VSS eNewsletter 15 August 2012

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
15 August 2012
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS

Help VSS Put Up Posters at Your School or Work
 
Report on Organic Tour to Taiwan
 
GENERAL NEWS

Sustainability Workshop by Ananda Marga
 
Special Classes by Yes Natural
 
Ami's Veggie Hearts - Classes for August
 
Nutrihub Classes Return
 
Classes by Little Green Cafe
 
Chef Halimah's Classes for September
 
Dr Pachauri on the impact of eating less meat
 
Notice from Jelina Vegetarian Garden
 
Introducing Vegtoons
 

Here’s to a Happy National Day to everyone. One of the ways to demonstrate your patriotism is by ensuring Singapore remains ‘clean and green’ for the long haul!
 
Gangasudhan,
Operations Coordinator


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Help VSS Put Up Posters at Your School or Work
VSS (along with more than 25 other NGOs) endorses Veggie Thursday, which encourages the nation to go meat-free on Thursdays. Our volunteers have designed 5 posters to promote VT in schools and restaurants, so if you are part of any organization (school/restaurant/company) that would like to spread the word and have these posters put up, please email ashley@vss.sg or send us a FB message at http://www.facebook.com/vegetariansocietysingapore. The 5 posters are about health and nutrition, the environment, and kindness to animals.
 
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Report on Organic Tour to Taiwan
One participant in a recent organic farm tour to Taiwan, Mr Lim Wai Cheng, shares with the VSS his experience.
 

“Organic farming is fast gaining popularity in Taiwan. Farmers switched to organic farming, with the hope to transform their farming land to a sustainable and eco-friendly one. It is a new challenge, in terms of farming skill and livelihood sustainability. To enhance the source of income, many farmers set up B&B, called minsu (民宿) to include farm stay for tourists to experience hands-on farming and the health benefits of organic products.
 

A group of like-minded people, who are tired of the usual shopping and eating tour, organized a trip to Taiwan and stayed in minsu all the way for 8 days on a vegetarian diet. Having gone through it, I realized that it was not about food alone. Much has been written on global warming and saving the earth. Exactly, what an ordinary person like me can do to help move in this direction? Going vegan is one way to be kind to the earth. We will save tons of crops to feed human instead of animals, reduce greenhouse gas emission and water pollution from farm agriculture.
 

What impressed me in Taiwan was not the slogan on saving the earth I read on the papers and internet. It was the down-to-earth way that young graduates undertake to make this happen. Farming is a tough life - getting scorched in the hot sun, hard labor and no annual leave. Putting aside sedentary urban lifestyle, these young people learn to interact with nature in a meaningful way, and fully apply their academic knowledge to pursue their dream to improve their homeland and create a better future for their people.
 

Now come to the food. It was simply delicious! Life was simple in the countryside. I got up at 5.30 am to exercise for an hour, and had breakfast at 7.30 am. Every meal began with fruits and salad with DIY sauce, followed by soup, cooked vegetables and brown rice or mantou, buns made from wholemeal flour. Most ingredients were from the farm. It was so refreshing and energizing to eat in this way. My body reacted well and the digestive system functioned efficiently. Food was palatable, especially salad in its natural freshness. Chinese culinary skills emphasize on the enhancement of color, aroma and taste ?色香味? to win the stomach. Very often, little attention is paid to the nutritional value, and heavy seasoning disguises the taste so much so that we do not know the real taste of fresh vegetables.
 

Up in Alishan where we stayed 2 nights and had 5 meals, cabbage was served every meal but in different ways. Be it raw, blanched or stir fried, cabbage was always the first dish to clear. Fresh vegetables score higher in terms of color, fragrance and taste, if only we can reset our mindset about a vegan diet and give it a chance. Rather than hovering on a vague target of eating less meat, start with a NO Meat Monday, Vegan Thursday, and move on gradually from here. Replace the usual snack with fresh fruits and multigrain/herbal beverage. Our body will tell us what it actually needs to run efficiently. Drink warm water to subdue the craving for food. Discipline will come with reward of lasting good habits which leads to good health.
 

From the interaction with the Taiwanese, I realized that they are good at 养生, that is, maintaining good health in a natural way. The virtue of 敬老尊贤, respect for the elderly, is very much emphasized and practiced in their society. I returned home enriched physically, mentally and spiritually, thanks to all the people I met in Taiwan.”
 
