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: info@veganchef.co.za 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.

Itinerary:

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! 🧚‍♂️

Change today’s failures – make them victories.

This little calf was born on a truck whilst his pregnant mother was forced on board with others kidnapped to a slaughter facility. He fell out of the truck when she gave birth to him. He was abandoned on the side of the road. His mother, held against her will in the truck looked out calling to him while the truck continued to take her to her death – this is the reality of all animals whom humans call food.  Fortunately for her baby, traffic police rescued him  – but you can change billions of tragedies similar to this by going vegan. Change today’s failures  –  make them victories – no more excuses, no more invalid reasons to exploit.

Ever read commentary on so called ‘animal rights organisations’ Facebook pages and in groups? All that anger. Ever wonder why animal abuse is on the rise? Ever wonder why admins on those pages are not educating people about how to actually stop animal abuse through active veganism? There are a lot of angry people out there who say that they love animals but are not acquiring the knowledge on how to channel their anger to actually help animals actively  – organisations choose to avoid and ignore veganism as their moral baseline, and fail to educate their captive audience ethically about living nonviolently – in essence they miss opportunity to make a difference for billions of lives who depend upon them for survival. This is both immoral and unjust. Inciting hatred, sadness, confusion, and leaving people with feelings of uselessness is not beneficial for sentient’s – it is wasting time going full circle. People are yearning to learn how they can make a difference. It is up to all organisations to educate and guide about the ethics of living a vegan life. We are not saying that marching, protesting and signing petitions is wrong – we are simply saying that all of that is futile when those who do so continue to make excuses for abusing animals by consuming and wearing them.

Cruelty to animals starts with you and will only stop when you go vegan – if you don’t go vegan, cruelty to animals will continue to escalate as it has done for millennia due to increased populations and demand by you, whom have not been educated by organisations that you support. There is no amount of yammering that you can do that will change the status of animals – legally they don’t have one – only you can change your perception of them by not perceiving them as chattel property, by not allowing them to be treated as slaves, by not eating them, by not wearing them and by not exploiting them in any other way – quite simply go vegan . The fast-moving production lines have now extended to all animals which has become the demise of many specie and the primary cause of specie extinction. Breeding lines both legal and non are on the rise –  many if not most ‘animal organisations’ who say they are advocating for animal rights fail to educate and promote veganism as their ‘moral baseline’ , leaving animals with no choice but to die indiscriminately daily –  as long as organisations are giving people the green light to continue to promote violence – the violence shall continue because people will feel comfortable in doing so – and because they can.  In other words what many organisations are still saying to the public is that it is ok to eat and wear animals – it’s not.

Educating the world against animal exploitation which includes consuming meat, dairy and eggs, and wearing them, should be priority number one by anyone who says that they are advocating for the true interests of animals  –  nothing else makes any sense what so ever.  Animal rights organisations who fail to educate about nonviolence for animals are failing animals miserably  – clearly they couldn’t care less about animals. Fighting for single issue campaigns holds small significance with low mortality of success, without the back bone and support structure of educating the masses about living life nonviolently and encouraging everyone to go vegan.

In order to make a real difference – the most effective action that all organisations should be embracing and promoting today with complete conviction and clarity is veganism, they should have pounded this message five decades ago, the world wouldn’t be in the mess it’s in today, animal cruelty would be non existent.  If all animal organisations jumped out of bed with corporations who are directly responsible for animal abuse and environmental destruction, and pushed hard for vegan ethics first and foremost as their moral baseline – animals would have a much higher chance of survival rate.  Education, modern day thinking, and applications of the biggest solution to stop animal enslavement, torture and death, which rivals today’s largest pandemic ever is to go vegan and educate others to do so.  All animal organisations must now climb aboard the vegan train otherwise animals will continue to suffer – so shall the environment upon which they depend.

Failure to commit to veganism is responsible for a circle in ‘trend’ of animal abuse. There is no justification for sending out the wrong message to the public – ‘that it is acceptable to exploit animals’ by eating and wearing them  –  this is the worlds biggest social injustice today – those of you who know the difference recognise ARO’s who aren’t who they say they are,  who continue to display a ‘don’t care enough attitude’, those who are speciesist, who discriminate against some specie and only advocate for a selected few. They fail to make the holistic connection to what going vegan means – they fail to share a pivotal message – they fail to stop violence against animals.

