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The day of Easy Vegetarian Christmas Special

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eggless bibingka

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eggless mayo or soyanaise

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hamonado

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eggless salad

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my full plate with bibingka, salad and the bonus vegetarian relleno

Isn’t it wonderful to be VEG. With these foods, you will never go back to being carnivorous again.

If you need recipes, I will post it here.

Again, forgive me if i didn’t say this will be picture heavy.

Photos taken by my nifty iPhone4s.

Easy Vegetarian Christmas Special cooking class

Aloha my dear readers! I know its been months since I last blogged, I have been über busy at work and time management left me for a while. ;)

Anyways, I love attending cooking classes. Now tomorrow, I know this is a short notice, I am attending the Easy Vegetarian Christmas Special cooking class. It is held in SITEC or Science of Identity Training and Educational Center. I’ve never been there but I know we are up for a treat. Don’t fret if you can’t attend tomorrow, I know they have more to come. I don’t know if they have Facebook but I will check that out tomorrow. In the meantime. here is the poster I was able to snatch online.

 

Easy Vegetarian Christmas Special poster

 

It’s gonna be fun ‘coz I am bringing my non-vegetarian friend along. Will share some photos and recipes after. That’s a promise! :)

The LOVE-nder cleanse

As you know by now, we are back to our humble abode after a few weeks of traipsing in Mindanao. During our vacation, we ate some junk foods here and there as well as sodas. Grabe, I made a vow not to eat them but I am only human. LOL :) I need to detox!!! Now naaa.

Without any further ado, I am attending this workshop this coming weekend. Actually, I have some other workshops lined up to attend this month of September but this is the first one so far. I will post the rest of the events that I will join so if you are interested, you can try them too. Sounds good?!? :)

Anyways, I’ve wanted to try the RAW diet pero ang hirap, hahaha! Imagine, NOT-COOKING-YOUR-FOOD to get the nutrients first hand. I know it’s very matipid but thats a different story.  This weekend, is like the starter course of getting into the RAW diet. Now, I am not only attending to cleanse out from the junk that we’ve digested in the past weeks, months,etc but also for my hubby. He’s got Hepa B and it is important for us to make sure that his liver is protected amidst that disease. Buti nalang, he is slowly shifting to the vegetarian diet  way way back even before he got that disease (blame it on the turo-turo food).

Here is the poster from Dahon Kusina. I think they are the pioneer in introducing this workshop and they are very well-known in the RAW community here in the Philippines.

THE LOVE-NDER CLEANSE POSTER

So this workshop aims to help us in cleansing and detoxing. We’ve tried DIY detox before but we are giving a formal method of leaning it a try :), though we just have to spend a few pesos for that.

Let me share some excerpts from their site about this upcoming workshop.

Cleansing and detox is a crucial step in clearing our body of both physical and emotional toxins that have accumulated over the years.

In this workshop, learn some protocols that you can choose from (from mild to heavy), learn all about the importance and functions of the liver in the detoxification process – all while learning some easy-to-prepare recipes that aim to support your cleanse.

THE LOVE-NDER CLEANSE
SEPTEMBER 22, 2012, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
To register, you may email leaf.kitchen@yahoo.com or send us a PM.
They have a limit of 12 participants only, so be sure to book in advance.

Left over baked bean pizza

So what to do with left over baked beans?!? Hubby got an idea and it actually turned something good. Masarap at masustansya. (healthy and delicious)

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left over baked beans

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veggie sausage, onions, tomatoes

 

 

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ready-made dough

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for my vegan friends, no need to add cheese :)

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viola..Enjoy!

 

what’s app: HappyCow

What’s up!

Whats app!

This is just me sharing the apps that I use on my nifty little iPhone :)

As a vegetarian who travels a lot, we think its important to have a guide to help you along the way. As part of travel preps, we make it a point to research about the place, look for decent place to stay and a place to EAT, of course!  Before we find it so hard to look and to ask restaurants to cook for us  or if they can adjust their meal for vegs like us. Now, with the help of this app, we can easily find restos near our place. This app needs internet connection or gprs for it to work. You can use wi-fi or connect through your phone but fees may apply.

This is the welcome page. Look at that cute cow  :)

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welcome page

iPhone detects your current location (look at that purple arrow) and it will point you to the nearest resto or you can put the address. Remember, fees will apply so if there’s wi-fi, better use it :p

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This is the app in the App Store, you can buy it a very reasonable price of $2.99 (i think, i can’t remember) It’s a good app and whats cool about it is that if you noticed something wrong or you want to request for an update about the store you visit, you can easily click a button and it will send to the HappyCow admins for them to update. How cool is that :)

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Do you have this app on your phone? What do you think?

Sweet tooth crazy

Again, please forgive me for not updating. I’ve been busy with work until i realized that i haven’t updated my online version of me :).

So just to share, since my work requires a lot of energy (in a good way and im happy with i do by the way), i’ve been snacking on some cupcakes baked by friends. They’re eggless, karma-less and delish! They humbly call themselves “Straight from the Hearth”
How cool is that!

