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by BigBecka
Dec 2, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Why do i gain weight at the back of my hips!
Replies: 3
Views: 3844

I gain weight everywhere! :lol: LOL! Sorry for being insensitive :roll: I read on your other post that you're an artist? If you work sitting down, that might be the problem (I used to be really pear shaped! People kept asking me when the baby was due!) Maybe doing some sit-ups or yoga, that would ex...
by BigBecka
Dec 2, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: cheesy goodness?
Replies: 5
Views: 4132

Awww, I really want a burger now! :lol: They should do a vegan version of those slices of cheese especially for burgers? I recently discovered a recipe for tofu reubens, and now I'm addicted to putting sauerkraut, slices of avocado, and vegan mayonnaise / thousand island dressing in burgers and sand...
by BigBecka
Nov 27, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Are you veggie if you eat fish?
Replies: 12
Views: 5596

Hi! I believe the word you're looking for is Pescatarian :) A lot of people where I live consider pescatarians to be vegetarians :evil: I've had some arguements with restaurant staff over it :blackeye: I've also noticed that it happens in Germany a lot, for some reason: Cafes and Restaurants will ha...
by BigBecka
Nov 26, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: The feet's size
Replies: 2
Views: 2044

LOL! :lol: OMG, we have the same size feet! I used to feel really self conscious that they were too big :wink: I couldn't get girls' shoes in my size :cry: But now it's not so bad - I bought some killer heels at the weekend :D You are talking about feet, right? :roll: 10inches is... OK... :thumbright:
by BigBecka
Nov 16, 2007 9:58 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: cheesy goodness?
Replies: 5
Views: 4132

Hehehe: I'm European, so Feet = Good :wink: I would love for someone to invent vegan camembert :roll: There's a brand called "Life Free From" grated cheddar and parmesan. These are good for sprinkling on top of pasta, gratins and pizza. It's like that powdered parmesan cheese stuff you get...
by BigBecka
Nov 13, 2007 10:06 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Vegan diet for treating Gastritis
Replies: 1
Views: 4980

Hi Andy - It's good to hear from you! :) I don't know anything about gastritis, but I do use these sites for health information: http://www.webmd.com/default.htm - very American, but detailed online health encyclopedia, with some good advice http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/index.aspx - the website for t...
by BigBecka
Nov 11, 2007 5:30 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Raw Food as a means to heal
Replies: 6
Views: 3761

Excellent! :) Some sources do recommend a vegan diet for people suffering from Type II Diabetes. Check this: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2003issue2/vj2003issue2diabetes.htm I don't think a raw food diet is necessary, though. Here's why: Fast food and processed foods tend to contain large amounts of...
by BigBecka
Nov 8, 2007 11:24 pm
Forum: Vegan Desserts
Topic: Toffee
Replies: 4
Views: 4944

I haven't tried! :lol: It's a good idea. The toffee I made became softer after a couple of days, probably because I cooked the mixture too long. I read that in some countries people have soft toffee, which you make by not heating the mixture as much (i.e. only heating to under 150C, before leaving i...
by BigBecka
Nov 8, 2007 11:15 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Vegetable Boxes
Replies: 6
Views: 2969

Can you choose what they put into those vegetable boxes? No! Well, if you don't want particular vegetables they will leave them out, and give you some extra potatoes. :) A big challenge is learning to eat the types of vegetables that are in season. At the moment, there is a lot of cabbage, potatoes...
by BigBecka
Nov 3, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: Vegan Desserts
Topic: Toffee
Replies: 4
Views: 4944

Toffee

The local kids are letting off fireworks, which can only mean it is nearly Guy Fawkes' Night :cheers: I have spent this evening experimenting with vegan toffee, so that I have something to eat at the fireworks display 8) Vegan toffee is not as dark as the toffee you see in the shops, but you can use...
by BigBecka
Oct 25, 2007 2:20 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Vegetable Boxes
Replies: 6
Views: 2969

Organic or not, dairy is not vegan. Ah, yes, the schemes are not specifically vegan. I live in a dairy-farming area, so it is not surprising... But I've found that they are happy to just sell you veggies if you ask :wink: it's becoming easier to find vegan items and organic produce in local superma...
by BigBecka
Oct 25, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Eat Squirrels not Soy!
Replies: 15
Views: 4692

Thanks Sergio: I am vegan, Dragonfly! :lol: I just like to throw ideas around :bom: No offence or 'tone' intended :blah5: This was a genuine report on national UK television: I was surprised that it was put on TV! :-? Noone on the programme challenged the view that soy was bad for the environment. I...
by BigBecka
Oct 15, 2007 9:12 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Eat Squirrels not Soy!
Replies: 15
Views: 4692

Eat Squirrels not Soy!

Yesterday there was a programme on the TV debating culling Grey Squirrels. One man was advocating eating Grey Squirrels instead of Soy. Reason: Soy "destroys whole ecosystems" (Is this true?) whereas Grey squirrels are a pest in the UK. We would be defending the natural ecosystem by trappi...
by BigBecka
Oct 15, 2007 8:35 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Vegetable Boxes
Replies: 6
Views: 2969

Vegetable box schemes are usually run buy a farm. They simply fill a box with assorted vegetables. Sometimes the farm might pack some cheese, eggs, pickles or jam, if you want. They are often organic, and always local and in season. You order your vegetable box from the farm, by telephone or over th...
by BigBecka
Oct 9, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Vegetable Boxes
Replies: 6
Views: 2969

Vegetable Boxes

I've just started getting vegetable boxes :D Instead of wasting my time in a supermarket (ours is a joke...), I can buy a box of seasonal, locally grown, organic veggies, and have them delivered, or pick them up from a local shop :cheers: Vegetable Box Schemes seem to be becoming popular here, so I ...
by BigBecka
Oct 9, 2007 8:30 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: pine nut poisoning
Replies: 3
Views: 3142

:o I hope you are feeling better now, Sergio :) I had never heard of pine nut poisoning! what is more strange I've found a lot of cases in Western Countries, which I thought have stricter laws about food hygiene. Ah, well... :roll: My experiences of food factories were not good :lol: I am sure they ...
by BigBecka
Sep 26, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Calcium
Replies: 6
Views: 3544

Hey Red Jester, :)

Does this mean my scrambled tofu is a bad idea? :o How much protein causes this effect?

