VSS eNewsletter 15 February 2012

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
15 February 2012
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS

VSS AGM
 
New Corporate Members
 
In the Media
 
VSS at Animal Welfare Symposioum
 
World Water Day
 
'So Frail and Weak'
 
VSS Inbox
 
GENERAL NEWS

Healthy Lifestyle Classes
 
New Classes from Ami's Veggie Heart
 
The Latest from Halimah
 
Veg Salad Bar Near Orchard
 
Little Green Café
 
New Restaurant in Bukit Timah
 
Stats on SG Food Consumption
 
How I Became a Vegan
 
21-Day Healthy Challenge in Mandarin
 

VSS is changing the schedule of the e-newsletter you are now reading. To devote time to other activities and because of our use of online tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, the VSS E-Newsletter will appear in your Inbox only once a month or perhaps less often.
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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VSS AGM
The VSS Annual General Meeting will be held on Sat, 3 Mar, 3–6pm, at Kampung Senang Holistic Lifestyle Centre, Blk 106, Aljunied Crescent, #01-205, Singapore 380106, 5 mins walk from Aljunied MRT. All attendees will be given a copy of the Annual Report for 2011 and a special door gift.
 
You can also download the Annual Report here.
 
•  3pm: Registration
•  Screening of excerpts from the Forks Over Knives documentary.
 
Agenda:
a. President's welcome
b. Minutes of the 12th AGM
c. Annual report for 2011
d. Financial report for 2011
e. Elect office bearers
f. Elect 2 honorary auditors
g. Any other business
 
Complimentary meals from Kampung Senang's organic kitchen will be provided after the AGM. To reserve your meal, please RSVP to events@vss.sg by Fri, 26 Feb.
 
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New Corporate Members

VSS is happy to welcome two new corporate members. The first, El Toro restaurant on Penang Road, is a restaurant that offers Latin cuisine, both vegetarian and non vegetarian: http://www.eltoro.com.sg
 
The second new VSS corporate member is probably already known to readers of this e-newsletter. VeganBurg is a vegetarian fast food restaurant, now with two outlets, one near Eunos MRT and, just opened last month, an outlet near Golden Shoe Food Centre: http://www.veganburg.com
 
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In the Media

VSS members have been active in writing to local newspapers about issues relevant to our mission: educating the public about the many benefits of eating less or no meat.
 
Here are some of our writings that were published:
 
http://www.vegetarian–society.org/
files/20120107STForum.pdf

 
http://www.vegetarian–society.org/files/
20120110TODAY.pdf

 
http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120125-
0000036/Balance–is–key–in–a–good–vegetarian–diet

 
Please note that many publications, including print publications, such as Straits Times, also have online venues for readers' comments. We need the pro-veg public to make our voices heard.
 
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VSS at Animal Welfare Symposioum

VSS will be on hand at the Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium and Public Forum on Animal Welfare Policies, Sat, 25 Feb, 8am–5pm, Chong Pang CC, 21 Yishun Ring Road, S. 768677. Details at http://www.acres.org.sg/events/2ndforum.html.
 
Organised by our friends at ACRES – www.acres.org.sg. Seats are on a first come, first served basis; registration recommended: http://www.acres.org.sg/events/register.html
 
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World Water Day

Every year, the United Nations organises World Water Day to focus attention on how precious water is. This year, the theme is on food, including the hidden water in food, for example, everything we eat needed water. However, as the UN points out, some foods use and pollute more water than do other foods. In particular, the "water footprint" of meat tends to be much larger than the water footprint of plant based foods.
 
To raise public awareness of the hidden water in food, Veggie Thursday – www.veggiethursday.sg – a project of 25+ local NGOs (including VSS) is holding a dinner on 22 March, World Water Day. Visit the Veggie Thursday website or FB page for details.
 
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'So Frail and Weak'

For the VSS eNewsletter, editing duties are shared by Gangasudhan and George Jacobs. Recently, George received the following forwarded email from Shi'an who has at least two things in common with George: both eat plant based diets and both edit enewsletters. The email was sent to Shi'an by someone who is a former vegetarian.
 
I saw George Jacobs today. He looks so frail and weak and I think his Vegan diet is not well-balanced enough. However, I consider the odds. I shall stick to more Vegetables and little meat because it's beyond cost, efforts, ability, etc to go back to a Vegetarian diet again. I need to eat and very balance... not easy, look at Jacobs.
 
