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Vegan Poor Man's Feast

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By McDonald, T.   |  Date 29th of November 2021 This is a vegan poor man's feast.  However, the Gran Chorizo is far from cheap. This is a meal that will keep you warm and excite those taste buds.  Definitely a must try. The Spanish style sausage has great taste in any dish. Ingredients Vegan Gran Chorizo x 1/4 Carrot x 1 small Parsnip x 1/2 a medium Cabbage x 60g Paprika x 1 tsp Salsa  x 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar x 2 tsp Method  Cut the potato into bit size pieces and part boil.   Drain potato and put into a small roasting dish with the carrot and parsnip, which both should also be cubed.   Add some oil, balsamic vinegar and some sun-dried tomato oil if you have it.  Cut the Gran Chorizo into slices and add to the roasting dish.   Cover and roast in the oven for approximately 35 mins. 5-8 mins from the end stir in some salsa sauce and put back in the oven.  The cabbage is best if cut into strips and fried in oil and with the paprika and some balsamic vinegar.  I like to serve mine

The Order of Mass: Introductory Rite

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 27th of November 2021 Holy Mass is a wonderful experience for Catholics all over the world. However, if you are new to this, you might be wondering what is going on.  If you have not read it already, I have a blog that shows you four prayers to learn for Holy Mass .  Mass is separated into two parts with different sections, see table. The Order Of Holy Mass Holy Mass First Part Second Part Introductory Rite Liturgy of the Word Liturgy of the Eucharist Concluding Rites Opening Prayer The Act of Penance   Confiteor The Gloria Readings Gospels Homily Nicene Creed Prayer of the Faithful  The Offertory  Eucharist Prayer Our Father Holy Communion Concluding Prayer Dismissal If you have read the last blog for Mass, you will know I have covered Something for each of the four sections: The Confiteor, the Nicene Creed, the Our Fath

Mushroom And Walnut Pâté

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 26th of November 2021  I used to really like pate before seeing the light and becoming a vegan.  Subsequently, I needed to find a vegan pate.  After many experiments, I think this is the one that hits the mark and satisfies my need for pate. Lovely mushroom flavour and great firmness.  As a snack, I love to have this on toast. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 6 cloves of garlic, minced 300 g  mushrooms, sliced   2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar 3 sun dried tomatoes  A few olives 2 tbsp of fresh basil, chopped for the end 1 tsp coriander  1 tsp paprika  1 tsp nooch 1 tsp salt 0.5 tsp pepper    Apparatus  Frying pan  Blender    Fry the mushrooms and walnuts. Press into a container Method Sauté the onions, walnuts and garlic until the onions soften. Add in the mushrooms, salt, balsamic vinegar, paprika, coriander, nooch, olives and pepper and sauté for another 5 - 8 minutes.  Let the mushrooms cool first and add the chopped ba

Vegan Special Fried Rice

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By McDonald, T.   |  Date 22nd of November 2021 This is a great way to use that leftover rice.  Special fried rice was something I used to like but have not had since I became a vegan.  No need to look up recipes for this easy fast food recipe, which is highly versatile. Notes Choice of vegetables - this is really down to you just as long as it is chopped into small pieces.  Preparing the rice - I used brown rice in this recipe, but you can use white.  In either case, it is best to cook the rice the day before, let is cook and then store in the fridge overnight.  Serves 1 Ingredients  1/3 cup brown rice (before cooking) 50g extra firm tofu  50g of pineapple chunks  1 tsp curry powder  1 tsp ground ginger  1 tsp coriander powder 1/4 tsp paprika   1/3 tsp salt 20g onion 20g carrot 20g leak 2 mushroom 20g broccoli  1/4 cup of green peas Soy sauce to taste Apparatus  Small mixing bowl Frying pan Method Prepare the tofu for use the next day. ( How to prepare tofu ). Add all of the spices t

4 Prayers to help you get started with Mass

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 20th of November 2021 These four prayers will help you on your way to learning Holy Mass because they hold key places.  I will not cover the whole of Mass in this blog or any part of it in detail, but I will help you get started.  If you put the effort in and learn the these prayers, your experience of Mass will greatly improve. The Confiteor I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord, our God This prayer is usually said near the beginning of Mass in the Act of Penance after the welcoming.  It differs from other versions in two ways. One, through my thought is repeated three time with through my most grievous fault o

New Year's Dinner Ideas For Vegans

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By McDonald, T.   |  Date 19th of November 2021 You really need to start planing now and to make your orders or you might miss out.  If you are a traditional English person, you will be looking for that ideal roast dinner that makes everyone's New Year's day.  However, if you have just turned vegan, you might find it easier to find that special dinner if you are prepared to think outside of the box. Since New Year is only a few weeks away, it is best to start think and preparing for it now. Furthermore, it is a good idea to have a dress rehearsal to find out what you like best. No Beef Wellington This is a great one for any New Year or Christmas.  Have to say, that I was really impressed with the Wicked Wellington for Wicked Kitchen.  This is one of those dishes that you just got to try because trying to explain it would never do it the justice it deserves.  The mock meat in the middle is covered in a mushroom coat and wrapped up in a light flaky pastry.  Fantastic hot and eve

