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Sometimes reading a recipe with no pictures can be a pain, even with pictures we try our best to imagine what it might look like and so our favourite place to get step by step vegan recipes instructions will be on Youtube! When we google vegan fish, vegan pie, vegan lemon cake etc, we are spoilt for choices. Here, we share our top 5 favourite and most loved vegan youtube bloggers that seem to make vegan cooking look effortless, easy and so fun! They are not in specific order and the first will be The Edgy Veg. This lady is really funny, talks crazy, acts silly and literally comes up with the coolest vegan recipes in town! If you have always wanted to rekindle your love for “Mcdonald’s” food she has the whole range all veganized:)

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The second guy will be Peaceful cuisine Royaya. This japanese site is so clean, simple and easy to follow. Somehow he makes vegan cooking and baking look so cool! Another thing we find useful is how he shows the packaging of where each ingredient comes from as well. We are really impressed that he uses 90% organic products most of the time:)

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The third in line is Vegan cooking with love. We have tried a few of her recipes and they are always as good as it looks! Best part, she uses fuss-free ingredients and the instructions are well paced and always look so yummy!

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The fourth blogger is Fully Raw by Kristina. This raw vegan chef and celebrity is such a star! Every single recipe she creates is colourful, energetic and so lively! Once in a while, we do enjoy eating raw cakes but the only pet peeve we have with raw food is the repetitive flavour of dates and coconut oil that is in most recipes. If you guys know how we can make more alternatives to raw food, leave us a comment!

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The last is Chloe Coscarelli, we are huge fans of her cookbooks and seeing her cook and talk at the same time over our favourite recipes is just a bonus! If there is a particular youtube vegan blogger you have which we must know of, please share with us!

Metta Cats FundRaising Event at Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant, Chinatown

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If you follow our instagram, you would have seen our cats and know how much we adore them:) Recently, we attend a Metta Cats fund-raising event at Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant and met more like-minded cat lovers.

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For $60 a person, we had a feast of a 9 course vegan meal and it was delightful. The flavours were great and the portions sizes were just right for 7 of us seated in the same table. We chatted about cats and about more cats and we look forward to attending more animal fund-raising and sharing groups! If you are interested to give back or help Metta cats, there is an adorable Ken Ken and Gold D meal set at Well Dress Salad Bad (run by the daughter of Eight Treasure Vegetarian Restaurant boss) or you could like their facebook page and follow the cats adventures and help out if you are free!

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Eight Treasure Vegetarian Restaurant

Open daily: 11am – 9 pm (last order 8.30 pm)
Every 1st and 15th day of the lunar calendar: 8am – 9pm
(Dim Sum available for breakfast)

For reservation, please call 6534 7727
Address: 282A South Bridge Road Singapore 058831
(next to Buddha Tooth Relic Temple)
Nearest MRT: Chinatown and Outram

Event Update: Cowspiracy Screening at Eight Treasure Restaurant Jan 15 2014

Lenny and Larry The Complete Cookie Series by The Fitness Grocer

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Vegan Desserts and sweets are usually one of the hardest things you can find readily available in Singapore, as most of them contain eggs, milk or butter. Most recently we have been spotting The Complete Cookie by Lenny’s and Larry’s around most vegetarian/vegan grocery shops or cafes. The friendly guys from The Fitness Grocer sent us a vegan package filled with all the flavours ranging from Oatmeal raisin, pumpkin spice to double chocolate flavour.

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Each cookie contains no animal products, no dairy products and no preservatives. With 16 grams of protein, 6 grams of fibre, 0 grams of trans fat and 0 grams of cholesterol, this was a perfect guilt free snack. We tasted all the flavours and ended up loving the double chocolate and chocolate the best. The cookie was surprisingly really big (the size of my hand) and the chocolate bites were plentiful. It is good for a quick snack in between busy work days when you have to skip lunch or great for an afternoon tea snack. We tried crushing them to make them into cake crumbs. The cookie is sold at a really affordable price of $3.30 each and we wished it came crunchy instead of it being like a soft cookie.

