Green Pea Cookie, a successful Kickstarter campaign

During World Vegan Day last year on 1 November, I had a mini gathering for friends during which we sampled some green pea cookies from Green Pea Cookie.

Green Pea Cookie packets

The Green Pea Cookie team launched a successful Kickstarter campaign on the 3rd of February​ 2015 to increase their exposure in the US and Singapore market and raise funds for operations. In a mere 7 hours of campaign launch, the Green Pea Cookie team managed to raise a campaign target of $5,000​. Till date, Green Pea Cookie has raised over $26,000​, gained over 850 backers ​and have a total of 35,000 cookies pledged​. The campaign is also a Kickstarter Staff Pick and we have been featured in US media such as Huffington Post and various US based vegan food blogs.

Here is the team:

Green Pea Cookie Co-Founders
Green Pea Cookie Co-Founders (From left to right: Tan Ying Quan, Larissa Russell, Fiona Lee)

Green Pea Cookie is founded by 3 co-­founders, Tan Ying Quan, Fiona Lee and Larissa Russell (above). Ying Quan, aged 24, is currently a Year 4 NUS undergraduate studying Human Resource Management. Fiona Lee, aged 23, recently graduated from NTU with Bachelors in Accountancy and Marketing. Lastly, Larissa Russell, aged 23, is currently working as an analyst in a technology startup called Visually in San Francisco. Larissa is also the only American in the team while Ying Quan and Fiona are Singaporeans.

The idea for Green Pea Cookie first started when Ying Quan went on the NUS Overseas College Program (NOC) in Silicon Valley in year 2014, a one year entrepreneurial program where he worked for Visually as a growth hacker. In June 2014, halfway into the program, Ying Quan asked his parents to bring over some Green Pea Cookies from Singapore during their visited because he wanted to share some Singaporean delights with his colleagues. To his surprise, he watched as his colleagues devoured the box of cookies in just one afternoon.

Green Pea Cookie

To most of us here in Singapore, Green Pea Cookie is a festive cookie that makes its appearance during Chinese New Year. However, most people in US have never heard of the Green Pea Cookie and they were surprised to hear that the cookies were made from roasted green peas. They were fascinated by the use of vegetables in making cookies.

To reach a bigger audience, the Green Pea Cookie team made the recipe Vegan and offered a Gluten-­Free option. This provided them the chance to reach out to the masses in the US with a novel and great tasting guilt-­free snack. The cookies are sweet and savory, slightly crunchy throughout and creamy at the same time.

Green Pea Cookie Background

Recently, in August 2015, the Green Pea Cookie team has brought the world’s happeaest cookie back to Singapore, setting up their local operations to handcraft each cookie to perfection locally. The Green Pea Cookie team has also launched their online shopping cart on the 11th October 2015, shipping Green Pea Cookie throughout Singapore and US.

My thoughts (Summarised from those of us at the gathering):

Having had other vegan green pea options, I found the Green Pea Cookies a tad sweet, and not as finely grinded that I experience a “melt-in-the-mouth” taste.

However, the Green Pea Cookie team has done a fantastic job behind the marketing. You experience a sense of happiness when you put a piece of “Peater” in your mouth. Peater is the name the Green Pea Cookie team named their original green pea cookie.

Green Pea Cookie Peater

This does brings a sense of justification to the price of the Green Pea Cookies, although I do hope the Green Pea Cookie team will improve their box packaging as the plastic pack is sealed manually with a clip.

I wish the Green Pea Cookie team success in the year 2016 ahead! 🙂

Online:
There are 36 cookies per box.
One box of Green Pea Cookies = $14
Four boxes = $56
Eight boxes = $112

At events (e.g. PasarBella – A Farmer’s Market), both boxes and packs of cookies are sold:
There are 10 cookies per pack.
One box of Green Pea Cookies = $14
One pack of Green Pea Cookies = $4

You can find Green Pea Cookies on their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Use coupon codes when shopping with Lazada via ShopBack!

Getting paid while shopping? How awesome is that?!

I came across Shopback quite a few months ago and have used it. Its been really great and I thought that since it is the New Year period, most of use are looking for the best deals, I should share this with you all! 🙂

Shopback is the place to go where you can get great offers and coupon codes!

Do you remember one of my previous posts where I shared about my shopping experience on Lazada? Well, the boyfriend bought Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Speakers for his family and by shopping with Lazada coupon codes on Shopback, he got quite a substantial cashback/savings into his bank account!! Now that is simply just fantastic. 😉

So here’s the easy steps I have put together to make it easier for you to start shopping on Shopback to get cashback 🙂

If like me (and many of us), you use an ad blocker so that you can watch youtube videos without those annoying commercials coming up before and during the video, you have to enable the ad blocker (just on this site). This will then allow Shopback to track your shopping purchase and give you money back into your account!

