Burgers, chips and banana splits

banana split with strawberries and chocolate almond ice cream

Yesterday the sun was shining again. We walked the dog, and then I felt all inspired to do homey things. I started by sweeping leaves and then planted some new lettuces. That was enough outdoorsy stuff for me! I retreated to the kitchen to find something delicious to make for dinner.

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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! 🙂

Water crackers: palm-oil-free alternatives

With all my talk about palm oil, I set myself the task of finding palm-oil-free substitutes for all my regular shop-bought baked goods.

Not easy work, as I soon found out. There are so many tricky ingredients on the labels that are probably palm oil, but don’t specifically say so. I’ve decided that everything that doesn’t specifically say it’s NOT palm oil, probably is. So, if they say “vegetable oil”, I’m going to (pretty safely) assume it’s palm oil. After all, if they went to the trouble of not including palm oil, I’m sure they’d be putting that on the label. Continue reading

Old men of the forest need our help!

orangutan_kabir

©Kabir 2013

This week I’ve seen and read so many hideous and disturbing things about our treatment of animals!

I already knew that a lot of this was going on, and that is the main reason I’ve been vegetarian for almost 20 years, but tonight, one awful image of a bloodied and beaten orangutan made me take a closer look into palm oil production.

The only way we are going to save these animals is if we make sure that palm oil production is unprofitable.

We just have to stop buying products that contain palm oil!

Unfortunately, that’s not as easy as it sounds, because Australian manufacturers aren’t required to label palm oil as “palm oil”. Continue reading