VSS eNewsletter 1 December 2011

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
1 December 2011
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS

Heart Health at Next VSS Library Talk
 
Jackpot Auntie Donates to VSS
 
New VSS Corporate Member
 
2012 Veg Congress in Chiang Mai
 
VSS Inbox
 
GENERAL NEWS

Latest Issue of VegVibe Hits the Web
 
Using Tumblr to Promote Veg
 
Cooking Demo and Balm-Making Workshop
 
Veg Quotes
 
Debunking the Blood Type Diet
 
For MTV
 
Another Step Forward for Sharks
 
Festive Favourites from Halimah
 
Bad News: Global Meat Consumption Rises
 
Shalu's December Classes
 

On Sat, 10 December, we end our 2011 series of Library talks at Central Library with distinguished cardiologist, Dr V P Nair. Hope to see you there.
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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Heart Health at Next VSS Library Talk
VSS is proud to announce that Dr V P Nair is doing our next library talk. Dr Nair is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. He has published many scientific papers and has addressed many regional and international cardiology conventions, and gives regular lectures to doctors and nurses in Singapore and many other Asian countries.
 

Dr Nair's talk will be titled 'Healthy Heart: Benefits of Vegetarian Diet'.
Among the questions, Dr Nair will be addressing are:
 

•  What are the nutritional requirements of which vegetarians should take note?
•  Why are antioxidants important elements of a vegetarian diet?
•  How can we meet all our nutritional requirements?
 

When: Sat, 10 Dec, 1pm-2.30pm
Venue: Central Library, Multi Purpose Room, B1.
Price: Free, seats are on a first come, first served basis.
http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/Programmes/Wellness/39824/
Healthy_Heart__Benefits_of_Vegetarian_Diet.aspx

 
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Jackpot Auntie Donates to VSS

You have probably seen her story all over the new, the story of a local hawker's triumph over a casino and her generosity in donating much of her winnings to charity, including $2K to VSS. This heroine is Ms Choo Hong Eng, 58, the boss of Kwan Inn Vegetarian outlet located in Geylang, who is best known for her laksa. [Ms Choo is pictured here with VSS member Ngo Kau Wee.]
 

Ms Choo has been a vegetarian since three years old, following the diet of her adoptive parents. About 26 years ago, she started her business in veg food, as a self-taught chef. Since then, she has developed her own versions of popular local food fares such as laksa, nasi lemak and "chicken" rice. She graciously shared that one of the special ingredients in her famous laksa is seaweed, which gives it that "sea flavour" without using dead animals.
 

If you'd also like to donate to VSS, details are at http://www.vegetarian-society.org/support_vss (scroll down to near the bottom of the page). Donating to VSS doesn't guarantee that you will be lucky at the gambling table or that you will strike lottery, but it does guarantee that you'll be helping to educate the public about the many benefits of moving towards a plant based diet.
 

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New VSS Corporate Member

M. Rameshon is one of the living legends of Singapore vegetarianism. He has held the SG national record in the marathon since the mid-1990s. Until earlier this year, Rameshon taught PE at Hwa Chong Institution. Just recently, he decided to strike out on his own, specialising in coaching anyone from top athletes to preschool children.
 

VSS met recently with Rameshon to explore areas of collaboration, and Rameshon purchased a VSS corporate membership (only $100/yr) for his company. Here are the company's details:
 

Name: Flexi Fitness
Phone: 91004369
Email: m.rameshon@gmail.com
Web: www.runningcoachsg.com
 

Mission: We take care of health, fitness and performance.
 

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2012 Veg Congress in Chiang Mai

25-27 Nov, 2012 are the dates of the 5th Southeast Asian Vegetarian Congress (SEAVC-5), to be held at Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. In addition to the usual array of lectures, workshops, food fair and cultural shows, this congress is timed to coincide with Thailand's famous Loy Krathong Festival.
 

This is a chance to meet veg activists from Southeast Asia and beyond, as well as to enjoy a wide range of Thai veg dishes. For more information, contact Professor Dr Maitree Suttajit at maitree.suttajit@gmail.com
 

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VSS Inbox

1. Occasionally, VSS receives email asking where to locate certain hard to find ingredients. Sometimes, it takes asking lots of people to find the solution, and one way to get help from lots of people is to send your question to the VSS Forum:
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/my_forums
 

Another free service provided by VSS.
 