We want to thank Pirapong from The Fitness Grocer for this kind offer and they are also offering our readers a special online shopping discount! All you need to do is:

Head to their website and key in GOVEGAN at check out for a 5% off all Lenny and Larry Complete Cookie product at their online store. This is exclusive and just for our readers. This discount code will last till 28 Feb 2015.

Our first Charity Initiative: VEGAN COMMUNE FUND-A-THON 21 March 2015

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Hi Guys!

HAPPY NEW YEAR:)

Sorry for the lack of posts as we got busy partying and working till 2014 ends. We have super exciting news to share in coming months with a BRAND NEW website, up-to-date features and more content of course:) To kick start this year, we decided to create a community-sharing fund raising program called “VEGAN COMMUNE FUND-A-THON”.

This idea started at work (Choo Yilin Jewellery) when we were tasked to think about how would we spend $200 with the caveat that whatever we spent on, it had to benefit at least 10 other souls (humans and furry pals included!). Bonus points for creating maximum happiness to as many souls as possible. For my version, after discussing with Mr Vegan, we decided to host a Vegan Commune Fund-a-Thon private home party on

21 March 2015, Saturday!

Time: 12 noon & 3pm (2 slots)

Number of Guests: 12 pax (6 pax per session)

All proceeds will go to PETA! 

The menu will include an all-day breakfast brunch menu/buffet with cereals with many non-dairy milk choices, pancakes, and desserts at the price of $60/pax!

How do I take part:

1. If you are interested to take up in this charity challenge and dine with us, email us at mrandmrsvegan@gmail.com

2. You will be required to make a $60 upfront to secure your seat as seats are limited!

3.If you think the price is exorbitant the price can be brought down/offset! All you have to do is get involved in a charity of your choice!

4.$10 dollars will be refunded for every 3 hours of charity performed, up to a maximum of 30 dollars.

5. Take a picture of yourself holding a piece of paper with the written date and time on which you were involved at the charity venue itself. When we meet in person at the party, we will refund you back the charity hours you have contributed:)

5. Funny moments captured will be a plus!  Hashtag us on instagram at ‪#‎mrandmrsvegan‬‪ #‎vegancommunefundathon‬

6.  We will be looking forward to hearing your stories in person and will also be featuring you on our blog!!

The act of charity can involve anything from spending time with old folks, orphans, to helping out at animal shelters etc. However do note that we are vegan, and so for coherence to our values, we would appreciate that the charitable act does not involve any human consumption of meat or animal products.

Email us at mrandmrsvegan@gmail.com to sign up or if you are curious about this event! To more sunshine and smiles in the world:) ‪#‎vegan‬ ‪#‎vegancharity‬ ‪#‎vegansupperclub‬ ‪#‎vegancommunity‬

We are now on facebook at www.facebook.com/mrandmrsvegan where we share more candid insights and pictures of our daily vegan journey.

Face to face with The Dalai Lama- Dharamsala, India

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For those who follow our instagram @mrandmrsvegan, you guys would have known that we were in Dharamsala and that we met up with The Dalai Lama. Returning from the trip, we thought it would be good to pen down our thoughts and our experiences.

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“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not a luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”

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“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.”

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Some places and people and animals we met during the trip.

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It was a dream come true as we got to see authentic Tibetan mandalas in person and they were magnificent!

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“Whether you believe in God or not does not matter so much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much. As a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.”

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These are simple universal truths by the Dalai Lama. I think this is what I have always liked about him: The freedom from dogma, his passionate compassion, and most of all his utter willingness to undermine his own position and authority to state what really matters. Thus, when this lifetime opportunity arose (our eternal gratitude to Tara, whom we met at the Chicks Eat Vegan event, and who helps organise the Southeast Asian teachings for His Holiness), we dropped all our plans to sign up for the teaching sessions – barely a week before the registration closed!

