Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan Italian Meringue Buttercream

Originally posted on Geeky Cakes:

Italian Meringue Buttercream without eggs or dairy?  Impossible, you say?  Not with the miracle of aqua faba (the liquid drained from a can of beans)!

If you’ve never had Italian Meringue Buttercream before (or its cousin, Swiss Meringue Buttercream), you’re in for a real treat.  I often say that IMBC is the finest icing on Earth — silky smooth, light, and not too sweet, it’s a wonderful change from the confectioner’s-sugar-based American Buttercream, which some would argue isn’t a proper buttercream at all.  Meringue Buttercreams are very often used on wedding cakes, and with good reason.  They look great and taste luxuriously elegant.

11061334_10153450238039179_1004034007435769031_nFor my initial experimentation with this recipe, I chose 100% organic palm oil shortening because others have reported success using it as a butter substitute in egg-based IMBC — it’s creamy and luxurious, and creates a buttercream with a lovely texture, which pipes like a dream.  Unlike…

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Vegan veterinarian Randall Cannon shares his knowledge about how to truly care for animals.

Sex, Spirit, Soul Mates and Chocolate....Ivonne's Journey:

Awesome story about a vegan vet had to share.

Originally posted on Vegans Are Cool:

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Randall Cannon is a veterinarian from Orlando, Florida. We caught up with Randall to find out his perspective on animals.

1. What inspired you to become a vegan?

My inspiration for becoming vegan was, without a doubt, the animals.  Any health and environmental benefits are a bonus.  I was raised in a family that hunted and hunted myself until I was 20.   Like most people, I looked at animals as a source of personal enjoyment whether it be for taste or sport. When I entered veterinary school, I cared for animals, but in a very selfish way looking at them more as a possession than a soul-I loved animals more for what joy they brought ME.

I was trained in the livestock industry and had full knowledge of the horrors involved in bringing animal products to the dinner table.  I was able to keep my blinders on and continued to eat meat and dairy for…

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The Only Vegan Who Ever Saved An Animal’s Life Stole It From A Factory Farm

Originally posted on Armory of the Revolution:

Of all the people on Earth whom animals should be able to count upon for help it is us vegans.

Vegans care enough about animals to alter our lifestyles. We make a commitment to animals every time we eat a meal or don clothing.

We are the most ethical people who have ever lived.

So why are we letting the animals down?

Veganism is proof of one’s values and ethics, but veganism in itself doesn’t save a single animal’s life.

We have deluded ourselves that by eating veggie burgers and tofu we are saving lives.

Wrong.

What we are doing is acting in accord with our values that we do not eat our friends. We will not be complicit in the torture and murder of our fellow creatures. But that is all theoretical.

All being vegan does to the animal industry is reduce the price of meat by a tiny…

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Report: Which Farm Animal Photos Are Most Likely To Inspire People To Eat Vegan?

Originally posted on Humane League Labs:

By Susan Gabriel, Sabine Doebel, and The Humane League

origin_2250311638One common approach to vegan advocacy is to encourage people to change their diet in order to spare farm animals from a lifetime of misery. Photos of farm animals, both suffering farm animals and happy farm animals, are – not surprisingly – used extensively by vegan advocacy groups in social media posts, websites, and printed materials.

But what types of farm animal photos have the greatest impact on the general public? What types of farm animal photos are most likely to cause the public to want to move toward vegan eating?

In order to find out, we presented omnivores aged 18 and older with a random selection of 10 photos out of a set of 30 total farm animal photos. The photos used are representative of the kinds used in vegan advocacy materials. Each photo was shown one at a time, and the viewer…

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Donut Panic Cause San Diego Has Awesome Vegan Donuts

Originally posted on Honk If You're Vegan:

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, and to be honest I won’t be blogging much anymore. It was consuming too much time and taking away from other important things (like work!). That being said, I will post when the mood strikes.

I had to write today to tell you about the awesome vegan donuts I discovered in San Diego over the weekend. I read about Donut Panic on Yelp and was excited by their 4.5 rating and interesting vegan donut flavors like maple bacon.

So on Saturday my husband and I tried their Chocolate Bavarian Cream, Maple “Bacon” and the Earl Gray donuts. They were all really good, but my favorite was the Chocolate Bavarian Cream (my hubby’s pick was the Maple “Bacon”). They have lots of other vegan flavors that we plan to go back for. Please note that they only make vegan donuts on weekends and…

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Rowdy Girl Sanctuary

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Rowdy Girl Sanctuary is the dream of Renee-King Sonnen.

Renee is a singer and songwriter from the Houston/Brazoria County area who met her future husband, Tommy Sonnen, while singing at a nightclub.