2. To those of us who grew up in SG or who have lived here for a while, finding veg food is seldom a problem, but to our fellow vegetarians or meat reducers who are new to our garden city (or is it city in a garden?), finding veg food can be temporarily problematic. Here is an email from one such person, followed by VSS's reply.
 

I was looking out for some places where I can have vegetarian in Singapore and found your organisation.
 

I was surprised and am curious to know more. I have been a vegetarian for 11 years and left non-veg by choice. (I simply did not want to kill animals for food)…I was very young when I did this and now its simply a habit. It's quite a task searching for vegetarian in Singapore and almost punishing. I was hoping for some suggestions and meeting like minded people since I am new to this city.
 

Please do get in touch, waiting to learn more, once again, truly intriguing…
 

Thanks for being vegetarian and for contacting VSS. You'll soon see that SG is one of the world's best countries for finding vegetarian food, and every year, the veg scene becomes livelier. For instance, the Food Outlets list on our website lists more than 500 veg eateries: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/?q=fdl.
 

Also, we have a veg restaurant guide, which can be purchased at book shops - http://www.vegetarian-society.org/?q=products#02 - with an iPhone version at http://mobyfab.com/blog/vss-foodguide-is-top10-app-in-singapore. Plus, if you don't mind eating veg food at non-veg eateries, more and more such establishments have more and more veg options.
 

Last but not least, if you want to meet new people (some veg, some non-veg) at the same time you are meeting new eateries, check out some of the events held by Singapore Vegetarian Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/singapore-vegetarian.
 

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Latest Issue of VegVibe Hits the Web Using
The Nov-Dec, 2012 issue of SG own veg magazine, VegVibe, is now available for your reading pleasure at http://vegvibe.com/VegVibeNov11.pdf. The cover story features VSS stalwart, Clarence Tan (pictured here). Clarence has played a key role in such VSS ventures as the revamp of our website, www.vss.sg; our Singapore Vegetarian Food Guide, http://www.vegetarian-society.org/sitemap?q=products#02; our Meat Less in Singapore brochure, http://www.vegetarian-society.org/files/meat-less.pdf; and our Wall of Inspiration exhibition posters, https://picasaweb.google.com/
vsspics/WallOfInspiration#
. You'll enjoy Clarence's memorable answers to VegVibe's interview questions.
 

In addition, this issue of VegVibe includes the usual healthy harvest of recipes and restaurant reviews, plus something new: an introduction to the comic book Seven Years in Dog-Land, which explores we humans' relationship with our fellow animals. Additionally, those looking for more ways to go green will find some new opportunities. Last but not least, discover The Veg School - www.thevegschool.net - a place to learn about all things veg.
 
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Tumblr to Promote Veg

Many social media platforms help us spread the word about veg. Perhaps the two most famous are Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/vegetariansocietysingapore - and Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/vssnews - and VSS uses both of them.
 

Another player in the social media field is Tumbler - https://www.tumblr.com - a microblogging site. Here's one local veg blog on Tumblr:
http://veganash.tumblr.com. Maybe Tumblr could help you share your views and experiences.
 
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Cooking Demo and Balm-Making Workshop
Date: 4 Dec, Sun
Program Title: Exercise, Cooking Demo and Balm-Making Workshop at Marsiling
Time: 7am - 2pm
 
Programme Itinerary

7am:  Gather at Marsiling MRT station for Morning Walk
8am:  Healthy Juice and Vegetarian Breakfast at Ashwood Grove
9am:  Cooking Demo on 2 types of Juices and Oatmeal Waffles
10am:  Sharing and Demonstrating Liver Cleanse Procedure
11am:  Cooking Demo on Myanmese Bitter Gourd, Vegetarian Promfet and Non-Deep Fried Tempeh.
12 noon:  Healthy Vegetarian Lunch with Wild Rice
1pm:  Balm-making Workshop.
2pm:  Home Sweet Home
 