This sort of thing worries me! :P Thnx
by BigBecka
Sep 26, 2007 10:15 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: hi again!
Replies: 5
Views: 3826

Oh dear, I hope your stomach gets better soon! Hehehe, I don't know what my new job should be! I'm trying to get into management, or maybe research, but with an ethical company if possible - I don't have enough experience though :( I have a few contacts to try over the next few months :wink: I need ...
by BigBecka
Sep 18, 2007 7:39 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: hi again!
Replies: 5
Views: 3826

Re: hi again!

Hi! Nice to see you again! I haven't been on here in a while and I feel terrible about it!! :) Have you had a good summer? What have you been up to? How has everyone been? Whats new? I'm happy to say that I'm coming closer to becoming vegan!! Well done 8) I had another not-so-vegan-friendly lunch to...
by BigBecka
Sep 15, 2007 2:58 pm
Forum: Vegan Travel Forum
Topic: Cool Places to Go :)
Replies: 13
Views: 7552

Cool Places to Go :)

I am fed up with work, and am applying for a new job :D I can't face another Friday night indoors! :cry: On the application form for one job, it asks where in the world I would be prepared to work. However, it will only let you pick a maximum of 20 locations. So, where are the best places that you h...
by BigBecka
Sep 14, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Have you ever been to a slaughter-house?
Replies: 14
Views: 6908

Hey Lane, I like the blog :D
by BigBecka
Sep 14, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: How do you know that other animals can feel pain?
Replies: 7
Views: 6146

:o This is shocking! I know quite a few people who are Pescatarians (don't know if I spelt that remotely correctly - people who are vegetarian but eat fish) on the basis that they think fish don't feel pain :(
by BigBecka
Sep 14, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Don't only human beings have a soul?
Replies: 16
Views: 9400

Hey :) Thanks! I had seen that page, though not for a while... I don't reckon I'm going to convert any time soon :wink: but it's an interesting source of all kinds of information 8) I was interested to read Food, Faith, Animals and Environment: Religious communities, especially Christians, Jews and ...
by BigBecka
Sep 10, 2007 10:11 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Calcium
Replies: 6
Views: 3544

Hmm, I've never heard of taking Tums: you mean the heartburn / indigestion tablets, right? :roll: I got (mild) calcium deficiency at one point, and I took Bone Formula supplements. You can get them from health food stores. They contain calcium, magnesium (which you need to absorb the calcium), and a...
by BigBecka
Sep 9, 2007 4:41 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Don't only human beings have a soul?
Replies: 16
Views: 9400

Hi CrashCrew! It's really good to hear your views: I think a few Christians get all the others a bad reputation :( I could tell countless amusing stories of Christians trying to recruit me! I've even been to corporate events where I've been expected to pray or say grace before eating! :o It's quite ...
by BigBecka
Sep 8, 2007 6:41 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Propaganda - BIG TIME!
Replies: 10
Views: 5811

:lol:
by BigBecka
Sep 1, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: HELP! Vegan Food for Omnis?
Replies: 3
Views: 3527

I was so angry at Mum's boyfriend: he decided to cook last minute, so that he could eat meat! He bought me some microwave meal from an expensive shop to try to placate me! He really didn't understand though: he kept asking "can you eat melon?", "can you eat salt?", "can you ...
by BigBecka
Sep 1, 2007 8:39 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Views on Energy
Replies: 2
Views: 2891

Views on Energy

Another interesting question - perhaps :) The UK government recently released a white paper on energy production. It suggested some wind and tidal energy production, and a commitment to using british coal once again. However, there was a very controversial point: essentially we need to build more Nu...
by BigBecka
Aug 27, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Hello Again, Everyone!
Replies: 5
Views: 3271

Hehehe - the lakes round here aren't really big enough for beaches! I love going to the sea: I usually stay in Newquay and go to Fistral beach - you can see it here http://www.fistralsurfcam.com/ Newquay has pretty good nightlife too :D The best beaches to visit are further down the coast: they're a...
by BigBecka
Aug 23, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: HELP! Vegan Food for Omnis?
Replies: 3
Views: 3527

Happy Birthday, Sergio! :occasion6: Thank you :) The salad sounds like something my mother will like. The Sarmale sounds good too - I have never heard of it before. I love dolomades (similar, I think, with vine leaves instead of cabbage), but you can't buy the vine leaves here :( I will let you know...
by BigBecka
Aug 22, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Ice Cream Shoppe
Replies: 4
Views: 3286

Yay! :cheers:

[lowers voice] This is Cambridge in the UK, right? :roll:
by BigBecka
Aug 22, 2007 8:02 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: HELP! Vegan Food for Omnis?
Replies: 3
Views: 3527

HELP! Vegan Food for Omnis?

I have a dilemma this weekend! I am visiting my mother and her 'boyfriend' (well, 60-year-old-man-friend :) ) My mother has invited me to cook for us all. The problem is that they eat old-fashioned 'northern' food - meat (usually offal or fish steaks) and potatoes, and maybe some over-boiled veg :x ...
by BigBecka
Aug 13, 2007 8:48 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Hello Again, Everyone!
Replies: 5
Views: 3271

I am sorry to hear things haven't been going well :( And I hope it all sorts itself out... Yes, I think next year will be much better :) Any plans?

Oooh, swimming sounds good - I normally go down to the beach this time of year. I'm gonna make it my mission next weekend :D
by BigBecka
Aug 9, 2007 2:10 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Hello Again, Everyone!
Replies: 5
Views: 3271

Hi Lunarflowermaiden! Nice to hear from you again :) It's been quiet here - I was wondering if someone had got offended or something... :roll: I haven't got much to share :( I was going to do loads of fun stuff this summer, but the surrounding area has looked like this recently: http://www.bbc.co.uk...
by BigBecka
Aug 1, 2007 6:59 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: What makes a good person?
Replies: 7
Views: 5990

What makes a good person?

