Vegan Bread Making Class this Sunday, 22 November 2015, 3-6pm at Genesis

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Hi all!

Are you are interested to learn how to make healthy vegan bread hands-on (no kneading required) with an oven?

SGVegan Breadmaking class

Agnes, who used to work in Genesis @ Boat Quay, is conducting this 3 hours class this Sunday at the new and more beautiful location of Genesis at 115 Owen Road, just a 5 min walk from Farrer Park MRT.

If you are interested, you can contact Agnes at +65 9145 4218. The cost of the class is SGD120. Please transfer the amount to POSB Savings 035 35484 0 and inform Agnes of your attendance.

Bio-Home Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent Promotion

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SGVegan recently collaborated with the Singapore distributor of Bio-Home, an eco-friendly brand that carries laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, floor cleaner and multi-surface cleaner.

Currently, Bio-Home is having a special 1+1 for their regular laundry detergent.

Bio-Home Redemption

Each 1.5L of Bio-Home laundry detergent is able to last up to 36 washes. So with this special promo of an extra bottle, 72 washes in total. That means even if 2 full loads of laundry are washed every week, this can last for up to 9 months (assuming 4 weeks in a month)!

So head on down to these outlets to redeem them before 8 Nov! Get your family members to redeem it before it runs out. :)

Bio-Home Redemption Outlet Timing

Stay tuned to SGVegan for my upcoming Bio-Home reviews! Remember to subscribe to SGVegan with your email address on the top right corner :)

Upcoming event at the Well Dressed Salad Bar and Cafe this Saturday!

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10 Tips For Hosting a Plant-based Dinner

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Hi everybody, I met Angela in 2013 and she interviewed me for her blog, Vegeasian sometime in December. I’ve reproduced the post here on SGVegan, so if you are interested you can check it out here. :)
Angela has been away from the SG veg scene for a year as she took up a job opportunity in China. She has since returned to Singapore. For those of you who have been following Vegeasian, Angela is putting that on hold for the moment. Please subscribe to SGVegan with your email address as Angela will be blogging on SGVegan for the time being as she sets up her English tutoring website,


(Thanks Amanda for the opportunity to write in your really useful blog! )

A few months ago (actually more than that), I was invited by Amanda to cook a plant-based dinner for her and her bf. I had a few tuition assignments at hand but I said yes. All of us were busy, so I decided to just keep it simple. Granted, things are slightly easier for me because I blog about vegetarian/vegan food and I mostly cook at home ( But don’t feel like you have to slather all your food in butter, salt and alcohol to make vegan food slightly palatable. Here are some tips I learnt from hosting a plant-based dinner.


Photo credit: Kevin Curtis. Source:

#1 When in doubt, just bake. Baked potatoes, Baked sweet potatoes. Baked asparagus. Baked anything sounds delicious. What I did was baked mushrooms with onions and vegan cheeze. (It’s easy to make, really. Recipe is available here. Just stab the potatoes/sweet potatoes/mushroom lightly a few more times to make sure the steam can escape.

#2 Anything with chocolate is a good combination. Just buy some fruit (Strawberries are a good choice) and melt some dairy-free chocolate in the oven. Dip the fruit in the chocolate. Dessert done.

#3 No time to cook? Find a local bakery and buy their vegan breads. Sunshine multigrain bread is a good vegan option. Amanda has also written a very useful article about some vegan bread options and you can read it here.

#4 Use vegetable broth. It adds a depth of flavour to everything, from stir-fries to soups to curries. It’s amazing how the basic ingredients- onions, celeries and carrots can produce such umami goodness. It’s all vegetables, not meat. It won’t take hours to cook. I promise. Cooking time- 20 minutes.

#5 Do some prep in advance. It pays in returns. When I first hosted the dinner, I just prepped on the day of dinner(So last minute, I know!) . We all cooked for about two hours in total, all hot and sweaty. We ravenously finished our dinner in 15 minutes. You don’t want that. What you want is to pop some prepped food in the oven, wait for 10-15 minutes and the guests eat in peace. And talk more important stuff.