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Sustainability Workshop by Ananda Marga
A Vegetarianism & Sustainability Workshop has been organized by Ananda Marga which will look at how our values and lifestyle choices impact positively or negatively on our health and the environment (the earth’s resources such as soil, water, energy, air, land, forests etc.) and why our traditional, meat-based diets will have to go the way of the dinosaurs. In addition, the steps we can take to create a positive carbon footprint for Mother Earth will also be shared.
 

Date: 31 Aug
Trainer: Dada Shiilabhadrananda
Time: 7.30pm – 9pm
Venue: #07-01 Parkway Centre
Price: Free
 

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Special Classes by Yes Natural
Yes Natural will be conducting free healthy lifestyle classes at the Yes Natural Bakery (2nd Floor) near Aljunied MRT. The classes will be conducted in Mandarin and is free to attend. Lessons will focus on vegetarian diets and the eco-friendly lifestyle.
 

Date: Every Sunday from 9/9/2012 to 28/10/2012 (8 lessons)
Fee: Free (note: $40 refundable deposit is required and will be refunded once 6 lessons are completed)
Time?3pm - 5pm
Venue?55A Lorong 27 Geylang
Contact Person: Ms Iris or Koh Lee Yong at Tel: 6547-1580 (call to register)
 

Participants are advised to bring their own eating utensils for food tasting so that disposable utensils can be avoided. The lessons will cover topics on modern food harzards, why and how to adapt to plant based diets, mental health, and our relationship with the Earth and other living beings.
 

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Ami's Veggie Hearts - Classes for August

If you would like to learn how to cook a wholesome vegetarian meal, then Ami’s Veggie Heart's upcoming Mexican and Italian cooking classes might just be your thing.
 
 
  Wed 01 Aug 10am-12noon
Special Paneer making Class
 
 
  Sat 04 Aug 10am-12noon
Introducing a no-hassle time-saving cooker and how to improvise without losing on taste
 
 
  Wed 08 Aug 10am-12Noon
Yellow Dal + Cabbage and Green Peas Vegetable + Spiced Rice
 
 
  Sat 11 Aug 10.30am-12.30pm
How to plan/organize a meal and arrange a plate
 
 
  Wed 15 Aug 10am-12Noon
Yummy Rajma + Potato vegetable with Spices and herbs + Cucumber Raita + Cumin Rice/Paratha
 
 
  Sat 18 Aug 10.30am-12.30pm
Vegan Black Dal + Cauliflower with Black Pepper + Coriander Rice/Roti
 
 
  Wed 21 Aug 10.30am-12.30pm
Stuffed Cauliflower + Carrot Raita + Saffron Rice/Chapati
 
 
  Sat 25 Aug 10.30am-12.30pm
Special Class
 
 
 
To register, please send an email to ami@amisveggieheart.com or call 91446105. Do sign up at least 3 days ahead to guarantee a seat. Fees of $75 are payable in cash during the session. Custom requirements or special requests can be made to Ami at the above email or phone number.
 
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Nutrihub Classes Return
Sat 15 Sep from 3pm to 6pm
"Healthy Living - NutriMeal Cooking" - Vegan Cooking class
 
Sat 22 Sep from 3pm to 6pm
"Healthy Living - Raw like Cooked" - Raw Food class
 
Sat 29 Sep from 2pm to 6pm
"Healthy Living - NutriBake" - Vegan Baking class
 

You may view details on the Nutrihub blog at www.nutrihub.blogspot.com. NutriHub also provides private or corporate classes customised to your needs. Please contact Vinitha @ 9-2368402 for enquiry / registration.
 
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Classes by Little Green Cafe

Shalu Asnani, the vegetarian chef of Little Green Cafe, offers her fresh line-up of classes for August and September.
 
 
  Aug 23rd, 7-10pm: Indian Vegetarian
Master the skills of cooking an authentic 3-course Indian meal from scratch. Learn about the different spices used and how to combine ingredients and balance flavours to make a variety of dishes.

 
Recipe: Vegetable butter masala, Aloo tikkis, Channa masala
 
 
  Aug 26th, 10am-1pm: Asian Tapas
Dainty, interesting appetisers. Entertain in style by learning some tasty tapas, Asian style!
 
