VSS eNewsletter 15 March 2012

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
15 March 2012
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS

World Water Day Dinner at El Toro
 
Little Green Cafe Joins The Fold
 
Celebrate Earth Day at Jurong Point With Us
 
VSS Inbox
 
GENERAL NEWS

Antioxidant Seminar (Hands-On)
 
Swiss Chocolate Galore
 
8D Taiwan Retreat 8-15 Apr 2012
 
Classes by Little Green Café
 
Free Public Screening of Jane's Journey
 
Cooking Classes by Genesis Restaurant
 
The Hatching of Vegg
 
Chef Halimah's Classes for End-March to Mid-April
 
New Creations at The Brownie Factory
 

With a host of eco-friendly celebrations to look forward to in March and April - especially on Earth Day (22 Apr) and World Water Day (22 Mar), the Vegetarian Society would like to wish all readers a meaningful period in their lives and urge all to do more to ensure the sustainability of Mother Earth.
 
Gangasudhan,
Operations Coordinator


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World Water Day Dinner at El Toro

To celebrate World Water Day this year (which falls on 22 Mar), Veggie Thursday (VT) has organised a special dinner event at El Toro restaurant. Incorporating elements of water footprint awareness, the event promises to be a Feast of Latin Cuisine. At only $30 a person, the price covers dinner prepared by the restaurant, dessert by Brownice and gifts such as a 1KG bag of brown rice from Sukha House and the popular VT Frisbee.

Unfortunately though, spaces have all been snapped up but do sign up on our facebook page by following the link below if you would like to be placed on the waiting list (in case of cancellations).

http://veggiethursday.sg/worldwaterday

Meanwhile, if you would like to learn more about the concept of water footprint and the impact animal farming has on this, please read the article at http://www.waterfootprint.org/Reports/
Mekonnen-Hoekstra-2012-
WaterFootprintFarmAnimalProducts.pdf

 
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Little Green Cafe Joins The Fold

Shalu Asnani who conducts vegetarian cooking classes recently started an online hub to serve as a platform for anyone wishing to subscribe to a healthier lifestyle and to get inspiration by attending her cooking classes. Called Little Green Cafe, it is the latest fledgling business to take up a corporate membership with the VSS.
 

Shalu, who is a former lawyer and a self-confessed foodie, began her foray into the world of professional cooking 4 years ago after relocating to Beijing. Her niche is healthy vegetarian food ranging from Indian to Vietnamese to Contemporary cuisine and her goal is to disprove the myth that vegetarian food is boring.
 

You can find out more about Shalu and Little Green Cafe by visiting the official website at http://www.littlegreencafe.com.sg.
 

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Celebrate Earth Day at Jurong Point With Us

The Jurong Point management and the VSS are collaborating to conduct a vegetarian food fair at Jurong Point on 21 & 22 Apr in honour of Earth Day 2012. The shopping centre has lined up a host of activities and events in relation to environmentalism for the month of April and one of the key events will be the vegetarian fair.
 

There will be food demos and an awareness booth at the event, supported by a few stalls set up by Delcie's, Brownice, Fave and Zen Xin. Mark the event on your calendars so that you can drop by and say hi to us!
 

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VSS Inbox

Help, I can't find food at UE Square!
 

One VSS member who works at UE Square wrote in to us to ask for help and we managed to solve the problem within minutes because someone had shared a similar experience on the VSS Forum. We thus encourage everyone to share their experiences and contribute their expertise on the forum
(http://www.vegetarian-society.org/my_forums) so that all of us can benefit from the collective knowledge of the community.

 

"I have recently moved to work at UE SQUARE, 83 Clemenceau Ave. It has been almost 2 weeks. I don't seem to be able to find any vegetarian food (without garlic n onion) nearby. The only one that I know of is Real Food at Central. But that is not an option for me as I need to order 2 main meals to be satisfied. If VSS knows any vegetarian eating place near UE SQUARE or Shell House, could you please share this info?"
 

The answer?
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/
my_forums/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=3700

 

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Antioxidant Seminar (Hands-On)
This fun and engaging hands-on seminar allows you to learn about how antioxidants affect the quality (and length) of our lives, where to find high antioxidant ingredients, and how to raise your antioxidant level easily, affordably and tastily. This seminar also includes lively videos and 8 nutrient-dense and antioxidant-rich smoothies and nutmilks.
 

Location: Kampung Senang Multipurpose Hall
Date & Time: 24 Mar, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Promotional price of $40 per person

 

Registration can be confirmed via payment by bank transfer to 510-05767-8 before 19 Mar. Please contact Yeow at 98393769 to make the arrangements and do note that this seminar is limited to 40 persons.
 