Hmm, it's a bit quiet on here - everyone must be out enjoying the summer :D Had an interesting discussion with someone the other day. They supposed that people who do martial arts or boxing (like me!) cannot be nice people, because they are "hitting people for a hobby" :o The person who sa...
by BigBecka
Jul 29, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: Vegan Humor
Topic: How to eat lobster
Replies: 1
Views: 5000

How to eat lobster

Wasn't sure if this gets shown overseas... This ad isn't exactly vegan, more how to not be vegan :lol:

Well, I thought it was funny :roll:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdxC3hGBVfM
by BigBecka
Jul 24, 2007 8:04 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: 15 minute recipe
Replies: 4
Views: 5219

No, we didn't eat a proper sunday lunch in my family :cry: but I had friends who would go to their grandparents' house for a full sunday lunch, and often they had to drink the vegetable water :lol:

It does make better gravy, though... :)
by BigBecka
Jul 20, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: 15 minute recipe
Replies: 4
Views: 5219

If you boil veges you might as well chuck the veges out and drink the water
Did you ever have to drink vegetable water, before you were allowed your sunday lunch? :evil4:
by BigBecka
Jul 20, 2007 8:08 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Organic Gardening / How to dissuade garden pests...
Replies: 11
Views: 6458

By the way, what sort of cherries you grow there, sour or sweet?( we have here 2 different words for these cherries) There aren't any cherry trees here :( The south-west is quite rugged and wet. Apples and pears are grown in the more sheltered bits - lots of cider and perry! - and there are elderbe...
by BigBecka
Jul 20, 2007 7:12 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Piri-Piri Sauce
Replies: 3
Views: 5166

Hmmm, I'm not sure... Yes it was hot (my mouth went numb too!) I usually love hot food, but this was something else! :o A different sort of hot? I think the restaurant had used the marinade for the chicken, and poured it on my food like a sauce: there was loads of it! Much more than my chicken-eatin...
by BigBecka
Jul 19, 2007 5:42 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Propaganda - BIG TIME!
Replies: 10
Views: 5811

Hi Carol! OMG, I didn't think people like that really existed! :lol: Where to start? The fact that traditional portrayals of witches are anti-semitic: a way of programming children to be cautious of Jews? I actually know some very nice witches - paganism is quite popular around here! Women being ser...
by BigBecka
Jul 18, 2007 10:55 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

Lets reconsider this question of free will I would love to... But I spent the weekend reading (yet another) article that mapped out my entire life in terms of my hormone secretions. It was utterly depressing. :cry: How do you know if something is your free will, or just some irrational instinct tha...
by BigBecka
Jul 15, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Proteins and weight loss
Replies: 12
Views: 13815

Carbs to some extent can be had during the day but definitely not at night. Hmm, I was on the Body Clock Diet at one point. It was based on some military research into jet lag. They advocated eating a high protein breakfast, and eating a high carbohydrate meal in the evening. Apparently, the body n...
by BigBecka
Jul 14, 2007 11:49 am
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Nutrition for Marshall Artists
Replies: 11
Views: 5765

I'm ill at the moment :( so I reading about training instead of doing any! The WKA website's had a bit of a makeover since I last visited, and now has a few diet and training tips :) Although they're not openly promoting veganism, they're quite keen on eating greens :wink: http://www.wka.co.uk/healt...
by BigBecka
Jul 14, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Piri-Piri Sauce
Replies: 3
Views: 5166

Piri-Piri Sauce

On my last trip to London, I went to a Nandos Piri-Piri Chicken Restaurant and had one of their vegetable pitta-pockets. It was VILE, and gave me a nose bleed :evil: But I love spicy food, and was curious what real Piri-Piri is like. Today on the TV a cookery programme showed how to make a simple Pi...
by BigBecka
Jul 14, 2007 10:08 am
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Prostate cancer
Replies: 4
Views: 6198

I found this on the WKA website, and thought the guys on this site might be interested: Whole milk = Prostate cancer? A Harvard health study recently showed a link between dairy product consumption and prostate cancer. The researchers established that the risk of prostate cancer increased by 1.3 tim...
by BigBecka
Jul 10, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: Vegan Website Reviews
Topic: goodreads.com
Replies: 3
Views: 4894

Cool! :D On-line book-club thing! I couldn't get into this page the other day when I tried... I haven't even heard of most of these!

Think I might give the Pascal Users' Manual a miss... :-? I'm still dealing with software written in Fortran 4 :homework: why, oh why...
by BigBecka
Jul 1, 2007 6:51 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: if animals didnt feel pain?
Replies: 2
Views: 3963

It seems that the avoidance of inflicting pain is the main driving force.
Why do you think this?

That's not my experience of other vegans... And it's certainly not why I became vegan!
by BigBecka
Jul 1, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Vegan Nutrients Forum
Topic: Protein in Vegan Food
Replies: 7
Views: 10874

Protein in Vegan Food

I've been looking into this for a while - I'm sure we all regularly get asked how we get our protein :-? - and I thought I'ld share the results. Protein Protein is necessary for Protein Biosynthesis: this is when an animal ingests protein, the protein is digested and broken down into amino acids, an...
by BigBecka
Jul 1, 2007 10:05 am
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Organic Gardening / How to dissuade garden pests...
Replies: 11
Views: 6458

But wasn't those berries salted after rinsing in salted water? Ah, yes: sorry, I should be clearer! You soak in salted water, then rinse the berries (very thoroughly) with clean water. :roll: No, but my grandmother has and earlier ones are without worms, but late ones are almost all with worms. :( ...
by BigBecka
Jul 1, 2007 9:26 am
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 3
Views: 4280

Aaaargh! A Yorkie! :violent1: Just kidding :D Welcolme! I had no idea Yorkshire was vegan-friendly :o I lived on the *OTHER* side of the Humber Bridge for a few years: most people there still live off offal, potatoes/bread and the occasional fish or cream cake :lol: Deep fried in lard where possible...
by BigBecka
Jun 26, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Replies: 31
Views: 27487

The global warming is serious enough already, but one can't do too much about it Hmm, I don't know: the hole in the ozone layer is starting to repair itself http://www.physorg.com/news4533.html I heard somewhere that studies on colonies of insects indicate that war or epidemic will usually occur to...
by BigBecka
Jun 26, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Bulimia
Replies: 3
Views: 3926

I'm sorry to hear you are speaking from experience: I hope you are better now *HUGS IONIS* :D I am a little curious... As I said, I know many people who have unusual or obsessive eating habits - eating only undressed salad, for example :-? . If someone is possibly bulimic, what is the best way to he...
by BigBecka
Jun 26, 2007 8:01 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Fast Food
Replies: 6
Views: 6078

I have just come back from one of my jolly trips to London: I was a bit worried about what to eat, in light of recent discoveries... But I discovered a VEGETARIAN FAST FOOD CHAIN!!!!! : Maoz Vegetarian There are two branches of Maoz Vegetarian in Soho, London. Apparently they are pan-european Dutch ...
by BigBecka
Jun 22, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Organic Gardening / How to dissuade garden pests...
Replies: 11
Views: 6458

Birds and strawberries are (fairly) easy... you can put nets up over the stawberries :D My Dad uses them: they work fairly well, though you might occasionally get a persistant bird... Sadly, they do not stop local teenagers: they are the main pest threatening my Dad's allotment :-? They stole all hi...
by BigBecka
Jun 22, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

