Food Friday: Vegan Irish Soda Bread

By Megan Vick

 

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it’s only appropriate to feature a veganized traditional Irish recipe. This week, this recipe comes from Hell Yeah It’s Vegan with a couple of modifications of my own. True Irish Soda Bread only has flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk – nothing else. My great-great grandma would have scoffed at flaunting wealth by putting sugar or raisins into bread. There’s even a Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread for the purists out there. Check out some of the recipes just to see!

 

Now, since we have wonderful things like soymilk and vegan butter, we can make Vegan Irish Soda Bread. Thanks to Hell Yeah It’s Vegan for the original recipe.

 

Vegan Irish Soda Bread

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 55 mins

 

Ingredients

  • 1½ c unsweetened soy milk
  • 1½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 c white flour
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • ½ c sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp vegan margarine

 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, combine soy milk and lemon juice. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flours, sugar, soda, and salt.
  • With a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into dry mixture.
  • Create a well and pour in soy milk mixture.
  • On a lightly floured surface, gently knead just until the dough comes together, 10 or 12 turns. Do not overwork or you’ll end up with a tough mess!
  • Shape into a disc about 1½” in height.
  • Cut an “X” into the top with a serrated knife and bake on prepared sheet for 40-45 minutes.

 

Serve with some vegan butter and a cuppa Barry’s Irish Breakfast tea. Don’t forget to thank St. Patrick for driving the snakes from Ireland.

 

 

Sláinte mhaith!

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Treatment Tuesday: A New Kind of Facial

By Megan Vick

 

This is both a Treatment Tuesday post and a “That’s Not Vegan” post. I’m not entirely sure how to feel about this – while natural birthing practices are making a comeback for many reasons (most of which are very good), this new facial is still hard to comprehend.

 

The original article claims that getting facials with human placenta is the latest and greatest Hollywood craze. Supposedly the nourishing proteins, antioxidants, and amino acids which give life to new humans also give a new kind of rejuvenation to skin cells. It’s rumored that Eva Longoria, Jennifer Aniston, and Reese Witherspoon have all received this treatment – no doubt they’re beautiful. But here’s the thing – how is this skin care skin treatment clinic getting the placentas? What kind of treatments are the placentas receiving before being spread on to someone’s face – no doubt for a pretty penny? If the placentas are being treated to reach a hygienic level, wouldn’t that negate any nourishing, rejuvenating properties?

 

At the end of the day, can’t we just not smoke, not drink so much, eat more fruits and veggies, and eat less processed food? That sounds like a much better way to retain our youthful appearance, and more importantly, help us age gracefully. We’re going to stick with our Advanced Skin Regimen Day & Night Creams for the meantime.

 
Would you get a placenta facial? Share your thoughts in the comments. No judgement here.

 

Namaste

Feature Friday: Falafel Chickpeas

By Megan Vick

 

Falafel seasoned chickpeas are my new favorite snack. Made by Saffron Road, you can find them at most Whole Foods stores and even places like Wal-Mart (not that I encourage you to shop there). This deliciously lovely snack has organic chickpeas wrapped in yummy falafel-y spices. Chickpeas are full of protein and gluten-free and very filling if you’re watching your weight. The only downside is that with the wonderful spices, your breath might be kickin after you snack, so keep some gum or mints around – especially if you snack at work.  Your co-workers will thank you.

 

Saffron Road Falafel Chickpeas

 

Now go get some and get snacking! Namaste

Terrific Tuesdays – Exciting web update

By Megan Vick

 

We’ve been working hard (and by we, I mean Matt) to make shipping on our website reflective of what your purchasing. Now, the shipping rate is variable based on the items in your cart! This will help you save money when placing an order at the Shorganics website. We’re very excited about this and you should be to!

 

Now go tell your friends and family so can we share the Shorganics love with everyone!

 

 

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