I must state for the record that my wife and I are not proponents of any particular religion (although perhaps I gravitate more towards the philosophy of Buddhism and have always been inspired by the possibility of understanding actual interdependent reality beyond our perception of forms). But at this point I am compelled to highlight the response of a young couple (who were our group leaders) we met at the teachings when Priscilla asked them if they were Buddhist.

With no hesitation at all they said – “We’re still trying to be.”

I think they’re definitely on the right path, wouldn’t you agree? I wish we get these kinds of replies more often.

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As for the Dalai Lama’s teachings, they range from the esoteric to the personal. But I’ll share a couple of awesome quotes from His Holiness:

(On being asked on what has been the greatest test to his faith throughout all his years)

“I think… Nothing!” (It was not just the response but the conviction in his voice when he said that)

(On the issue of the need for a wider study into secular ethics amongst the youth of today to stem the growing tide of inequality and corruption within governments)

“There is corruption in many countries, some more, some less. Like Singapore… Very low corruption I think.” (at which point someone mumbled about Singapore having no corruption).

“NO corruption??? I don’t believe!! Hahaha! Okok maybe Singapore, no corruption. But I know some Tibetan friends. So corrupt. Now? They are Singapore citizen!”

I think I’m a fan.

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A Vegan Commune- An initiative by Mr and Mrs Vegan Private Home Kitchen

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This event took us a long time to decide and practice and finally we thought – let’s be crazy and do it! Having attended a few private home kitchen dinners in our travels, we were always hunting down unique and special dining experiences. In the same fashion, we are hoping to open our doors to welcome like-minded vegan, vegetarians, meat eaters or even tourists to our home. We have been preparing for this event for almost a year and have invited friends and acquaintances to give us their honest and most brutal comments. So far, they have all been really supportive to give us a GO so we are taking the plunge!

Here are some information about the event:

Date 13th December 2014 (FULLY BOOKED!)
Day/Time Saturday, 730pm
Theme Vegan Christmas Special
Tickets $35 per pax
To Register Email us at mrandmrsvegan@gmail.com with your name, your contact number and how many seats you will be getting. We only have 6 seats for this session.
Registration deadline 5th December 2014, Friday, 12pm
Menu(Pls note garlic and onions are used) It will be a surprise menu which comprises of the following which I will share with confirmed guests a week before the event
A starter
A Soup
A Main Dish
A Dessert
Two homemade drinks (non-alcoholic)
A gift to take home with

Here are some extra FAQs you might be burning to ask:

1. What is vegan food?

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. It aspires to a kinder, more caring and more equal society. Vegan food therefore does not contain any meat or animal products such as eggs or dairy. We welcome anyone who aspires to such a philosophy or who just is curious about what vegan food is like.

2. Why are we doing this?

  • We would like to use this unique and personalized platform to create more awareness about Veganism.
  • We would  like to meet new people who are open to give vegan food a try.
  • We are hoping to raise funds for the maintenance of our blog and our upcoming Mr and Mrs Vegan website.
  • We believe the trend and acceptance of private home kitchen will be blooming in the coming years.
  • We have a dream of opening our own Mr and Mrs Vegan restaurant/cafe in the future and this sets our first step towards reaching our dream.

3.Who will be cooking the dishes?

Mrs Vegan aka Priscilla will be the chef of the day! Her credentials are zero but if you count her cooking and experimenting for 2 years on vegan home cooking dishes, I say you give her some credit (fingers crossed). If you are still very worried, maybe check out our instagram page and see if you are convinced to give us a chance. You could also ask Mr Vegan what he thinks. Most likely, he will say it’s been awesome so far.

4. Is this also known as a supper club?

Yes! Supper clubs also known as underground restaurants are super popular in the UK/USA/Japan/HK but in Singapore, the concept is kinda crazy and unheard of.  The idea behind this is a social dining eating experience operating out of someone’s home. They are, in effect, paying dinner parties. They are usually advertised by word of mouth or guerilla advertising,and may require references to make a reservations.  The only difference between most supper clubs and our Vegan Commune event is that WE WILL DINE with our guests too. So if you are expecting us to just serve you and leave you alone for the night, this event is not for you. The whole idea is for us to know you and for you to know us. So what better way than to have us join you guys in the meal and we can talk cock* through the night (*in singlish it means keep on talking and talking about random stuff, intelligent stuff and funny stuff)!