He was getting his left hand beaten with a ruler on a daily basis That's quite a horror story :( I've heard some similar stories, and in recent years there have been some legal cases, where Catholic clergy have been accused of child abuse :o There's a few films around... The Magdalene Sisters. Fort...
by BigBecka
Jun 20, 2007 7:56 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Replies: 31
Views: 27487

sushil_yadav, I find this very interesting: this is the sort of thing the Freegans are talking about: http://freegan.info/ Even the "simple life" required a lot of intelligence, certainly for women! :wink: How to feed 8 children for a week using 1 pig and a small loaf of bread... How to ma...
by BigBecka
Jun 19, 2007 8:49 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

If you are a sinner, you don't go to Heaven. Hmm, I'm a little confused by this... isn't God meant to be really into forgiveness? :dontknow: Depending on the church... I went to a Roman Catholic primary school for a year, and they actually had nine-year-olds producing a wall display on the differen...
by BigBecka
Jun 18, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

Hi Benny: Not sure if that's directed at me or Trisha... :roll: But, yep, I like the idea of God(s)/the Cosmos recycling souls :D I remember thinking when I was very young that Heaven/Valjalla must be getting rather full by now! :lol: But that might just be me trying to rationalise the world... :wink:
by BigBecka
Jun 16, 2007 8:23 am
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 4853

Wow :o That's a mighty amount of exercise! :D I came across the following site you might like: they're supported by Yaoh hemp products and frequent Bristol Vegan Fayre
http://www.veganbodybuilding.org/
A bit about Robbie Hazely http://www.veganbristol.makessense.co.u ... s/348.html
by BigBecka
Jun 15, 2007 10:24 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

what the enlightenment philosophers had to say, then go for it. I personaly believe that they're crack heads. Really? :o Why? They challenged the church and state at the time: the world would be very different if they hadn't! :wink: And even if there are some of them who manage to bear the burden o...
by BigBecka
Jun 15, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 4853

Hi Jitters! Welcome! I do a lot of training too: kickboxing and trying to do a few weights and running to get in shape... I'm an ex-carb-junkie, and seem to need a fair amount of protein. Though I haven't been vegan that long, and I'm still learning :) I've been doing a little research on how much p...
by BigBecka
Jun 13, 2007 8:48 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Natural Cleaning Recipes
Replies: 7
Views: 7232

Hmm, maybe I could pour vodka all over my kitchen, and then get someone to lick it up... :D Who said cleaning wasn't fun?!
by BigBecka
Jun 13, 2007 8:16 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Organic Gardening / How to dissuade garden pests...
Replies: 11
Views: 6458

Hmm, we (my family) used to pick wild blackberries and sloes when I was little... We would put them in a big bowl of salted water, and leave them to soak. This draws any worms or bugs out of the fruit, and also kills any bacteria or fungus. Then you just rinse them and eat (or bake a massive blackbe...
by BigBecka
Jun 13, 2007 7:44 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

But as we get older we are influenced by language and our personal observed histories. Then we can act upon our knowledge for whatever purpose we desire. I think this can limit us, too. I went to school with some girls from very... how shall I say... privelidged and narrow-minded backgrounds. Their...
by BigBecka
Jun 11, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

Actually I was thinking about bearded bandy-legged dwarves with pick axes Hehehehe :lol: Now I'm thinking of the video for Sonne (Rammstein)... Yay, someone put it on YouTube :cheers: here :D its like the wizard of oz saying andquot;pay no attention to the man behind the curtainandquot; and actuall...
by BigBecka
Jun 10, 2007 6:56 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: One-Meal Muffins
Replies: 3
Views: 3707

American Muffins seem to be sweet, like very large fairy-cakes. English Muffins are a type of bread: small, round and flat. They are baked on a hot-plate or stove, although some bakers sell "oven-bottom" muffins. They should be made using milk, yeast and flour, but most of the muffins in s...
by BigBecka
Jun 9, 2007 7:17 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Organic Gardening / How to dissuade garden pests...
Replies: 11
Views: 6458

Organic Gardening / How to dissuade garden pests...

Although I went vegan for health reasons, there have been two unforseen side-effects: 1) I decided to grow some of my own organic veggies, because I'm sick of buying over-priced vegetables from the supermarket. 2) I seem to have developed a reluctance to kill animals :) Unfortunately, Snails are eat...
by BigBecka
Jun 8, 2007 9:01 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

What about asking him to dig a cave? LOL! :lol: No more rent! :cheers: He might question the need for a cave... And I wouldn't trust most of the blokes I know with dangerous tools :roll: Now I am thinking of sweaty muscular men, with shovels and axes and dynamite... :love4: I will have to go and li...
by BigBecka
Jun 6, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

The article speculated that women may be able to "persuade" a man to marry them by adopting certain character traits... Heh, that's pretty interesting... :) Any specifics? What traits? The article suggested asking your man to put up some shelves or mend something - the human equivalent of...
by BigBecka
Jun 4, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: Excellent Discussion on Free Will
Replies: 46
Views: 23610

Now to them they have acted out of their own free will, but seen from our viewpoint thats not the case, maybe we have a deeper part of our conciousness which controls our descicions I know a lot of women who are well versed in manipulating free will :D I read a magazine article about studies in vol...
by BigBecka
Jun 3, 2007 8:25 am
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: G8 Protests
Replies: 1
Views: 1989

G8 Protests

Ok, I'm seeing conflicting news reports about these protests/riots... What on earth is going on? On the evening news, it said that the protestors were "Communists, Anarchists and Environmentalists." :o Then there was some footage of a support protest in the UK, with nice old ladies from a ...
by BigBecka
Jun 3, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Massacre at Virginia Tech
Replies: 7
Views: 3681

:lol: I think Iran would be in favour of that... :D It's worth noting that the USA (and UK) invaded an "Axis of Evil" country that didn't have weapons of mass destruction in the end... But they left North Korea well alone. In fact, they got out of Iraq fairly quickly, back when they were g...
by BigBecka
Jun 2, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Have you ever been to a slaughter-house?
Replies: 14
Views: 6908

it's head was stuffed in the place where naturally his ass would be.. :o That's just wrong! :confused1: If someone did a similar thing to a human being he would be considered the sickest pervert ever. Actually, there's a restaurant in London... :roll: the chef is 'served' at the end of the evening ...
by BigBecka
Jun 1, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Pearls
Replies: 12
Views: 6420