Recipe:Vietnamese fried spring rolls with nuoc cham, Chickpea & potato cutlets with spicy chutney, Tofu & vegetable satays with peanut sauce
 
 
  Aug 26th, 2-5pm: Asian Salads
Spice up your meal and add some colour with an exotic Asian-inspired salad. Using lots of fresh herbs and local spices, these salads are highly nutritious, fun and tasty - a great entrée to any meal.
 
Recipe: Thai pomelo salad with coconut-tamarind dressing, Kredok (Indonesian-style raw salad with peanuts), Vietnamese noodle salad with nuoc cham, Cucumber and mint raita
 
 
  Aug 27th, 7-10pm: Indian Vegetarian
Master the skills of cooking an authentic Indian meal from scratch. Learn about the different spices used and how to combine ingredients to make a variety of dishes.

 
Recipe: Vegetable koftas, Keralan eggplant curry, Aloo gobi

 
 
  Aug 30th, 7-10pm: Asian Salads
Spice up your meal and add some colour with an exotic Asian-inspired salad. Using lots of fresh herbs and local spices, these salads are highly nutritious, fun and tasty - a great entrée to any meal.
 
Recipe: Thai pomelo salad with coconut-tamarind dressing, Kredok (Indonesian-style raw salad with peanuts), Vietnamese noodle salad with nuoc cham, Cucumber and mint raita
 
 
  Sep 3rd, 7-10pm: Indian Vegetarian
Master the skills of cooking an authentic Indian meal from scratch. Learn about the different spices used and how to combine ingredients to make a variety of curries.
 
Recipe: Saag aloo, Vegetable pakoras, Sindhi curry
 
 
  Sep 4th, 7-10pm: 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, flavourful and spicy curries with an interesting twist.
 
Recipe: Eggplant moju, Okra in coconut curry, Spicy black pepper mushrooms, Coconut sambol
 
 
  Sep 6th, 7-10pm: Flavours of Laos
Great opportunity to learn more about Lao cuisine, which is really tasty but hard to find outside of Laos. Open your mind to some fresh new flavours!
 
Recipe: Ua Si Khai (Stuffed Lemongrass), Jeau Mak Keua (Smoked Eggplant Dip), Tofu in Coconut Cream
 
 
  Sep 18th, 7-10pm: Mastering Tofu
Tofu is an ingredient that's often ignored because most people do not know how to cook it in a flavourful way. Today you will learn how to use this highly versatile, protein-packed ingredient in a variety of cooking styles and you will see the humble tofu in a new light!
 
Recipe: Tofu cutlets with spicy tomato salsa, Spicy scrambled tofu, Tofu and mushroom amok
 
 
  Sep 20th, 7-10pm: 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!
 
Recipe: No-cream of mushroom soup, Vietnamese savoury crepe with spicy dipping sauce, Spicy scrambled tofu
 
 
  Sep 23rd, 10am: Brunch at Home
Love going out for Sunday brunch? How about doing it at home for a change? Get some inspiration in this class and learn some sweet and savoury brunch favourites to turn your weekend around!
 
Recipe: Orange-ricotta pancakes, Sweet potato cakes with Tzatiki, Spicy Scrambled “Eggs”
 
 
  Sep 25th, 7-10pm: 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, flavourful and spicy curries with an interesting twist.
 
Recipe: Eggplant moju, Okra in coconut curry, Spicy black pepper mushrooms, Coconut sambol
 
 
 
The above classes will be held at Palate Sensations (Buona Vista). To register, please email shalu@littlegreencafe.com.sg. Private classes can also be arranged on request, with home chef services also available - visit www.littlegreencafe.com.sg for more information.
 
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Chef Halimah's Classes for August
   
  Date &
Time
Lesson
Description
Cost  
  4 Sept
(Tues)
 
11am-
2pm
Savory Pie Delights
• Creamy Mini Mushroom Pies
 
• Shepherd’s Pie
 
• Curried Vegetable Pie
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three very different pies with delicious fillings.
 

*Gluten-Free Options Available

 

 
  8 Sept
(Sat)
 
10-
1pm
Decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake
• Chocolate Cake
 
• Light Chocolate Mousse
 
• Dark Chocolate Mousse
 
• Chocolate Ganache
 
• Chocolate Garnishes
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make a sophisticated chocolate mousse cake that is layered with two types of mousse and chocolate ganache.
 
