Winners for Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and Coffee

Check out if you are one of the chosen winners below. Those who took part will also receive something too!! ūüôā

Thank you everybody for taking part in this major giveaway of good quality Green Tea and Coffee, that is mixed with Buckwheat for that extra health benefit! ūüôā

I have just conducted a lucky draw for those of you who have taken part in this giveaway. As mentioned, those who followed SGVegan gets an extra chance in the draw.

All winners are drawn by hand. Courtesy of the boyfriend, so all’s fair, heh heh.

Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea (60s)

  1. V&N
  2. rhea84diblog
  3. SK
  4. Sharon Lim
  5. Masitah

Roasted Buckwheat Coffee (30s)

  1. Vivien Wong
  2. May

Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea Can (2x 6cans)

  1. Bernard Koh
  2. Diana

All winners, please drop me an email @ sgvegan.wordpress@gmail.com to confirm that you will be able to meet up in person. This will be a mass meet up so I will appreciate if you can meet up to pick up your won item. To make it easier, meet ups can be scheduled anytime during 1-5 February 2016 @ Clarke Quay MRT, 6.30pm or Clementi MRT, 7pm. 

I will reply your email with your preferred timing and location with an acknowledgement email containing my contact details. Please be on time as I will not be able to wait for you. All unclaimed prizes by 5 February 2016 will be donated.

For those of you have not won, here’s an additional little sweet treat ūüôā

I will be giving away the 10 sample packs, containing a sachet of Roasted Buckwheat Green Tea and a sachet of Roasted Buckwheat Coffee. Photo as seen at the bottom of the featured image above. Simply email me @ sgvegan.wordpress@gmail.com stating your preferred timing and location to pick up during the scheduled meet ups from 1-5 February as above.

Have a great Sunday everyone ūüėČ and do take part in the Instagram giveaway I am currently conducting till 17 Feb 2016 where you get to win your choice of either lavender/lemongrass/rose geranium natural shower gel here!!

Green Pea Cookie, a successful Kickstarter campaign

Green Pea Cookie, a successful Kickstarter campaign by an NUS student

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‚Äč 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‚Äč. Till date, Green Pea Cookie has raised over $26,000‚Äč, gained over 850 backers ‚Äčand have a total of 35,000 cookies pledged‚Äč. 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! ūüôā

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.

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

Upcoming event at the Well Dressed Salad Bar and Cafe this Saturday! http://wp.me/p26I6Q-rM

SGVegan_The Social V Flea Market

10 Tips For Hosting a Plant-based Dinner

Having friends over for dinner who are vegan but unsure what to cook? Check out some tips here: http://wp.me/p26I6Q-rw

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. ūüôā
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

New Vegan Miso Soup from The Soup Spoon…hopefully its Vegan http://wp.me/p26I6Q-rn

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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! ūüôā

The Soup Spoon Japanese Style Vegan Sweet Potato Curry

The latest vegan offering from The Soup Spoon is a vegan spicy Japanese curry.

* Note: It has come to my attention (Thanks Debbie!) that honey is listed as one of the ingredients. Please do take note if you do not consume honey.*

The latest vegan offering from The Soup Spoon is a vegan spicy Japanese curry:

SGVegan_The Soup Spoon Jap Vegan Sweet Potato Curry
SGVegan_The Soup Spoon Jap Vegan Sweet Potato Curry

iHerb discount in Singapore!

Weekend deal on iHerb – http://wp.me/p26I6Q-qv

Just thought to share this with you my readers.

As I mentioned in a previous post, iHerb is the place to get good quality (e.g. organic) supplements and groceries. For health and also, for the home.

iHerb_SGVegan

Take advantage of iHerb’s¬†special weekend discount, and get 10% off on all orders over $40.00 @¬†http://sg.iherb.com

In addition, enjoy Free SingPost for orders over $40.00. You will see the discount in the shopping cart. Now is a great time to do all your shopping for over 35000 natural products! This offer ends on Monday, August 3rd, at 10 a.m. (PDT) which means 1 am, 4 Aug this 10% discount + free delivery over $40.

Of course, if you apply my discount code of TNQ282, you get $10 off your first order! Enjoy ūüôā