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Chanukah party for the ages and Vegan Challah recipe!

Chag Samaech fel­low veJEWtarians!

I real­ize I haven’t writ­ten in a wee bit. This has to do with catch­ing up after hold­ing a vegan wed­ding, going on our hon­ey­moon and attempt­ing to get back into the rhythm of life once again amidst the hol­i­days. Yes, Chanukah was early this year. Tonight is the eighth and final night and as such I wanted to  share some of the high­lights from the past eight days includ­ing an awe­some Chanukah gath­er­ing we threw with a totally vegan menu. I’m also very excited to share a recipe for vegan chal­lah that I made and served at said bash. (It got a lot of compliments!)

Enjoy!

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The first and sec­ond nights were filled with prepa­ra­tion, menu plan­ning, and clean­ing lead­ing up to our big Chanukah weekend.

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The third night came and with it a spe­cial Chanukah gath­er­ing at our place. Plenty of wine was con­sumed, toasts made, drei­dals spun, and food gob­bled up!

The Menu

Vegan Latkes

Apple­sauce

Sour Cream

Steamed Green beans in gar­lic, chilli oil

Greens with creamy lemon vinaigrette

Vegan Chal­lah served with hum­mus and baba ghanoush

Cook­ies n’ Cream cup­cakes with but­ter­cream frosting

Because I was low on time, we pur­chased Earth Island’s Non-Dairy Soy Sour Cream. I usu­ally make my own from soaked cashews but I’m happy to report that Earth Island’s prod­uct was a really good sub­sti­tute. All the party-goers couldn’t tell the difference!

And now for the challah!

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Vegan Chal­lah

Makes 2 challahs

Adapted from Tante B’s recipe

Ingre­di­ents

• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 2 (1/4 ounce) pack­ages dry yeast

• Egg replacer– equiv­i­lant of two eggs worth

• 1/2 cup veg­etable oil

• 1 table­spoon salt

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 2 cups warm water

Glaze
• Soy creamer

• poppy seeds (optional) or sesame seeds (optional)

Instruc­tions:

1. First mea­sure out all your ingredients.

2. Now from the 1/2 of cup sugar take 1 table­spoon of the sugar & com­bine it with the yeast and the warm water (you know you have the right tem­per­a­ture of warm water when it’s the same tem­per­a­ture as the inside of your wrist).

3. Keep your bowl in a warm place while the yeast dis­solves for 10 minutes.

4. After the yeast has dis­solved (it’s nice & foamy) add to it the rest of the sugar, salt & 3 1/2 cups flour. Mix well.

5. Add egg replacer & oil.

6. Slowly start mix­ing in most of the remain­ing 3 1/2 cups of flour. The dough will become quite thick.

7. When the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, turn it onto a floured sur­face& knead for approx­i­mately 10 minutes.

8. Add only enough addi­tional flour to make dough manageable.

9. Knead until dough has acquired a “life of its own”; it should be smooth & elas­tic, spring­ing back when pressed lightly with your fingertip.

10. Place dough into a large oiled bowl turn­ing the dough once so its oiled on all sides.

11. Cover with a damp tea towel & let rise in a warm place for 2 hours, punch­ing down in 4–5 places every 20 minutes.

12. Write down what time you started so you don’t for­get when the 2 hours are up & set a timer every 20 min­utes. Punch­ing down is fun!!

13. After the 2 hours, turn your dough onto your work­ing surface.

14. Now comes the form­ing part. I did the six braided method. Check out this video on how to braid a six strand challah!

15. Pre­pare your bak­ing sheet lin­ing it with parch­ment paper.

16. Pre­heat oven to 375°F.

17. Once braided, place on bak­ing sheet.

18. Now let the chal­lah rise for 1/2 an hour.

19. After the chal­lah has risen glaze gen­er­ously with soy creamer and sprin­kle with poppy or sesame seeds.

20. Put in pre­heated oven & let bake for exactly 25 minutes!

21. Turn off oven & leave Chal­lahs in for exactly another 10 minutes!

22. Enjoy!!!

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I made a sesame and pop­py­seed chal­lah with this recipe and they were both well received!

All in all, it was a magic-filled Chanukah sea­son. Please enjoy some other Chanukah pics!

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Wish­ing every­one a very happy Chanukah!

Oy Vegan!

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VeJEWtarian Winter Meet-up

In the Toronto area?

Come nosh on Chi­nese food at King’s Café in Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket with us!

Tues­day Feb­ru­ary 26th at 7pm. RSVP jamie@oyvegan.com

See you there!!

Designed by Sasha Arfin.

Oy Vegan!