Fees:  $60/person
Contact:  Wong Kee Yew - 9117.5756
 
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Veg Quotes

Some VSS members are very fond of collecting and sharing relevant quotations. Below are two. The first was found on the Tumblr site mentioned above: http://veganash.tumblr.com
 

Quote #1: Many of your friends and family are confused, thinking people are omnivores, needing both meat and plants in their diet. We only appear to be omnivorous because we have the ability to "doctor up" meat with salt and sauces (barbecue, sweet and sour, marinara, etc.) sufficiently enough to make it palatable. Prove this for yourself. The next person you meet head-on who claims meat is "tasty," stop him in his tracks and insist that he eat a large plate of plain, unseasoned, boiled beef or boiled chicken in front of you; note their displeasure. Then offer that same meal to the dog or cat and note how eagerly this critter devours the meat. You would be hard-pressed to find a person who did not enjoy a bowl of perfect, ripe bananas, but try to get your cat to eat this sweet food. I have a Rottweiler dog named Bodega who is a true omnivore and enjoys bananas as much as meat. A careful observer notices that an animal's taste buds are no mistake of nature — they clearly define the proper diet that the animal should eat. — John A. McDougall, M.D., www.drmcdougall.com
 

Quote #2: It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.
— Edgar W. Howe
 
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Debunking the Blood Type Diet

You've probably heard about the blood type diet, which claims that certain blood types, especially Type O, need to eat meat. Although the diet was formulated by a doctor, it lacks scientific support, as is explained in the following article. http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sc-health-1026-type-o-vegetarian-20111026,0,4134478.story
 

Do you want further evidence that the blood type diet is not credible? One of the world's top ultramarathoners, Scott Jurek, is Type O and a vegan: http://www.scottjurek.com/#/home. Scott has won the Western States 100 Mile (not km) Endurance Run a record seven straight times and in 2010, he set the US record in the 24 Hour Run: 165.7 miles!
 
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For MTV

These three very short videos were prepared for MTV by an organisation named Mercy for Animals: www.mercyforanimals.org. One nice characteristic of the videos is that little language is needed to understand them. The images do the talking. Mercy for Animals also produces many other worthwhile materials.
 

Should VSS use these videos (copyright is not an issue)? Please send your view to info@vss.sg
 
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Another Step Forward for Sharks

Peninsula, one of Asia's most prestigious hotel chains, recently announced that its nine hotels, including those in HK and China, will no longer sell sharks fin dishes, "in recognition of the threat facing the global shark population and in line with the company's sustainability vision".
 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/24/
shark-fin-peninsula-hotels

 
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Festive Favourites from Halimah
  Date Time Lesson
Description
Cost  
  3
Dec
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Savoury Pie Class
• Shepherd's Pie
 
• Flaky Mushroom Pie
 
• Curried Vegetable Pie
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three gorgeous pies using different techniques for the crust.
 
 
  3
Dec
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Going Fruity
• Moist Banana Cake with
Caramel Cream
 
• Apple Blueberry Cake with Vanilla Cream
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two different fruit based cakes that are sure to delight your family.
 
 
  4
Dec
(Sun)
10am-
1pm
Very Berry Desserts
• Apple and Blueberry Crumble
 
• Strawberry Oat Bars
 
• Red Cherry Pie
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Love berries? Enjoy them in these three yummy desserts
 
 
  10
Dec
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Christmas Party Tartlets
• Assorted Fruit Custard Tartlets
 
• Chocolate Mousse Tartlets
 
• Apple Berry Tartlets
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Impress your guests with these delectable morsels of sweet treats.
 
 
  10
Dec
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Christmas Finger Food
• Mini Crispy Mushroom Parcels
 
• Vegetable Pot Pies
 
• 'Meatball' Kebab with savoury tomato chutney
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Not sure what to make for your party? Learn three types of savoury treats that will leave your guests wanting more.
 
 
  11
Dec
(Sun)
10am-
1pm
Muffins On the Go
• Very Berry Muffin
 
• Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin
 
• Healthy Carrot Wholegrain Muffin
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three types of delicious and healthy muffins that make wholesome breakfast food.
 
 
  11
Dec
(Sun)
2.30-
5.30pm
Tea Time Cakes
• Walnut Cinnamon Cake
 
• Red Berries Crumble Cake
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
learn how to make two delectable cakes to be enjoyed during tea or coffee break.
 
