Vegan Cooking Classes With Focus On Faux Meats Now In Gauteng!

Want to try vegan, but not quite sure how to incorporate plant based meats into your meal plan – then come and have a fun day with us, as we show you how!

Just Vegan Cooking Classes: for everyone who wants to help stop animal exploitation, improve environment, eat healthy, help curb world wide hunger, learn something new, have fun, & make new friends – an exciting, enjoyable experience,  join Šárka Hedström at Vegan Chef On The Run for Just Vegan  !

A wonderful day of cooking, second Saturday of each month! Loads of fun and excellent value for money! The focus is on faux meats. Cost for the day – R500.00 P/P.

Please contact Šárka via: for banking details, to mail through POP to confirm, and to book.

• Lesson commences at AM: 9:00, and completes at 14:00 (5 hours).

• Price incl tea, breakfast/brunch, beverage, and late lunch cook offs, petit four, and coffee.

• All ingredients and materials needed for lessons are provided.

• One on one, and or group cook lessons.

• Learn how to bake rolls, and create faux meats (haam, bakun, beaf, minse, chikun, fisch, and scramble), using a variety of textures and flavours.

• You will also have a better understanding of pantry essentials and kitchen equipment to enhance vegan cooking.

• Recipe material and recommended suppliers will be mailed to you as you complete.

• You will take home samples of each recipe that you have prepped, developed, and cooked during your day together.


9:00 – 11:00 ; Prepping dough for rolls. Prepping haam, bakun, beaf, minse, chikun, fisch – working with tofu, textured vegetable protein, curd skins, seitan, and learning how to manipulate flavours.

11.00 – 12:00 ; Bake rolls. scramble tofu eggz, blitz up a juice, and sit down to breakfast/brunch.

12:00 – 13:00 ; Reflect, discuss Pantry essentials, design late lunch menu.

13:00 – 14:00 ; Cook lunch and enjoy, then finish with petit four & coffee.


Release dates for cooking classes focusing on faux meats, 2nd Saturday of every month for 2018 are as follows:

• January 13th
• February 10th
• March 10th
• April 14th
• May 12th
• June 9th
• July 14th
• August 11th
• September 8th
• October 13th
• November 10th
• December 8th

Book soonest for fun filled day! 🧚‍♂️

Vegan Advocacy in Gauteng

Vegan Advocacy in Gauteng:  Vegan Chef On The Run with Šárka Hedström

Hi there #Vegan Advocacy Session Dates for 2018 have been set.

Clear your calendars & come join us! If you’re interested in learning a little more about the topic, and you reside in #Gauteng, or you’re passing through, you are most welcome to join our conversation.

Are you new to veganism or, you want to go vegan, or help someone else go vegan, and need to talk, share ideas and information, and meet more vegans – then this meet up is definitely for you. We’re hosting informal private vegan advocacy sessions first Saturday of every month for an hour from 9am – 10am. Participation is free.

For safety and security please contact : to confirm your attendance and participation prior to your arrival.

Closing confirmation date for each session is set for Friday (the day before the meet), at noon, so please do confirm via email provided, prior to then. You’re more than welcome to bring along your own vegan F&B, snacks etc, otherwise with prior arrangement, Šárka is more than happy to whip up a delicious vegan breakfast or snacks at cost. Family and little ones are very welcome.

A recap on the 12 set dates for 2018:

Session 6: January 6th

Session 7: February 3rd

Session 8: March 3rd

Session 9: April 7th

Session 10: May 5th

Session 11: June 2nd

Session 12: July 7th

Session 13: August 4th

Session 14: September 1st

Session 15: October 6th

Session 16: November 3rd

Session 17: December 1st

Looking forward to assist!

Vegan Restoran V – in Estonia

Uus peakoka soovitus:
Läätsedega täidetud kapsarull sooja bataadisalati ja rohelise sibula kastmega 7.5€

The New Chef’s recommendation:
Lenses or filled sweet potatoes cabbage roll warm lettuce and green onion sauce € 7.5
Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 and has a population of 440,950.


For more details on this gorgeous restaurant – please visit their Facebook page here:  Vegan Restoran V     – delicious menu, stunning presentation created with so much love and passion!


Please like, share and support all vegan establishments! The world is vegan if you want it to be!