Lets be clear – consuming and wearing animals harms animals – this is logical, there is no dispute.  To continue to do so violates their right to live – it is therefore logical that it is abusive and violent to eat and wear animals – all animals. Why would ARO’s not want to do everything in their power to educate the public against such abuse,  for all specie – you have the platform to do so, you hold the centre stage to speak with clarity against all forms of animal abuse, you have the audience, you hold the mike;  – yet continue to avoid the most fundamental moral issue that will stop animal cruelty of magnitude proportions today. You fail to speak out fully in support of going vegan and to educate about veganism.  The world is watching – ARO’s you have already lost credibility if you don’t climb fully on board now – you shall lose even more because the vegan movement is growing rapidly – those who care about animals, don’t discriminate against any specie  –  those who care about animals action their words to the next level, and live their lives ethically for the benefit of all sentient’s, those who care about animals educate others because they care so deeply and want change for them – the world is recognising the difference. Educating people about veganism is the worlds primary source of hope for animals and the environment in which they live.

How can you make a difference for  billions of animals today? – Go vegan, support vegan eateries and vegan stores, if you must donate then donate to ethical vegan establishments who do not discriminate against specie – who harm no one and educate about veganism , donate if you must to ethical vegan talk show hosts who promote nonviolence, and donate to no kill shelters,  talk about veganism  with clarity and conviction to everyone everywhere that you meet, promote veganism at schools –  support schools who have embraced modern vegan education, continue to educate your friends – your family – the neighbours about veganism   – shout it out loud,  share nonviolence with the world. Let everyone know that you are vegan for ethical reasons.  Let everyone know that animals matter –  that it is morally wrong to exploit them in any way what so ever .  You are their voice – you are their only hope of action, your decision to go vegan and to educate others to do so matters morally.

~ Active Vegan ~

~ Active Vegan ~ April newsletter.

Rolling out our 4th Newsletter for 2015 – April.

March brought much excitement in the travel around the globe in search for stunning vegan establishments serving healthy 100% plant based foods.  31 days  – 31 countries  – 31 delicious vegan restaurants.  America, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Guadeloupe, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland , Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam – all have populations who have embraced non-violence.

We shall visit another 1 in another 30 alternative countries during April – that shall bring in more than half the world who are begging for non-violence – who are denouncing violence – demanding health love compassion life for all.

A human step is one of the most powerful things we posses – changing the destiny of everyone – the future of countries, the course of history. Today the power of the human step can once again change everyone’s lives. Lack of education has profound consequences on the innocent  health,  and social development.  What if you could make a difference,  what if you could change the world,  what if you could transform someones life – by simply going vegan. What if every step you take could generate non-violence.  How do we get everyone to look and not turn away.  You can – every step counts. Go vegan and educate others.

March brought you only one more vegan recipe for dogs but  one more for humanity and one more  for the lives of those whose lives matter – April shall bring you many more as this project gains momentum.

Vegan Chef has pencilled more time into her schedule and focus in April shall bring you more easy to make  vegan  recipes from her.  Energy on vegan cooking courses as well as vegan events – guiding you in the right direction at ~ Active Vegan ~  we believe that if you know how to go vegan – going vegan is easy.  You desire the knowledge  – you  want  to know how to acknowledge, embrace, understand  veganism  to enable yourself to be caring loving healthy conscientious individuals.

The world is vegan if you want it to be.  You are the power, you hold the magic wand, you can change the course of history, you are the guiding light, you hold the torch to non-violence.  This train is gaining momentum – climb aboard, don’t get left behind, these are exciting times. We share them with you feelingly.

The failure of single issue campaigns.

The failure of single issue campaigns resonate louder than the Chimes of Big Ben of London. A historical repeat at least eighty years in the making now in raw and truthful realization. The world is questioning why the results of hard core moaning and cursing, petition contributions, marches, arms up in the air, shock and horror has done nothing to change the status of animals and has done nothing to stop the magnitude of cruelty that they face today. We acknowledge that you are abhorrently horrified that injustices against all animals today has increased dramatically. Vivisection is on the rise so is the fur trade  which has made a major comeback, more animals today than ever before are under the knife in labs set up all over the world. Slaughter facilities mushroom everywhere – wildlife is disappearing at phenomenal rates – people are outraged at hunting and poaching expressing anger  bitterness –  yet no positive outcomes to benefit the innocent – they too are dwindling. – Foie gras failure – snuck back into restaurants and back onto shelves.  Consuming their vile overgrown exploded livers is bad enough – laying your head down at night on pillow casings filled with feathers violently plucked from their overweight frail bodies –  sold as comfortable sweet dream pillows and the torture doesn’t end there.  Billions of lives cry out every second of the day whilst you take part in single issue campaigns and nothing gets done.  The victims cursed –  every specie alive today. How can it be ? How can it be that the word ‘violence’ has become the word most synonymous in today’s vocabulary.  How can it be that everyone is fighting so hard for single issue campaigns  yet nothing is changing ? How can it possibly be that you are donating hard earned cash – yet they continue to suffer so . How can that be? The answer to your question is one that has been  right before your very own eyes . It has been written in bold on the very front page of your daily diary  – you are simply not doing enough –  supporting organizations who are encouraging violence  confusing the public.