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Swiss Chocolate Galore
Chocolate Atelier is a professional hub for learning chocolate-making, baking and vegetarian cooking while also operating a pastry and chocolate shop, selling the finest Swiss Pralines, Cookies and Seasonal Items in the east coast area of Singapore. It is the brainchild of Reto Marzari, a Swiss citizen with over 40 years' experience as a Pastry Chef-Chocolatier.
 

To find out more about the classes on offer and view the range of (ova-lacto vegetarian) cakes on offer, please visit www.chocolate-atelier.com.
 

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8D Taiwan Retreat 8-15 Apr 2012
Opening the door to Healing & Joyful life for all health conscious people & nature lovers, the Village of Inner Peace Rejuvenation Tour will take you through Taiwan's North to Central Mountain Zones which are well-known for pollution-free detox retreats and natural agriculture. The fee of S$1,700 covers lectures, workshops, accommodation, transport, plant-based meals, 15 days' worth of pre-tour detox and rejuvenation ingredients, and health checks before & after the tour (20-page report for all organs).
 

To book your place, please call 67498509 or send an email to event@kg-senang.org.sg. You can also register in person at the Holistic Lifestyle Centre located at Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent #01-205 S(380106).
 

Organised by ECO-Harmony Global Network Ltd, a social enterprise of Kampung Senang Charity and Education Foundation.
 

Note: Fees do NOT include airfare and travel insurance, and there are only 16 seats available for this tour.
 

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Classes by Little Green Café

Shalu Asnani of Little Green Cafe has another line-up of classes this month and here are some of them.
 
 
  Mar 17, 10am-1pm
Spice up your Life! Part 2

In this class, you will be introduced to the quintessential Indian spices and taught how to balance flavours to create the perfect Indian meal.
 
Menu: Aloo tikkis (Spiced potato cutlets), Keralan eggplant curry, Channa masala (Chick pea curry)
 
 
  Mar 22, 7-10pm
Meat-free Series Part 1: Sensational Soups & Salads

Fresh and tasty soups and salads to incorporate into your everyday meals.
 
Menu: Chilled pea & cucumber soup, Roasted beetroot with orange and feta, Mango & avocado salad with chilli-lime dressing
 
 
  Mar 25, 10am-1pm
Brunch@Home

Get some inspiration in this class and learn some sweet and savoury brunch favourites to turn your weekend around.
 
Menu: Orange-ricotta pancakes, Sweet potato cakes with Tzatiki, Spicy Scrambled "Eggs"
 
 
  Mar 29, 7-10pm
Meat-free Series Part 2: Appetisers

Colourful appetisers that awaken the palate with contrasting, but complementary flavours.
 
Menu: Onion Bhajis with spicy tomato sauce Pumpkin & feta parcels Fresh rice paper rolls with peanut sauce
 
 
  April 12, 7-10pm
Meat-free Series Part 3: Main courses

Learn how to make substantial main courses without using meat, how to substitute meat in recipes, and using different ingredients in a way that it all comes together.
 
Menu: Eggplant lasagne with homemade pesto, Sayur lodeh (Mixed vegetables in a coconut curry), Vietnamese savoury crepe with nuoc cham.
 
 
 
The above classes will be held at Palate Sensations and is $100 per class. To register, please email shalu@littlegreencafe.com.sg or call 97631483.
 
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Free Public Screening of Jane's Journey
The Jane Goodall Institute Singapore (JGIS) is delighted to host an upcoming free public screening of the thought provoking and inspiring documentary "Jane's Journey". "Jane's Journey" is an intimate portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon – an exceptional woman, possibly the most fascinating woman of our time. "Jane's Journey" was shortlisted as 1 of the 15 Documentary Features Advance in 2011 Oscar Race.
 

Date: Sat, 14 April 2012
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Symphony Stage
Free Admission!

 

The event is sponsored by fashion retailer Club 21, in cooperation with the Singapore Environment Council. For more information, please visit http://janegoodall.org.sg/Jane_Goodall/Events/
Entries/2012/4/14_Screening_of_Janes_
Journey_in_Singapore.html
.
 

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Cooking Classes by Genesis Restaurant

As many of you might be aware, Genesis restaurant offers cooking classes on top of its wonderful range of dining options. The next menu for its next class in April has just been released. Learning to cook at Genesis will definitely meet the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, and ensure proper fibre and nutrient intake as well. Genesis seeks to make every bite not only delicious but supportive of your health as well.
 