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She went from suburban living to ranch living 6 years ago when they got married. She lives on a 96 acre cattle ranch right on hwy 35, 50 miles southwest of Houston and 30 miles from Bay City/Matagord.

Her husband has been a cattle rancher for 15 years.  It’s beyond my ability to describe! My husband’s great-grandfather supplied almost all of Houston with meat in the early 1900’s – his great-grandfather had a slaughter-house.

When she married him 6 years ago, she had no idea that she would become vegan as a result of the horrors of the sale barn episodes with the calves.

Like Howard Lyman, the cattle rancher turned vegan she had an epiphany that opened her heart and soul to the gentle souls of the cows under her care.

She would sing to them and dance around them. She fell in love with the critters, “….kinda like Elly Mae Clampett – I named them all” much to her husband’s dismay as these cattle were marked for sale and slaughter. “Then they started being trailered up to go to the sale barn, and the experience of watching them leave, the mamas wailing for a week and the absence of their souls in the pasture haunted me.”

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The Red Trailer is still out in the pasture. It’s the symbol of “families being torn apart”, never again to see their babies. It represents wailing and torment into the night. “I’ve cried so many times over this that he has tried to hide the fact he is doing it but I always knew because of the wailing that the momma cows do when they lose their babies and can’t find them.”

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“I’d been vegetarian in the past and even tried a raw diet for several months, but never had the compassion connection until I LIVED IT! I love these animals – I see their souls, and they see mine.”

“Animal rights is a cause, whose time has come! Our barbaric treatment of animals is a direct reflection of humanity’s own inner torment and violent nature in the world! I believe that when we draw closer to loving animals and seeing their soul (which they do have), that is then and only then that we will ever be FREE.”

“I dream of the day when a sign goes up that has the word ‘sanctuary’ in it. Going Vegan is the best decision I ever made – I love these animals – and now they know I am their ambassador for freedom!”

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And we can be a part of that dream. Renee needs to buy the cow herd from her husband. “My husband can’t just give me the cows. But he is willing to sell them to me at a reduced price and offer the land back for a dollar the first year while helping care for them.”

Renee has been conferring with leaders in the sanctuary industry along with experts that have written major documentaries. She has a copy of the business plan that Derek & Steve, Esther the wonder pig’s dads used for Happily Ever Esther Sanctuary as model.   Once the cows are in her possession she can get her non-profit sanctuary status. Her husband Tommy plans on growing organic produce and having a farmers market.

Renee needs to raise $35,000.00 to obtain the cattle. Please donate to this wonderful dream, which all of us vegans share. If a cattle rancher can get it and have a change of heart and conscious than I have to believe that there is hope for the rest of the planet.

You can donate here:

https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/rowdy-girl-sanctuary-save-cows-from-slaughter/x/9563818

You can follow Renee here:

https://www.facebook.com/VeganJournalOfARanchersWife/timeline

To hear her music:

http://soundcloud.com/aneverydaystar/resonating-to-the-sound-by

WunderbarSoaps

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www.wunderbarsoap.com

www.facebook.com/wunderbarsoap

Introducing Wunderbar Vegan soaps and the owner/creator Anka Schwartz

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Anka has been an on and off again vegetarian for a long time. She has wanted to be a vegetarian since she was 12 but it was hard because her family didn’t really support it

“When I moved out I started to get into being vegetarian but then I’d get into a relationship and the person I was with wasn’t vegetarian so that made it hard and then I sadly always gave up.

As of now I’ve been vegetarian for almost 2 years. My best friend recently transitioned from being vegetarian to vegan and she has been making a lot of posts and sharing experiences that have inspired me so right now I’m still learning and hoping to gain strength to be fully vegan.

After a life time of buying and using inferior products that just didn’t do what they claimed to do or just weren’t for me I started doing my own research to learn about soap and cosmetic making and all the components and what they do and how they benefit what. After a few years I pulled together the money in hopes of starting a successful business in making custom products suited to everyone’s individual needs not just putting out one size fits all products. So now here I am to share with you my wonderful (Wunderbar) products in hopes to change your outlook that there can be products for everyone not just type A or B and that actually WORK.

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Strawberries & Cream Soap

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Lemon Poppy seed Cake Exfoliating/Moisturizing Soap

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Everything here at Wunderbar is completely customizable and will never cost you anything extra. Anything can be made specifically for you! If you want certain oils used in your soap or not used, this color not that color, this fragrance instead of that, it can all be done! You can have soaps and any other products designed just for you. Isn’t that WUNDERBAR!?”

