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  1. As a home checker for the animal sanctuary I support, I can appreciate a lot of this list (we don't ask for a criminal record check though ). A lot of people are initally a little affronted that they have to be checked to take in an animal, but generally after a chat I can get them to see why, explaining why there is need to ask questions that on the surface can seem a little invasive. A lot of it is to make people think of all sorts of issues that (esp first time carers) may not have occured to them as they are not immediate issues, in all the excitement of taking in this new and usually very cute furperson. Sinister, if you do get a news addy animal, will you encourage the human to neuter the parent ? Breeders, oohhhh don't get me going As well as all the obvious problems with them, something I've come up against is that their existance and the money they make is seen by back yard breeders, who then think I'll have some of that, and then sell the pups of cheap to whoever will have them and so on and so on. A lot of these pups then end up in shelters and the breeding stock is then dumped as well when they are knackered
  2. Something else to consider is who is this drug being manufactored by and what and who have the drug trials been tested on CG, for bad PMS cramps, have you tried aromatherapy ? I know a lot of people dismiss it as light and fluffy, but it really can help. Let me know if you want any specific info.
  3. I absolutly love celeriac, please post any more recipes you have for it as can never have to many ! Found a recipe for celeriac and pear soup I will have to try this week, if it works will post it.
  4. Made this for dinner the other night and got the yummy thumbs (and paws) up from all 2 leeks, washed and shredded 4 stalks celery, finely sliced 4 med carrots, chopped into small pieces 1 head broccoli, stalk finely chopped and the florets into small heads 2 pints vegetable stock + another pint 1 mug frozen peas 1 mug frozen sliced green beans 1 kg frozen sweetcorn, defrosted 1 red pepper, cored and finely chopped 2 tbsp parsley Seasoning 1 pkt smoked tofu, drained and chopped into small pieces 1 tbsp lemon juice per bowl of soup Mist a large pan with an oil spray and heat. Add the leek and celery and saute for a few mins. Add the carrots and broccoli stalks and 2 pts of the stock. Cover, bring to a simmer and cook for approx 7 mins (veggies should be softening). Add the peas, green beans and bring back to the simmer. Cook for 5 mins and then add the broccoli florets and red pepper and cook for a further 5 mins (add more stock if a little low) Place the sweetcorn into a blender with enough stock to blend. When reasonably smooth add to the pan. Add the parsley and season to taste. Add the smoked tofu and heat to serving temperature. Serve hot with lemon juice added just as you serve. For those not losing weight a tbps olive oil can also be added per bowl. Tested on humans, dogs, cats and rats and munched by all. This does make a lot, but minus the tofu it does freeze well.
  5. Yay to CrispyQ, that is wonderful Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone. I now I don't post much, but do check in from time to time and do appreciate what a lovely forum this is Happy Christmas all.
  6. Pies were asked for, and so pies they got http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y192/Purrpuss/P1010020.jpg Chestnut, apple and mince pie Broccoli and tofu tart http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y192/Purrpuss/P1010021.jpg Leek and almond pie Tomato and pinenut roast http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y192/Purrpuss/P1010023.jpg Potato and cream pie Sweet almond pie http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y192/Purrpuss/P1010018.jpg Baked braised tofu pate Chocolate fudge http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y192/Purrpuss/ce65bd31.jpg Bilberry cheesecake Caramel shortcake There's a sink full of washing up, 2 dogs and 5 cats covered in flour and sugar, the oven needs a good clean and it will be new year before I want to cook again, but it's a good feeling knowing its all done Now all I need to do is work it all off !
  7. Am so very very sorry. You and your girls are in my thoughts and heart.
  8. They look delicious and that appley topping yum yum and yum Looking forward to the next installment
  9. The numbers are still ticking upwards, reached 90/90 today and going to try for 100 next weekend. Hi Sirdle, how are your fluffies coming along ? VM, 100 push ups in half an hour, WOW that's fantastic, you go girl , who needs exercise equipment ! On fire, that is one b****y good blaze you have going there Thanks for the encouragement Daywalker, it's appreciated Sorry my name confuses you I choose it after my feline housemates who are the most gorgious little purring moggies going
  10. Manchester in the UK. We have Unicorn, the all vegan grocery, The Basement cafe, run by vegan volunteers and several more veggie cafes and loads of health food shops with vegan goodies
  11. Hi Renee, any of these suitable ? If not let us know and will try again. Spicy potato and chickpea 1 tsp - tbsp oil 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1 lb floury potatoes cut into bite size pieces 1/2 lb waxy potatotes cut into bite size pieces Water 1 veggie stock cube or 1 tsp bouillion paste 1 tin chickpeas, drained Pinch of chilli flakes 1 - 2 tbsp fresh corinader, chopped Seasoning to taste In a large pan heat the oil and saute the onion until golden. Add the cumin and coriander and cook for a min. Add the potatoes and enough water to cover. Add the stock cube, bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 - 15 mins (or until potatoes are cooked). Add the rest of the ingredients and season to taste. You can use just one type of potato, but I like to use both as the floury potates start to collape and act as a thickener whist the waxy stays whole. Potato and celery 1 tsp - tbsp oil 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped 5 - 6 largish potatoes scrubbed and roughly chopped 1 head celery washed and roughly chopped 1 veggie stock cube Water 1 tsp caraway seeds 1 - 2 tsp dried mint Lots of parsley, dried or fresh Seasoning to taste Heat the oil and saute the onion until golden. Add to potatoes, celery, stock cube, water and caraway seed. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 - 15 mins (or until veggies are cooked). Add mint and allow to cool for 10 mins. Blend until smooth. Add the parsley and season to taste. Some or all of the water can be replaced with soya/rice milk, or a little soya creem can be added at the end if wished. The amount of potatoes or celery should be roughly equal, so adjust accordingly. Potato and Sweetcorn 1 tsp - tbsp oil 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 - 3 cloves garlic, chrushed 1 1/2 lb potatoes, scrubbed and chopped into bite size pieces Half water and soya milk 1 veggie stock cube 1/2 lb sweetcorn Lots of dillweed and chives or chervil Seasoning to taste Heat the oil, and saute the onion until golden. Add the garlic, potatoes, and enough water and soya milk to just cover. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 mins. Add the sweetcorn and cook for a further 5 mins. Cool for 10 mins, remove approx 1/3 and blend. Add back to pan with herbs and season to taste.
  12. Superb just don't forget the umeboshi, wasabi and pickled ginger for that full on sushi experiance !
  13. College if ever you're in Manchester give us a shout and I'll make sure there are vegan choices a plenty Crispy, no problem, the cornbread is based on the recipe from "New Favorites" by Brook Katz (a vegan book) ISBN 0967 656 427 1 cup cornmeal (polenta) 1 cup white SR flour plus 1 tsp baking powder 3 tbsp oil 3 tbsp maple or agave syrup 1 cup soya/rice milk Salt and pepper Few tbsp sweetcorn (optional) Some chopped fresh herbs or finely chopped fresh chilli (optional) Heat oven to 180 C/350 F Gas 5. Sift the polenta, flour and baking powder together. Make a well in the middle and add the oil, sweetener and milk. Stir altogher and season to taste. If using add the sweetcorn and herbs (coriander and parsley are good) and stir in. Pour into a baking tray and bake for 40 mins. Thats it. I'll try and get some Madre style fotos next time I make it
  14. Hi VM, give it a go. Started doing this 16 days ago and have gone from 10/10 to 60/60 today, and there is already a slight difference in my arms. So come on in and join me in the fluffy numbers corner and help those bingo wings as well
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