Animal Exploitation Intertwined

Animal exploitation is so intertwined. It is all connected. Whether you poach them, hunt them, eat them, wear them, or *use* them for entertainment and profit.
When you *own* an animal (one or more) – your judgement to do what is morally just is clouded, since generally you will be thinking of how you can profit off them. You can therefore not possibly make ethical decisions for their wellbeing. A person who *owns* animals will be thinking of how they can profit from the parts of the animals body: the horn, their skin, their fur coat, their flesh, their bones, their teeth, their offspring, their breast milk etc etc
Since animals cannot speak, they have become easy targets for humans to manipulate, *use*, abuse, and to kill – all for profit. Animals are traded as slaves, they are sold off as commodities. Never in the history of mankind have we experienced such violent acts toward others.
Every single animal that is *used* as a commodity opens up another gateway to further animal *use* and abuse.
So who is fuelling the black markets for animal body parts, the slaughter facilities, as well as the ‘legal’ animal industries, the pet trade, puppy mills, animal entertainment etc? :
Everyone who stands to make money from these innocent creatures, and everyone who partakes in the pleasure of the *use* of nonhumans (including the consumption thereof).
When you enable yourself to sit down at a dinner table daily (at least three times per day), and you continue to make excuses that you think justify another individuals demise (in other words you have taken an agreed part in stealing their lives away from them), then you must agree that you are just as guilty as the hunter, the poacher, the person who wears their skin, the person next door who rapes and kicks their dog etc. Indeed you have made a concerted effort to fuel animal *use* and abuse. And the entire industry is going round in circles. The circles are getting wider, and all animals are suffering tremendously due to your decision to continue to make excuses at how much you are enjoying their flesh, their precious body parts etc.
There is no excuse for harming others, no matter how much you *think* you enjoy doing so. Whether you eat them, wear them, poach them, hunt them, breed and sell them etc – it is all the same. It is all morally wrong. There is no justification for animal exploitation.
Let us take the following exert from an article that we just read, where two poachers were recently jailed for only 30 mere years, for taking the lives of 226 elephants:
They were actually still given a choice of 30 years or to pay up a fine of Sh108.7 billion. Let us consider for a moment how more than fairly these two men were treated compared to the 226 (known individuals) who’s lives were stolen, and who were never given a choice. The involved parties were only found guilty of possession of 706 pieces of elephant tusks at the time however, indeed there may have been many more.
Everyone is jumping up and down with joy at a supposedly ‘heavy’ sentencing, which in our eyes is minuscule compared to those whose lives were stolen. And let us also for a moment compare this scenario to the 365 days of the year that the average individual consumes nonhuman flesh. It would be safe to assume that each person who consumes flesh daily (three times per day), is responsible for the deaths of at least 300 nonhumans per year (and that is not counting eggs, dairy and insects). And yet they get away with murder every day. We can see the bigger picture and the grand scale of wrongs that need to be righted every day. We  can recognise the hypocrisy in the animal rights movement and acknowledge that still there isn’t one. Not one that is powerful enough to stop all animal *use* – unless you embrace veganism first.
It was said that these two men had killed a quarter of the elephants within that country between the years 2010 – 2013. And yet in their eyes (as in the eyes of billions of people who *use* animals for whatever reason), they too were shocked at their sentencing. One nearly  collapsed in the dock – utterly shocked at the courts decision. But this is a typical reaction from most persons who * use* animals (for whatever reason), who are openly informed that what they did and are currently doing is morally wrong.
Every individual who is currently abusing and *using* animals (all animals in whatever way), even when they think that because it is legal to do so justifies their means, ought to cease from doing so right away. They need to know that what they are doing is indeed morally wrong – it is all wrong. It’s quite simple. When you say that you love animals (all animals) – you go vegan for them, otherwise you must know that you are just as guilty and complicit as everyone else who kills them.
Did you know: Elephants, just like people, are social animals who look after one another. We share some interesting facts about these intelligent, trunk-swaying mammals. Elephants (if given the chance), are able to live up to the age of 70 years. They are the only mammals who cannot jump. Just like cats, elephants purr when they’re happy. Elephants prefer one tusk over the other, the same way how some people are right or left-handed. An elephant will definitely beat you at bicep curls! Their trunk has more than 40 000 muscles which allow them to break or pull thick branches in order to reach their food. Elephants are able to feel emotions just like humans do. They play and laugh with one another, cry when sad, and also have memories. Elephants are excellent swimmers! They use their trunks as snorkels when they swim in deep water. When a friend leaves the herd and returns, they are warmly greeted with a welcoming ceremony. Elephants can sense movement in their surroundings by listening to the sonic vibrations through their feet. When a human baby cries, their parents usually rush over to console them. The same goes for elephants! They care deeply about their young, and if something is wrong, the entire herd will show support by stroking the baby elephant until they feel better.
The bottom line is that all animals are similar to us in more ways than one. Not one sentient deserves to be exploited in any way whatsoever. Let’s make that connection.