Whenever I get a veggie burger at a diner, I'm always afraid that they grill it next to a big, fat slab of beef! It's not an unreasonable concern - I'm told it used to happen a lot! I think the larger chains have guidelines on keeping meat separate now. Anyhoo, I just got a copy of 'Vegan with a Ve...
by BigBecka
Jun 1, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: How to build a Vegan World
Topic: Free Vegan T-shirt designs
Replies: 14
Views: 18403

Yay! T-Shirts! :cheers:

I kinda like the swirly stars design... :thumbright: I think the black and white design would look really good inverted, and printed on a black t-shirt sleeve or dark board shorts. :)
by BigBecka
May 31, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Pearls
Replies: 12
Views: 6420

Lol :lol: You'll probably get so that you can smell/taste meat before this happens :wink: There is a fashion at the moment for putting these little bits of dried bacon in salads... Very odd... Well, it's only happened to me twice (when I was ovo-lacto vegetarian). The first was a packet of crispy pa...
by BigBecka
May 31, 2007 7:30 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: One-Meal Muffins
Replies: 3
Views: 3707

A warning: my green gooey muffins are attracting attention - people think they look funny :alien:

I think I will try to add chocolate and turn them into brownies :D Watch this space...
by BigBecka
May 31, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Massacre at Virginia Tech
Replies: 7
Views: 3681

in what way, were they eating a lot or having a lot of sex? :lol: They ate hardly anything, and had sex with... everyone... :o It got really annoying seeing strange men every day over breakfast :-? and I couldn't leave anything valuable (or edible) in a shared area of the flat :lol: I found it part...
by BigBecka
May 28, 2007 8:19 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Natural Cleaning Recipes
Replies: 7
Views: 7232

A lot of "natural" commercial cleaners, and even toothpaste, now use baking soda... I guess these things come around again! There is a TV program over here called "How clean is your house?" where the presenters - Kim and Aggie - show people how to clean :P Kim in particular advoc...
by BigBecka
May 28, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: Fruits
Topic: Citron (Citrus medica)
Replies: 2
Views: 16576

Thanks for clarifying that: since "citron" is french for "lemon" I thought you meant lemon... :roll: Candying is done mainly in England, France and the United States I haven't come across Citron in England, though we do have candied lemon peel. However, I am from a rural communit...
by BigBecka
May 28, 2007 5:21 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Bento
Replies: 0
Views: 2832

Bento

In my quest for a tasty and nutritious lunch (instead of the canteen's pasta salad...) I have discovered Bento :cheers: 'O-bento' is what the Japanese call a packed meal, usually lunch. Bento boxes have internal dividers, and sometimes several stacked layers, so different kinds of food sit in their ...
by BigBecka
May 28, 2007 1:27 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: One-Meal Muffins
Replies: 3
Views: 3707

One-Meal Muffins

OK, Let me explain... I'm currently trying a training plan where I eat six small meals a day (instead of two small and one huge meal :wink: ). I seem to be carrying around hundreds of tubs of food every day! So I found this recipe, which is ideal for my 4 o'clock "meal." Unlike most muffin...
by BigBecka
May 28, 2007 9:20 am
Forum: Vegan Parents
Topic: Death by Veganism?
Replies: 2
Views: 4714

Death by Veganism?

I found this on the Vegan Society website; I was really shocked that an ill-informed article like this can be printed in a major newspaper! Yet the responses to the article from eminant dieticians were not published A response to "Death by Veganism" article, New York Times The recent "...
by BigBecka
May 25, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Gentics
Replies: 3
Views: 2918

Well, they're just ideas... I can't guarantee how your parents will react... :roll: [I'm really scared I'll make things worse for you now! I'll leave it to your discretion...] When I first decided to go vegetarain my parents said that I had to cook all the meals in the first place. Its only the odd ...
by BigBecka
May 25, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Pearls
Replies: 12
Views: 6420

Ug, ug, ug, ug, ug, ug, ug, ug, ug, and ug :D Not that I'm a gorilla... :munky2: Why, as a vegan, would I eat something that I didn't enjoy? :cheers: The last time I ate lamb it was these rolls of lamb belly with about 1 inch of fat on them... :puke: Yep, I think that was the last time I ate meat......
by BigBecka
May 25, 2007 8:20 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Gentics
Replies: 3
Views: 2918

Hi Jenjen, I'm no nutritionalist, so I'll let someone with a bit more knowledge answer that side of your post :wink: However, I think your children have an equal chance of inheriting any genetic condition, regardless of what you eat :( Of course, what you eat during pregnancy can have other effects,...
by BigBecka
May 21, 2007 8:39 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Where do rights come from?
Replies: 10
Views: 6172

YOU ANARCHIST! :cheers:

It's not a bad thing - there is a philospohy that we will evolve towards an anarchistic utopian society :)

Then we won't have rights... I wonder what will happen to the animals? :scratch:
by BigBecka
May 21, 2007 8:03 pm
Forum: How to build a Vegan World
Topic: New Vegan holiday?
Replies: 2
Views: 5039

I just found out that it is National Vegetarian Week! http://www.vegsoc.org/nvw/2007/nvw-banner-3-07.jpg http://www.vegsoc.org/nvw/ Two problems: 1) it seems to be in the UK only 2) it is VERY poorly advertised. The only activity in my area is my local health food shop offering some free samples :-?...
by BigBecka
May 21, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: Vegan Relationships
Topic: When Veggies and Omnis procreate
Replies: 26
Views: 15966

What a loser!
Yes, I had NO respect for him! His wife used to ring him in the middle of important meetings to yell at him, or make him run errands for her :salute:

Actually, I shan't go into how he used to piss me off :wink: he had real issues with women...
by BigBecka
May 19, 2007 4:27 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Bulimia
Replies: 3
Views: 3926

Hi Ionis, This is an interesting and informative post :) I know a lot of people (and not just women) who struggle with their weight (though I'm not sure if I would classify them as bulemic). And I hear the number of people with this problem is increasing :( Just a thought: some foods can cause you t...
by BigBecka
May 19, 2007 4:04 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Views on European Union
Replies: 16
Views: 4602

But of course, that's why outsourcing is so popular Hmmm :-? Remember me, when I am unemployed and destitute because my job went to India... :wink: I have discovered two interesting things: - the EU is putting high tariffs on wine imports (!) :evil: let me have my wine, dammit! :drunken: - the pubs...
by BigBecka
May 19, 2007 3:32 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Is it ethical to keep a pet?
Replies: 39
Views: 32814

When my visitors see the cat they ask, "Is that your cat." and I say, "It's more like. . . . I'm it's human." Yes, I know that feeling well! My Dad's cat expects to fed, and scowls at us if we don't pay enough attention :o i had and i gwess in my home allways will be someone i`m...
by BigBecka
May 19, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Where do rights come from?
Replies: 10
Views: 6172

I disagree, Red Jester! If the majority of people say that women or ethnic minorities have no rights, does that mean they don't have any? Uh, I just re-read it... Yes, I suppose they don't... :roll: OK, but if the majority of people deprive a minority of rights: that doesn't mean the minority are no...
by BigBecka
May 19, 2007 3:11 pm
Forum: Vegan Visual arts
Topic: Help on graphics software?
Replies: 4
Views: 3751

Help on graphics software?