4. Who will come to this?

If you are up for trying out new places to eat, meet and dine with new people. Or if you have always been very curious what vegan food can taste like- then this is for you. Please note that this isn’t food that you will find in restaurants and each dish is made with love and home style equipments.

5. Where is the secret location?

It will be in our home we share with our 3 flurry cats, Cutie, Sweetie and Ah Kin and Roland’s Mum. We will also announce our home location only to guests who have made ticket payment and the address will be shared on the day of the event. Our place is right in the centre of Singapore and is right above an MRT station so do not worry about accessibility.

6. What is the food going to be like?

A mix of tried and tested popular vegan dishes ranging from western, mexican, italian, chinese, japanese, indian cuisines. It is really a big big world out there filled with vegan dishes and we are hoping to do theme menus.

7. How many people will I be dining with?

Our 6 guests (including you) plus 2 of us. Sometimes, we might rope in our mum (she is cool) or even add extra chairs for our friends so you can meet more people. We might increase the number of guests to a maximum of 6 depending on the responses we get after this event.

8. What if I want to come alone?

Sure, why not? That is definitely part of the experience. We hope through this we can bring together a group of people, be it strangers or friends to chat and bond over good food in a casual, relaxed and homely setting. If you are a tourist, this will be the perfect way for you to see how a local vegan family live and dine in Singapore.

9. What if I do not like dining with strangers?

Our minimum number of guests to kick start our Vegan Commune event is to have 4 guests, if we only have 1 or 2 guests we will cancel it and schedule it on another day or give you a refund if other dates do not work. If there are 3 guests, we will most likely go ahead. If in an event you are not able to turn up, please inform us a day before so that we can refund your ticket and find a new guest in time. This will enable us to have some time to go through our wait list and find a new guest replacement. If you do not inform us a day in advance or there is no show, we will not be able to refund the ticket amount as we have already prepared your share and it is fair that you respect the time and effort we set aside for you as well.

10. Can I select my own dates?

At this stage, no. It could happen in the near future and it depends on our work schedule.

11. Can I get this ticket for a friend as a surprise?

Sure, we do not see why not. But it will be wise to prep him or her and meet her expectations in case she is expecting full-on butler services or fancy musicians canoodling her/him away through the night. Mr Vegan might act as a back-up singer or guitarist if you are really serious about impressing your surprise guest:P But I say let’s not bet on that to happen and no refunds allowed

12. What if I am scared of cats?

If you have any allergy to cats or prefer if they are not chilling around your legs, let us know in advance and we can keep them safe in our rooms.

13. What kind of special diets do you cater to?

At this point, we do not cater to gluten free diets and we cook mainly with garlic and onions. We also use nuts in our cooking and desserts.

14. What if the food is not to my liking?

We are not able to please everyone but we hope you will enjoy our food.

We hope the FAQs helped answer any questions you guys are having! We cannot contain how excited and equally nervous this event mean to us and if you have any ideas or suggestions or just want to say hi to us, write to us at mrandmrsvegan@gmail.com.

Homemeals: Vegan Japanese Feast with homemade vegan soba sauce

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A couple of months back, we were craving for Japanese food and I decided to reference some recipes we picked up from our vegan cooking class in Kyoto, Japan last year and also some new ones from this amazing book called Cooking with Soy by Yoshiko Takeuchi. This book have so many mouth-watering recipes and the photography makes you want to eat japanese fusion vegan food everyday! Another thing I love about this book is how each recipe comes with photos of how it looks like. This was one of the key reasons why I was dying to get my hands on this book.