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#6 Use store-bought ice cream for a quick dessert. Brownice ( (Sorry folks, only available in Singapore!), Rice Dream ( or Coconut Bliss are all plant-based ice cream brands. But if you can’t find a dairy free ice cream near your house, don’t fret. Sorbets (not to be confused with sherbets, which contain cream) are also naturally dairy-free. Add some roasted chopped almonds, chocolate and/or cherries to your ice cream. Place the newly minted ice-cream in the freezer. Your friends will not hesitate to think it is homemade because you can’t buy it anywhere outside. But you don’t have to tell them the truth. Shh.

#7 Use quick blended sauces. Pesto, roasted red pepper sauce and instant peanut sauces  are fast and easy to make and can be great additions to pastas. Recipes for these time-saving sauces  can be found here.

#8 Youtube is your best friend. Search for vegetarian (You can easily make it vegan if you omit the dairy and egg) or vegan dinners and you will find a plethora of ideas. Or better still, veganise your favourite recipes!


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#9 Read up on vegan blogs.Vegan food bloggers spend a lot of time trying and testing new recipes. Their amazing food photography might trigger some creativity sparks in your brain. Check out OhSheGlows, Vegangela, Post Punk Kitchen or local blogs such as HungryAngMo, MoreThanVeggies and VeganAsh for starters.

#10 Lastly, if you are still clueless on what to do, just hit up a conversation with a vegan blogger on Twitter and shoot your question. Vegan bloggers don’t bite. I promise. They will be so excited that someone is finally going to try making their grassy food. (Just kidding)

What creative ideas do you have for hosting a vegan dinner? Let us know in the comments below. (For those in Singapore, I’m excited for EarthFest that begins tomorrow, how about you? By the way, walk-ins are fine even without tickets. If you happen to see me or Amanda, just say hi!)

New Vegan Miso Soup from The Soup Spoon…hopefully its Vegan

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Got the latest September newsletter:

SGVegan_The Soup Spoon Miso Red Rice Stew with Wakame

Ok, so the page does not show any ingredients of this soup.

Further sleuthing on the page by clicking on “Souper Inspirations”, I came to the story behind this stew:

Nope, no ingredients list, but only a photo of the ingredients used:


Ok, looks good. Looks vegan.

For the rest of you who are confused, The Soup Spoon’s previous new stew, Japanese Style Vegan Sweet Potato Curry is not vegan even though they stated that it is:

SGVegan_The Soup Spoon Jap Vegan Sweet Potato Curry

Thanks to my reader, Debbie, we quickly verified that Honey was used. According to Debbie, she had emailed The Soup Spoon alerting them of this error.


I got the above photo from The Soup Spoon’s website just a while ago.

Clearly, they still believe that Honey is vegan.

I left a comment, asking them to reclassify this Japanese style sweet potato curry to Vegetarian instead of Vegan.


Let’s hope they do that soon! :)

EarthFest, Singapore’s first sustainable living festival this Saturday, 26 Sept 2015


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EarthFest is a festival with planet-friendly food fair, farmer’s market, live music, eco-carnival games, screenings, and more!

A good friend of mine, Mike Broadhead, is passionate about reducing our carbon footprint in our lives. As such, Mike came up with this vision 2 years ago, for a festival to inspire and empower us all to create a modern and sustainable future.

Thus, EarthFest was born.

Happening this Saturday, 26 September 2015 @ Marina Barrage from 11 am to 3:30 pm (rain or shine – the area is covered).

SGVegan_Marina Barrage

Here’s a site map of EarthFest:

SGVegan_EarthFest Site Map

Things to do too during EarthFest:

SGVegan_EarthFest Things to Do

So, the most important thing is, what is there to bring at a sustainable festival such as EarthFest?

