Potato Zucchini Soup!

One of my favourite soups at Liberty Bakery on Main St. is their potatoes zucchini soup!

After having a delicious lunch there, I really wanted to try to make my own soup!

Here is what I used

1 tbs olive oil

2 onions

2 large zucchini

3 medium-sized potatoes

4 cloves of garlic

Around 900 ml of Vegetable Broth

Salt and Pepper

This recipe was really easy and pretty fast to make!

You begin to cook the chopped onions and potatoes with a bit of olive oil, just until the onions lose their bite and become a bit soft.

Next you add in the vegetable broth with the garlic, and chopped zucchini!

Let everything simmer for about 20 minutes, or until everything becomes soft.

Finally put it all in a food processor to liquefy the soup! (I had to do this in segment because there was too much soup to fit it all in the food processor!)

The end product tasted similar to Liberty’s however, I think they had more potatoes than zucchini and less onions! So experiment with your own prefered taste and enjoy!!

I really enjoyed this soup and you can eat it hot or cold!!

mmmmmmmmm!

-H

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Watch Out For Palm Oil!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really love baking and often you need a vegan butter substitute, which you can easily find in your local grocery store. However, many, or almost all of these vegan butters, and a huge precentage of other foods contain palm oil, “palm oil is in roughly 50% of all packaged goods, from cookies, peanut butter, and breakfast cereal to cleaning products, laundry detergent, lipstick, and body lotion,” (Schaffer-RAN).

If you are vegan, or animal friendly, then you are also probably concerned about the environment. Therefore it is important to at least become aware of how much palm oil is in all of your foods and where it comes from! If you are only concerned about the welfare of animals then consider the mass deforestation that goes on, and how that effects the animals living there.

“Every day, huge areas of forest in our neighbouring countries are being cleared to     make way for new plantations, causing greenhouse gas emissions to sky-rocket.

Clearing forests for palm oil plantations is also destroying the natural habitat of many critically endangered species such as the Sumatran orangutan. Experts predict that if deforestation continues, the entire species could be wiped out by 2020,” ( Greenpeace).

It not only effects, animal welfare and the environement, but also directly impacts the welfare of humans.

“Indonesia is the world’s primary palm oil supplier, with already 6 million hectares of palm oil plantations and plans for 4 million more by 2015. The damage deforestation is causing to Indonesia’s peatlands, the delicate ecosystem that many Indonesian forests exist on, accounts for 4 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. It’s because of this that Indonesia ranks as the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter after the United States and China.” (Greenpeace)

So I am taking the pledge, to really try to look at all the ingredients in my food, and find alternatives to damaging foods!

Here are some vegan links to making your own vegan butter and cheese – Palm Oil free!

I am going to try this one tonight!

http://www.j3nn.net/2011/10/12/homemade-smoky-vegan-cheese-recipe/

This vegan butter looks very good!

http://vegan.com/recipes/bryanna-clark-grogan/bryannas-vegan-butter/

Here are a few links for further information

http://ran.org/palm-oil

http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5786&track=website

http://www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/?p=1846

http://understory.ran.org/2011/09/22/palm-oils-dirty-secret-the-many-ingredient-names-for-palm-oil-or-what-ingredients-contain-palm-oil/

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Hello Vegans and Friends to Animals!

Hello everyone,

After a long hiatus, we are back posting!!

Getting back to the blog has really inspired me to put more effort into creative cooking and baking! So check back for many more recipes to come!

Today was a bit of a lazy Sunday, and it was so beautiful outside, I didn’t feel like spending any time inside to cook, so we grabbed some takout and went to the beach!

We stopped by Noodlebox, a Vancouver resturant that has two locations, one in downtown Vancouver and the other on West 4th. Almost all of their meals can be made vegan, by leaving out the fish sauce and substituting in tofu!! We also just split one full size meal between two people and it was very filling!

I almost always get the Spicy Noodle Box, it is so very delicious! mmmm

Happy  Spring! xoxo

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Vegan Desert Boots

The Splurge $104.00 Vegetarian Shoes

Desert Boot in Sand

 http://www.mooshoes.com/index.php?product=Desert+Boot-sand-36+%28US+Women%27s+5%29&c=2&color=sandThe Steal                                                                                 

The Steal $31.00 Quipid Strip O6

Taupe Lace-Up Booties

http://www.lulus.com/products/qupid-strip-06-taupe-suede-oil-finish-oxford-lace-up-booties/41145.html

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Fun at Karmavore

Karmavore is a vegan dream.  The two level New Westminster store carries everything from faux leather boots to vegan marshmallows.  It is very exciting to walk into a store and know that EVERYTHING is cruelty free.  Hannah and I had a great time learning about new vegan products and eating delicious food from their deli.  What makes this shopping experience even better is that ten percent of the profits are donated to animal charities!

Check them out! http://www.karmavore.ca/

-M

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I heart pies xoxo

These pies were actually made in the summer when there was an abundance of beautiful summer berries so although Summer is really the time to make berry pies, it can’t hurt to take a look at some delicious pies this fall!

Perhaps you have some frozen berries or some rhubarb still left over!

First set your oven to 325 degrees

For the Crust

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 7-8 tbs cold water
After making the pie crust I break it into halves and then slowly roll out each of the balls of dough into a small patty. I wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to become nice and cold. 

Now I mix the berries. You can use any berries or fruit you like. I love strawberry rhubarb!

Filling

  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar (the fruit is already very sweet so you can put more or less in depending on how big your sweet tooth is!)
  • 2 1/2 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs cold vegan butter cut into small bits
  • around 6 cups of your desired fruit or berries

Once the filling is thoroughly mixed you can take out your dough patties and began to roll them out into a nice circular shape. I like to decorate the top half of the pie with different cookie cutter shapes!
Now that you have the two circular pieces of dough you can take a greased pie pan and gently place your dough on the inside pressing your finger along the edge to make sure the dough is supported by the pan.
Next you place the filling in the pie pan making sure to get all of the juices in. Finally you can take your top dough and gently place it over the filling. Now with your fingers or a fork you can take the crust of both the top and lower pie crust and connect them together sealing off your wonderful pie!
Make sure to have some slits in the top of your pie and you may want to place some parchment paper under your pie as the juices can often leak!
Finally, place it in the preheated stove and bake it for around 35-40 minutes or until the crust browns and enjoy!

 

H-

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Flash Sale

Beyond the Rack is having a flash sale of Matt and Nat vegan leather handbags.

Here’s the referral link if you want to check it out http://www.beyondtherack.com/member/invite/B4718857

Act fast these sales only last a few hours.

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