June 27, 2008 at 3:57 am (Quotes)
This has always been one of my favorite quotes. It is simple and beautiful!
“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wildflower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.”
June 26, 2008 at 3:54 am (Quotes)
Tags: Quotes, Vegan
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”
June 26, 2008 at 3:50 am (Animals)
Tags: Animals, Contaminants, Homemade meals, Pet food, Recalls, Vegan
Recently U.S. Marshals, on behalf of the FDA, raided a PETCO food facility and removed pet food that they stated was infested with rodent and bird matter. Apparently their main concern was the fact that the outward packaging would contain remnants of the rodents and birds and therefore possible disease and germ issues. This only affects 16 states, to see the complete list go here. Its alarming that so many pet food recalls have been occuring in recent years. It begs the question: how many should there have been years before that? I doubt that pet food companies have drastically changed their pratices from saintly to ill in just the last year or two. So how many poor animals have suffered from the ineptitude of these companies over the decades mass produced pet food has been popular? And that is only the tip of the iceburg!
As a whole commercial pet food is an inept and disgusting process. There are many things that go into pet foods that are not, well, real foods. However, what are the recalls most often about? Cheap ingredients from China, “potential” contamination and now rodent and bird infestation on the outside of the bags. But why does noone talk about other “ingredients” in the foods? Ones that may not cause short term ill affects but may have severe damage in the long run. Not to mention the fact that the never mentioned ”ingredients” are morally horrific, even to a staunch meat eater. These lovely “pet food” companies include such things as:
–Rendered road kill, euthanized dogs and cats from shelters and factory farmed animals that were considered too ill, cancerous or lame to be “human” food (what affect will the diseases and cancer have on the dog or cat consuming it?)
–Flea collars, ear tags and other items that may have been on the helpless creatures, that were either from an animal shelter or factory farm, which the rendering plants do not care to remove (chemicals in these collars are insecticides that kill fleas and eggs, and as we all know, insecticides are not safe to ingest)
–Meats removed from supermarket that were considered expired or not safe for human consumption for one reason or another (and they do not remove the styrofoam and plastic wrappings from the meats)
With these “items” and more contained in pet food, is there any wonder why pet food is recalled? I personally cannot believe that pet food is not completely banned from our supermarket shelves. Who truly wishes to persist in feeding their dog a polluted, chemical ridden, cannibalistic meal each day? I believe that if more people knew what was contained in those cans and bags they would think twice about their pets’ meal choices.
When pet food recalls like this appear in the news I am ever more grateful that I feed my two dogs home prepared vegan meals. At the very least, I know exactly what they are digesting daily!
For further information please refer to Obligate Carnivore by Jed Gillen. Its an excellent, informative book and funny to boot!
June 24, 2008 at 2:44 am (Quotes)
Tags: Emerson, Endangered species, Quote, Vegetarian
“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and adore.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson–
Emerson, while being a fantastic famous author, was also a vegetarian. To be honest, I did not choose this quote because of this. I always greatly enjoyed his writing and quotes long before I discovered he was also vegetarian–this only made the quotes mean more to me.
Wrapped in this eloquently stated quote, I see Emerson urging mankind to stop taking things for granted. Enjoy the beauty of nature, loved ones, and life. Too often all we do in life is run around not paying attention to what is around us. However, if something were to disappear, only then would we stop and realize how long we had taken it for granted. Oh, how easily this can be applied to everyday life! It could even be applied to human foolishness when it comes to extinct/endangered species. That species’ role DOES matter, don’t take for granted everything will continue as usual.
Stop, look, listen. What are you missing?
June 24, 2008 at 2:31 am (Recipes)
Tags: Fake turkey, Recipes, Taste, Tofu, Vegan, Vegetarian
I was perusing vegan recipes as I always love to do at 1am and came across this. If you don’t care to visit the link let me describe what you will find there. It is a recipe for Tofu Turkey. Now I must precede my rant to come with the tidbit that I am not a huge fan of tofu, but have been known to eat it on occasion if prepared correctly. Correctly being the key word. What this video shows is the epitome of why so many people either thinking vegetarians/vegans are insane or simply have no taste buds.
The entire recipe for this “tofu turkey” consists of a few simple herbs, some boullion powder and poultry seasoning. Oh, and of course TOFU. I know that tofu absorbs flavors it is exposed to, but I dare say that 2 Tbsp of poultry seasoning and 1 Tbsp of boullion with some herbs will not overpower FIVE large containers of tofu! It should at least be allowed to “marinate” in the glaze they use overnight. Come on people! A website that is supposed to help people learn ABOUT things is not helping our case here. Even I was grossed out by the recipe and site of the “tofu turkey”!! All I have to say is thank god for Turte Mountain and their Tofurky….otherwise there may be no fake “turkey” to show omnivores at Thanksgiving that we vegans do have taste buds, good ones in fact!!
