The Vegetarian


Vegetarianism from a child's point of view -

This video has already done the rounds... but I never get tired of watching it :-)

Onion free Vegetarian stock

August 17, 2016
Massel is now making their "Chicken-style" and "Beef-style" stock cubes onion and garlic free!
Of course these are also Gluten free and Vegan... but they have been for some time. This is a great boon for the "Sentient/Pure Vegetarians" out there (e.g. Jain and other asian vegetarians).


Probiotics may improve iron absorption

October 20, 2015
This is a small study, so we will have to wait for further research. But definitely something to watch. See the link below-

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May 14, 2015
Are you getting tired of all the newest "superfoods".
Every year, or even every few months there seems to be a "new" food available which will solve all our problems.
Here's a youtube webinar posted by Deakin University in Melbourne's Associate Professor Tim Crowe.

Superfoods and Supermyths

It's a really well thought out and well-researched presentation!

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Sugar Free Cereal

November 6, 2014
The other day I wandered up and down the cereal aisle at the local supermarket to search out a breakfast cereal that did not have either sugar or oil added to it. The healthiest cereal I could find still had honey added. I am certainly not impressed with the multitude of words now being used for what is essentially sugar - raw sugar, unrefined sugar, natural cane sugar, evaporated cane juice. That last one really annoyed me!

Of course you could be healthy and eat oats, porridge, muesli for bre...
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Lasagne variations

October 31, 2014
A healthier variation of my lasagne recipe. This is the variation I make most often now. There are two layers of the "meat" sauce, which is made with a higher portion of veggies, and a little less soy protein (hydrated textured vegetable protein). I am still using some sanitarium brand soy sausage to give the meat sauce more texture, and in this version I have also used some sanitarium casserole mince. The veggies (carrot, zucchini) I grate, rather than chopping, which makes the process quic...

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New Vegetables to try - Jicama

September 21, 2014
Jicama (pronounced Hicama) is a root vegetable native to South America. It is also known as the mexican bean yam, and popular in Asia by many other names.

It has a mild sweet taste BUT it is low in calories, and high in fibre, potassium and vitamin C.

This root vegetable is next on my list of things to find at the asian grocery. I'll upload recipe ideas in the coming weeks, watch out for them on the vegetables page.

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Egg-free desserts

January 20, 2014
Dessert is always about rich and sweet... it's often high in sugar and high in fat and therefore best eaten in small quantities.
For most vegetarians it's the best part of the menu at any restaurant, as we can eat almost all the sweets on offer :-)

But what if you can't eat egg?

When you cook and bake at home there are many ways to make your favourite desserts without egg. My favourite egg-replacement is besam (chickpea) flour. Use a tablespoon of flour mixed with a tablespoon of water as an eq...
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Sunday brunch

November 17, 2013

Whole grain toast with lightly browned tofu, tomatoes and spinach and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Yum!

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Eat more vegetables and live longer - the latest research...

October 19, 2013

A report in has brought my attention to a recent study  published in the American Journal of Epidemiology by a European research group - the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). We all knew intuitively that eating fruit and veg was good for us!... but now some compelling scientific evidence!

This particular paper finds that 3 out of 100 deaths could be prevented if everyone ate an extra 200grams of vegetables. This is mainly because of a reduct...

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Agedashi tofu - Japanese style Tofu

October 14, 2013
I love agedashi tofu! It is one of my favourite ways to eat tofu... If it wasn't for the deep-frying we could eat tofu this way much more often!
But how do they fry soft tofu??? without it falling apart!!!... well the secret... is to weight or press the tofu first.

Buy some fresh Japanese tofu from your local Asian grocery (you know the one... it says "Japanese Tofu" on it... comes in a white plastic tub with thin plastic over the top). Make sure the tofu is fresh - check the expiry date and ma...
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 About me

I've been a vegetarian for over 19 years... so obviously I have eaten a lot of vegetarian meals.

I am a Buddhist, which for me is very much related to my choice of lifestyle.

Finally, I have a background in health.

It will probably become obvious from my posts and articles how I combine these 3 aspects of my life.

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