SGVegan_EarthFest Things to Bring

And here’s the instructions on how to get to EarthFest:

SGVegan_Getting to EarthFest

Also, what are the special events occurring during EarthFest? (Do note, some require registering…)

SGVegan_EarthFest Special Events 1

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And, what’s a festival without performers? See if you recognize them from the images… (I don’t)

SGVegan_EarthFest Performers

SGVegan_EarthFest End Vision

What I do like is the phrase above, “Use social media to shift the future”.

While I know the tickets are sold out on, please do not hesitate to swing by this Saturday. It is possible to attend as “walk-in traffic”. :)

[Vines and Roots] The Victorian Garden’s Basil and Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent Lotion

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SGVegan_Vines and Roots logo

SGVegan_Vines and Roots logo

Slightly over a fortnight ago, Vines and Roots delivered a mosquito repellent lotion from the range “The Victorian Garden”.

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent

I’ve only known about Citronella used as a mosquito repellent so it was news to me that wild African Basil and Lemongrass are ancient herbs traditionally used by indigenous people to naturally and effectively repel mosquitos and other pesky flies.

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent details

As seen on the bottle, the basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion is chemical-free (no parabens, no petrochemicals, no silicones, no synthetic fragrances) which accounts for the 3 months period-after-opening symbol. There is also a Beauty Without Cruelty rabbit symbol to represent that no animals had to undergo testing with this mosquito repellent lotion.

The bottom photo shows the list of ingredients in this mosquito repellent lotion. Notice that Macadamia Oil, Avocado Oil and Shea Butter is included in this mosquito repellent, enabling it to be used as a creamy, but non-sticky body lotion.
(Note: The mosquito repellent lotion contains beeswax, please be aware. I only noticed this after using the product.)

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent ingredients

The Victorian Garden also combined other insect-resistant botanical extracts of Thyme, Camphor, Litsea Cubena (Litsea oil) and Lavender into this mosquito repellent, making it even more potent against mosquitos.

As I am not a very outdoors-y person, I did not get the opportunity to try out the basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion until yesterday when I went to the Jurong Bird Park with the boyfriend.

As I am afraid of itchy mosquito bites, I applied the basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion liberally over my legs and arms. The boyfriend being my test subject, decided to go without the mosquito repellent lotion.

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent on hands

The basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion is very smooth and light. As I spread it over my legs and arms, I noticed that it is not a very light lotion, meaning that it took a few rubs before the lotion was absorbed into my skin.

The smell is pleasant too, much better than citronella. Anyone who used citronella will definitely recognise the very distinctive citronella scent. Which is why I like this basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion as it does not smell distinctively of a mosquito repellent. This would definitely be very suitable for babies. :)

After walking around for less than 30 mins, the boyfriend surrendered (finally!) to the itchy mosquito bites and asked if he can use the basil and lemongrass mosquito repellent lotion, which, he declares, does the job as no more pesky mosquitoes bit him.

At the end of the day, I didn’t get any mosquito bites, but I got a slight red itch after 3 hours, which I believe is likely due to the mosquito repellent lotion being absorbed into the skin after 3 hours and needs to be reapplied.

I will definitely recommend this Basil and Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent Lotion for the outdoors and especially for babies/children/people who dislike the smell of citronella. As a mosquito repellent that doubles up as a moisturiser too, I would definitely recommend you to get this product. It would be a bonus if future formulations of this mosquito repellent lotion can be made without beeswax.

The Basil and Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent Lotion retails at SGD20 for 100mL and SGD40 for 250mL. Click on any image to bring you to the website to purchase it directly.

As a sweet treat, there is currently an online promotion on Vines and Roots, where you get to enjoy 20% discount until 30 September 2015!

Vines and Roots_SGVegan_Basil and Lemongrass mosquito repellent online promo code

Check out my other posts on Vines and Roots here and here.

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