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.
I’ve been thinking as of late about how lucky I am to have vegan friends around me. It makes being vegan in an omni world infinitely easier, and it also means that if I want to give something new a go, I have a group of people totally on board to try it with me.
One of these things is vegan sushi!
I saw a few pictures of gorgeous rolled nori with all sorts of yummy veggies on Instagram, and I knew I just had to try it. Last week on one of Ireland’s very rare sunny days, I met at my friend’s house and we got cooking!
We cracked open some bottles of apple and elderflower juice and some wine and relaxed a little in the sun while the sushi rice cooked. You can’t really use regular rice for sushi as it’s just not sticky enough, so shop around the health food stores or just browse your supermarket and I’m sure you’ll find a pack.
While your rice is cooking, cut up whatever you want to wrap into your sushi. We decided on smoked tofu (YUM!), peppers and mango (plenty of the mango disappeared while we were cooking!)
We all had a go rolling the sushi once the rice was done, though we soon learnt we should have left it to cool a little bit more before trying to roll it. My friend Katie happened to have some old Uncle Bens mats that rolled it perfectly (though we put down some clingfilm to stop the rice sticking in the grooves of the mat!)
It was a little messy and took a bit of practice, but we ended up making some pretty awesome sushi if I say so myself. We never really let the plates fill with the delicious little rolls until the end of the cooking sesh (we were starving hungry!) but I managed to get a picture or two of the finished product before they were gobbled up.
It was such a fun day so if you’re a vegan looking to get a little adventurous with your food choices, try a sushi day with your friends (who don’t have to be vegan – some of my friends are still omni and they really enjoyed the food!) or family.
Have you had vegan sushi before? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
Today is a big day for me – it’s my veganniversary!
I can’t even recognise the person I used to be. I’ve not only lost 2 stone in weight, gotten my cholesterol back to a normal level and my skin has cleared up, I’ve also become a more positive and compassionate person. I care more about the earth, the animals and my health than I ever have before and I feel like I’m currently the best version of myself. Going vegan was the best thing I ever did!
I put up a video on my YouTube channel talking about all the changes that I’ve made and how I’ve grown as a person since I went vegan. Give it a watch below:
When is your veganniversary? Let me know in the comments!