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Our guests were blown away by how tasty they all turned out to be for first attempts! They are really easy to whip up and just require some patience and of course lots of pretty dining-ware to make the experience more wholesome:P

Each guest had green tea soba with homemade vegan soba sauce (I made this a day before so that it can be served chilled), Hiyayakko cold silken tofu with chopped scallions and dark sauce. They also each had their own platter of oyster mushroom and shiitake mushroom kakiage dipped with green tea and himalayan pink salt, japanese sesame peanuts and black sesame miso I got from Isetan.

 Oyster Mushroom and Shiitake Mushroom Kakiage with Green Tea Salt (taken from Cooking with Soy Book)

Kakiage is a type of tempura made with different ingredients that have been sliced and mixed in tempura batter. Then a pancake-like shape is made when deep-frying. Traditionally tempura batter is made from flour, egg and water. It is very hard to make it crispy with the traditional batter and this recipe is not only vegan, gluten-free and super crispy!

Ingredients

2 packets of oyster mushroom, broken into mini bunch

1 packet of shiitake mushroom, stems removed

Batter

4 tablespoon brown rice or rice flour

4 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

80ml water

Neutral oil for frying (I used grapeseed)

Green tea salt 

1/2 teaspoon green tea powder

2 teaspoon himalayan pink salt

Method:

1. Mix the batter together and make sure you coat all the ingredients well with flour, otherwise oil will splash while frying. Add water and mix well.

2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. The oil will be ready when you drop a small piece of food into the oil and it floats to the surface straight away. If the food floats but gets burnt, the temperature is too high.

3. Push the mixture into oil and make fry until all edges of the kakiage becomes golden brown and then turn to cook the other side.

4. Rest on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil

5. To make tea salt, combine salt and tea powder

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This dish was the star of the night! We learnt it in Kyoto a year back and was thinking of re-creating this dish after seeing some fresh burdock stems in Isetan Japanese supermarket. It is super easy to whip up and the taste is DIVINE and savoury!

Kinpira (pan fried root vegetables)

Ingredients:

2 cups of Root vegetables (we used 2 sticks of burdock root and 3-4 carrots, julienned)

1 teaspoon of Sugar

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of sesame seeds ( we added 3 times more!)

1 teaspoon of mirin

1 teaspoon of oil

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

Method:

1. Cut vegetables into strings or in slices.

2. Cook them in a frying pan with oil (burdock needs a bit extra cooking time).

3. Add sugar and keep cooking until it is dry.

4. Add soy sauce and cook until liquid is cooked off, then add a dash of mirin to give moisture.

5. Cook off alcohol in mirin.

6. Turn off the heat and add sesame seeds and sesame oil

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If you ever see black sesame miso in Isetan or any Japanese market, please tell us! This one was specially flown in for a miso food festival and is one of the best miso we have ever tasted. It is such a pity we finished the whole box we bought and we are still thinking and craving for this yummy cold cucumber miso dip.

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Last but not least, I thought it will be great to end the night with a Japanese raw green tea cheese cake and surprisingly it tasted seriously good! It was one of my better raw cakes experiment:) Note that I did not use brazil nuts, figs and substituted it with almonds and dates instead. I cannot wait to create another japanese vegan feast again!

Come celebrate World Vegan Day with us – 1st November at Annalakshmi

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We are really proud to be vegans and if you are like us, join us and Singapore Vegetarian Society on 1st November 2014 for

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Venue: Annalakshmi

             #01-04 Central Square, 20 Havelock Road

(Nearest MRT station is Clarke Quay exit B or Chinatown exit E

Date & Time: Saturday 1st November 2014, 7-10pm

Fee: $25 (VSS members) $35 (non members)

Besides a sumptuous Indian Vegan Buffet dinner, Dr. Michael Greger  from Nutritionfacts.org will joining in via Skype to answer any questions to do with nutrition, food safety and health issues. Another guest of the evening will be Carel Lim who is trained in the fields of human nutrition, food science, and health promotion. We have a few burning questions we would like to ask and what better way to celebrate World’s Vegan Day with good company, delicious vegan food and a chance to learn more about healthy living.

Click here for registration as seats are limited and looking forward to meeting all of you there:)

 

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