Recent food experiments: Pancake

I admit, I’ve never made pancake in my life before last week. I’ve eaten it many times before I became a vegan though, and it’s always been made with eggs. So the questions is of course, how do you make a pancake without eggs?

Well, it’s not so hard actually. I happened to have a recipe in one of my cook books (Vegaanin kotiruokakirja by Jere Nieminen) that I followed, and I will share it with you.

This is what you need:

4 dl wheat flour
0,5 dl sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 dl carbonated water
2 dl oat or soy cream
0,5 dl oil
1,5 tbsp vinegar

First mix the dry ingredients. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it all together to make a batter. Pour the batter on a medium sized baking tray that has been covered with baking paper. Put it in the oven at 200 degrees celsius for about 30 minutes. Cut it into squares and let it cool a little before eating.

Our pancake became a bit thinner than I would have wanted it to, probably our baking tray is bigger than medium size. But it sure tasted like pancake. We ate it with whipped cream and raspberry jam. I used Alpro soya’s whipped cream, which so far is my favorite among the vegan alternatives that we have here.


Picture borrowed from Alpro soya’s website.


60 000 signatures for an end to fur farming

Yesterday I got some great news in the mail.

In may this year, a citizen’s initiative for ending fur farming in Finland was started by several Finnish organisations that are working for the animals or the environment. For an initiative to be taken up in the parliament at least 50 000 signatures from Finnish citizens are needed. When the collection of signatures ended in last week, more than 60 000 signatures had been collected.

This doesn’t mean that there will definitely be an end to the fur farming now, it just means that the issue has to be brought up in the parliament, and not all politicians are so pleased about it. But at least this result shows that there are quite a lot of people out there that think fur farming should be ended, and I believe that more people would have signed if they would just have known such an initiative existed.

So even if no big change happens now, we have still moved a big step forward.

A huge thanks to everyone who signed!

Picture from the citizen initiative’s website

Close to the finish line

If someone is wondering why I’ve been such a lazy blogger lately, this is the answer:

Our degree thesis is finally printed and submitted. Now we only have a few things left to do before we are ready to graduate. It’s been a busy and stressful autumn. Most of the time the work has been interesting, but sometimes all I’ve wanted to do was to burn the whole thesis, alternatively drop out of school.  I feel happy to still be in one piece.

When all the assignments and presentations are over I promise to get back to posting more often again, until then; bear with me.

Four years vegan

Today is World Vegan day.

It also happens to be my fourth year as a vegan. I didn’t know about the World Vegan Day back in 2008, so the choice of date was a complete coincidence (but an interesting one). I had already eaten mainly vegan food for some time before the 1st of November; in school I had changed my diet to a completely vegan one and at home I had exchanged products containing dairy and eggs into vegan alternatives. On October 31, however, there was a school party to which you had to order your meals long time before, which in my case was a lacto-ovo-vegeterian one. It didn’t feel great to eat that meal after mainly eating only vegan, but I made a decision: That would be my last meal containing dairy and eggs, the day after I would go vegan – all the way.