1/2 size falafel pocket from the Queen St Jan Powers’ Markets - $9
- pita pocket
- tahini sauce
- hot chili sauce
- red cabbage
- shredded lettuce
The Scarecrow is a really cool, eerily beautiful animation by Chipotle that critiques factory farming and the fast-food corporations that support those processes. The use of the song ‘Imagination’ (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) works really well in it. You can view their first ad in a similar vein, ‘Back to the Start’, here.
This article from the Guardian has some interesting comments on their advertising strategy, including the fact that the ad seems to promote vegetarianism whilst Chipotle includes meat in its menu. However, since the meat is more sustainably and ethically sourced than factory farmed processes, is this sort of conversation generating advertising at least a step in the right direction, especially since we have to accept that for the foreseeable future some people will continue to eat animals?
What do you think?
Mushroom and Avocado Pizza
- Pita bread (base)
- tomato paste
- red onion
- cherry tomatoes
- cheezly motzarella
- olive oil
- Bake pizza for 20-30 minutes at 180 degrees.
- At 20 minutes, add rocket and return pizza to oven.
- Top with avocado cubes and drizzle with olive oil when cooked.
Fresh Rice Paper Rolls
- tofu and diced onion fried in powdered ginger and soy sauce
- red cabbage stir fried in sesame oil
- vermicelli noodles
- snow peas
- soy sauce
- sweet chili dipping sauce
I <3 Mushrooms stall, Jan Powers’ Markets
$11 Mushroom Salade Bowl
- Lemon and Chickpea Cous Cous
- Chili Flakes
As governments around Australia increasingly withdraw funding to these projects, not-for-profit organisations such as Animals Australia, Greenpeace, and Australian Wildlife Conservancy are increasingly left to pick up slack when it comes to monitoring and enforcing animal welfare, environmental conservation and biodiversity in Australia.
Since they rely on public donations, I urge you to look into the various organisations working on issues that you value, and to consider supporting them. Alternatively, instead of birthday or Christmas presents you can consider asking friends and relatives to donate to these types of organisations on your behalf. My own personal bias is towards environmentally focused organisations (although part of my attraction to AWC for instance is the success programs like their partnership with the Yulumbu indigenous community in central Kimberley, where conservation is being achieved alongside employment and education benefits for the local people), however there are many, many worthwhile organisations focused on all manner of social justice issues.
Personally, I have been supporting Animals Australia since I first became vegan in 2011, Greenpeace since early this year, and have today added the Australian Wildlife Conservancy after reading about their programs and successes, as well as the abysmal lack of government action on this issue in Tim Flannery’s Quarterly Essay After the Future Australia’s New Extinction Crisis.
Whilst I sometimes worry whether I can afford these donations, I remind myself that if I had the money for myself I would probably just spend it on stuff that I don’t really need. Whilst reasonably substantial considering I am still a student, my donations are still only 4.5% of my monthly earnings. Furthermore, I am increasingly realising that if concerned citizens like myself don’t start putting our money (and our votes) where our mouths are, governments are never going to take these concerns seriously.
My lovely housemate and I have begun a little herb and vegetable nursery on the back steps of our house. Until we obtain some chicken wire to protect our goodies from the neighboring possums we have been bringing them inside each night, hence the small pots!
In the top photo we have two luscious basil plants, and two kale.
In the middle we have from left to right: bloody sorrel, flat leaf parsley, swiss chard.
In the bottom we have our sprouting seedlings, for cress, pumpkin, rosemary, beetroot, and coriander. Beside these we have two rocket plants and two mint.
If you’ve been contemplating starting your own herb garden or veggie patch I highly recommend it. It’s easy, fun, and cheap! We bought each plant for $2 at the Jan Powers’ Markets that are in (Brisbane) Queen St Mall every Wednesday.
Muesli with soy milk, Coyo (coconut yoghurt), strawberries, blueberries, brazil nuts, hazel nuts, and almonds.
Spiced Chickpea, Kale and Vegetable Pilaf
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 4-5 small potatoes boiled and quartered
- 1 red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 cups roughly shredded kale
- 1 large carrot grated
- 1 tin chickpeas
- 1/2 cup sultanas
- 1/4 cup cashews and chopped brazil nuts
- 4 truss tomatoes chopped
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp tumeric
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp nuttelex
- 1 tsp vegetable stock dissolved into 1/4 cup hot water
- 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley
- juice from 1/2 lime
- avocado slices to garnish
- Fry onion and garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil in a large fry pan or wok for 1 minute.
- Add spices and fry until fragrant - less than half a minute or so.
- Add potato quarters, salt, and half the nuttelex.
- Next add kale, carrot, tomatoes, sultanas, and chickpeas. Fry until kale is almost wilted.
- Stir through vegetable stock and mix until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- Stir through cooked rice and adjust seasoning as required.
- Finally, stir through nuts, parsley, and lime juice.
- Garnish with avocado slices, salt + pepper to taste, and additional lime juice.
Coconut water contains Vitamin C, Riboflavin and Calcium. It is a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.
If you can, drink it straight from the coconut. In it’s raw, unpasteurised form it contains enzymes that help detoxify and repair the body.
Since it is high in natural sugars, it is best consumed earlier in the day so your body has a chance to burn them off - the combination of sugars, hydration, and detoxifying enzymes make it a great way to start the day.
I was hesitant to try the fresh drinking coconut since I’ve only previously tried coconut water in a carton and it tasted (to me) like ‘vomit water’. But it is actually delicious, sweet and almost slightly syrupy with a light, fresh coconut taste.
Organic Penne Pesto with Avocado and Strawberry Salad
- baby rocket
- baby spinach
- cherry tomatoes
- carrot sticks
- Malaysian peanut satay marinated tofu, cubed
- peeled zucchini and zucchini matchsticks
- fresh squeezed lemon
- tahini dressing (optional/not pictured)
Home made hummus:
- 1 tin chickpeas, drained, rinsed
- 2 or 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 80ml olive oil
- 2 and a half tbsp tahini
- 1 to 2 tsp ground cumin
- Juice of 1 lemon
Place the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini paste, cumin and lemon juice in a food processor and process until combined.
Add 1/4 cup (60ml) of water and process again until quite smooth.
It is that easy. You can of course play around with ingredients and amounts and textures. Smoked paprika works well instead of, or as well as, cumin. If you like your hummus chunky, don’t add water.
- Steamed brown rice
- Ginger and soy fried tofu
- Mixed vegetable stirfry
- Peanut satay sauce
Fundies Wholefoods Cafe
07 3368 1855
219 Given Terrace
Zucchini, Potato, Spinach and Thyme Soup with Truffle Oil and Sourdough $12
I’m not a big soup person but this really impressed me. It was super thick and creamy and absolutely delicious.