The Happy Pear Releases Brand New Oven Bakes

I’ve loved The Happy Pear since the first moment I saw their smiling faces on the cover of their fantastic cook book. I’m fairly certain they’re the most positive guys in the country, not to mention the healthiest!

Their business prowess seems to know no bounds as well, as they’ve just released a new branch of their brand – oven bakes! I have to say, they look DELISH!

The Happy Pear oven bakes
Source: The Happy Pear Twitter page

The new bakes come in three flavours; Shepherdless Pie, Tomato and Sweet Potato Bake and Veggie Lasagne. Apparently each bake provides 2 to 4 of your five a day and they’re ALL less than 450 calories!

The bakes are available in SuperValu and Centra stores nationwide, as well as the official Happy Pear food stores of course.

The Happy Pear oven bakes
Source: The Happy Pear Twitter page

NOTE! The Veggie Lasagne and Sweet Potato Bake are NOT vegan, they’re vegetarian as they contain cheese, so make sure to be aware when you’re checking these out! This is unfortunate, but at least the Shepherds Pie (my FAVOURITE meal) is vegan friendly.

The Happy Pear are currently running a competition on their Twitter page where you can win six packets of your favourite flavour! Make sure to enter 🙂

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Provide 50 Days Of Clean Water With Loresk

I love the oak tree in my parent’s garden, it’s been there for almost 3 decades and it grows stronger every year, despite rain and lightning and that time I almost drove my brother’s quad bike up its trunk! Any time I see oak leaves I think of home.

I am so lucky to live where I do, but others have homes far away from me and they aren’t so lucky. Some don’t have even half of the things I have, let alone basic essentials, like water. Water is the great equaliser – rich or poor, good or bad, we all need it to survive. It’s a human right and so many people struggle to obtain it. Some people need to walk 6km per day to collect clean water. Can you imagine? Something we take so for granted is an every day struggle to people in other countries.

The bad news is that this won’t change quickly, but the good news is that you can help! Loresk is a company I discovered a few weeks back; its mission is to spread awareness and to raise money for people who desperately need clean water.

For every product on Loresk’s online shop sold, a portion of the price is donated to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation who send water purification packets to areas in need. This provides 50 days of clean water.

According to their website, the packets contain “a powdered mixture that removes pathogenic microorganisms and suspended matter, making previously contaminated water clean”. All their products are cruelty free, so you’d be helping humans and animals alike! As if that wasn’t good enough, the company is also an ally of the we are allies of the LGBTQ+ community.

I bought this agate bracelet from them at a cost of €13.73, which isn’t a lot when you take into consideration what that money will mean to a family in need. All the beads are black except the blue one which represents the clean water being provided by the purchase. It just arrived yesterday with a handwritten note thanking me for my purchase and explaining what it meant, as well as a free hat. I’m not a hat girl, but I’ll sure be wearing this one! I was having a really terrible day and receiving this just reminded me how blessed I am and to be so grateful for what I have.

DiFontaine’s Pizza In Dublin To Launch Vegan Pizza

Yes, you read that right, and yes it is the best news either of us has heard all year!

difontaines vegan pizza
Picture from Trip Advisor

Before I went vegan, I LOVED DiFontaine’s pizza. It was the perfect slice of salty, greasy goodness after a night of heavy drinking in The Czech Inn. I love my new vegan life (and I wouldn’t touch dairy cheese with a barge pole now), but I’m absolutely delighted to hear that a restaurant I used to love is getting with the vegan program!

It’s always so disheartening to walk past restaurants and cafés that used to be favourite haunts in the past, so when one of those businesses decides to cater for their lost vegan customers it’s a time to rejoice!

difontaines vegan pizza

I heard about this news from the Veg Huns Instagram account (@veghuns). Make sure to give them a follow if you’re an Irish vegan – they always have great news and plenty of fabulous pictures of gorgeous vegan food!

Italian chef says he wants to “kill” all vegans

A popular (and, in my opinion, very sad) Italian chef called Gianfranco Vissani has been criticised after he likened vegans to members of a sect and claimed he would “kill them all” during a TV cooking show.

The restaurateur made the comments during a discussion on cooking programme ‘In Onda’ about molecular gastronomy. Molecular gastronomy is a subdiscipline of food science that seeks to investigate the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur in cooking, but it is also known as multi-sensory cooking, culinary physics and experimental cuisine. So it really has nothing to do with veganism in particular, which makes Vissani’s outburst all the more sudden and bizarre.

