Sambal Tempeh | VEGAN

I realised that I haven’t put up a recipe of my current favourite dish so here you go!

ingredients

2 cloves of garlic

3 cloves of shallot

1/2 of big onion

2 tbsp of blended red chilli

peanuts (optional but recommended)

tempeh (cut into small pieces)

salt

sugar

oil

method

  1. Blend the chillies (however much you want – you can keep the extra in the fridge). Alternatively, you can use chilli paste but I can’t guarantee it wil be as tasty.
  2. Crush the shallot and garlic using pestle and mortar.
  3. Add oil to the pan and heat it. Fry the tempeh until golden brown.
  4. Take out the tempeh and put it aside.
  5. Fry the crushed shallot and garlic.
  6. Add the blended chilli and continuously stir for a few minutes.
  7. Add the cut big onion.
  8. Add the cooked tempeh back in.
  9. Add peanuts if you want some crunch!
  10. Add salt & sugar to taste.

Because this is not baking, you can adjust the measurements according to your taste. That’s why I prefer cooking rather than baking – you can just throw in anything and however much you like! Except for salt, of course.

This is absolutely delicious and if you do try to make this, let me know!

PS: more tips in the caption underneath the pictures below!

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cut the onions and garlic into small pieces
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crush the shallots and garlic
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before blending the chillies, remember to remove the seeds unless you can stand the heat! Also, soak the chillies in water for about an hour so that it’s a bit creamier.
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remember to fry the tempeh first before frying everything else!
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fry the shallot and garlic
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add the blended chilli/paste
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add the cut big onion
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finally add the tempeh
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enjoy!
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steamy-licious!

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veganniversary

It has been a year since I had not consumed meat, dairy or eggs for environmental, health and ethical reasons. You can read all about veganism all over the internet. I shall list some good sources below. But today, as my “veganniversary” (not really a big deal), I thought it would be fun to do this Q&A thing.

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When did you become vegan?

A year ago. I think it was the 1st of October 2015, the day (or day after) I arrived in the UK.

Why did you become vegan?

I found out how animal agriculture (livestock and byproducts) contributes significantly to global warming. It is also one of the causes of numerous environmental issues like deforestation. I learnt how consumerism also plays a role and that the issue goes much deeper. I discovered that a plant-based diet may help reduce the chances of chronic diseases. Like they say, prevention is better than cure. After knowing about the existence of factory farms and understanding how far we have manipulated animals, I felt compelled to stand up against animal cruelty. I believe that compassion is key to achieve peace and so far this vegan diet upholds such value in every way. 

What was the hardest part about becoming vegan?

Receiving people’s various comments and opinions on minute details when all I am doing is striving to live compassionately and mindfully. Sure veganism is not perfect. Yes, you can’t get B12 on a plant-based diet unless it’s fortified or you take supplements (or perhaps there is a plant containing B12 that I don’t know about or I can just eat soil). But you can get enough and complete proteins from plants like soy, beans, legumes, chia seeds and even leafy vegetables and grains. You just need to be smart and have a good combination of them!

Is it difficult to be vegan?

Not for me. Not if you open your eyes to the horrors of human activities. It is difficult if you keep thinking on your perspective rather than the perspective of others (animals and the environment).

Do you let certain things “slide” from time to time? (for example, use/purchase non-vegan items. etc.)

In terms of animal products other than food, I no longer buy leather and the like. But I still do own such materials that were bought years ago. At restaurants that aren’t so vegan-friendly, I try my best to ask for a modified meal. I might have unknowingly slipped, but I wouldn’t let it be on purpose. Like that time when I accidentally bought a bolognese sauce instead of just tomato sauce for pasta…

Do you support vegetarianism and or “something’s better than nothing’s”?

Yes. Nobody’s perfect but if they are genuinely striving then it’s better than nothing.

What is your favourite speciality vegan item? (name as many as you’d like!)

Currently, all I can think of is sambal tempeh and bindi curry! 😀

What is your opinion of the meat and dairy alternatives?

I’m alright with them. Personally, I don’t eat meat alternatives regularly and I wouldn’t want to mainly because they are processed food. But it’s okay once in a while. Dairy alternatives like soy milk and almond milk are fine. It’s definitely better if I can make them from scratch.

Do you feel judged by other vegans sometimes? How do you deal with it?

I don’t think so. They have all been very supportive.

Do you enjoy being vegan?

Absolutely. Even though I stumble along the way and might have doubts here and there but so far the pros outweigh the cons so I believe that this has been great for me physically, mentally and spiritually. Plus, I get to learn new things and meet new people. And that is always great!


Useful resources:

  1. What is veganism?
  2. The Most Important Speech You Will Ever Hear
  3. Environmental issues from Cowspiracy
  4. Earthlings documentary
  5. We’ve Become Disconnected

What I Eat | GREEN GALORE

I had a really lively lunch yesterday, partly because I just needed the nutrients and partly because I needed to eat the lettuce before they wilt.

On the plate were cooked quinoa, lettuce, guacamole, and seasoning (dill, pepper, chilli flakes). I cooked the quinoa a few days ago so that saved some effort. The guacamole was really just mashed avocado mixed with red onions. And currently, dill is my new favourite herb. I just love the quirky smell and taste of it.

Now let’s talk about the smoothie! I basically put these in the blender:

  • a handful of almost wilted kale
  • two very ripe bananas
  • 6 dates (stones removed)
  • about 1:1 ratio of water to almond milk (making up 1L)

The green colour may look daunting but if you put a lot of dates or any other natural sweetener like maple syrup it will taste sweeter (duh!). Honestly, kale doesn’t have a strong taste anyway. And it’s super filling, I drank some during lunch and saved some for after I went to dance class.

Yes, this lunch was enough to prepare my body for a cardio session! I felt fantastic! I guess that’s what I get from eating live foods 🙂

Strength

Having complete control over my own body is so important to me, especially having known weakness in all forms.

I think many had thought me weak although they did not admit it to my face, except my mama. Who could blame them? I was terribly skinny and I did not show much interest in sports. The latter perhaps due to a psychologically traumatic experience with gymnastics whereby after a couple of years or so of doing splits and bridges, my stomach decided to act against me and suffice to say I got ill during every class.

So I had to quit. The pain was too much and too embarrassing.

That was in primary school.

I did participate in physical education classes as instructed to. But no more competitions and regular practice for me. Little did I know, I was allowing my body to rot further.

Fast forward — after an operation and a long recovery period — I began noticing that bulge on my tummy. Thanks to the media, insecurity got the best of me. The natural reaction was to feel sorry for yourself and cry at your imperfections whilst eating more McDonald’s.

So what changed?

Knowledge.

Thanks to the media (in a more positive way), my mind was bombarded with information on how fast food is toxic and that there is this conspiracy to create a mass of “sheeples”. Of course being curious minded, I consumed these seemingly legit facts.

Well, they were legit. Most of them at least. Although I knew I couldn’t do anything much about the conspiracies, at least I could change the types of food I eat. So I eat less and less fast food — I dislike soda drinks anyway — and eat more of the good stuff. And so I just gradually became more health conscious.

Fast forward to a couple years later, that is about 3 months ago, I switched to a vegan diet.

Whoa, that’s sudden.

Not quite. I did do my research and I did learn about the scientific proven facts and information with regards to animal agriculture industry. And I simply thought it was horrible and something needs to be done about it. Since I couldn’t go straight to a CEO of a company and ask them to stop the cruelty, I just decided to do what I could actually do. So I did my (very small) part of becoming vegan.

And, let me tell you, I feel stronger than I have ever felt in such a long time!