed with leeks and briefly sautéed cherry tomatoes served over quinoa or rice that has had a little turmeric cooked into it, and with a tiny bit of saffron mixed in, and then finish off with a selection of fresh figs, strawberries and bananas with a dark chocolate dipping sauce. A valentine for… Read More

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The Vegetarian Culture of Malaysia

TANPA DAGING MASAKAN The South East Asian nation of Malaysia is also a haven for vegetarian delicacies. Its 21 million inhabitants, who spread over 329,725 square kilometres through the island chain of the South China Sea, have been waving the vegetarian flag for centuries now. The history of Malaysian cuisine reveals the diversity of its influence. The Malay, Chinese, Indian and European people, have all contributed to this nation’s diet for many centuries. In the 3rd and 4th century, Malaysia and Indonesia were part of the Hindu Javanese Empire, connecting the Subcontinent’s Hindu and Muslim religious diets. The Hindu Vedic laws and Islamic taboos against meat still influence today’s population. Westerners with their omnivorous appetites first came from Portugal, Holland and England 500 years ago. This immigration explains why most Malays have a sweet tooth for European desserts.   During the 15th century, the Chinese Ming dynasty sent diplomatic missions to the port city of Malacca, 160 kilometres southeast of Kuala Lumpur, in an effort to develop political  and economic ties. The marriage of Melaka Sultan Mamsur Shah of Malaysia, and Ming Princess Hang Li Po of China, opened up trade in spices and other foods. The Chinese merchants integrated… Read More

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Simple Vegetarian Meal Ideas

Here are some suggestions for preparing a delicious and satisfying vegetarian meal. Main meals Hearty soup. Start with water or a soup base made from vegetable bouillon cubes, vegetable juice, tomato juice or packaged soup mixes. Add potatoes, split peas, lentils, carrots, spinach or any leftover vegetables. Season with bay leaves, salt, herbs or miso. For additional flavour add fried leeks, onion or celery. Pasta. Cook up your favourite noodles, then add a sauce such as tomato, pesto, béchamel, mushroom, or herbs and olive oil. Sauces can be purchased ready-made or create you own. For a heartier meal add in some tofu cubes, chickpeas, lentils or nuts. Toss in some steamed veggies or serve on the side. Stir Fry. Fry any combination of fresh vegetables, onions, tofu, tempeh, nuts or seeds. For flavour use soy sauce, ginger, garlic, or toasted sesame oil. To create a sauce, add about one cup of water when the vegetables are half cooked, and simmer. The liquid can be thickened by adding 1 Tbsp. of cornstarch dissolved in cold water. Serve on rice, couscous, bulgur or pasta. Tip: add in any greens near the end as they don’t take very long to cook. Read More

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Surviving a holiday dinner

There are ways to make everyone feel comfortable when holiday plans include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests. Sections below: Catering to vegetarians Being invited to a home where meat is being served Inviting non-vegetarians to your home Time saving tips Holidays E-cards Catering to vegetarians (when you aren’t one yourself) There are ways to make everyone feel comfortable and well-fed when you are planning a festive meal for your vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests. Options: Consider making the whole meal vegetarian. Creative use of recipes flavoured with delicious herbs and spices won’t leave anyone feeling deprived. If you are serving the traditional turkey (or other meat) and all the fixings, add a special vegetarian entree and meat-free gravy. Focus on providing a wide variety of delicious side dishes. Holiday favourites that are vegetarian include: baked squash, roasted vegetables, wild rice, baked potatoes, cranberry sauce, etc. Make all the appetizers vegetarian. Try hummus, vegetarian pâté, olive paste, guacamole, or bruschetta. Your vegetarian guests may offer to bring their own entree. Letting them bring something may put both you and them at ease. Other things to consider: The… Read More

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Definitions of Vegetarianism and Veganism

The word vegetarian, coined by the founders of the British Vegetarian Society in 1842, comes from the Latin word vegetus, meaning “whole, sound, fresh, or lively,” as in homo vegetus — a mentally and physically vigorous person. The original meaning of the word implies a balanced philosophical and moral sense of life, a lot more than just a diet of vegetables and fruits. Vegetarians Vegetarians don’t eat the flesh of any animals be they mammals, birds or fish. In addition, vegans don’t eat any animal products such as milk, cheese and eggs. Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians They include dairy products and eggs (free-range please!) as part of their diet. This is the diet most commonly thought of as vegetarian. Vegan Those practicing a full vegan lifestyle endeavour to live lives which do not cause any suffering at all to animals, or exploit animals in any way. This means not eating eggs, dairy, meat, or honey; not wearing leather, wool, and silk; and not using products that have been tested on animals. Entertainment that confines or exploits animals such as circuses, rodeos, and zoos is avoided. PETA has an excellent website on how to live a vegan lifestyle. The word “vegan” was invented… Read More

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Leonardo da Vinci: The incurable polymath

by Diana Renelli “Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: We are burial places!” “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men” Leonardo da Vinci’s career as a polymath, or know-it-all, also began during his boyhood. Da Vinci’s father quickly recognized the 12-year-old’s talents and arranged that he become an apprentice to Andrea del Verrocchio, a painter, sculptor, and goldsmith. As Giorgio Vasari reveals in Lives of the Artists: “[he] began to practice not only one branch of the arts but all branches in which design plays a part. He was marvellously gifted.” During the course of his life, da Vinci’s giftedness eventually manifested itself in numerous disciplines including: anatomy, engineering, astronomy, mathematics, music, sculpture, architecture, painting, and natural history. The multiplicity of his colossal talents set him apart from his contemporaries and rendered him an enigma, as did his preference for a vegetarian diet. In Leonardo: The Artist and the Man, Serge Bramly reveals instances in Leonardo’s Notebooks… Read More

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Do vegetarians eat fish?

Fish. It’s usually the last meat people give up. Maybe it should be the first. by Steve Hal North Americans have been swearing off beef, pork and chicken in droves lately. Most cite health concerns such as heart disease and cancer, while others express empathy for the environment and animals. But many still consume fish thinking it is healthy or at worst a relatively harmless indulgence. They couldn’t be more wrong! Fish’s dark side — pollutants, toxins and heavy metals Fish are very sensitive to the high number of pollutants in the water around them. As British social critic, Peter Cox says, “describing anything which comes out of this toxic environment as a ‘health food’ is clearly absurd.” Fresh water and inshore fish are the riskiest but pollutants are even showing up in deep sea fish as well. Chemicals gather in their fat and bio-accumulate as the fish ages. When one fish eats another the chemicals are absorbed in the flesh of the predator. The February 1992 issue of Consumers Report showed that PCBs were found in 43% of all salmon, 50% of white fish and 35% of deep sea fish like swordfish. High levels of PCBs are also found… Read More

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