Spinach mushroom vegan quiche with wholegrain pastry
Learn how you can make a traditional crust in minutes and alternatively, how you can use what's available off the shelf to make an unconventional crust!
 

Romaine tempeh salad
A nice slightly warm salad robust with flavour that will be "dancing in your mouth"
 

Quinoa cranberry salad
An easy to prepare dish that satisfies. You will love the wholesome goodness in this one dish meal for busy people.
 

Layered Fruit salad with vanilla pudding
An impressive dish to bring to a party or potluck. Simply yummy! A great way to entice consumption of fruits.
 

Date: April 15, 2012
Time: 4pm-7pm
Location: 1 Lorong Telok (at Boat Quay)
Fee: $50

 

To register, please call 92396881 or 64387118 or 91454218. Please note that registration closes on 2 Apr.
 
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The Hatching of Vegg

Vegg is a new product that promises to revolutionise how we substitute eggs in the food vegans eat. The result of years of experimentation, many people who have used the product are impressed with what it can offer. Presently not available in Singapore, it can be ordered online for those keen to try. Read more about this novel product at http://www.metro.co.uk/news/891547
-egg-replacement-for-vegans-coming-
next-month-say-industry-experts
.
 
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Chef Halimah's Classes for End-March to Mid-April
 
  Date Time Lesson
Description
Cost  
  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.
 
 
  24
Mar
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Classic American Cakes
• Red Velvet Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting
 
• Devil's Food Cake
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two classic chocolate based cakes that will be sure to delight your family.
 
 
  24
Mar
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Say Quiche!
• Spinach Mushroom Quiche
 
• Mix Vegetable Quiche with Potato Crust
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two wholesome quiches that are dairy and egg free.
 
 
  25
Mar
(Sun)
2.30-
5.30pm
Burgers and Chips – Western Food Demo
• Oat Burger Patty
 
• Potato and Veggie Burger Patty
 
• Black Bean Burger Patty
 
• Homemade Roasted Tomato Ketchup and condiments
 
• Sweet Potato Fries
 
$60
 
$55 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Who says you have to rely on mock meat for a good wholesome burger? Learn how to make three burgers made with healthy, wallet friendly ingredients with a twist on the traditional fries!
 
 
  7
Apr
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Tropical Cupcake Delights
• Coconut Lime Cupcakes
 
• Ginger Passion fruit Cupcakes
 
• Mango Cardamom Cupcakes
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three delicious cupcakes that will leave your taste buds dancing!
 
 
  7
Apr
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Vegan Cheezecakes
• Blueberry Lemon Cheezecake
 
• Mocha Cheezecake with Caramel Sauce
 
• Bonus Recipe – Chocolate cookie Crust
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
A repeat of our popular cheesecake class, learn how to make two gorgeous and guilt-free cheezecakes.
 
 
  14
Apr
(Sat)
10am-
1pm
Taste of Home
• Vegan Sugee Cake
 
• Marble Cake
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
There are some foods that we grow up with that we can never forget. Traditional sugee cake and marble cake are two such morsels that evoke memories of home.
 
 
  14
Apr
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Glorious Vegan Desserts
• Vanilla Créme Brulee
 
• Apple Blueberry Crumble
 
• Bread and Chocolate Chip Pudding
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Impress your guests with a wide range of yummy dessert treats that will leave them asking for more.
 
 
  17
Apr
(Tue)
10.30-
1.30pm
Muffins Galore (Special Weekday Class)
• Carrot Raisin Muffin
 
• Blueberry Streusel Muffin
 
• Apple Cranberry Muffin
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Special weekday class just because you asked for it! Come join our much requested muffin class to learn how to make three healthy wholesome muffins.
 
 
 
Please email Chef Halimah at info@kalavira.com to reserve your place or visit www.kalavira.com. You can also see photos and read testimonials at the Kalavira Vegan School facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Kalavira.Vegan.School.
 
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New Creations at The Brownie Factory

If you need a sugar rush or are looking for some desserts for that office party, you can consider visiting The Brownie Factory located at the first basement of OUB Centre (1 Raffles Place #B1-01B).

The good people there informed us that the demand for their Veg Brownies has increased steadily and they have responded by increasing the veg range to 4 types - the latest addition called the Salty Caramel Brownie.

So drop by during lunch time (or any time) to show your support! The Brownie Factory is open Monday to Fridays from 10.15am to 8.00pm.

You can check out the store's range and follow its activities on its facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/
The-Brownie-Factory-Singapore
.
 
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