 
  8 Sept
(Sat)
 
2.30-
5.30pm
Wholesome Muffins
• Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping
 
• Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
 
• Spiced Carrot Muffin
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
After the month of festivities, learn how to make wholesome muffins that can be served for breakfast or tea.
 
 
  11 Sept
(Tues)
 
11-
2pm
Brownie and Scones
• Fudgy Brownies
 
• Orange Hazelnut Scones
 
• Banana Date Scones
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Tea-time snacks are never going to be the same again with warm scones and a fudgy brownie.
 
 
  15 Sept
(Sat)
 
10-
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!
 
*Gluten-Free Options Available
 
 
  15 Sept
(Sat)
 
2.30-
5.30pm
American Cake Class
• Red Velvet Cake (with natural food colouring)
 
• Devil’s Food Cake
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make a traditional red velvet cake using all natural ingredients and a delicious devil’s food cake.
 
 
  18 Sept
(Sat)
 
11-
2pm
Cupcakes Galore
• Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
 
• Green Tea Cupcakes
 
• Banana Split Cupcakes
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three types of cupcakes that are sure to delight your family!
 
 
  22 Sept
(Sat)
 
10-
1pm
Wholesome Cakes
• Orange Pistachio Cake
 
• Apple Blueberry Cake
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make some scrumptious cakes using fruits and natural ingredients.
 
 
  22 Sept
(Sat)
 
2.30-
5.30pm
Fruity Desserts
• Good ol’ Apple Pie
 
• Pear Frangipane Tart
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Impress your guests with wholesome pies that bring back wonderful memories.
 

*Gluten-Free Options Available

 

 
  29 Sept
(Sat)
 
10-
1pm
Tea Time Delights
• Banana Walnut Cake
 
• Sugee Cake (Semolina Cake)
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two wholesome cakes that will delight your family.
 
 
  29 Sept
(Sat)
 
2.30-
5.30pm
Go Nuts with Donuts
• Yeast Donuts
 
• Baked Cake Donuts
Assorted Glazes
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two types of donuts (baked and fried) and various glazes for it.
 
 
 
Please email Chef Halimah at info@kalavira.com or call 90057385 to reserve your place or request for a private class. You can also see photos and read testimonials at the Kalavira Vegan School website - www.kalavira.com.
 
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Dr Pachauri on the impact of eating less meat

If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to Dr Pachauri share his learned opinions on climate change and what we can do about it, there is not time better than the present. Hop on over to http://youtu.be/KoIh9J6b-iQ and be convinced yourself.

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri has served as the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 during his tenure. He has also been the director general of TERI, a research and policy organization in India, and chancellor of TERI University; besides being the chairman of the governing council of the National Agro Foundation (NAF), as well as the chairman of the board of Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Pachauri has been outspoken about climate change. He is now serving as the head of Yale's Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI).

 
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Notice from Jelina Vegetarian Garden

Jelina Vegetarian Garden will be reorganizing its business to cope with the obstructions caused by the on-going construction of the MRT line. such as the limited parking space that has caused problems for a number of diners. The restaurant will cease operation at its current location on 26th August and will move to a shopping mall to continue serving desserts, juices, salad and tea (the light bites). Further details on the move can be obtained from the restaurant's facebook page and website. Those who have registered on the restaurant's mailing list will be notified directly as well. For further enquiries, you may contact Jessie at 84962943.

For now, the following items will be on discount:

Big Bean Ham

and Konjac Rolls.

Please note that the new email for the restaurant is jelinavg@gmail.com which will replace the original email address, jelinacookingschool@yahoo.com.sg.

Website: http://www.jelinasqcare.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Jelina.Garden
 
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Introducing Vegtoons

A new animated series called Vegtoons is currently in production, which is an independent educational initiative to promote plant-based diets. Funds are being raised through a grassroots fundraising campaign through the portal Kickstarter to help move forward with production. A month-long campaign, from July 30th through August 31st, you can help support the cause by visiting "http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vegtoons/vegtoons-animated-series.
 
The producers are inviting folks to become co-creators of the Vegtoons show by contributing through Kickstarter. They report that their “biggest challenge will be reaching a wide enough community of potential supporters to pitch in” so any help to raise awareness or contribute directly will go a long way in furthering the project. A sneak-peek of the cartoon is available at http://vimeo.com/14597210.
 
 
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