Sorry for the non-vegan post - well, I'm a vegan and I'm asking the question I guess! A few people on here seem to be computer and graphics modellers... (I'm blown away by Andy's minotaur :) ) I was wondering if anyone knew of any sites where I could learn a little about graphics / modelling softwar...
by BigBecka
May 17, 2007 7:54 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Why vegans don't eat honey?
Replies: 29
Views: 16124

Hmm, I never ate much honey anyway. But when I turned vegan, people kept buying me toiletries with royal jelly in them :roll: how strange... :) There's an article on Bee welfare here: http://www.vegansociety.com/html/animals/exploitation/bees.php The major welfare problem is to do with the egg-layin...
by BigBecka
May 14, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Pilates method?
Replies: 5
Views: 4463

Hmm, I'm not sure. I tend to go by word of mouth: my pilates tutor was well-known locally and had a really good reputation. 8) Hang on... [rummages through book case] I have a book by someone in the PilatesFoundation... OK, they have a website including a classfinder, but the international section i...
by BigBecka
May 14, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Why I'm vegan?
Replies: 54
Views: 31803

Thanks :D I know Sensei used to do full contact Karate before he started Kickboxing... I will read around the subject a little more :)
by BigBecka
May 14, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: straight edge???
Replies: 8
Views: 4432

No drugs, stimulants, pre-marital sex .. .ect, ect, ect,. . . But the whole reason I do all this clean living is to get laid :roll: Err... that made me sound really slutty... just kidding :D My brother-in-law tells me that when he was in high school the sXe'ers were a openly violent group targeting...
by BigBecka
May 11, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Vegan Nutrients Forum
Topic: Probiotics and Prebiotics
Replies: 5
Views: 6327

Probiotics and Prebiotics

Over the past couple of years, I've noticed a lot of yoghurts and yoghurt drinks being advertised as containing probiotics or prebiotics. These adverts often make claims about the product reducing bloating and digestive discomfort, and boosting the immune system. Many of my friends and colleagues no...
by BigBecka
May 11, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Pilates method?
Replies: 5
Views: 4463

I did some pilates sessions with a friend a few years ago. It is surprisingly difficult: you don't consciously exert yourself, but your muscles feel tired at the end. I found they were very friendly sessions, with people of all ages and abilities. It is very good for your posture and breathing: I wo...
by BigBecka
May 11, 2007 6:22 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Is genetic engeneering safe?
Replies: 4
Views: 5759

In a sense, humans have been genetically engineering for centuries. The selective breeding that has produced domestic cattle, pigs and dogs is a form of genetic engineering. Likewise, most of our crops have been selectively bred, and bear little resemblance to their wild counterparts. I read "D...
by BigBecka
May 11, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables
Replies: 9
Views: 7553

Doesn't buying organic mean that pesticides have not been used on food? Organic food is produced according to certain production standards. For crops, it means they were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, human waste, or sewage sludge, and that they were proces...
by BigBecka
May 10, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: just wondering
Replies: 8
Views: 4082

Ah, yes, I get pretty crazy about food as well :D I started becoming interested in preservatives, flavour enhancers, sugar, etc. in food before I became vegan even... Now I'm a restaurant's worst nightmare: I can usually taste if they've used a jar of sauce instead of cooking something from scratch ...
by BigBecka
May 7, 2007 9:10 pm
Forum: Vegan Cinema Lounge - Movies Discussion
Topic: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Replies: 2
Views: 4619

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

I know it's been out for ages, but the humane rabbit-catcher cracks me up :D

Image

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312004/
by BigBecka
May 7, 2007 9:00 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Why I'm vegan?
Replies: 54
Views: 31803

This seems to be the Martial Artists thread too. Sensei was Vegetarian. I practice a style of Karate called Uechi-Ryu. That sounds really interesting - does karate promote vegetarianism? I'm a humble kickboxer, but my sensei wants me to become a martial artist in my attitude, be less lazy, live a l...
by BigBecka
May 6, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Why go vegan?
Replies: 60
Views: 22767

I don't know why but the word cream somehow associates in my mind with sex Ahem, I haven't been brave enough to continue this thread... :tard: Quick change of subject... I've had a very boring bank holiday weekend, applying for a new job and playing with my new blender :D Anyhoo, I came across a fr...
by BigBecka
May 5, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: My Power Thought Quotes
Replies: 65
Views: 39218

We're not really a nation of zinc kitchen surfaces and brushed aluminium. We're a nation of Weatherspoons'. And Heat magazine. And chlamydia.
- Jeremy Clarkson
by BigBecka
May 5, 2007 7:49 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: just wondering
Replies: 8
Views: 4082

I hadn't really thought about it! :lol: It's a good point. I guess you could find out what your local council's policy is? I'm sure they must have a website. In my county they're supposed to be committed to "going green." :wink: One of my friends (who is a little more hygeine-conscious and...
by BigBecka
May 4, 2007 4:29 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Vegan versus high protein debate - article
Replies: 5
Views: 6282

Nope :( We all seem to have Peugeot 307s or Seat Leons: much more fun to drive :D One friend does have a gold MG...
by BigBecka
May 3, 2007 9:47 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Vegan versus high protein debate - article
Replies: 5
Views: 6282

oh yes, she wants to prove she's emancipated, she can become a successful business woman, she wants to marry a rich prince with a white Mercedes - the white horse is old-style already Hey, I just spotted this! :D Cheeky! :lol: I do not think most women have a choice any more: you must get a job or ...
by BigBecka
May 2, 2007 8:21 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Using life saving drugs tested on animals
Replies: 3
Views: 4324

It is an interesting question 8) I think it would be difficult to do, because most drugs have been tested on animals at some point. It would be like refraining from using cars or aeroplanes, because the first crash tests used pigs! Or refraining from using air conditioning, because temperature/comfo...
by BigBecka
May 2, 2007 7:59 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: prevent other animals from killing and eating each other?
Replies: 38
Views: 27473

LOL :lol: We used to have a dog, but he was frightened of the cat. He was also frightened of rabbits, because one attacked him once... :albino:
by BigBecka
May 1, 2007 9:12 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: prevent other animals from killing and eating each other?
Replies: 38
Views: 27473

How on earth would you acheive this?!