George replied:
 
Thanks for forwarding this. Always nice to know how others see you. Pls tell that person I challenge them to a swimming race, a walking race, or a tennis or badminton match. Cheers.
 
After a few minutes reflection, George added:
 
Actually, what bothers me more than what the comment says about me is what it says about how people think. Do their thoughts bounce around like a ping pong ball, so that when they see a vegan who, according to their definition, is healthy, they think being vegan makes you healthy, and then 10 minutes later, if they see a vegan who doesn't match their definition of healthy, they change their mind and think, "No, being a vegan will make me unhealthy".
 
Every five years, people should be required to do a refresher course in the scientific method. [if u don't mind, pls send this along, too. BTW, I'm perfectly happy to let this person remain anonymous. This discussion isn't personal.]
 
Later, George's new friend (as the Chinese saying puts it, "If we never fight, how can we ever come to know each other") replied directly to him:
 
I understand that Mr. Shi'an had emailed you my comment about you. First of all, I would like to extend my apologies for being rude.
 
Secondly, the reason why I am giving up on Vegetarianism is because I am having weak limbs and body. I also do not know what's the best way to go on a Vegetarian diet.
 
Due to the push from you and Mr. Shi'an, I decided to give another try on Vegetarianism, but I would urgently need "sample meals" (Chinese ones preferred) to get started. I would like to be a lacto-ovo for the time being. I think not all people are suitable for a vegetarian diet. Please help me reconsider vegetarianism again. Thanks.
 
Finally, George replied:
 
No offense taken. Indeed, I like it when people are frank.
 
I'm very glad that you have decided to give vegetarianism another try. As Shi'an pointed out, everyone is different, although 100s of millions of people in India seem to have done well on vegetarian diets.
 
Attached is a list of health professionals who have a special interest in vegetarianism. For their regular fee, they will be happy to help you assess any special needs you might have.
 
As to restaurants, firstly, vegetarian food abounds in SG, even at non-veg eateries. Also, many veg stalls offer egg dishes, and dairy products, while not common in Chinese eateries, are readily available at supermarkets, Italian eateries, Indian eateries and sandwich shops.
 
Good luck. Feel free to stay in touch. And my offer regarding tennis, etc. still holds. Cheers --george
 
BTW, it's very unlikely that anyone has ever described Ganga, the other editor of the VSS enewsletter, as frail and weak.
 
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VSS Inbox

1. Recently, someone wrote to VSS asking what our favourite veg restaurant is. Our answer is that we love all veg eateries. From the point of view of the chickens, pigs, cows and our other friends, every veg restaurant in a healthy, happy place, even better if they don't serve eggs and dairy. And, Mother Earth feels the same way.
 
If you were not very happy with the food at a veg place where you ate recently, why not make a gentle suggestion to one of the staff or the manager/owner?
 
2. Someone else asked about whether beer and other alcoholic beverages are plant based. The answer to that question, like with most food questions, is tricky. Here's the best information source we are aware of: http://www.barnivore.com/#
 
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Healthy Lifestyle Classes
Bliss & Wisdom Society will be conducting a series of vegetarian "Healthy Lifestyle Classes cum Cooking" from Mar-Apr in English. The lessons will focus on eco-friendly and healthy lifestyles.
 
Dates: All Sundays in Mar and Apr
 
Time: 3.30pm to 5pm
 
Location: 55A Lorong 27, Geylang (Yes Natural Bakery – 2nd storey), near Aljunied MRT Station.
 
Fee: FOC (Deposit of $40 required – refundable after 7 lessons attended)
 
Topics: Body and mind wellness, healthy vegan diet, cooking demo, etc.
 
Note: Participants are required to bring their own bowl or container for food tasting.
 
To register and make enquiries, please contact irissia66@gmail.com and kohleeyong@yahoo.com.sg
 
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New Classes from Ami's Veggie Heart

Ami's Veggie Heart is organizing Western cooking classes (soups, salads, dips, spreads) for those of you interested in learning how to prepare simple and healthy vegetarian meals.
 
