LIVE, LIFE & VEGAN: BECAUSE YOU GIVE A S*@$: Light and Healthy ways to enjoy vegan recipes at any time of the day

Rose Loh, vegan author

 

Meet Rose Loh, the author of LIVE, LIFE & VEGAN: BECAUSE YOU GIVE A S*@$, which was published a few days ago. The book offers a collection of light and healthy ways to enjoy vegan recipes. 

 

It is very easy to be vegan, especially if you start with the right cookbooks. Rosa Loh has created a lovely collection with some fantastic vegan recipes. I got a chance to ask Rosa a few questions and I would love to share them with you. 

 1. Which is your favourite kitchen tool? My ultimate favorite is the SteeL Garlic Press. I love to cook with garlic. And secondly Prepworks from Progressive International GPC-4000 Fruit and Vegetable Chopper, which is easy and convenient!

 

2.What are your vegan cupboard/pantry essentials?My pantry essentials would be black beans, brown rice, quinoa pasta, almond flour, cashews, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, cranberries, organic pure cane sugar, basil, bay leaves, cayenne, chili powder, sriracha (my fav!), chipotle, lemon pepper, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic (dark). 

Vegan Buritto
3.What do you make when you are starving? When I’m starving I like to create my vegetable burrito. I use black beans, chopped onions, red and green peppers, jalapeno, fresh cilantro, avocado, cheese (depending on the day), less than a half of cup of corn, dipped in sriracha sauce.
4.Who is your culinary inspiration? My culinary inspiration would be my younger sister who passed away a few months ago. She is the one who started this greatness!
5.What is your best kept kitchen secret? Wouldn’t be a secret if I told ! :)

 

 You can get  Rose Loh book “Live, Life and Vegan”   now from Amazon .

 

 

 

 

6 Ways You Can Make Your Home Green-Friendly

As the cost of energy continues to increase at a steady rate, more people are looking to reduce their carbon footprint and make their home green-friendly. From energy-saving appliances to switching out your light bulbs, there are a number of ways to practice green habits and allow your home to be safe for both your family and the environment. To allow your home to become more eco-friendly, there are several simple steps to take.

1. Switch to CFL or LED Bulbs

You may enjoy the warm glow of an incandescent bulb, but the product uses the highest level of energy and has the shortest lifespan. Incandescent bulbs last an average of 8,000 hours compared to 1,200 hours with a CFL bulb. LED bulbs last even longer and can continue to function for up to 50,000 hours. Incandescent bulbs are also toxic to your health and the environment due to the mercury that it contains, whereas CFL and LED lights are RoHS compliant.

2. Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances

Many people stick to their outdated appliances in an attempt to save money since the products may still be in working condition. Although you may have a refrigerator or a washing machine that continues to get the job done, it is likely harming the environment and causing an abundance of fossil fuel emissions to be released. Energy Star appliances can reduce the energy usage of the home by up to 50 percent. They also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can save $100 annually for each appliance that is used in the home.

Although it may be an investment to purchase an Energy Star Appliance and toss out your old one, the U.S. government offers a number of rebates to households that upgrade.

3. Adjust the Thermostat

You may want to feel toasty in the dead of winter by having the heater run throughout the day, but doing so can significantly increase your home’s energy usage and leave you with a high bill each month. According toEnerystar.gov, up to half of of the energy that is used in the home is due to heating and cooling usage during the year. Opt for keeping warm with extra blankets and rely on a fireplace in the home to heat the interior space. You can also add rugs to bare floors or consider using a space heater in certain rooms that are used.

In the summer, opt for using ceiling fans to cool the home and hang heavy curtains to block out heat and light from the windows. You can also caulk around the doors and windows to reduce the amount of drafts. Replacing old insulation in the attic can also prevent extra heat from accumulating. Closing vents to unused rooms in the home is another step to take to prevent unnecessary energy usage from the HVAC system.

4. Take Shorter Showers

You may rely on taking a long shower to wake up each morning, but the habit reduces a high amount of water and can contribute to droughts. According to Housebeautiful.com you can install a low-flow showerhead to reduce the amount of water that is used while also keeping your showers limited to five minutes. Each minute in the shower uses an average of a gallon of water, making it important to be mindful of the resource and avoid using more than necessary.

green friendly home

5. Use Green Pest Control Services

Many people are unaware that they can protect their home from ants or cockroaches without relying on toxic chemicals. Green pest control services offers natural pest management with eco-friendly solutions. It will prevent toxic chemicals from being released into the air or from soaking into the soil on the property for a method that is safe for both residents and pets.

6. Avoid Bottled Water

Install a filter on your home’s water system to obtain clean drinking water without relying on bottled water. Bottled water contributes to pollution and uses the earth’s resources with 17 million barrels of oil needed to produce enough plastic for the U.S.’s demand. The life cycle of bottled water also uses fossil fuels and is known to contribute to global warming.

I am not a great fan of Jamie Oliver, but the man is making millions by education people about food and how to eat. So he must be doing something right I thought.

I do know, that Jamie Oliver is not a vegan. In my mind that is even more of a reason to use his recipe. It is a great invitation to more people to try and include more vegan meals and possibly go all the way vegan when they are ready. 

There is also a collection of 86 vegan recipes on his website, which seem very easy and tasty. I will be looking back into them for sure. 

This evening i was in a chocolate mood. I have been looking how we will be celebrating Easter this year as it will also be my eldest son birthday. He loves chocolate, so I decided to try Jamie Oliver’s chocolate brownie recipe. Mine is a bit different, but based on the same principles. 

Here is my recipe here. I love this cake. 

Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cake 

Prep time 20 minutes 

Cook time 25-30 minutes 

Here is what you need.

180 gr white plain flour
8gr baking soda

2 spoon full of ground flax seeds 

pinch of salt

squeeze of lemon juice (about 10 ml)

200 gr drinking chocolate (i used Green and Blacks’organic)

200 ml almond milk

100 gr. raw unrefined sugar

15 gr vanilla essence

50 gr. coconut butter

50 gr. cocoa butter

For the glaze

100 gr drinking chocolate
30 gr cacao butter
15-20 ml almond milk
dash of whiskey (optional)

100 gr. hazelnuts( you can use any other nuts or anything else that you like)

Method 

First preheat the oven to 180*C degrees.

In a large bowl sieve the flour and add to it the salt and the baking soda. Mix together.
In a small pan put the coconut oil, the cacao butter with the sugar and the drinking chocolate. Melt and mix well. Then add to it the milk with the sugar and the lemon juice and the vanilla essence.

Next add everything together in the big bowl and gently mix and fold together. You will get a very thick and gooey mixture.

Pour into your baking tray and place into the preheated oven.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

While the cake is in the oven melt your cacao butter with the drinking chocolate. If you are using unsweetened cacao powder you need to add some sugar to the mix as well.

Once your cake is ready gently cover with the chocolate glaze and decorate with your roasted hazelnuts.

 

This vegan chocolate brownie cake is simply divine, nutty and rich. Highly recommend you to try it if you love chocolate. 

 

Enjoy!