Delicious simmer sauces

Juanita's Kitchen mole and Le Baobab simmer sauces

We look forward to the first Saturday of every month, because its Bundoora Farmers’ Market day. The May market was a couple of weeks ago now, but I have a reason for writing about it so late. I needed to test out a few lovely products I picked up, BEFORE I wrote about them – and tonight I’ve finished.

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Mad Cowgirls: vegan goodies close to home

Bookcase at Mad Cowgirls

Mad Cowgirls vegan grocery shop in Preston is a treasure trove of vegan goodies. The big advantage of this shop over the Cruelty Free Shop (for me) is that I can drop in quickly to grab something for dinner – because I can easily park nearby (with no parking metres!). They stock everything from Botanical Cuisine nut cheeses to chocolate-coated honeycomb (no honey, of course) to cute vegan jewellery and t-shirts, and even humane mousetraps.

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Update: Palm oil free Panko breadcrumbs

Just a quick update on my What’s that ingredient? post from last week.

Kooka Crumbs Panko breadcrumbs

In the post, I mentioned that the Nisshin Seifun Panko breadcrumbs contained palm oil. I hadn’t realised that until I got them home, and thought I’d have to search far and wide to find palm oil free Panko breadcrumbs.

Coincidentally, a couple of days ago I heard that there is another brand that is readily available in Australia, which doesn’t contain palm oil. Hooray!

Kook A Krumb (above) use canola oil instead. I found them in my regular supermarket, in the baking section.

That sick feeling

I’ve had a big weekend, and have a couple of new posts on the go…but I’ve had hideous computer/iPad problems today and…well, I don’t want to go into it, because I get that sick feeling. I’m sure you know the one.  :-/

Hopefully it’ll be sorted soon, because I have to report on all the food I bought and/or ate this weekend. And there was some really good stuff! 🙂

What’s that ingredient? Cheat sheet for new vegans

Panko Bread Crumbs

Yesterday I found Panko Breadcrumbs in the supermarket! This was exciting stuff for me. I come across lots of recipes that use them (thank you Isa Chandra Moskowitz!) and have never had any idea what they were or where to get them, and I’d given up looking. This time, I wasn’t even looking for them but they practically jumped off the shelf and hit me in the face.

This reminded me of all the ingredients I’d never used before I went vegan – and how much time I spent trying to figure out what they were, and then find them.

To help new and confused (particularly Australian) vegans, I thought it might be helpful to put together a list of the ingredients that stumped me.

So, if you don’t know your nooch from your Bragg’s, and have no idea where to start in finding besan flour or vital wheat gluten, this is the list for you!

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Save the chickens!

Partially de-feathered chicken, running free on the grass

It seems like everyone’s talking about chickens lately! If you were in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall a couple of weeks back, you might have seen the inaugural Melbourne Chicken Save rally. A few days later, Animals Australia launched their new campaign to raise awareness about factory farming of chickens, and finally, the chicks (do you like that?) at Our Hen House aired the first episode of their community/online TV show.

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