Okay, that was my rant for the day. Wait, one more comment…couldn’t they at least have used seitan? That would have had some hope of becoming edible in their not-so-reliable hands at least. *sigh*
P.S. If anyone reading this actually has tried this recipe and LIKED it (as hard as I find that) please let me know. I really really want to know if that thing they created has any salvation.
June 23, 2008 at 2:37 am (Recipes)
Tags: Food, Italian, Recipes, Spinach, Tofu Ricotta, Vegan, Vegetarian
As my very first recipe I am going to share, I have decided to select my Spinach and Tofu Ricotta Manicotti. I am an avid lover of all things Italian so this was a no brainer for me! I grew up in a household where cheese and Italian cooking were commonplace so once I became a vegan I knew I would have to tackle vegan Italian food. This meant one thing: recreating some cheeses! Ah! Creating “cheese” can sometimes be tricky but I find ricotta to be one of the easiest to recreate. This is an especially good thing since the vegan market for ricotta “cheese” is barren! The entire manicotti recipe takes only about a half hour to prep and within an hour you will be enjoying stuffed manicotti. Hopefully this recipe will help calm your fears about trying to “recreate” cheese with only your two bare hands!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
½ pound firm tofu, pressed
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp basil (fresh or dried)
1/8 tsp pepper
Rest of Ingredients:
6 manicotti shells, cooked until al dente
1 cup frozen spinach
1 cup vegan mozzarella, shredded ( I use Follow Your Heart although I am sure Teese would work well too)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1. While boiling the manicotti shells in slightly salted water until al dente, prepare the vegan ricotta cheese. Crumble the firm tofu into a medium sized bowl. Add all of the ingredients and mix well. It should appear slightly yellow (due to the nutritional flakes). The spices, including the garlic, can be increased or decreased due to taste preference.
2. Set the vegan ricotta to the side. Shred about 1 cup of vegan mozzarella (approximately ½ package of Follow Your Heart brand). Add the mozzarella to the ricotta and mix well.
3. Thaw the spinach in a saute pan that is lightly oiled until the spinach is moist. Once cooked, slightly drain the spinach using a strainer. Try to remove some excess water using cheesecloth or a clean dishcloth.
4. Using a glass 11x 13 pan, spread half a jar of spaghetti sauce to coat the bottom of the pan.
5. Mix together the spinach with the ricotta/mozzarella mixture and stuff into manicotti shells until completely full. Place into sauce in pan. Do this for all the shells.
6. With the remaining mixture, spread it over the top of the manicotti shells. Top this with the rest of the spaghetti sauce making sure that the manicotti are completely covered (to ensure that they do not come out chewy or hard).
7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 F for 25-30 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and recycle aluminum foil! Then enjoy!
Serves approx 2-3 people depending on hunger level!
June 22, 2008 at 2:44 am (Quotes)
Tags: Quote, Vegetarianism
Hi! Today will be the very first installment of the quote of the day. Yes, they may in fact usually be regarding vegetarianism/veganism or animal rights but the occasional random one with slip through as well. I have always enjoyed quotes and find that they can inspire you when you least expect it. Or they can thoroughly confuse you, either way your brain gets a workout! =) So for my very first quote of the day I leave it to a legend that happens to also be an insect…err or maybe just an honorary member of the insect family!
“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” –Sir Paul McCartney
So very true. If this in fact were the case many more people would understand why animal rights are so near and dear to our hearts. And I guarantee that there would be millions more vegans in the world, however I am not so naive as to think everyone would convert. There is still the fact that not everyone would be exposed to those glass walls.
June 21, 2008 at 3:38 am (Animals)
Tags: Love, Monkey, Pigeon
As well as a monkey and a pigeon?!?! I found this adorable photo and article about an abandoned macaque and a pigeon at a Chinese sanctuary. A picture truly does speak a thousand words. Makes me just want to get in on that hug! So cute!!!
Love comes in all forms.
June 19, 2008 at 4:51 pm (Surveys)
Tags: Relationships, Survey, Vegan
Calling all vegans! M. Butterflies Katz has sprung yet another survey upon us vegans to partake in. It explores vegan relationships (yours if you so choose) between your family, friends and even your companion animals. It gives you the option to be anonymous and/or be quoted in a potential magazine/online article Katz will be authoring. If you have the time feel free to share your vegan lifestyle via the survey. Even if you do not submit the information to Katz I think it is interesting to explore the questions and perhaps get a better perspective on yourself. Face it…its not everyday we sit down and explore why we are who we are or how we are. Think of it as a little “me time”. Enjoy!