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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: untethered (collage) on: October 24, 2007 03:29:29 AM
That's beautiful! I love collages with vintage materials. Yes, I reckon a series on this theme is a great idea too.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 3 (aka the $5 or $10 swap) signups until 10/25 on: October 15, 2007 05:36:25 PM
Yay! Another bargain hunter round! I'm so in. I will send my questionnaire tonight. Woot.

I'm in New Zealand too!
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Having a holiday vegetarian meal for the family....just need some advice on: October 11, 2007 11:04:50 PM
But don't you think in that situation, you're sending the message to the host that veg*n food is somehow inferior? Say your new neighbours invited you over for a meal and they were from another country, and you turned up with your own food to eat, saying "your food is too spicy" or something. Is that not completely the same thing? If my guests turned up unwilling to even try my food, and bought along their own food, they wouldn't be welcome back.

As a veg*n host, I do make sure every guest is welcomed and satisfied - I just don't think that meat needs to be involved for that to happen.
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: New to being veg here! on: October 09, 2007 05:03:58 AM
If you hate tofu, I think it's coz you just haven't had it cooked well! Poorly cooked tofu is blech. But tofu that is prepared by someone who knows their tofu can be sublime. This is my favourite tofu recipe, me and my boyfriend came up with it. It's really simple and not the healthiest, but so tasty.

you get a block of extra firm tofu (note - the kind you get is really important. Get the firmest one you can find. Don't use silken tofu - that is for smoothies and puddings). You take it out of the packet  and squeeze it and press it into a firm tea towel to get rid of the moisture (the less moisture, the more it can absorb the flavours). Chop it into thin rectangles.

Then I marinate it in a mixture of 3/4 soy sauce, 1/4 vinegar. Marinate it overnight for stronger flavour, but a couple of hours should do the trick.

I prepare a mixture of plain white flour, looots of salt and pepper and whatever herbs and spices I want. Dredge your tofus through the flour mixture till they're coated well.

Next heat up a non stick pan, and fry those suckers in plenty of oil till they're brown and crispy. Eat with your fingers!

What cookbook did you get? If your library has vegan with a vengeance, you should get it out, it's amazing. I know you're not vegan but it's good for anyone and everyone! It has a lot of knowledge about tofu too. You're making a great step, good work!  Smiley
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Having a holiday vegetarian meal for the family....just need some advice on: October 09, 2007 04:21:01 AM
Quote from: jenna rose
In all honesty people do -not- have to have meat at every meal and they won't starve or anything like that.  I'm vegan for ethical reasons so there's no way I'd bring meat or animal products into my own home.

I agree completely. If you have gone to the trouble of cooking up a lovely spread, your family should be grateful. It's not at all offensive to serve an entirely vegan or vegetarian feast - it's not as abstaining from meat for one meal goes against their morals. Wink

They eat meat out of preference where as you don't eat meat for ethical reasons. (but it's a good idea to find out if they have any allergies and never never lie to them about what's in their food.)

It's entirely acceptable for you to politely decline meat at their house. But for them to decline your food, or bring their own meat would be rude. It would be like saying "hey I know you spent ages making me this three course meal from scratch, but I'm gonna bring mcdonalds and eat it in front of you, because that's what I like." Very rude. You wouldn't go to a dinner party and leave brussels sprouts on your plate because you don't like them.

I really think you have to go all out and show them that they're not missing out on anything though!

Stuff that I like to make for holidays  includes... herb roasted veg, potato salad with veganaise, punk rock chickpea gravy from vegan with a vengeance, home made biscuits, pumpkin seed crusted tofu with home made cranberry sauce, maple glazed green beans, orange glazed beetroot, mashed potatoes, stuffing. I've had good results with home made tofurkey - my relatives loved it.

For dessert - the most important part! gingerbread apple pie, pumpkin/sweet potato pie, pecan pie, home made vegan ice cream/sorbets, chocolate orange mousse pie, ginger cookies, oh and strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate (I live in the southern hemisphere - summer christmas! strawberry season!).

ARGH now I'm getting excited. I can't wait for christmas... I freakin love to cook.
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What is on your grocery list? on: October 08, 2007 03:05:06 AM
This is a basic list of staples I always like to have on hand.. If I have these, I'm totally set for making meals.
-soymilk/rice milk (whatever's cheapest that week)
-tofu
-porridge oats
-dried fruit/nuts for snacking (and dark chocolate, let's be honest Wink)
-flaxseed
-buckwheat noodles
-rice noodles
-brown rice
-cous cous
-quinoa
-red and brown lentils
-split peas
-canned beans
-tahini
-wholemeal and white flour
-pita bread/wraps
-condiments like tomato sauce, mustard, peanut butter, marmite, nutritional yeast.
-canned tomatoes and tomato paste for making pasta sauce, chucking in curries/stews
-coconut cream
-cooking oil
-frozen berries, beans, peas.
-and of course, lots of spices and herbs.

I get my produce at the markets - sooo much cheaper than the supermarket. I get what's in season - cheaper and better for the environment!
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Meet Your Meet on: October 08, 2007 02:50:58 AM
I watched as I was transitioning to vegan. Once was enough - never again!
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan lunches -- trying to transition on: October 08, 2007 02:01:29 AM
I forgot - falafel wraps! They are cheap as chips when you make the falafel yourself.
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan lunches -- trying to transition on: October 08, 2007 02:00:39 AM
I like to make hearty salads - you could chuck cold roasted veges in there, beans, nuts, raw veges you need to use up, or make a pasta salad. You can never go wrong with soup in a thermos. On the side I take something like carrot sticks and hummus, fresh fruit or mixtures of dried fruit and nuts. Oh and muffins and baked goods are pretty excellent for lunch.

Have you seen veganlunchbox.com? She makes delicious lunches for her son, it's really inspiring.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Feminist/ Woman-centred Swap Gallery on: October 08, 2007 01:46:18 AM
Yay! I'm glad you liked it. Yes it's all handstitched - my sewing machine was being a dork.

Calluna, your book is so amazing! And that cross stitch cover is the best.
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