Kicking up a fuss is just not good enough. You have to mean what you  say – you have to say and do what you mean if you really care, you have to live your life like you really care – that is what it means to go vegan.  You cannot be a part of an abusive system whilst you fight against it.  That simply does not make any sense what so ever. You cannot advocate for the rights of one animals body part and violate another and expect for change to happen. You have to advocate for all animals in order for their status to change. You cannot expect for people’s perceptions and opinions on animal abuse to change if you yourself are part of the violent system. You cannot expect the system to change period if you are eating, wearing or exploiting animals in any way. That will never happen – that is the reason that single issue campaigns are a complete failure today.  There are no shades of grey. There is nothing in between right and wrong. There is no middle ground. You are either in or you are out. You cannot stand in front of the door and just keep knocking and ringing – making a noise without opening that door and walking right through it  – and expect change to happen – it won’t.  If you are against violent atrocities against animals you have to act like you care, eat like you care and conduct your daily life like you give a dam – only then will your voice be heard.

When you start to live your life without violence  – you renounce violence only then do you fully comprehend the magnitude of what you have been doing wrong and why the suffering of the ones that you love so and have fought relentlessly for have continue to suffer – how all of that can change with a simple switch to veganism. The world is vegan if you want it to be. The pain and suffering can stop with one single action – and once you have embraced that simple action, you can teach others to do so. Going vegan is easy if you  mean what you say.  There is no need to eat animals, there is no need to wear animals and there is no need for animals to  be forced into a situation of having to entertain you. The sooner you understand and embrace that respect – the sooner everyone’s focus will change  to what is going to make the difference for the status of animals – all animals.

Thank you

The World is Vegan if you want it to be

So how many countries are there actually? Debatable, officially 193 officially recognized countries however, off the record could amount to 250. At any rate, we present to you the world map here, and do look forward to sharing each and every countries ‘switch’ to a plant based, compassionate, healthy, clean and cruelty free choice of living in the very near future. It is the only way to go if we are to survive!

Here is some interesting information regarding the official country set ups around the world, you may find this rather interesting:

While it would appear to be a rather simple matter to determine how many countries there are in the world, it is in fact quite complex. This is due not only to the ever-shifting political landscape, but also because the term ‘countries’ is somewhat fluid and open to interpretation.
A narrow definition of what a country is might look at a well-established group — such as the United Nations — and take its list of recognized members. In the case of the United Nations, there are 193 recognized states, with 192 being members of the United Nations, and the Vatican City, which is a permanent observer with all rights of a member, save voting rights.

One could also take an established definition for what a state is, and find all states which match those criteria. The most widely-accepted definition is given by the Montevideo Convention, from 1933. By these guidelines, a state must have a government, be in a position to interact with other states diplomatically, have a defined territory, and possess a permanent population. A rough count of these states would place the number of countries in the world at 201. That includes the 193 states recognized by the United Nations, as well as eight additional states. These are the Western Sahara, Taiwan, Northern Cyprus, Somaliland, South Ossetia, Transnistria, Abkhazia, and Nagorno-Karabakh. These states meet the criteria set out by the Montevideo Convention, but are all in a struggle with another, larger state, for independence, and so far have not been formally recognized by the United Nations.

An even broader definition could include some states which have been recognized by a number of countries, but have either failed to establish a steady government, or have failed to receive recognition by enough fellow states to truly meet the criteria of the Montevideo Convention. By adding in states such as the Cook Islands, Palestine, or the Chechen Republic, one could get to a much greater number of countries in the world — somewhere in the range of 210-230.


Going even broader, one can include countries that are part of a larger country, sometimes referred to as constituent countries. One obvious example of this would be the countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — all making up the single country of the United Kingdom. In most counts of the countries in the world, these four countries are counted as one, but they could easily be counted as four instead. By including these sorts of countries there could be many hundreds, if not thousands, of countries in the world — especially if one were to start counting smaller states, such as California or Delaware in the United States, as independent in their own right.