 
  Fri 17th Feb, 11am-1pm
•  Hearty Minestrone Soup
•  Quinoa Salad
•  Corn Fritters
 
 
 
  Tue 21st Feb, 11am-1pm
•  Couscous Salad Sauteed: Mushrooms, Bell peppers, Eggplant
 
 
 
  Fri 24th Feb, 11am-1pm
•  Corn Soup
•  Dips/Spread: Guacamole, Eggplant, Pesto
•  Corn Fritters
 
 
 
  Tue 28th Feb, 11am-1pm
•  Vegetable Soup
•  Corn Salad
•  Salsa Sauce
 
 
 
 
Email ami@amisveggieheart.com or call 9144.6105 to register for any of the above sessions. Please sign up at least 3 days before to guarantee a seat. If there is demand for a specific menu, additional classes will be added on. Each class will be at SGD $70, payable on that day by cash. If you have a custom requirement for any specific item or menu or for weekend classes, please feel free to contact Ami at the above email or phone number to discuss.
 
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The Latest from Halimah
Here's what you need to know about Halimah's next batch of cooking classes.
 
 
 
  Date Time Lesson
Description
Cost  
  18
Feb
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Luscious Classic Cakes
• American Carrot Cake
 
• Classic Blackforest Cake
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two lovely classic cakes that will impress your family!
 
 
 
  18
Feb
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Cupcakes Galore
• Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Cream and Caramel Drizzle
 
• Green Tea Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream
 
• Banana Split Cupcakes
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three delicious cupcakes that will wow your family!
 
 
 
  25
Feb
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Going Fruity
• Fruit Custard Tartlets
 
• Apple Blueberry Crumble
 
• Banana Chocolate Tart with Caramelized Walnuts
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three delicious desserts to impress your guests.
 
 
 
  25
Feb
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Vegan Pizza Making Class
• Basic handmade pizza crust
 
• Homemade Pizza Sauce and Cheeze
 
• Hawaiian Pizza
 
• Almond Spinach Pizza
 
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make vegan pizza from scratch.
 
 
 
  3
Mar
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Delightful Desserts
• Rich Mocha Cake with Espresso Frosting
 
• Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
 
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two delectable cocoa based cakes that will delight your family!
 
 
 
  3
Mar
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Tea, Coffee or Cake?
• Blueberry Streusel Cake
 
• Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cake
 
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Does tea time feel boring without the slice of heavenly cake? Learn how to make two yummy and moist cakes that will pair nicely with your favorite hot beverage.
 
 
 
  4
Mar
(Sun)
2.30-
5.30pm
South Indian Spice Trail (Food Demo)
• Dahl Curry (Sambar)
 
• Tamarind Curry (Puli Curry)
 
• Vegetable Briyani
 
• Ayival (Mixed Vegetable with Coconut)
 
• Payasam (Sweet Sago and Vermicelli Porridge)
 
 
$60
 
$55 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Always wanted to learn more about South Indian food? Join us and learn how to prepare some of the mystical traditional South Indian dishes
 
 
 
  10
Mar
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Cookie Crack
• 'Oreo' Sandwich Cookie
 
• Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
• Cranberry Almond Cookies
 
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
It's not easy to stop the cookie snacking addiction. Why not learn how to make three wholesome cookies without synthetic chemicals or preservatives to serve them to your loved ones?
 
 
 
  10
Mar
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Don't Trifle with the Cobbler
• English Trifle (including vanilla cake recipe)
 
• Blueberry Cobbler
 
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make a traditional English Trifle with vanilla cake and custard and a fruity blueberry cobbler.
 
 
 
  11
Mar
(Sun)
2.30-
5.30pm
Delicacies of the Malay Archipelago (Food Demo)
• Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce
 
• Nasi Lemak with Homemade Chili Sambal
 
• Sambal Goreng (Tofu, Tempeh and Long Beans Stir Fry)
 
• Soymilk Bandung
 
 
$60
 
$55 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn the secrets of how to make fragrant, delicious yet healthy vegan Malay cuisine.
 
 
 
  17
Mar
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Go Fruits Over Tartlets
• Banana and Custard Tartlet with Chocolate Pastry Crust
 
• Tropical Fruit Tartlets
 
• Lemon Curd Tartlets
 
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three types of tartlets with various fillings and pastry crusts. It will become a party favourite!
 
 
 
  17
Mar
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Brownie and Scones
• Orange Hazelnut Scones
 
• Banana Date Scones
 
• Triple Chocolate Brownie
 
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make warm wholesome scones and a very chocolatey and fudgy brownie.
 
