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      VSS eNewsletter, 3 October 2008

       

      VSS News

      Talk and Food Demo at MacPherson CC – 25 Oct

      VSS Forum

      Toa Payoh Veg Stalls Galore

       

      Other News

      Classes from NutriHub

      Room to Rent Near Tiong Bahru MRT

      World Animal Day 2008

      Phuket Vegetarian Festival

      Beefy Stats

      Whose Skin Are You In?

      Classes from Wholesome Living

      Like It Hot 'N Spicy?

      Vegan on America's Next Top Mode

      A New Online Guide to Veg Eateries Worldwide

      What Is Earth Overshoot Day?

       

      VSS News

      Talk and Food Demo at MacPherson CC – 25 Oct

      The MacPherson Wellness Programme invited VSS to do a talk and food demo in a combination of Mandarin and English. The talk/demo is free and will be given by VSS member Wong Kee Yew, a founder of Cielo Serrano - www.cielo-sereno.net

       

      The event takes place Sat, 25 Oct, 10.30am at MacPherson CC at 400 Paya Lebar Way , within MacPherson CC, MacPherson Wellness Program.

       

      For more information, contact Carol Tan at carol_tan@...

       

      VSS Forum

      Many people enjoy going online to meet like-minded people and exchange information, views and mad musings. The VSS website offers such a place: the VSS Forum: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/my_forums

       

      Why not give it a try?!

       

      Toa Payoh Veg Stalls Galore

      A reader has updated the VSS website's Food Outlet listings for the Toa Payoh MRT area http://www.vegetarian-society.org/?q=fdl&filter0=37 There are, happily, lots of stalls. The same reader also updated the stalls near Boon Keng, Chinese Garden , Boon Lay and Lakeside MRT stations

       

      What would be ideal is for people to "adopt an MRT station" and take charge of updating the veg outlets around that station. Anyone interested? If so, please contact info@... Thx.

       

      Also, look out for a special VSS event soon that will include yummy food along with outlet updating.

       

      Other News

      Classes from NutriHub

      NutriHub - The Organic Fusion Café offers a variety of ways to learn about how to be a healthy vegetarian. They are located at Cuppage Plaza, #B2-25 (behind OG Orchard, near Centrepoint); Tel: 6738.2746 SMS Ms Vinitha Ang at 9236.8402; Open Mon–Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-4pm, Closed public holidays

       

      Their October 2008 "Dine & Learn" workshop schedule is as follows.

       

      Sat 4/10, 10am-12noon - Harmonising Your Body Energy. $40 inclusive of lunch plus drink. Learn how to use a pendulum to check your body / food energy. And how to harmonise your body energy with visualization technique, organic juices and other methods.

       

      Sat 11/10 1pm-3pm - Nutrition talk on why & what to replace in your diet, how to supplement your diet and boost your immune system. Also learn about how to do simple detox at home. Followed by Vitality Cooking Demo on 3 dishes - Energy soup, Asian salad delight & Brown rice 5 grain porridge. $60 inclusive of lunch plus drink.

       

      Room to Rent Near Tiong Bahru MRT

      A male vegetarian has a room to rent in a 2bedroom HDB near Tiong Bahru MRT and would prefer to rent to a vegetarian. For more information contact Mr Uday Seth at udayseth@...

       

      World Animal Day 2008
      Our friends at Acres are organising a fun and educational event to mark World Animal Day.

       

      Date: 4th - 5th October 2008 (Saturday and Sunday)
      Venue: Outside The Cathay
      Time: 11am - 9pm

      info@...

      http://www.acres.org.sg/

      6892.9821

       

      Phuket Vegetarian Festival

      The Phuket Vegetarian Festival began about 150 years ago, and is celebrated annually at this time of year. The Asia Regional Coordinator of the International Vegetarian Union – www.ivu.org – Susianto Tseng will be attending this year. There are similar events in other Thai cities.

      http://www.phuket.com/festival/vegetarian.htm

      http://www.phuket.com/island/vegie.htm

       

      Beefy Stats

      Here, courtesy of the Guardian newspaper, are some stats on the damage meat does: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/07/food.beef

       

      The stats are mostly about beef, but other meats are also wasteful, although to a lesser extent. At the same time, other meats are all equally wasteful of the lives of our fellow animals and all meats are equally unnecessary for promoting human health.

       

      Whose Skin Are You In?

       

      The cover of a veg magazine from Argentina . The caption says, "Here is the rest of your leather coat."