Here’s their version of passion fruit and toffee walnut cupcake.
And did i mention i ate the whole box.

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passion fruit and toffee nut cupcake

LakbayGulay

…that’s what my hubby said during our travel. He thought of the name and i find it interesting and right for our lifestyle.

From now on,  we will name our travel adventures “LakbayGulay”.  Lakbay is travel in Filipino and Gulay is of course veggies. What do you think?

“The highs and lows of being vegetarians on the road, sight-seeing, being on a budget, enjoying the wonders of nature, meeting people and learning. We are here to document and  share it. ” This is what drives us to travel. Hope you will join us  again in our future travels.

As a kick-off for our first adventure, let me share some of the photos we took. We saw so many trees, walked the beach, swam in the beach, falls, climbed stairs, talked to strangers and a lot more. It opened our eyes and thanked God for such marvels.  We are so blessed that we have this.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Do you recognize some of the places? Will tell you more about it in a few days!  :)

Pink little sprouts

Sorry for the über delayed post, I’ve been so busy with everything . I am also planning on changing my blog so it is something that I look forward to in the next few months.

Fast forward, let me share something that I did for the first time.  It’s my first time to actually try sprouting and boy do they look so cute.  I tried on some mung beans or monggo.

pink little sprouts

They are pinkish and are the freshest sprouts unlike those found in the market, looking suffocated in those plastics. I suggest that we all try this every once in a while. It’s very healthy and sustainable.

For those who have no idea with sprouting, i just search the net and found decent information. I am also in the process of sprouting other seeds and will definitely share it here. In the meantime, let me share a site that I find really useful, Primalseeds.

Filipino-style Buko Steak

Yes, you read it right. This dish is about coconut meat or Buko in our native tongue. Buko bistek, Buko steak or Coconut stew, as I might call it.

We all know the many benefits our lovely coconut can give us.  I think, this is the only tree where every part of it is consumed without fail. From the coconut juice, to its trunk, and its dried husk. No wonder this is also known as the Tree of Life. 

Fast forward to my dish, this was an improvisation made by my partner. He’s been cooking for several years now and this dish never fail to give that “what’s this” impression.  To start with this dish, you have buy at least 2 coconut. Make sure that you let the seller pick the young ones and they are very good at it. It seems that they can decipher the coconut just by merely knocking on it using their knife or machetes. You can drink the coconut juice and I would recommend that you do for many health reasons.

Ingredients:

2 whole coconut meat, cut into thin strips. Garlic. Soy sauce. Vinegar. Sugar and pepper to taste. Parsley for garnishing.

How to cook:

Basically, combine the thin strips of coconut in soy sauce, lemon juice or vinger, garlic, and ground pepper. Marinate for a few minutes. For the marinate mixture, you just have to measure accordingly as you wish but it’s a combination of soy sauce, vinegar, pepper and a dash of sugar. I really suggest that you do this first so that the coconut meat will absorb the flavor and no one will ever find out that this is actually a coconut. :)

marinated coconut meat

Once done, you have to fry the coconut meat and drain the oil after. Over medium heat, be ready to sauté some garlic in a skillet. Add the fried coconut milk and immediately add the marinated mixture.  Let it simmer until you can smell the aroma. This is like that of our Adobo. Wherein, the Filipinos are very famous of.

And the product. Tara, Kain tayo! (Let’s eat)

Buko Steak or Bistek

vegetarian faux sardines

Yep, you are reading it right. Sardines? Homaygawd?!? Nope, this is not what you are thinking. This is something very simple and easy.  Today, i will share something we tried a couple of days ago. I must mention that none of our aquatic friends were hurt during the making of this dish :p. Of course, none of them and our other friends, that’s why I’m vegetarian.  Also, I love Bruce, the very witty shark and his quote of “Fish are friends, not food.”

So here’s what happened, in the evening we cooked some bbq gluten and little did we know and that we don’t have any stocks of fresh veggies and tofu among other stuff. It’s a must to always check your stocks before cooking at night as we have very limited fresh markets here in the Philippines. Well, lesson learned.  We tried to improvised and by that, we used the ingredients that we have. Creativity comes when you are hungry sometimes :) This is what we are able to come up with.

our vegetarian faux sardines

Ingredients:

4 cloves of garlic – crushed, 1 whole onion – sliced, a can of baked beans (any brand and should just be tomato based), 4 or 5 nori seaweed sheets – cut into strips (depends on the size of your baked beans)

How to cook:

In a medium skillet put at least 2 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the garlic. Once golden, add the onions until they are bit caramelized. Add the baked beans and make sure not to crush the beans. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, add the seaweed strips. Bring to a boil and stir occasionally. I noticed that the seaweeds will most likely melt so make sure that you don’t overcook and leave at least some seaweeds strips, like that on the photo. I am not good with measuring ingredients so please feel free to experiment as per your needs.

I call this dish vegetarian faux sardines” because adding the seaweeds to a can of baked beans with tomato sauce kinda resemble a sardines, only healthier :).  

Happy eating! :)

P.S.

Did you try this dish? If so, let me know what you think? I’m happy to hear your experience.

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