I wouldn't force my eating habits on another person. I do get tired of my dad's cat eating birds (and giving me the feet). I might scold him if I catch him torturing an animal. But I can't stop him.
by BigBecka
May 1, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Some Animal Testing facts
Replies: 2
Views: 3405

They usually ask what you'll choose that animals or your child live? Ah, yes, I'd noticed :roll: I'm usually keen to distinguish between vegans and animal rights activists. I would rather see vegans concentrated on animals killed for food I agree :) I just found it shocking: my mother's on HRT! :o ...
by BigBecka
Apr 29, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Some Animal Testing facts
Replies: 2
Views: 3405

Some Animal Testing facts

OK, I knew animal testing didn't always give reliable results, but I found an advert for Europeans for Medical Progress (leafing through an old Vegan Guide to Bristol I found...) and was pretty shocked :o They have a site at http://www.curedisease.net Here's some of the facts in the advert: - AIDS, ...
by BigBecka
Apr 25, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: General Health and Beauty Forum
Topic: Freezing Food
Replies: 5
Views: 3480

Freezing Food

I am a little confused about whether to freeze food or not :( I have heard that freezing food damages the chemical structure, and frozen food has less nutritional value than fresh. However, there is an advert on the TV (for a frozen food company) that states that frozen food is healthier, because th...
by BigBecka
Apr 25, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Fast Food Nation
Replies: 6
Views: 4770

Hmm, didn't realise there was a film. I've seen the book: amazon keep recommending it to me! Is it along the same lines as "Supersize Me?" I thought that film was great - a lot of people thought I was neurotic about food until that came out :D And even I was pretty shocked at some of the c...
by BigBecka
Apr 21, 2007 7:12 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: peta
Replies: 13
Views: 7349

Yep :lol: I couldn't be bothered to read much about the case, all the reports seemed biased :wink: Ooh, Earth Day - it hasn't been publicised at all over here :o Everyone check these out! :D : http://www.earthday.net/involved/envtips/default.aspx I didn't know about shade-grown coffee, so maybe I wi...
by BigBecka
Apr 20, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: peta
Replies: 13
Views: 7349

Oh, I don't know, the slashed look can be very chic :D I still prefer my fun-fur: hundreds of pink teddies were slaughtered to make my slippers :bunny: On the "petakillanimals" website, they have copies of vets' documents (VDACS State Vetinarian) that show animals from peta's adoption cent...
by BigBecka
Apr 17, 2007 10:04 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Massacre at Virginia Tech
Replies: 7
Views: 3681

"A note believed to have been written by Cho was found in his dorm room that railed against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on campus, the Chicago Tribune said." (taken from tiscali news today) Well, I remember getting pretty stressed at U...
by BigBecka
Apr 14, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hi!
Replies: 10
Views: 4717

but in some countries all enabled medicaments (include cure for dens) has been tested on animal Yes, this is a problem. Over here there was a major campaign to stop animal testing a few years ago. Some large companies claimed to be animal friendly, but they simply paid another company to do the tes...
by BigBecka
Apr 13, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: How to build a Vegan World
Topic: New Vegan holiday?
Replies: 2
Views: 5039

I think this is a great idea! :D I don't know how my neighbours would react... People aren't as social as they used to be :cry: The guys at work certainly seem to like pinching my sandwiches and nuts though :roll: A funny story :D : a friend at university was an animal rights protestor, and her grou...
by BigBecka
Apr 13, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: peta
Replies: 13
Views: 7349

Oh my God! I just googled Peta and found this: http://www.petakillsanimals.com People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), devotes substantial resources toward capturing children -- the next generation of potential meat eaters, milk drinkers, circus-goers, and fishermen -- in its cult-like w...
by BigBecka
Apr 13, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: Vegan Humor
Topic: Busted!
Replies: 9
Views: 8201

Awwwwwwwwww! :D He looks so sad - did he run out of cream?
by BigBecka
Apr 13, 2007 5:40 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hi!
Replies: 10
Views: 4717

Oooh! Does that mean there's a gap in the market for a vegan restaurant in St Petersburg? :D Now I just need to win the lottery... Yes, it's difficult sometimes... I have found that a lot of food that I thought was vegan isn't :( I was sort of half-vegan for a long time, and occasionally I end up wi...
by BigBecka
Apr 12, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: peta
Replies: 13
Views: 7349

Hmm, I haven't been on the websites much. But they do seem to raise the profile of animal rights in the US: you occasionally hear about Hollywood actors/actresses/singers supporting PETA and doing fundraising activities. It's good to have some famous vegetarians in the world, instead of all famous p...
by BigBecka
Apr 12, 2007 10:10 pm
Forum: Fruits
Topic: Bilberry (vaccinium-myrtillus)
Replies: 3
Views: 4216

:lol: Yes, not much stops the Cornish drinking :lol:
by BigBecka
Apr 12, 2007 10:04 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hi!
Replies: 10
Views: 4717

Hi Max! Welcome!
Would like to be vegan
What's stopping you? :wink:
by BigBecka
Apr 8, 2007 12:05 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Interesting quote - what do you think about this?
Replies: 19
Views: 5849

Not sure I like being called an idiot! :wink: If you look at the guy's website, he certainly seems to like shooting... :o There a quite a few meat-eating environmentalists round here. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (a local celebrity chef) recently spoke at a public meeting alongside Friends of the Ear...
by BigBecka
Apr 7, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: Animal Rights Forum
Topic: Moral obligation to animals that don't even understand them
Replies: 3
Views: 3180

Hmm, this is similar to a few other topics on here - I'm surprised there hasn't been a few replies already. :wink: First, I think it's important to think about what defines morals: they are essentially a human contruct, which differs slightly between cultures and religions. Whilst some animals will ...
by BigBecka
Apr 6, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Vegan Pilav
Replies: 0
Views: 2776

Vegan Pilav

Pilavs are a traditional Ottoman rice dish, favoured in modern day Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans. They were a staple of the Turkic peoples and the Ottoman army, and extremely rich pilavs (laden with butter, saffron and nuts) were served at the Ottoman court. Often meat is added to make a pilav mor...
by BigBecka
Apr 6, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: Fruits
Topic: Bilberry (vaccinium-myrtillus)
Replies: 3
Views: 4216