 
  17
Dec
(Sat)
2-5pm Christmas Cookies
• Fruit and Nut Clusters
 
• Gingerbread Man
 
• Very Berry Shortbread bars
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Make your very own Christmas cookies to serve family and friends.
 
 
  18
Dec
(Sun)
2-5pm Vegan Cheezecake Class
• Mocha Cheezecake
 
• Blueberry Lemon Cashew Cheezecake
 
• Extra Recipe: Chocolate Cookie Crust recipe
$80
 
$80 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
A re-run of our popular cheezecake class, learn how to make dairy free vegan cheezecakes.
 
 
  24
Dec
(Sat)

10am-1pm

Chinese New Year Cookies
• Seasame Squares
 
• Almond Cookies with Sea Salt
 
• Chocolate Brownie Cookies
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Why buy when you can make your very own Chinese New Year cookies. Learn how to make some yummy treats for your guests.
 
 
 

Please email Halimah at halimah.i@gmail.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/Kalavira.Vegan.School.

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Bad News: Global Meat Consumption Rises

According to a recent report from the Worldwatch Institute, "Worldwide, per capita meat consumption increased from 41.3 kilograms in 2009 to 41.9 kilograms in 2010. People in the developing world eat 32 kilograms of meat a year on average, compared to 80 kilograms per person in the industrial world". http://www.worldwatch.org/global-meat-production-and-consumption-continue-rise-1
 

This is bad news for human health, for the environment and, especially for the animals who in increasingly large number live short lives full of suffering. Please help VSS do something about it by volunteering a bit of your time or donating a bit of your funds.
 
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Shalu's December Classes
  Dec 1, 7-10pm: Contemporary cuisine
This class is about taking vegetarian food to the next level and making every day gourmet meals, by injecting a bit of creativity and passion into our cooking!
 

Recipes:
Moroccan-spiced carrot soup, Marinated haloumi, spinach and tomato salad, Tofu steaks with saffron couscous
 

 
  Dec 8th, 7-10pm: Sri Lankan cuisine
Totally inspired by a recent trip, I bring you homestyle Sri Lankan food at its best. If you have not tried Sri Lankan cuisine, don't miss this chance to learn some authentic dishes - simple, yet flavourful and spicy curries with an interesting twist.
 

Recipes:
Eggplant 'momo', Okra in coconut curry, Tempered pepper mushrooms, Coconut sambol
 

 
  Dec 11th, 6-9pm: Vegan cuisine
This class is specially catered for vegans, but is open to everyone. Learn some healthy recipes using the most surprising ingredients to replace everyday dairy products. Low in fat, high in taste!
 

Menu:
No-cream of mushroom soup, Vietnamese savoury crepe with spicy dipping sauce, Spicy scrambled tofu
 

 
  Dec 15th, 7-10pm: Flavours of Vietnam
Classic Vietnamese dishes with a focus on using the freshest herbs and vegetables. Light and tasty, this is perfect summer cooking.
 

Recipes:
Fresh ricepaper rolls with nuoc cham, Vietnamese savoury crepe with dipping sauce, Spicy Tofu with Lemongrass
 

 
  Dec 17th, 10am-12pm: Indian vegetarian
Master the skills of cooking an authentic homestyle Indian meal from scratch. Great opportunity for those who love Indian food and want to re-create it at home!
 

Recipes:
Pan-fried potato cutlets with spicy chutney, Classic Channa Masala, Saag Aloo (Creamy spinach with potatoes)
 

 
  Dec 22nd, 7-10pm: Asian Tapas
Entertain in style by learning some tasty tapas, Asian style!
 

Recipes:
Vietnamese fried spring rolls with nuoc cham, Chickpea & potato cutlets with spicy chutney, Tofu & vegetable satays with peanut sauce
 

 
   

Classes are $100 each and will be held at Palate Sensations - includes cost of ingredients, printed recipes, apron, and a hands-on, fun cooking experience at a fully-equipped professional kitchen! Private classes also available at home; prices vary. Please email Shalu at shalua@hotmail.com for details.
 
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