       

      Some vegetarians also try to avoid wearing the skin of our fellow animals. For example, instead of wearing leather shoes, they wear shoes made of fibres or of synthetic leather. Stores, such as Bata, carry such shoes. Here's a video – less than 4 mins - on the topic. It also covers fur which, thankfully, isn't popular here. "Whose Skin Are You In?" <http://getactive.peta.org/ct/Y1sUJAK1X4j9/>

       

      Classes from Wholesome Living

      Here's another menu of classes from Chef Oh Chong Fah at Wholesome Living.

       

      Healthy Cooking Intermediate 1   NEW!

      11/10 Sat, 3-6pm

       

      Healthy Cooking Intermediate 2   NEW!

      26/10 Sun, 3-6pm

       

      Wholesome Bakery

      12 & 19/10 Sun, 3-6pm

       

      Fermentation 1

      18 & 25/10 Sat, 3-6pm

       

      Tempeh Temptation   NEW!

      31/10 Fri, 7-9pm

       

      For details, please visit http://www.wholesomeliving-sg.com/schedules.html or call 6560.1337.

       

      Like It Hot 'N Spicy?

      The following piece was written by an active VSS member.

       

      Some people, when they adopt a vegetarian diet, say they miss their favourite dishes like fish head curry, laksa, steam boat, rojak, and lots more.

       

      Well, you don't have to miss most of your favourite flavours. Go on enjoying them without meat or seafood. Does that sound crazy? Give it a try.

       

      Cooked without oil, pepper, salt, soya sauce, chili, ginger, or curry spices, most seafoods and meats don't have a great deal of flavour. It may, instead, be their texture and the way they are presented and talked up that causes people to have a love affair with them.

       

      Try preparing your favourite recipes without them and bulk things up, if need be, by adding tofu, tau kwa, tau pok, tempeh, potatoes, pumpkin, eggplant, cabbage, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms or water chestnuts.

       

      If you must use meat or seafood substitutes, there are many alternatives available, including products made with TVP (Texured Vegetable Protein), a soy-based product sometimes known as Hydrogenized Vegetable Protein; gluten (wheat) or a combination of both.

       

      These things are available in most supermarkets. Some Cold Storage outlets stock rather expensive American frozen vegetarian burgers, buffalo wings and sausages; and Giant carries bagged frozen vegetarian items produced locally or in Malaysia.

       

      Many of these mock meats style themselves as fish, mutton, pork or chicken, which, of course, they are not. Amoy Canning makes a number of mock meat curry items in 300gm cans. You can extend the few vegetables they include by adding lots more.

       

      Some vegetarian food shops carry frozen products from Taiwan . Many low-end mock items, however, may contain too much of the things you would like to avoid, such as oil, salt, MSG and sugar. You can remove some of these ingredients by soaking the stuff in hot water and squeezing it dry. Some restaurants do that.

       

      Have a go. Fish head curry with big chunks of tofu wrapped in bean skin and chunks of tau pok means you have saved one whole fish. Laksa with strips of white 'fish' or 'ham' saves the lives of prawns and chicken, with no compromise in taste.

       

      One well-known shop in Geylang serves peranakan food so hot and spicy that you will not recognize the difference. Their buah keluak, assam pedas and sambal fish and lots more, including Thai dishes, will leave your taste buds tingling. And it's all vegetarian.

       

      Vegan on America's Next Top Model

      This tv show is on in Singapore , although we're not sure if the Singapore broadcast is delayed a season or not: http://creaturetalk.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/vegan-woman-on-americas-next-top-model/

       

      A New Online Guide to Veg Eateries Worldwide

      Just saw this new web-based guide to veg places to eat worldwide. One point that stands out in their listings of veg eateries is that, as of 2 Oct, Singapore had by far the most listings of any country in Asia , with 94 veg eateries included. Of course, the Food Outlets page on the VSS web has more than 300 outlets listed.

       

      http://www.vegguide.org

       

      What Is Earth Over Shoot Day?

      "Earth Overshoot Day marks the day when humanity begins living beyond its ecological means. Beyond that day, we move into the ecological equivalent of deficit spending, utilizing resources at a rate faster than what the planet can regenerate in a calendar year." http://www.footprintnetwork.org/gfn_sub.php?content=overshoot

       

      Earth Overshoot day comes earlier every year, and our growing appetite for the flesh of our fellow animals is a big reason for that. Meat eating wastes water, energy, soil and other resources.

       

       

      Click here for a large list of vegetarian eateries

       

      Click here to notify us of new places

       

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