4 Ways A Christian Can Help The Environment

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 1st of November 2021 (you need to make a date for this)    If you have been a Christian for a long time, you will have likely hear a preacher mentioning the environment.  God's creation needs our respect since Satan's intension is to undo God's work.  God creates the world; Satan tries to destroy the world. With this in mind, what can we do to be the light in the darkness? Use vegan soap instead of soap in plastic containers. You can get vegan soap to wash your body and hair.  You can even get conditioner bars too. Seanik Shampoo bar Shampoo bar You can even get all over hair and body washes. Body and hair wash cubes Vegan soap is not tested on animals  Vegan soap Where to get vegan soap You can get vegan soap from a variety of places.  You can find a variety of soaps in the supermarkets or online.  If searching online, use search terms such as: vegan cruelty free  ethical  eco-friendly Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one.  It is

Veg, Pasta and peppercorn sauce (Vegan)

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By McDonald, T.   |  Date 10th of November 2021 If you are feeling the cold, this will keep you warm and happy. This is a dinner that is packed with taste and that little bit of energy to keep you going in the dark winter months. It consists of pasta, mushrooms, sweet pepper, carrot, parsnip and courgette, but you could add any veg that you like. The sauce is a creamy peppercorn sauce, which you may have to make yourself if you want to keep it vegan. For best results, fry the carrot and parsnips until they start to go a golden brown before adding the other veg. This dinner works well with a basil garnish. For extra flavour and kick, add some chopped chilli. Once it is all ready, mix the peppercorn source in and enjoy. What a beauty! How to make the peppercorn sauce. I hope that you liked this blog and if you do try this recipe, please let me now how you got on and what it turned out like. You can leave a comment in the comments below.

Peanut butter cookies

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 8th of November 2021 Vegans always get excited when we see a pack of biscuits that is vegan.   Sometimes though, just for fun, we like to make our own biscuits.  It is a lot easier than you might think and it will make you think about just how much sugar goes in biscuits. Notes You might find it easier to roll the dough into balls and shape them by pressing on them with a folk.  Creaming means to use the back of a large spoon to mash and mix into a paste. Makes 12 cookies Ingredients   1 cup of  peanut butter 0.25 cup of gram flour or plain flour 6 tablespoons of vegan milk 0.5 - 0.75 cup of sugar (mix brown and white) Milled flax seed 1 tps baking powder 1/4 tsp of salt Method  Step 1 Add the peanut butter and sugar, then add salt and flax seed.  Mix the flour, baking soda and milk in a separate bowl.  Once you have a smoothish paste, add it to the other bowl with the peanut butter and sugar.  Cream together.  Step 2 Create a dough with your hands. 

Vegan Yorkshire Puddings

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Written by  McDonald, T.    |  Date 5th of November 2021 Yorkshire puddings are an tasty part of Sunday dinner in the UK not to mention Christmas and Easter.  With this in mind, a vegan alternative is required to satisfy the patriots dinner plate.  I looked for a long time and tried many different recipes, but in the end I had to alter the best basic vegan recipe to make it perfect. Ingredients Self-raising flour x 56g Vegan milk alternative x 50ml Warm water x 50ml 1/4 tsp of baking powder Nooch x pinch (optional) Salt x pinch Method  Sift the flour. Add the vegan milk and water. Mix with a balloon whisk. Whisk for a few minutes. Leave in the fridge of at least 1/2 an hour to settle. Whisk again for a few minutes. Heat oil in a Yorkshire tin or big round tin. Place in the centre of the oven at 200 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes or until risen and golden brown.  Note, removing them to early will result in a stodgy inside. Results  Although they are not exactly like the traditional Yorksh

Becoming A Vegan

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Written by McDonald, T.   |  Date 1st of November 2021 Today is world vegan day!  When I first heard of veganism, I was in my teens.  I liked the idea, but didn't know how I would ever make the transition.  Like many others, I ate for comfort; it would give me something to look forward to.  When I got into my twenties, I started to meet many more vegans who encouraged me to try new and exciting foods.  At first, I was not keen, but did enjoy the vegan lasagna.  I tried vegan burgers and used vegetarianism as a way to move gently into veganism.  This had varying results.   I found vegans had different tactics: either trying to tempt we with food or trying to gross me out with images of slaughtered animals.  The latter just made me resent vegans and i ended up rebelling, but the food ideas would work.   After years of living as a flexitarian , someone that will eat vegan food on some days but not all,  I went on a fast on the lead up to Pentecost and continued for months after.  By