How the industrial revolution is destroying our planet.


We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.  But where does all of this leave ‘life’ –  all life, and how is ‘life’, all life, herself viewed and *used* ?

The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. All of these advancements has ruined our blue planet and the species who rely upon her.

The fourth industrial revolution is indeed upon us now. And these are exciting times but, do we as humans have the capability to recognise the importance of how and what we meaningfully do with this now fourth revolution? Are we capable of looking to history, and comparing our passed errs to the current situation, to then use this technology with responsibility to one another for and to our earth. In other words, at what cost are the next few years going to come at? We have all acknowledged that we have indeed messed things up, and that we have an urgent obligation to make responsible current and future changes. Responsible changes to nonhumans, to humans and to the earth (her waters and her air), in order to survive, to enjoy the fourth industrial revolution.

Should we choose to continue along the path of destruction that the first, second and third industrial revolutions brought with her, there will be nothing ‘real’ left to feel, to touch, to smell, to see, to taste, to hear, to love, and to enjoy. What we do now, in the now, as well as in the near future, how we treat others (both human and non, and how we treat the ecosystem that we have all become so reliant upon), will pave the way for altruistic happiness and freedom for ALL (not just a few). Much of what happens in the years to come is going to rely heavily on conscience, ethics and morality. And that is going to take some effort from all of us, but will make the future for all so well worth living for.


1974 – Steam, water, mechanical production equipment.

1870 – Division of labour, electricity, mass production.

1969 – Electronics, IT, automated production.

? – Cyber, physical systems.


The unnecessary thirst for consumerism is the continuing driving wedge for the industrial revolution which marketing and advertising companies are taking full advantage of at full peril of mother earth and her inhabitants. Since the industrial era began, everyone and everything became a commodity for the big scramble of common wealth. Slavery indeed and exploitation of massive scale and epic proportions with very little concern or thought, and lack of foresight to current and future damage and disasters, of both human and nonhuman life, and natural ‘resources’ from the earth.

What started off as an exciting era of open minded ideology, was followed into the pith of destruction, with a very badly thought out future caring plan that would intimately ignore everyone who’s lives do matter.  But, only an elite few would ultimately become meaninglessly wealthy at the demise of others who would and still today do suffer.

The consumer revolution with all it’s trinkets and rubbish, together with an ever exploding population today continues to fuel the greed that has vastly changed a beautiful planet to the disaster that we live in today. As we continue along this unjustified path of ruination, there cannot possibly be a future for billions of species who are forcedly becoming a scarcity and nullity in and from their very own losing and degrading environments. And there cannot be a future for the once healthy, beautiful, and pristine environments which are rapidly shrinking and extensively littered and poisoned with useless, meaningless, human indulgences.

Once magical forests filled with life and the most fragrant of scents,  have become mine dumps, logging camps, and barren fields of intoxicating flames. The oceans have become acidic, our rivers are poisoned, our water is sold, and the air has become putrid and toxic. Man continues to lustfully commodify everything: from humans, to nonhumans, to water, and even air. The stimulation of the economy is obliterating earth.

Britain who historically led the Industrial revolution, who were the mightiest industrial power in the world, introduced to us slavery, unleashed nonhuman holocaust of monumental and epic proportions, they stole land and raped the inhabitants who lived there, and taking what was never theirs. In turn they left most hungry and poor, and for much of the time during it’s 150 – 200 year rise to treacherous glory, produced two thirds of the words coal and half it’s iron ripped from the earth and leaving behind barren waste land.

The industrial revolution is the beginning of a fallen, damaged, and vandalised world, which then everyone willingly followed into, and a continuum of a society which is indeed of great need of desperate healing. New ideas, new machines, new processes, are only truly great when they harm no one in the process but enrich everyone and everything, and give back without just taking. When all of these things unlock the ‘resources’ of ‘society’ without any future thought – they become useless corroding, unintelligibly, gadgets of time lost to iniquity that leave lands barren, the stench of death, and strip every living being of their last breath, their dignity, and their right to live.

