Oprah and 378 Staffers Go Vegan This Week: Will You Join Them?
Make sure to tune in to Oprah today, Tuesday February
1st to hear how
she and her entire staff are committing to go vegan for a week. Today's episode will explore how animals are raised for food, and Oprah will interview vegan
guru Kathy Freston. To see a short preview of the show, click here.
Take Action for
Can you make a quick call or write a quick email to help stop animal cruelty? Patina Group features cruel foie
gras (pronounced "fwah-grah") in many of their restaurants--a product made by force feeding ducks
to enlarge their livers to over 10 times normal size--for a “gourmet” appetizer. Let them know that you will not support
a restaurant that carries this cruel item. During business hours (West Coast time), call and ask to leave a message for Chef Joachim Splichal at
1-866-972-8462, hit 3, then 1. You can also leave a comment on
Patina’s contact form. So far in 2011, APRL has
already convinced five more Southern California restaurants to remove this cruel item.
Easy Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding Recipe for Valentine's
Recipe from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Buy the book from Amazon.com.
Isa’s Introduction: The ease of preparation
and the simplicity of ingredients make this recipe an obvious choice as one of my all-time favorite desserts. The creaminess and chocolatiness don’t
hurt either. It’s my favorite kind of recipe because
it comes from things you probably have in your kitchen and wouldn’t think of throwing together, but once you do it
INGREDIENTS: 6 cups 1″ cubed stale bread (about 1 lb)
1 cup chocolate chips 3 ripe bananas, sliced ½” thick
2-2¼ cups rice milk, almond milk or soy 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder or tapioca
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan with softened
margarine. Place cubed bread in a large bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together
½ cup soy milk and the arrowroot powder till no lumps remain. Add 1½ cups soy milk, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and whisk
to combine. Pour over cubed bread and stir to coat every piece. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes for liquid to soak into bread. Depending
on what kind of bread you use and how stale it is, add more soy milk (¼ cup at a time) and
allow more soaking time till every piece of bread is saturated and there’s a little bit of extra liquid. Mixture should look mushy and wet. Fold in
chocolate chips and bananas (using hands is the easiest for this), mashing up a little bit of the bananas. Pour mixture into loaf pan, patting down to make an
Bake 28-35 minutes till top is puffed, slightly browned and feels firm. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving. Also pudding can
be scooped with an ice cream scoop when slightly cooled.
Yield: 8-10 servings.
Saturday, February 5: Protest SeaWorld’s cruel captivity of marine
Monday, February 14: Orange County Valentine's Day Foie Gras
Sunday, February 20th: Bold Native Film Screening at San Diego Central
Saturday, February 26th: Heritage Day Festival Pro-Veg Booth
Thursday, March 3rd: APRL Night at Evolution Restaurant in San Diego