Showing posts from October, 2020

Beetroot and Leak

By McDonald, T.   |  Date 30th of October 2020 Both the leak and the beetroot symbolise cutting of those or removing those that wish you harm and their bad intentions punished.  Can be served during Rosh Hosannah.  100% vegan Ingredients Beetroot Leak sliced Parsnips diced Carrots diced Courgette (zucchini) spiralized Red onion chopped Cherry tomatoes halved Sweet pepper sliced About 6 button mushrooms 1 tsp Garlic granules 1 tsp paprika 1 tablespoon of soya sauce 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper Apparatus Large frying pan Sharp knife Chopping board  Method  Put everything in the frying pan with the exception of the beetroot and courgette. While the veg is lightly frying in the pan, spiralize the courgette and chop up the beetroot.  When the veg in the pan has softened, add the courgette with a very small amount of water and stir in.  Leave for 5 minutes with a lid on or until the courgette is cooked.  Add the beetroot and serve immediately.

Starting Your Vegan Life

By McDonald, T.   |  Date 24th of October 2020 Veganism has become very popular with Catholics in recent years. In the UK vegan food has really taken off!   With the UK launching more vegan products than any nation 2018 was a great year for British vegans (Mintel, 2019).  Subsequently, vegan food is much easier to find.  Notably, veganism has been growing in popularity in the Christian Church in the last 30 years. If you are new to veganism or have been slowly introducing vegan meals into your diet, it can be difficult to find food that you like. Making that transition from meat based to plant based can be challenging or even awkward for some people and I guess this is the reason I get asked a lot about how to start on a vegan life. I am told my answer, which is to stop eating meat and start eating more veg, is not very helpful; however, it is true. Obviously, is you go looking for a vegetable that tastes like meat, you will just end up disappointed. With the above in mind, I have

Best Vegan Burger

By McDonald, T.   |  Updated 17th of July 2020 Ever since i began to eat vegan food, i have looked out for a great vegan burger.  This is my verdict on the vegan burgers i have tried. Beyond Meat This was not that bad.  I heard a lot about this on social media and decided to give it a go.  It has a great taste, but the fresh ones are diffidently better than the frozen ones. No Bull This I didn’t like at all.  Although it has a great advertising campaign, i was not impressed with it.  I found it to be soft and squidgy with next to no taste at all!  I found this burger in Iceland. Linda McCartney This was my favourite brand for years.  If i was going to have a burger, it would be either the vegetarian one with the mozzarella cheese or vegan burger.  I found these burgers to have good firmness and great flavour.  However, I was not that impressed with the pulled pork ones at first, but once i go better at cooking them, i changed my mind.  I learnt not to cover the burger when it was in t

3 Jewish Festivals Christians Should Know About

By McDonald, T.   |  Date 14th of October 2020 The Jewish calendar is full of festivals with each of them full of meaning. However, there are three festivals that should be of interest to all Christians. The feast of Passover (Pesach) The feast of Weeks (Also called Pentecost or Shavuot) The feast of Booths (Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles)  These festivals are the three harvest feasts for spring, summer and autumn. Why do Christians need to know about them? These are the three major festivals at the time of Jesus and are called the pilgrimage festivals: shalosh regalim. People from the Jewish faith would head to Jerusalem to celebrate these festivals. Moreover, these festivals also represent major events in the Bible for the Israelites all relating to Exodus. God explains how to celebrate them in Exodus 12 13, Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16. The feast of Passover (Pesach) First, I will explain the festival and the story in brief. This is an eight day (seven days if you are in the H

Zughetti and spicy mushrooms (vegan)

By   McDonald, T.   |  Date 10th of October 2020    Low carb diets are the big thing once again.  If you are wondering how to lower your carb intake, using a spiralizer is a great way to achieve it.  This is a veganized version of spicy meatballs and spaghetti where button mushrooms take the place of the meatballs and spiralized zucchini takes the place of spaghetti.  If you have never tried spiralized veg may I suggest that you do: it's amazing!  Ingredients For Spaghetti Zucchini (Courgette)  1/2 of garlic granules Pinch of salt For Tomato Sauce  1 cup of chopped tomatoes (from tin) 1 table spoon of salsa 2 gloves of chopped garlic 1/2 tsp of turmeric  1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper Black pepper 1/2 a diced carrot 1/4 of dice bell pepper Coriander  Handful of button mushrooms  Method Fry the mushrooms, carrot, garlic and bell pepper in a saucepan with olive oil until the carrot and mushrooms start to soften and get a glazed look.  Add all the other ingredients for the tomato sauce a

Seven Vegetable Couscous

By McDonald, T.   |  Date 3rd of October 2020  The couscous represents many blessing while the seven vegetables represents the seven days including the day of rest that it took to create the Earth. Ingredients 1/2 Carrot 1/4 Onion 1/4 Parsnip 1/2 Bell Pepper 1/4 Zucchini 3 small florets of Broccoli 4 button Mushrooms A few Sultanas 1/4 cup of Couscous 1/4 cup of Apple juice 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar 2 Gloves of garlic   1/2 tsp of Garlic granules 1/4 Chilli  5 Olives  pinch of Saffron Salt 3 tablespoons of chopped tomatoes Method  Soak the couscous overnight in the apple juice and some water with the sultanas .  Chop all the veg into small pieces and lightly fry in a frying pan for 8 minutes with the chopped garlic. Now add the chilli, olives and tomatoes Cook for anther 5-8 minutes stirring constantly until the couscous is hot.  Serve and eat while still hot.