voluptuous vegans

check the ingredients
November 27, 2006, 1:35 am
Filed under: Hints and Tips

read the ingredients twice

so.. in the last two days I discovered two products that I was advised were Vegan safe that are not… I’m furious with both these companies and am going to be sending complaints shortly.

The first one is a product sold in Kensington Market and produced by a company out of Brampton (King┬áCafe) Of course the package with the name is not near me but I will update this when I get my hands on it). The package contained faux vegetarian chicken strips. This package was clearly marked, Suitable for Vegans. I purchase this product at the Vegetarian Food Fair in September (after being told by the lady handing out samples it was Vegan safe). For some reason I came home threw it in ther freezer and didn’t think about it again… till last night.

I pulled the package out the freezer and something told me to read the ingredients again.. there were the words Whey Protien. WHEY PROTIEN is an animal by-product. HOW!!!!! can these people say ‘Suitable for Vegans’ when there is animal in their product. I was furious.

Then today, while at the Big Carrot, I thought I would treat myself to a Tetra Pack of the Tazo Chai syrup (the one that Starbuck uses). Again a little voice said read the ingredients carefully. I did, all them versions contained HONEY. These are the same boxes I see them using when they have been making up my Grande Soy Tazo Chai lattes. The same Latte’s that the guy behind the counter assured me were safe for Vegans.

WHAT THE HELL ARE WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE!!!!!!!! I think I am going to make up a card and carry it around with me. It will list all the things Vegan’s CANNOT eat. Each time I go to a coffee shop, grocer or restaurant and when I ask if it is ‘VEGAN SAFE’ I will make the person helping me read the card TWICE!


Easy Seitan Recipe by Carolina Smart
November 19, 2006, 5:29 pm
Filed under: Recipes, Seitan and the things to do with it, Uncategorized

Here is what you need!

2 cup instant gluten flour
2 cups water
1 tsp soy sauce
12 cups broth (see below)

11 3/4 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce

mix the instant gluten, 1 tsp soy sauce and 2 cups water. mix quickly. it’s best to use your hands, this way it doesn’t get lumpy. once mixed knead the dough for about 5 minutes. next roll it into a log and cut into 6 even pieces.

place the seitan pieces in the cold broth. once the seitan is in broth, turn it on to boil. once it has boiled simmer for one hour.

before removing the seitan from the broth make sure it has all cooled down to room temperature. then you can cut it to the size you want it ­čÖé

veganizing Grandma Betty’s beef stew (slow cooker recipe) by Carolina Smart
November 19, 2006, 5:21 pm
Filed under: Faux beef, Recipes, slow cooker, stew, sunday food

Growing up my Dad use to make killer stew! A lesson learned from is own Mother he would basically dump all the left over veggies in the fridge into a big pot and cook it up. Somehow no matter what the ingredients his stew always turned out fabulous.

One memory of my Grandmother’s stew, that has stuck with me forever, happened at a pot luck wedding. Grandma Betty brought along a big dish of stew. One of the guests commented it was the best stew she had ever eaten and asked my Grandma if it was traditional Irish stew. Without missing a beat, Grandma Betty turned to the lady and said. “Irish stew, this ain’t no bloody Irish stew, were Scottish!” In memory of a great old gal, I’ve called this recipe Grandma Betty’s Beef Stew.


What to put in the pot (in this case a 5 quart slow cooker)!

3 cups Seitan (recipe for Seitan to follow or it may be above this recipe)
3 TBSP Chickpea flour ( or as much as you need to thicken it)
4 cloves garlic minced
2 Large tables spoons canola oil
1 large onion diced
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 large potatoes diced
1 large purple yam diced
5 medium carrots diced
1 cup squash or pumpkin
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp dried basil
pepper and salt to taste
5 to 6 cups vegetable broth (it needs to cover the veggies)

Here’s the easy part. Put it all in the pot and then turn it on (either 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low).┬á Add more chickpea flour and cook longer till you get desired thickness for the soup/gravy part of the stew.

Hello world!
November 10, 2006, 8:31 pm
Filed under: Stuff you should know!

Look out Betty Crocker…. we are about to Veganize you!!!