Imperial power is not everlasting. And when there is nothing left to exploit, is that then when the ‘might’ shall at last turn around, look back, and wish they had taken a different route? Would they then have said that they would have chosen ‘life’ over wealth. Was the fallacious provisional wealth whom only a handful of people benefited from, truly worth the holocaust that disrupted the face of the earth and her inhabitants in such a short space of time? And annihilated everything and everyone, including themselves? Was all of that, the horribilis transformation sincerely worth it? We are now living in the shadow of the ‘achievements’ of those people, and we are now forced to clean up their mess. We all have an obligation to go vegan. We have an obligation to live ‘green’. And we have an obligation to support rural endeavours to slow down our global footprint and boost local economies.  Let 2016 and the future be one of many ethical conscientious choices that not only serve mankind, but integrate us all side by side with nonhumans, and green the earth back to her recognisable, beautiful, pristine loving arms and home that we all can love, enjoy and declare safe once more.

Going vegan in 2 hours.

You either want change or you don’t want change but change is not going to happen without a small effort from your part.

A little effort to read 1-2 hours worth of information which will put  you in the loop about how to get the cogs in the wheel turning toward real change.

We’re not talking about moaning, swearing, crying , shouting, name calling and discriminating against those who are just as complicit to murder and violence as you may be by eating, wearing, and using others for entertainment purposes and palette pleasures – we are talking about ‘real’ change from grass roots level up. You ARE the change.

Change will only happen when YOU take the situation into your own hands and make it happen.

If we all sit here and there and say : ‘It’s not going to happen’.  Or:  ‘The world will never change’. Or  : ‘The world will never be vegan’.  Or : ‘No one cares so why should I’ – then, NOTHING will ever change and Nothing will ever happen for the better.

Change happens one by one – one person at a time, as we all embrace it and decide that this is the time , right here , right now, that I am going to be a part of the changing process.  Millions are doing it – millions of people are not only willing change but they are picking up the pieces and they are changing themselves first, before they point fingers at others.  There is no reason why you cannot do it too!

Change starts with you, it starts with me, it starts with us all, it starts on your plate, then shifts into how you think, and into what you do, and how you treat others.  – THAT is real change –  when YOU start caring about others before you care about yourself.  That’s ethical change,  when you go vegan everything changes.  How you see the world changes, how you see colour changes, how you see sex changes, how you see species changes. Everything and everyone becomes equal. And everyone and everything is as important as the other because they are all interconnected. There is a strong link , that bond of nonviolence becomes the prerogative – it is the very web of life herself.

There should never be a notion of ‘you don’t have time’ to make some one else’s life happier, more fulfilling and more fair. Being vegan means to be fair.  When it only takes  a couple of hours to make this world a better place, and it costs you absolutely nothing, and does not inconvenience you in any way whatsoever, why would you not do that? Why would you want to argue that you don’t have time?Why would you choose to continue to make excuses for violence, and why would you continue to be completely unfair not only to yourself but to others?


So this festive season – let’s all put a little extra effort into making others lives more liveable. Indeed that is the greatest gift that we could possibly give someone else. We have an obligation to make an effort. Let’s put a little extra effort into finding out how easy it is to go vegan, and let’s make others lives a joy, because going vegan is such a pleasure, going vegan is easy, going vegan is ethical, going vegan is going to make others lives fair and liveable, and going vegan is going to save the world through climate change.

We only have two choices:

  1. We go vegan to stop animal *use*, save human and nonhuman lives, and stop climate change.    OR
  2. We continue exploiting human and nonhuman lives, and continue to destroy the world.

There is no third choice.

Going vegan is a simple mindset – a paradigm shift. A wanton need for real change.

Here are a few links that will lead you in the right direction. No donate buttons. No costs incurred. Just a simple concern for others. A love for life and love for others who matter. You too can be vegan within 2 hours.

Change from a nonvegan pantry to a vegan pantry with a few easy to find simple ingredients. They are all readily available and easy to find at any grocery store, health store and or online.

A very reliable and safe website that does not promote ‘welfarism’ :

Are we all Jehadi Johns? Are we all terrorists? Are we all complicit to the terror? Stop terrorism – go vegan. Stop the violence.

We can view this horribilis ‘terrorism’ incidence in new light, we write with respect to those who have lost their lives, their families, their loved ones.  And to those who shall still be a part of terrorist victimisation and ultimate future death.  This is indeed a huge contentious issue that is not about to go away too soon but, there is something that we can all do about it, on the immediate, in retaliation, in justice, in solidarity, and in good faith, which costs absolutely nothing. The entire world is indeed in a state of war, a state of conflict, of utter fear, a state of terror – but only if we allow for it to be so. The world is in fact right now, as we write, not in one piece!