 
 
 
Email: halimah.i@gmail.com;
Website: http://vegbuzz.blogspot.com
 
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Veg Salad Bar Near Orchard
In support of the Veggie Thursday initiative, one non-veg restaurant has introduced Salad Bar Thursdays where a buffet spread of fruit, vegetables, legumes and bread has been lined up for diners. Launched on 24 Nov 2011, the 'experiment' has moved the eating establishment to improve on its regular vegetarian offerings and a new menu has been prepared since 27 Jan, available online at http://www.eltoro.com.sg/menu/vegetarian_menu.html, which has now transformed El Toro into a combination restaurant serving both veg and non-veg cuisine.
 
To further illustrate its commitment, the management of El Toro has also signed on as a corporate member of the VSS and has taken a 3-month advertisement space on the VSS website. You can view the logos and links to all our corporate members at http://www.vegetarian-society.org/CorporateMember.
 
El Toro Restaurant
Winsland Conservation House,
165 Penang Road, Level 2,
Tel: 6887.4787
Website: www.eltoro.com.sg
Opening Hours: Sun to Thu – 11:30am to 10:30pm;
Fri – 11:30am to 5:30pm; Sat – 6pm to 11pm
 
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Little Green Café

Little Green Café - www.littlegreencafe.com.sg - is an online hub promoting vegetarian cooking and a healthy lifestyle, offering cooking classes, menu consulting and a free recipe every month! They are also writing a city guide for vegetarian restaurants in Singapore which will be published this year.
 
Here are upcoming cooking classes by Shalu Asnani, Little Green Café's founder.
 
 
  Feb 16, 6-9pm: 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!
Menu: Moroccan-spiced carrot soup, Marinated haloumi, spinach and tomato salad, Tofu steaks with saffron cous cous.
 
 
 
  Feb 22, 10am-1pm: Sri Lankan cuisine
If you have not tried Sri Lankan cuisine, don't miss this chance to learn some spectacular homestyle dishes. The cuisine is simple, yet flavourful and consists mainly of spicy curries with an interesting twist.
Menu: Eggplant moju, Okra in coconut curry, Tempered pepper mushrooms, Coconut sambol.
 
 
 
  Feb 27, 10am-1pm: Flavours of Vietnam
Classic Vietnamese dishes with a focus on using the freshest herbs and vegetables. Light and tasty, this is perfect summer cooking.
Menu: Fresh ricepaper rolls with nuoc cham, Vietnamese savoury crepe with dipping sauce, Spicy Tofu with lemongrass.
 
 
 
  Mar 2, 10am-1pm: 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!
Menu: Spinach and vegetable koftas, Vegetable butter masala, Aloo gobi (Stir-fried cauliflower and potato), Cucumber & mint raita.
 
 
 
  Mar 8, 6-9pm: Asian Tapas
Entertain in style by learning some tasty tapas, Asian style!
Menu: Vietnamese fried spring rolls with nuoc cham, Chickpea & potato cutlets with spicy chutney, Tofu & vegetable satays with peanut sauce.
 
 
 
 
Classes are priced at $60 each for 3 or more persons, and $70 each for 2 persons. For more information, or to register, please email shalu@littlegreencafe.com.sg or call 9763.1483.
 
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New Restaurant in Bukit Timah

Jelina Vegetarian Garden is the name of an organic veg restaurant that opened late last year near Bukit Timah Shopping Centre. For details: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/1653
 
The photos on the website are mouthwateringly beautiful.
 
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Stats on SG Food Consumption

Wondering about food consumption trends in SG? Our friends at AVA offer some stats at http://www.ava.gov.sg/Publications/Statistics. Then, you need to do a bit of scrolling.
 
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How I Became a Vegan

There's a new vegan blogger in town: http://sgvegan.wordpress.com. The 31 Jan post tells the story of how she became vegan, and more recently, she blogged about a visit to a mock meat factory in JB.
 
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21-Day Healthy Challenge in Mandarin

Join people in China and around the world who will improve their health beginning 5 March! The 21-Day Healthy Challenge is a new program in Mandarin by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine – www.pcrm.org - that provides a research-based roadmap to jumpstart weight loss, boost your health, and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.
 
Celebrity coaches include Maggie Q and Barbie Hsu. Hosted by PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., the program is based on the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program that has helped more than 200,000 Americans lose weight and improve their health with a low-fat, plant-based, and dairy-free diet. Find out more at http://www.vegetarian-society.org/files/21 Day Kickstart_Flyer.pdf or visit http://21DayHealthyChallenge.org now!
 
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