Shopback ad blocker warning
A warning sign like this will appear at the top of the page

I am using Google Chrome so at the top right, next to the url box, I clicked on the red octagon with the image of a hand. Then at the “Pause AdBlock” section, I opted to “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.

Enable ad blocker

By doing this, Shopback will be able to use those tracking cookies to track your payment on those websites which you click through to make your final purchase.

If you are still uncertain as to how it all works, do check out this link on Shopback to find out more!

Even though Christmas is over, you can still enjoy awesome cashbacks from these retailers when you click on “XMAS UPSIZED CASHBACK”.

Xmas Upsized Cashback

Notice how many retailers that we know and usually buy from that are giving cashback if you go to their websites via Shopback?

For those of us who have yet to try Shopback, I would like to draw the spotlight onto TaoBao. Check out the best TaoBao promotions now. And for those of you who have been purchasing from TaoBao, Shopback has now made it so easy to shop on TaoBao!

Check out their instructions via this short video:

 

And before you leave, you can definitely find lots of New Year sales now on Shopback.

So what are you waiting for?

Click on my link: https://www.shopback.sg/?raf=2jSEjv to sign up. You get $5 within your account and an extra $5 when you make your first purchase. Don’t forget to turn off your AdBlock!

Have a belated Merry Christmas everyone! And a Happy New Year 🙂

 

A Kinder Christmas Dinner

Hello everyone! 🙂 Its been a while since the last post and with Christmas and New Year around the corner, I promise you a whole set of upcoming posts. Stay tuned to upcoming posts on vegan pasta, safe and green spring/house cleaning products, natural anti-itch and scar removing cream, cashback shopping, and many more! Yes, there are so many things I want to share with you so please input your email address on the top right corner of this page to stay posted yeah? 😉

In this post I will be highlighting a great dish – vegan Turkey! With the upcoming Christmas celebrations, I thought it would be great to make known this exciting dish, that is not only kinder to the live turkeys, but also to your health and your family too!!

Genesis has created this awesome kind vegan turkey dish for everyone to enjoy for this Christmas if you’re dining in:

Genesis Christmas Turkey Set with Corn Chowder Soup 15.90

Otherwise, you can recreate this dish by buying the whole turkey roll:

Genesis Vegan Turkey

Here’s the close up:

Genesis Vegan Turkey Filling

I’ve brought many friends to Genesis when they were at Boat Quay and all love their food. So I am definitely sure this dish will be well-received if you are getting the kinder turkey for your Christmas dinner celebration! 🙂

Genesis has since relocated and the new place is very spacious and nicely done up! Visit them to see what I mean. And they give a card* for 10% discounts now too.

115 Owen Road, Singapore 218922
(Just 1 min away from Farrer Park MRT)
Tel: +65 6438 7118
Opening hours are:
Sunday-Thursday: 9.30am – 9pm
Friday: 9.30am – 3pm
Saturday: Closed
Call them for bookings!

 

MRT directions:
Farrer Park MRT Station via North East Line. Walk to the station exit – Race Course Road Exit D. It will bring you to the Taxi stand. Walk about 50 metres will bring you Owen Road/Race Course Road junction and then turn left. The second building on the left side of the road is where we are located.

 

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

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

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 🙂

10 Tips For Hosting a Plant-based Dinner

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, http://www.learnenglishfast.co.

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(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 (www.vegeasian.com). 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.

SGVegan_dinner
Photo credit: Kevin Curtis. Source: unsplash.com
#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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Photo credit: Chelsea Francis. Source: unsplash.com
#6 Use store-bought ice cream for a quick dessert. Brownice (www.brownice.com) (Sorry folks, only available in Singapore!), Rice Dream (www.tastethedream.com) 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!

SGVegan_wineglass
Photo credit: Emanuel Feruzi. Source: unsplash.com
#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

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: http://www.thesoupspoon.com/souperinspiration-vegan-red-rice-miso-stew-with-wakame/

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

SGVegan_TSS_VeganMisoRedRiceIngredientsUsed

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.

SGVegan_TSS_VeganSweetPotatoCurry

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.

SGVegan_TSS_VeganSweetPotatoCurry_Comment

Let’s hope they do that soon! 🙂

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

SGVegan_EarthFest Logo

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

SGVegan_EarthFest Special Events 2

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 http://earthfestsingapore.com/, 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

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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