Are Suicide Bombers Mentally Ill or just Brainwashed and Evil? – We believe not, the very answer lays in neither. Some indeed may or may not be depressed, which could indeed offer a cowardly ‘way’ out, a means to an end – without a means.

Most of us would like to believe that this kind of incident would merit mental instability but, this is not the case, when we take into consideration, the highly complex and premeditated planning, and the execution that proceeds. To lay blame on brainwashing is the same as…., when we all have the capability to think for ourselves and make our own ultimate finale decisions. Yes, pulling the trigger may be easy for some but it does not merit ‘brainwashing’, and even if it did to some degree, the onus lays with the individual who even under certain circumstances will in all cases take responsibility to some or more degree – any good lawyer will tell you that.

When we start to consider terrorism from a species equality level and point of view, there really is no difference when butchering a human as there is to butchering a nonhuman – apart from law. The unethical act of it is just the same. It is only that the law supports human lives as by far more relevance to nonhuman lives and effectively of higher value in terms of life. Nonhumans are viewed as mere things, chatel property. objects,  that influences the shock factor in terms of terrorism. But lest us not forget for one second that nonhuman lives are indeed not terrorized. For indeed they they are – every second of the day, in unimaginable numbers, leading to figures of trillions annually. They all become John Does, subject to terrorism of unimaginable proportions that most still do not connect with. Something is severely wrong with the system.

These ‘terrorists’ that we have labelled terrorists, are neither crazy, they are neither mad, they are not brainwashed, mentally ill or evil. If that were the case then, we would be obligated to label all terrorists who butcher humans and nonhumans as such. And what about those who not only butcher animals but, who also actually consume them, and degrade them, and go ahead and tear their flesh apart …not in the name of Allah or whatever but in the name of this as just being a part of normality?  Are they terrorists too? Then attempt to justify their actions for whatever reasons. Just because something is ‘legal’ does not make it right.

All of these people, these so called ‘terrorists’ who take lives for their own apparent reason, simply have no moral concern for life. They do not believe that what they are doing is morally wrong –  they simply see things differently to the average person who believes in nonviolence. They justify their violent action in the name of what they believe to be right. They lack nonviolent education, respect for life, for those who matter, for those who want to live.

They are brainwashed no more by terror groups to blow themselves up and kill others than, butchers are, who shoot nonhumans with a stun-gun, 9 inch bolts to the head, then slinging them up by back leg, hacking nonhumans open with an electric saw, tearing off their skins, to those who have been led to believe that consuming, wearing and *using* nonhumans is an absolute normality and is justified. Otherwise in essence then – we could by all rights call all individuals who intimidate, who blow up, who kill, who mutilate others, who consume flesh, who kill and terrorise humans and non terrorists (as that is precisely what they are to those whom they harm).

‘Brain washers’ will supply as much incorrect information to ‘terrorists’ on much the same level as animal agricultural and governmental organisations, their educators and advertising agencies, as well as some churches and religious sects will do, to the general public, to convince them that killing nonhumans is acceptable. So, does this make everyone a terrorist? Please let us consider that we terrorise more than a trillion nonhumans annually and on a daily basis. It is up to each and every single individual to see through the bureaucracy and to be able to decide what is right and what is indeed unjust.  Violence, killing, murder, hurting ‘someone’ else, and terrorism is all clearly wrong. That is a no brainer no matter which specie we inflict those atrocities upon.  Terrorism is terrorism and, as a peaceful nation, we have the power to stop that – we do not need to wait for lawmakers to decide upon that.

What each and every single one of these ‘terrorists’ that feel it within their right, that to harm either human and or nonhuman, is acceptable by their understanding,  is simply a lack in basic nonviolent vegan education, upon which, when receiving, and understanding, and accepting,  that education, will indeed reunite them with reality, morality,  ethics, and reconnect them with values and therefore encourage ethical behaviour. Non-violence is just a paradigm switch away and it is something that we all really want to start associating with as soon as possible, in order to lead our world, her people, to a level of living which is acceptable to all lives, because all lives do matter.

Today we revoke the actions taken by terrorist attacks on Paris, we revoke the terrorist attacks on Palestine, we revoke the terrorist attacks on Lebanon, we revoke the terrorist attacks on woman on men on children on ethnic individuals, we revoke the terrorist attacks on nonhumans that take place on a daily basis world wide. We revoke the panic, the fear, the terror inflicted upon all. And we hope this essay leaves a little if not more depth of thought to think about.

We love you all, and we look forward to a vegan world – share the nonviolence. Educate others to go vegan.