To Be A Vegan Or Not

vegan or not
meat eaters have rights
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist - blogger - author

Vegan Protests

I am sure you have seen the Vegan protests that have been all over the news lately. The biggest most recently causing havoc in the Melbourne CBD.

I have friends and relatives (including my daughter) that are are coeliacs, vegetarians, vegans and what I call “combined eaters”. That is, they eat meat and vegetables.

The stunt pulled in Melbourne though, was a form of terrorism. I believe that actions like that will do nothing to further their cause.

Personally, I believe it is the right of every individual to eat the type of food that they choose, with the proviso that it is sourced ethically and GM-free.

#vegan, #vegans, #vegan food,#meat, #animal cruelty

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Toffee Apples

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Chris Stefanis

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Toffee Apples Day

Today is the day to eat a good Toffee Apple. Not only is the humble toffee apple used in Halloween celebrations but in many others.

They are eaten in Brazil at the feast of St John The Apostle. In Canada, many fairs and festivals will see toffee (or candy) apples consumed.

In France, they are referred to as pommes d’amour (apples of love), whereas in Germany they are a Christmas treat. In Israel, they are almost exclusively eaten on Yom Ha’atzmaut eve which is Israel’s Independence Day.

In the Land Of The Rising Sun, Japan, they are enjoyed along with grapes strawberries and tangerines at festivals and the like. In Ireland and the British Isles, they are, of course, eaten on Halloween.

Here is a simple recipe for a good toffee apple.

Ingredients

8 Granny Smith apples

Apples

400g golden caster sugar

1 tsp vinegar

4 tbsp golden syrup

Method

1

Put the apples in a large bowl, then cover with boiling water, do this in batches if needed. This will remove the waxy coating and help the caramel to stick. Dry thoroughly and twist off any stalks. Push a wooden skewer or lolly stick into the stalk end of each apple.

2

Lay out a sheet of baking paper and place the apples on this, near your stove. Tip the sugar into a pan along with 100ml water and set over a medium heat. Cook for 5 mins until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the vinegar and syrup. Test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water. It should harden instantly and, when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If you can still squish the toffee, continue to boil it. Use a cooks thermometer if you have one and get the temperature to 150C.

3

Working quickly, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered, let any excess drip away, then place on the baking paper to harden. You may have to heat the toffee a little if the temperature drops as you dip and it starts to feel thick. Leave the toffee apples to cool before eating.

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Do You Deserve A Second Chance?

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Chris Stefanis

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Second Chance Or Mulligan Day

People across the world are asking for a second chance right now. You may have been weak and are now asking your partner to trust you.

You might be standing in the court pleading with the judge to give you another go.

Everyone deserves a second chance in life. But that luxury comes with a proviso. It is a simple but sometimes difficult one.

You must change your ways. Permanently. This is the only way that the new opportunity to make good is worth having.

Today is also “Take Your Parents To Lunch Day”.

Sure, there is Mothers Day and Fathers day, but these are separate occasions. Taking your parents to lunch is a nice way to surprise them and show that you love them.

Lunch is too expensive? OK, take them for a coffee and cookie.

Still too expensive? Buy a cake mix. Bake the cake and take it round to them for afternoon tea. You brew the tea or coffee. After all, it is supposed to be a treat.

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Global Hand Washing Day

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Chris Stefanis

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Today Is Global Hand Washing Day

It has been estimated that one in five people do not wash their hands. While another estimate puts it as some 62 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women do not wash their hands after using the toilet.

Yet another estimate says that a total of 95 per cent of people do not wash their hands well enough to kill bacteria.

Those little bowls of salted nuts or pretzels at the bar are put there to increase your thirst and thus designed to make you drink more beer.

But have you considered just how many microscopic bacteria you swallow with each handful? Given that it is almost guaranteed that someone has dipped their hand into that bowl after having visited the toilets, it is rather a lot.

Avoid the temptation. Eating them will only make you thirstier and can possibly expose you to gross bacteria and make you sick.

If you really need a snack, buy a whole pack for yourself.

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World Egg Day

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Chris Stefanis

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Today Is World Egg Day

Why do we need a World Egg Day? Apart from being one of the oldest foods around, eggs are involved in religious beliefs.

The Catholic religion uses the humble egg as a symbol of the stone sealing the internment space of Christ after the Crucifixion. The belief goes something like this: On the third day after death, the stone was rolled away by an unseen force allowing Christ to exit the tomb and ascend into heaven.

Judaism

In the Jewish religion, eggs are viewed somewhat differently.

The egg still represents the rolling away of the stone but it also represents the circle of life, freedom and servitude and joy and suffering.

Along with eggs,  lentils and bagels, plus other round foods are consumed in the ritual meal “Seder” which is a meal of condolence. The hard-boiled egg pays homage to the temples destruction.

Hinduism.

In this religion, there is a small sector that believes the unfertilised egg is  “Rajasic”, meaning that the eater will be overstimulated leading to an immoral, unfit state of mind.*

Myself, I love eggs with bacon, or scrambled, especially with cheese. I had a chook pen in my last home and hope to get one here too. Fresh eggs from your own chickens are way better than any shop bought eggs including the free range ones.

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