The Spiritual Vegan

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Vitamin B12

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Recently I’ve been getting nudges from my divine guidance (or so I believe) to look again at the B12 thing.

My partner-in-crime Kate of Unrefined wrote about how her boyfriend had come up deficient in B12 in a recent test. I’ve always been a bit gung-ho about veganism – I think in part out of rebellion against the guys who’d have you eat meat out of fear of getting sick – and wrote before in my blog that I don’t think you have to worry about it too much. So when I read that it was a bit of a wake up call to the fact that I have to be a bit responsible about what I write. Let alone what I do with myself… a sick vegan isn’t a great advocate of the cause as I’ve heard it said around the internet. 🙂

I actually have a mortal fear and intense hatred of doctors and the modern medical system in general due to them torturing me for years and coming close to killing me several times. (Yes, they did, and I hate people who try to convert me to their point of view on the matter too). A LOT of issues to work through there. Anyway bottom line is, I can’t go get a blood test; at least, I choose not to for now.

But from what I’ve been reading recently, I feel like it’s worth it to get a B12 supplement to be sure, especially since B12 absorption is often compromised by my current condition, Crohn’s disease. Interestingly on the highly comprehensive fact sheet I’ve been reading, most people (95%) with B12 deficiencies are meat-eaters, and it’s recommended by some agencies that ALL people over the age of 50 supplement.

Food for thought.

Check out Andrew’s other site, Lightworkers‘ Connection, if you consider yourself to be a highly conscious individual. You know there is more to life than meets the eye. You are not alone.

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March 2, 2010 at 11:55 am

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Vegan sushi

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Today and yesterday I’ve been making sushi.

Day 1. Avocado, fried carrot slices with garlic, cucumber, black olive paté with spring onions, baby corn sliced lengthwise, capers with roasted red pepper (you buy it in jars ready cooked and peeled here).

Day 2. Asparagus, fried shitake mushroom with garlic, avocado.

Avocado was by far the most popular 🙂

This is an inspiration recipe more than anything, as there’s really nothing to it as I’ve been making it. I could have done more elaborate sushi, but I didn’t have nori sheets on hand.

You need to buy special sushi rice at an oriental food shop. To prepare, you wash it thoroughly before cooking with 1 and a half parts water to every part of rice. You leave it to cool and then mould the rice with your hands into bite- or at least chopstick- sized balls. Have a bowl of water on hand as you do this and wash your hands after every creation as the rice’ll stick to you otherwise.

Serve with wasabi sauce, soy sauce, and pickled ginger which you can all find in oriental food stores. And learn to use chopsticks if you can, it makes it more fun! 🙂

Enjoy!

Andrew

Check out Andrew’s other site, Lightworkers‘ Connection, if you consider yourself to be a highly conscious individual. You know there is more to life than meets the eye. You are not alone.

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March 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm

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Simple but perfect rice dish with broccoli

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I’ve mentioned in one of those articles around there that I have a simple favourite – rice with broccoli and soy sauce. There is something magical about this combo. I made some slight additions to this basic principle and this recipe was born.

For two people:

1 cup brown rice
3 cups water –
of which about 1/6 of a cup has been replaced with soy sauce
1 1/2 handfuls of broccoli florets (you can save the stalks to use in a different dish – I think they are better for stir-fries, for instance)
1 1/2 handfuls fresh shitake mushrooms
a touch of fresh ginger
1/2 clove of garlic
Extra soy sauce to add at the table, to taste.

You boil the rice with the liquid until about 3/4 of the water is absorbed, then add the broccoli, garlic and ginger, and 5 minutes later the shitake. When all the water is absorbed, serve! Add soy sauce to taste at the table (if you enjoy this ritual you can even avoid putting any in the rice while boiling).

Check out Andrew’s other site, Lightworkers‘ Connection, if you consider yourself to be a highly conscious individual. You know there is more to life than meets the eye. You are not alone.

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February 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm

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Vegan spaghetti bolognese

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In the tradition of my vegan meatballs, this vegan spaghetti bolognese uses lentils instead of minced beef.

Here we go.

For 2 people, amply:

1 cup lentils

1/2 onion

3 cups or so water (to be added as needed)

1 tin of chopped tomatoes / 400 g

350g mushrooms

1/2 green pepper

2 medium carrots, split lengthwise then chopped (I like to keep the skins on, more flavour and more vitamins)

1/4 cup soy sauce (enough to make salty – between 1/4 and 1/3)

3 cardamoms

2 cloves garlic

Small handful of dried shitake mushrooms, or about 5 fresh

A handful of nori flakes (nori is a seaweed)

Black pepper to taste

3 teaspoons oregano

1 teaspoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

So, we make this simply by boiling the lentils, shitake, garlic, cardomom and seaweed with the soy sauce and two cups of water. After about 15 minutes or when we see 2/3 of the liquid has been absorbed, we add the carrots and tomato. 5 minutes later, we add the mushrooms and green pepper. Onions should be fried apart and added with these. Throw in, too, the oregano, black pepper, oil, and sugar. (The sugar counters the acidity of the tomatoes. You can substitute this for something healthier if you want).

Boil until all the ingredients are soft. Watch the pan and add water as necessary. We want to make the recipe properly salty with only soy sauce as this will help give a meatiness to the lentils, so go by taste as different sauces are less or more salty than others – but be aware that soy sauce is liquid, and the lentils have to absorb it!

Cook spaghetti to go with, and enjoy!

If you miss Parmesan with your bolognese, try a mix of finely chopped pine kernels with nutritional yeast to sprinkle on top.