Yay, Greenbro! I never knew this about the humble bilberry! Thank you :) In Cornwall they are called Urts, and you can make a wine from them that turns your urine blue :D
by BigBecka
Apr 6, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Views on European Union
Replies: 16
Views: 4602

Even if Switzerland aren't in the EU, I still found it fascinating that they thought of feeding their cattle cannabis! :lol: I read that they are trying to relax the laws on cannabis consumption over there. Well, my journal published some of the answers they had to this question this week. There see...
by BigBecka
Apr 6, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Did someone die?
Replies: 12
Views: 5311

THANK YOU No worries: I'm pleased to help. Actually, all this counts towards writing practice and research for me... :D Let us know how it goes :) so if my survival depended on it, I don't know, may be I'll eat it I guess so: You hear stories about people turning to cannabalism when they get hungry...
by BigBecka
Apr 6, 2007 4:08 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hi
Replies: 10
Views: 4931

But the global warming is coming anyway!

LOL :lol: It's snowing over there? :o We didn't get any snow this year :cry: and it was 29degC in the office yesterday 8) Just thought I'ld share that :D
by BigBecka
Apr 3, 2007 8:53 pm
Forum: Veggie Questions and Answers
Topic: Bible state it is ok to kill animals for food
Replies: 20
Views: 9691

Remember, only one third of the world's population are Christian :wink: The old testament of the Bible (which states it is OK to eat food - debatable) is only relevent to 54% of the world's population (all Jews, Christians and Muslims). Hmm, there's a few other posts on this subject here somewhere.....
by BigBecka
Apr 2, 2007 9:08 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Fast Food
Replies: 6
Views: 6078

Burger King have an "allergy and dietary needs" list here: http://www.burgerking.co.uk/food/index.aspx#buildid=-1 Essentially, most things that I thought were vegan, such as the hash browns, onion rings and the spicy bean burger, are fried in the same oil as the fish: Eww! :oops: The Vegg...
by BigBecka
Apr 2, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: Vegan Products Discussion
Topic: Fast Food
Replies: 6
Views: 6078

I think bananas are a great idea :D back when I used to diet, I was told they are a good snack for filling you up, stabilising blood sugar, and they're nutritious 8) I usually ask for salad sandwiches, or an unbuttered tea-cake, but I'm getting a little bored of them :( Now that I have done a little...
by BigBecka
Apr 2, 2007 6:20 pm
Forum: Science, Philosophy, Religion
Topic: My Power Thought Quotes
Replies: 65
Views: 39218

Libraries gave us power
Then work came and made us free
[Manic Street Preachers, taken from the entrances to Blackwood Library and Auschwitz respectively]

I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer.
[Manics again]
by BigBecka
Apr 2, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Hi
Replies: 10
Views: 4931

Hi Elaine! No need to apologise! Everyone's country/government does stuff they don't agree with (Iraq war, ahem...) I think it's great that you're doing something positive :D Good luck with going veggie 8) Calgary looks cold: are there a lot of vegetarians round there? Let us know how you get on :)
by BigBecka
Apr 1, 2007 7:37 pm
Forum: Vegan Cinema Lounge - Movies Discussion
Topic: Avatar - The Last Air Bender
Replies: 20
Views: 13627

Hurrah! My Avatar DVD arrived this week :D and I watched it today. I had a bad week and a tough training session this morning, so it really cheered me up :) Thank you for recommending it! I like the martial arts animations too, and I love the penguins :lol: Can you give some examples of those animat...
by BigBecka
Mar 31, 2007 11:17 am
Forum: Vegan Recipes
Topic: Vegan Balti
Replies: 2
Views: 4482

If you were to make a very rich curry, the taste would be slightly different, and as the curry cooled it would become a little creamier. The vegetable ghee I have has quite a distinctive flavour, but is easily overpowered by the other ingredients. I often make it with a little sunflower oil instead,...
by BigBecka
Mar 31, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Fats and Oils
Topic: Hemp Oil
Replies: 2
Views: 3803

Yes, I have only recently started using it: the oil is relatively expensive, and you can't buy it everywhere yet. So I use a little as a salad dressing each day, but still use other oil for cooking. It tastes much nicer than some of the oil blends and supplements you can buy. I did try a blend of fl...
by BigBecka
Mar 29, 2007 6:40 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Did someone die?
Replies: 12
Views: 5311

Also, I just have to ask, what rabbits are on tropical islands Maybe the British left some there in the 1800's? We did that a lot :D I'm writing a persuasive essay on animal testing :D I had a friend who studied Biology and was a passionate animal rights protester. Think about it - how similar is a...
by BigBecka
Mar 28, 2007 8:53 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Views on European Union
Replies: 16
Views: 4602

Sergio - I didn't know about the ban on animal testing. I did just find this: By Tim Franks BBC Europe correspondent A Europe-wide ban on the use of animals to test cosmetic products has been approved with an overwhelming majority by the European Parliament. It took 10 years of argument, but under t...
by BigBecka
Mar 28, 2007 5:52 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Views on European Union
Replies: 16
Views: 4602

Yes, this is true :) But rent is high here too: most young people either share a house/flat, or live with their parents, and that includes people with professional jobs. There are a lot of reasons for this, so I won't bore you... And remember not everyone has a nice professional job! :wink: I think ...
by BigBecka
Mar 27, 2007 9:30 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Call to ban McDonald's!
Replies: 15
Views: 5814

I don't understand how can it be that the fries are made with vegetable oil and at the same time they are not vegan?
Yes, the mind boggles! :lol: I know that some frozen oven chips contain milk: they are essentially reformed mashed potato. But I don't know if that's true for MacDonald's fries.
by BigBecka
Mar 27, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: Vegan Chat
Topic: Did someone die?
Replies: 12
Views: 5311

Hurrah :cheers: great topic! I agree with you about trying to find some fruit, though I don't really know what's poionous. A few people round here pick wild mushrooms, and Ray Mears has a TV show teaching bushcraft. If a rabbit randomly died: I would be suspicious why! It might have some horrible di...
by BigBecka
Mar 27, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: General Conversations
Topic: Views on European Union
Replies: 16
Views: 4602

A citizen of a country like Germany won't go to a job where he would earn less in case he's losing a well-paid job. Warchild! :o I hadn't thought of that. We don't get dismissal pay in the UK, but I gather some people will find ways of avoiding working in low-end jobs. And we do seem to need the ex...

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