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Anka’s goal of offering cruelty free Vegan products that everyone can use and are of top quality has been achieved. Wunderbar Soaps also has  regular sales and fundraisers for charities, usually charities that help animals in need.

The products are:

  • 100% customizable at no extra cost
  • cruelty free-no experimentation on animals
  • use only use certified sustainable palm oil
  • not made from any animal products or bi-products
  • and look and smell good enough to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant

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Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant

2250 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite C, Palmdale, Ca. 93550

http://www.DragonPalaceCA.com

 

 

This is a little gem of a restaurant that I found quite by accident in Palmdale. It was a long day of running errands and I saw the restaurant and I thought to myself that they must have something vegan.

I was nicely surprised. Not only do they have vegan options but I was told by Spring one of the owners that any entrée can be veganized.

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Spring one of the co-owners.

 

They have vegan chicken, vegan beef and vegan shrimp.

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I ordered fried tofu with vegetables in a brown sauce. The brown sauce normally has oyster juice in it but they made it without the oyster juice for me. Wow, a restaurant that is willing to accommodate vegans. I was impressed.

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This is what I ordered. Not the prettiest picture but I was too hungry to take a nicer picture.

The second time I went to the restaurant I ordered vegan orange chicken, vegan beef with broccoli (for my vegan dogs), friend tofu with vegetables, tempura asparagus and all orders come with a side of white rice.

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Vegan beef with broccoli.

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All together on my plate. I added the baby corn from home.

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Fried tofu with vegetables in brown sauce.

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Vegan Orange Chicken.

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The dining area has a large screen TV.

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The entrance area has five lovely chairs if you are waiting for take-out or waiting to be seated.

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Everyone thus far has been very cheery and helpful.

I was told they have five regular vegan customers. Who are these mystery vegan customers? I thought I was the only vegan in Palmdale. It’s nice to know that there are other vegans in my community and even nicer that there is a restaurant more than happy to cook food for us.

So if you are in Palmdale or just travelling through make sure to stop at Dragon Palace for some vegan Chinese food.

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Vegan Pizza?!

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Vegan Pizza sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Pizza one of those comfort foods that vegans miss quite a bit. Sure you can order pizza without cheese but is it really pizza? Who are we kidding? No, it’s not pizza unless there is cheese on it.

I discovered Cruzer Pizza with my VegOut phone app.

 

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Cruzer Pizza

4449 Prospect Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323) 666-0600

I couldn’t believe it. A vegan pizzeria but lo and behold it was true. Cruzer Pizza is in an out of the way location on a small side street. You kind of have to know it’s there to be able to find out. It’s a mom and pop small business except that it is run by two brothers.DSC03886

I was helped by Sam Sammy one of the owners. He told me that they had been open for four years. At first only some of the products where but when they realized there was a huge market for vegan products they went 100% vegan. They are now the only 100% vegan pizzeria in Los Angeles.

 

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It felt like I had walked into another dimension. I practically has an eye orgasm just looking at the menu. I just kept staring at the wall and wanted to order EVERYTHING just because it was vegan.

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They have salads, pizza, pasta, starters, sandwiches, and desserts that are all vegan. Some of the products offered are also glutten-free. They use Daiya cheese, Gardien, Field Roast and Yves products.

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100% Vegan Ingredients: Vegan Sausage, Vegan Pepperoni, Vegan Ham, Eggplant, Pineapple, Onions, Green Pepper, Black Olives, Fresh Mushrooms, Fresh Sliced Tomatoes, Jalapeños, Fresh Garlic, Spinach, Gluten Free Vegan Ground Meat, Portabello Mushroom, Zucchini, Vegan Chicken, Artichoke Hearts and Extra Cheese.

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Vegan Desserts & Ice Cream

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For the complete menu with pricing go to their website http://www.cruzerpizza.com . And they also have a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Cruzerpizza

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The sadness of being vegan

Originally posted on There's an Elephant in the Room blog:

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You vegans

I’ve seen vegans called  many derogatory words. Nothing, it seems, provokes unbridled defensiveness and rudeness in quite the same way as coming out and stating that it is wrong to cause suffering and death to the helpless and vulnerable.

Excuses and insults

It doesn’t seem that radical to me, but as soon as it’s mentioned that humans have no nutritional or other need to use other beings in any way for any purpose, out will come a barrage of well used excuses: plants have feelings, canine teeth, what cavemen did, brain size and intelligence, we need meat to survive, my ‘personal choice’, ‘forcing your opinions on me’, the bible, eskimos, desert islands, etc.

Once these are out of the way, then come the personal insults: ‘it’s impossible to be 100% vegan’, ‘you probably step on insects every day’, ‘I bet your cleaning materials / car / PC harmed animals’, ‘what…

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