By the way, the pasta we used in this recipe was made of Kamut – that’s a form of wheat that is a lot healthier than normal wheat, and contains no gluten. In health food shops you can find pasta made of spelt or rice, too. You’ll be able to feel the difference – they are much healthier.

Hope it works for you! Comment and tell me how it went if you try it!

Andrew

Check out Andrew’s other site, Lightworkers‘ Connection, if you consider yourself to be a highly conscious individual. You know there is more to life than meets the eye. You are not alone.

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February 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Raw sandwich and raw chocolate spice date cake

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I had a raw meal today, consisting of avocado and red pepper on fig bread (pictured) and a pint-glass of a fresh vegetable juice made out of… pretty much everything I could find (not pictured… it was ugly).

Avocado on raw bread - with a bite out of it, because I couldn't wait to make the picture.

Raw bread is absolutely delicious, and it really does seem to fill my desire for something “bready” with my avocados. I can’t wait to try it with raw tahini and almond butter, plus interesting salads, guacamoles, what have you. I even have some sprouted chickpeas I might make a raw hummus out of – though I’m not 100% raw yet, so this would be just for fun (I know…).

Afterwards I made myself a new, one-serving date cake very quickly to have with my tea before getting back to work, because I’m worth it:

Raw chocolate spice date cake

Here’s an inspiration-not-instruction ingredient list. For instructions on how to make a date cake, click here.

Dates

Large amount of cocoa – I used a heaped teaspoon for this small patty and it was just perfect

Almonds

Generous amount of ginger

A fair note of cinnamon

Orange peel (served on top – originally for the sake of a pretty photo, but it was delicious – add a bit more than I did).

That was lovely 🙂 I’m conscious, though, that cocoa isn’t the healthiest thing in the world… I felt a bit irritated in the stomach and low in energy after. Sucks. The same for the tea. I’ve been meditating in my food and how it makes me feel, and often what my mind thinks I should want my body doesn’t; I think I’ll bit by bit be cutting down on tea and chocolate, just as I’m cutting down on cooked food. (Coffee, another caffeine-containing irritant, is long gone from my diet. Love the flavour but my body rebels).

Andrew

Check out Andrew’s other site, Lightworkers‘ Connection, if you consider yourself to be a highly conscious individual. You know there is more to life than meets the eye. You are not alone.

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February 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm

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Raw vegan chocolate date cake

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A while back I made another version of my raw cake, this time with chocolate. Unless you can find raw cacao, this won’t be a 100% raw recipe, but it is close enough. Probably the healthiest chocolate cake you’ll ever have. 🙂

Ingredients: 200g dates

100g chopped hazelnuts, raw or toasted according to your preference

2 modest tablespoons cocoa

You can add honey or the sweetener of your choice (be healthy!) if you find the resulting mixture too bitter. I like it as it is, dates are quite sweet.

(Some copying and pasting of the original recipe follows)

You want to get the stones out of the dates. Just get a knife, slit them and take the stones out – and in so doing, tear the dates in half, so that for every date you stone, you have two pieces of date flesh in your bowl. Make this a round, decent-sized bowl that will take all the dates, but not too big – you’ll see why soon.

Add the hazelnuts and cocoa.

Now, clean your hands and put them in the bowl. Press the dates down with your fists, knead them, mix them, and knead them again. To start with you’ll just have a load of sticky dates and nuts, but eventually it’ll soften up and make a dough which you can easily collect up into an even ball. Do that. You can keep kneading for a while after if you want to make it softer, but it’s not necessary – try different ways of doing it, I guarantee you’ll come back to this recipe.

Place the ball on the plate which you’re going to be serving the cake on and with your hands flatten it into a cake.

Enjoy!

Related posts: Raw chocolate spice date cake

The original raw cake recipe

Check out Andrew’s other site, Lightworkers‘ Connection, if you consider yourself to be a highly conscious individual. You know there is more to life than meets the eye. You are not alone.

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February 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

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The Gourmet Vegan

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The other day I made an ultra refined dinner for me and my lady – four different dishes with different mixes of herbs and spices, made to blend together on the plate. I was in the flow, there was just nothing else around but what I was doing – I love those moments.

I write this page more in the spirit of sharing a piece of art than exactly as a step-by-step recipe. I feel overwhelmed by the idea of getting the exact quantities of everything up here for you – when I was making the dishes I was doing it all by eye and I definitely wasn’t thinking about writing a recipe later. So take this as inspiration, not instruction.

The top left dish was sweet potato, chopped in fine strips to match the strips of red and green pepper. The volume was 1/2 pepper of both sorts and 1/2 sweet potato. I added 1 and 1/2 cloves of garlic, nice and strong.

Top centre is brown rice boiled together with fresh rosemary leaves and two tablespoons of soaked poppy seeds.

Right is a dish made of sprouted chickpeas, chopped in about rough halves to quarters, fried up with the same volume of spring onions, chopped. I also added black pepper, an almost unnoticeable touch of cayenne pepper, and lemon peel.

Bottom is a sauce I created to mix with the other dishes, especially the rice. It was thickened with oats, because we don’t eat wheat and that is what I could find in the way of starch – it worked very well, and I’d do it again. I just boiled up a couple of teaspoons of oats in water and blended. Then I added quite finely chopped green beans, a lot of soy sauce, a tablespoon of honey, the juice of a whole lemon (strong flavour), some dried basil and a bunch of chopped up fresh coriander (cilantro). It was delicious, though I got the salt a little too strong on this one.

Served with red wine, naturally 🙂

The whole meal was an experience. Sitting there afterwards felt a bit like laying in bed after sex 😉

Andrew

Check out Andrew’s other site, Lightworkers‘ Connection, if you consider yourself to be a highly conscious individual. You know there is more to life than meets the eye. You are not alone.

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February 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

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