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‘Sustainability and Food Choice: Why Eating Local, “Less” Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work.’

This is a genius video! I do wonder though….if more people saw this video, would they actually be willing to open their minds to this idea, let alone actually change their consumer habits? I do find it hard to believe because people have totally lost the connection between food and our health and the health of the planet. But I will still continue to make my own changes and spread the word in the hope that eventually people will start to open their eyes and consider the true consequences of their actions!

“The Meatrix” – where meat/animal products come from

Although this cartoon has a comedy aspect to it, the message is very serious – sad but true! Put your money where your mouth is and buy products from responsible sources – try to shop locally and choose organic 🙂

Vegan tofu (sugar free) chocolate cake with coffee frosting and pecan topping!

Vegan tofu (sugar free) chocolate cake with coffee frosting and pecan topping!

As it’s my Dad’s birthday today, I decided to make a cake with a bit of a difference and with no guilt element attached to it! It was a great experiment for me as I have never made a cake using tofu before and I haven’t really ventured very far into vegan cake making yet. I will definitely be making more cakes like this…….this is only the beginning!

The recipe was adapted from this site: http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/cakes/r/veganchoccake.htm

I substituted maple syrup for honey (as I don’t trust myself with judging stevia in cake recipes and as of yet do not have any coconut sugar), canola oil for coconut oil, and I used spelt flour. I also added a handful of cacao nibs into the mixture.

The frosting was an invention that was inspired by the recipe at this site: http://www.instructables.com/id/coconut-oil-frosting/

I used 1/4 cup of extra virgin coconut oil, 2 sachets of stevia, 2 tablespoons of almond milk, 4 tablespoons of freshly brewed coffee, and ground arrowroot.

I am pleased with my first attempt 🙂

Amanda Leigh Flaker

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