So here’s what happened! Vissani responded to his co-presenter’s description of molecular gastronomy as a lifestyle and said, “What do you mean, like vegans? Vegans are like members of a sect, they’re like Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Another chef, Davide Oldani, told him not to say such rubbish and Vissani responded by claiming: “But it’s true. And I mean vegans, not vegetarians. What would I do with the vegans? I would kill them all.” A ray of sunshine, isn’t he?

chill out

He received backlash for his ridiculous comments (rightly so), and he only succeeded in coming across as irrationally violent and ignorant of veganism. Who knows, maybe that was his intention, but probably not.

I feel we’re going to see more and more of this nonsense as veganism grows in popularity. The problem, in my opinion, is that omnis who are vehemently anti-vegan are usually that way because of two reasons:

1) They have never looked into veganism. As humans, they like to think they are good people and not causing harm to anyone, and the prospect of that belief being turned on its head is shocking to them, so they reject it. What else are they to do? I understand, I was the same way before I was a vegan.

2) They know that veganism benefits human health, the environment and spares sentient creatures from being killed for their flesh, and because they have no facts to back up why they still insist on eating meat, they attack vegans as being “extremists” or “a cult”. They can’t find a negative side-effect of veganism, so instead they attack vegans individually. It’s a pattern I see constantly. 

Although I think the rise of veganism will result in a lot more negative commentary, it is also obviously a good thing as more and more people are becoming aware of what they’re putting in their bodies and are questioning where it comes from (or, more accurately, who it comes from).

Gianfranco Vissani

Recently, the media peddled many articles on how Italy was going to jail all the vegans if they “forced” their children to be vegan as well. I didn’t want to contribute to such nonsense so I didn’t address it before now, but I’ll tack my two cents on here. Obviously it’s just sensationalist clickbait and the media, as it usually does, made a mountain out of a molehill. The topic “went viral” after Elvira Savino of the Forza Italia party called for parents who give their children what she believes to be “an inadequate diet” should face up to four years in jail. Anti-vegans decided to latch onto it and make it out to be a certainty rather than the silly proposal that it was.

The Mayor of Turin, on the other hand, has encouraged vegan and vegetarian diets in the city for the protection of the environment, animals and people’s health. It’s always great to see people in positions of influence encouraging veganism.

As for Vissani? I hope he either looks into veganism and sees the truth for himself, and if he already has, I hope eventually he will see the damage he is doing to the animal populations, his own health and the health of his customers, and our world.

 

Chef fired for bragging about feeding vegans meat

A chef called Alex Lambert was recently fired after bragging about feeding meat to vegans. And rightly so, in my opinion, as I can’t imagine being so hate-filled that you choose to tamper with someone’s food based on assumptions about their person because they’re vegan.

Lambert, who was terminated from his job at the Littleover Lodge Hotel in the UK, made the comments during an argument with what he called a “militant vegan” on Instagram. According to the Telegraph, he told the woman he was arguing with that “being a vegan is a minority” and that “my personal favourite is feeding vegans animal products and them not knowing”.

you got problems

He insisted his comments were untrue and that he had never tampered with vegan food at the hotel, but I don’t believe him. Chefs and people in general who work with food are in a position of trust, and not just for vegans. What if someone had asked for a vegan dish knowing there would be no dairy in it and then had a reaction because they were lactose intolerant? Would he think it was so funny then? My friend has a son who can’t touch dairy without ballooning up like a red lobster and I shudder to think of any other malicious chefs like Lambert in charge of his food. Would he sneak bacon into a muslim’s dish? Is it just vegans he has this twisted vendetta against?

What’s almost funny is that he claimed that “for the record” he has “nothing against vegans”. Right mate, jog on.

Although I’m glad The Telegraph covered the issue, I’m really disappointed by a quiz that was embedded in the middle of the article. It asks if you currently eat meat and then when I clicked ‘no’ it presented me with a slide that said ‘But it’s good for you!’ Surprised, I clicked ‘no’ again when the question asked if I would eat meat now. In total, there were four slides trying to convince me of reasons why meat is good for me.

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Mind blowing. No word at all on the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet and yet they go out of their way to include a quiz designed to convince you that your lifestyle choice is ill-informed.