Similarly, territories — such as the territory of Guam, a possession of the United States — are usually not counted in an official count, but are states by many criteria. These are referred to by the United Nations as Non-Self Governing Territories, and include an additional 16 territories.

So, how many countries are there in the world? 193 by the count of the United Nations. 193 also by the count of the United States Department of State. 201 by a tight interpretation of the Montevideo Conventions. Somewhere over 220 by a looser interpretation. And if we were to go by the number of countries that have their own domain suffix — such as .us for the United States, or .de for Germany — we would find 243.

So there is no firm answer, but 193 is commonly accepted, and somewhere between 193 and 250 seems rather certain.

At any rate we inspire you to share your love with each and every single one of them, embrace every individual, share your knowledge, include them all,  share your experiences about veganism and encourage them all to go vegan! We look forward to a united world that practices non-violence. Can you imagine a world without violence!

~ Active Vegan ~

World Vegan Summit & Expo – Gary Francione Interview

Take a listen to the professors interview here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCGpg1pCfJc

Professor Gary Francione discusses the importance of veganism and the WORLD VEGAN SUMMIT & EXPO, as well as concepts of abolition, animal welfare, and “humane exploitation”, and the compromise of the animal rights movement –http://www.WorldVeganSummit.com http://www.GoVeganRadio.com

Veganism is about nonviolence: nonviolence to other sentient beings; nonviolence to yourself; nonviolence to the earth. Visit: http://www.AbolitionistApproach.com

Do visit the professors page here: https://www.facebook.com/abolitionistapproach/timeline?ref=page_internal

The professors arguments and presentations make perfect logical sense. Do draw on his practical advise.

https://www.facebook.com/ActiveVegan?ref=tn_tnmn

~ Active Vegan ~

A step in the right direction

Public schools generally do not have very many healthy food options for children to choose from, however, recently we’ve seen changes with some schools across the nation. It appears that there are a few schools making more effort to go above and beyond to serve healthier lunch options, such as the Lincoln Public schools. While this is great, we need to see more of it.

In fact, one teacher from the Bronx is making healthy eating fun and educational for his students and now we find two public schools in New York have taken their school menu much more seriously!

Two New York Public schools adopted a 100% vegetarian menu

In January 2013, Public School 244 in Queens, New York was the first school in the nation to adopt a 100% vegetarian menu, serving kids tofu wraps, veggie chili, fresh fruits, and more. At first the school wanted to offer healthier food options and they took in parents’ and other school officials’ opinions into consideration.

This school started serving vegetarian meals three times a week, then increased it to four times a week. It was such a success that the school went 100% vegetarian every single day! Principal Robert Groff says, “We believe that, if we taught kids to make healthy choices, it would help them to grow as students and well-rounded children.”

Apparently this success has reached out to Peck Slip School in lower Manhattan, New York. Amie Hamlin, the executive director of New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, says, “More schools are asking for vegetarian menus, in order to increase their students’ intake of whole plant foods, which they understand are associated with lower BMI, better health, less sick days, and increased concentration.”

Improved test scores and longer attention span

After Public School 244 have implemented an all-vegetarian menu, the school officials not only noticed that the kids love eating the food from the cafeteria, but also have shown improved test scores and longer attention spans. What’s interesting is that even though kids can bring food from home, approximately 90% of them prefer eating from the cafeteria!

After results proved themselves, Peck Slip School’s principal, Maggie Siena, decided to get on board with the action as well. She says, “We decided to implement the vegetarian menu because of the health benefits of a diet including more legumes, vegetables, and whole grains and our concerns about the environmental impact of meat production.”

“Not only is it beneficial, but delicious too! “As it turns out the vegetarian dishes are pretty delicious, too – we are seeing more kids trying and liking chickpeas, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta. Kale salad was a huge hit,” says Siena.

A rising number of vegetarians and vegans

The numbers of vegetarians and vegans are on the rise, whether it’s for health, environmental, or animal rights issues. When it comes to health, more people are realizing how vital whole foods are to keeping us strong and productive, especially for young children. Schools are recognizing it much more than ever before and the results prove it.

The New York Coalition for Health School Food, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to teach and implement a whole-foods diet in schools across the New York City area, has been involved in the development of a vegetarian menu for both of these public schools.

Sources for this article include:

(1) www.ecorazzi.com
(2) www.cbsnews.com
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