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It’s been pretty cold lately so I had been looking forward to cooking something hearty, warming and healthy. I’ve been keeping my eye out for recipes that don’t involve a lot of prep the night before, and even less the next morning and this minestrone soup is the perfect answer!

I used this recipe from Family Fresh Meals but started tweaking it a little when it became apparent there was no way that all these ingredients were going to fit in my slow cooker.

I skipped the pasta as I thought it would be filling enough with potatoes and beans. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo – but you’ll have to trust me, it was yummy!

The Devil is a Part – Timer!

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I really enjoyed this anime, only 13 episodes.

It was very funny with distinctive, likeable characters and an unusual story.

From Wikipedia – “The Demon Lord Satan and one of his generals, Alciel, escape the world of Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan after being confronted by the Hero Emilia and her companions. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern contemporary world, both Satan and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald while Alciel serves as his houseman. One day, Satan, who now goes by Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is actually the Hero Emilia, who now goes by Emi Yusa. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. More characters show up from Ente Isla and they too face the new world dilemmas, often comically.”

Go watch it! 🙂

Long time no post! But I haven’t forgotten about my list.

I was vegetarian from 4th May until 4th June.

I thought this would be a relatively straightforward task, but never having been vegetarian before I had never considered there may be different definitions for what is considered “vegetarian”. I initially assumed that vegetarian meant “no animal flesh” and vegan was “no animal products”.

However the first time I went out for a meal I ordered Vegetable Pho – it wasn’t vegetarian, she told me, as it is made with stock. That is how I learned generally vegetarians don’t eat meat stock/broth. I asked my sister about this and she said usually vegetarian means “the animal was not killed to produce ____”.

Of course it depends on the vegetarian. As someone who is attempting this challenge from an ethical standpoint, as a way to increase my knowledge of vegetarian cooking and therefore be less dependent on the factory farming industry, I just found this a strange place to draw the line between “vegetarian” and “vegan”.

I am very reluctant to criticise anyone who makes an effort to decrease their animal product consumption, however being okay with eating milk and eggs but not okay with stock just seems so strange to me.

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Well anyway, I did not find eating vegetarian too difficult this month. My parents and boyfriend went out of their way to provide me with vegetarian options when we were eating together, not to mention my sister who eats vegetarian most of the time (and organic meat the rest of the time).

The most difficult times were probably eating out at restaurants because I am used to ordering meat. There were also a few times at restaurants where I didn’t realise I was ordering non-vegetarian food and the waiters helped me out – I truly had never thought it would be more complicated than “no meat”! Particularly things like stock and fish sauce.

I am not going to stay vegetarian because I don’t believe there is anything wrong with eating meat. I believe factory farming is inhumane and our current demand for meat is too high, so I think it is very important to support the organic farming industry and reduce our consumption of meat. It is very important to be educated about supermarket labelling such as “free range” and “organic” and what it actually it means. Vegetarian cooking can be incredibly delicious and hearty and we do not need meat with every meal – I think once or twice a week would be more than sufficient.

Being a Mindful Meat Eater
http://sustainabletable.org.au/Hungryforinfo/What-you-can-do/tabid/111/Default.aspx

FAQs on Factory Farming in Australia
http://www.makeitpossible.com/facts/frequently-asked-questions.php#faq43

Free Range Labelling in Australia
https://www.choice.com.au/food-and-drink/meat-fish-and-eggs/meat/articles/free-range-meat-labels

Stop Eating Overfished Seafood
http://www.sustainableseafood.org.au/index.php