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Highlights from the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival

On the week­end of Sep­tem­ber 7th-9th, the 28th Annual Veg­e­tar­ian Food Fes­ti­val took place. Oy Vegan was there all three days hang­ing out and attend­ing var­i­ous events and sam­pling delec­table vegan food. Here are some of Jamie and Jared’s top picks!

Jamie:

1. Learn­ing how to make tomato olive sei­tan gyros with Terry Hope Romero. I tried mak­ing these at home after and they were amaz­ing! I have to say the coconut yoghurt dill Tzatziki sauce is super tasty.

2. Bump­ing into veJEW­tar­ian friends wan­der­ing about the booths.

Shimmy, Jan­ice, and Jamie 

3. Eat­ing the pizza with sun­dried tomato, cashew cheese, and kale from Green Zebra Kitchen! I was hon­estly blown away by how great this pizza was. Best vegan pizza I’ve ever tried!

4. Vis­it­ing the awe­some peo­ple at Toronto Pig Save. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Anita Kra­jnc for win­ning the Com­pas­sion for Ani­mals Award!

Jared, Danielle, Jamie

5. See­ing Vegan Meal­time on the Red­path Stage. These guys were full of energy and totally hilar­i­ous! Sea­weed strips & Sea­weed strips & Sea­weed strips & Sea­weed strips!

Jared:

1. Hear­ing Dr. Michael Gre­gor’s two part lec­ture on the lead­ing causes of death in Canada. Check out his web­site nutritionfacts.org where he posts daily videos on all the lat­est studies!

2. Learn­ing how to cook Caribbean style with Taymer Mason and win­ning her Bajan/ Jerk wet spice mix hand­made straight from St. Maarten. Awesome!

3. Hear­ing Ultra­man Ath­lete Rich Roll speak about chang­ing his life with a plant based diet!

4. Eat­ing the sticky mush­room rice wrapped in a banana leaf from King’s Café for break­fast. Yum!

5. Try­ing Doug McNish’s new chewy gluten free choco­late coconut almond cookie for Sweets from the Earth and try­ing to name it.

 All in all, the TVA did an amaz­ing job this year and the fes­ti­val was a ton of fun. Despite the rain on Sat­ur­day, it was packed with peo­ple! There are many other high­lights that we are leav­ing out and we encour­age every­one to check out the Toronto Veg­e­tar­ian Asso­ci­a­tion and all the cool events they hold in the city.

Here’s to a healthy fall!

Oy Vegan!

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Is Your Meat Really Kosher???

Last fall, I did a work­shop at the Wol­fond Cen­tre Hil­lel at the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto. My objec­tive was to get stu­dents to think about where their food comes from. There were a few veg­e­tar­i­ans in the room, but it was pri­mar­ily filled with meat eaters. When I talked about the hor­ri­ble abuses and tor­tur­ous con­di­tions of fac­tory farms, I was met with a lot of this,

Well, that’s really bad, but, I’m kosher so… the ani­mals have been killed humanely.”

If you are kosher and you think the meat on your plate has been eth­i­cally raised/ treated/ killed, think again.

Click here for more information.

You can also check out this video that my friends over at The Shamayim V’Aretz Insti­tute put together.

Also, one of my favourite authors, Jonathan Safran Foer nar­rated a doc­u­men­tary some years ago about the kosher meat indus­try. Watch the trailer below.

Peo­ple don’t like to know about or watch the suf­fer­ing of ani­mals because it’s uncom­fort­able and upset­ting. Yet, it is also the truth.

The real ques­tion is, once we open our eyes and real­ize what is tak­ing place, what are we going to do about it? Stand idly by or take action. Please con­sider shar­ing this and start­ing a dis­cus­sion with those around you.

Oy Vegan!

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VeJEWtarian Celebrates Earth Day at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary

What are you doing on Earth Day?

RSVP to jamie@oyvegan.com as space is limited!

Oy Vegan!

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VeJEWtarian Beginning of Spring Meet-up!

Vegan/ Veg­e­tar­ian? Jew­ish? Come to the veJEW­tar­ian begin­ning of spring meet-up! Please pass this on to any­one you know who might be inter­ested!
Thanks! Happy Spring 🙂

Oy Vegan!

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First veJEWtarian Meeting– A Success!

This past Tues­day evening, a group of peo­ple met at Sadie’s Diner for a deli­cious din­ner and some lively dis­cus­sion. We talked about our veg­gie jour­neys, that is, our rea­sons for becom­ing vegan/vegetarian which lead to plenty of lively debate and dis­cus­sion. We dis­cussed health, the envi­ron­ment and ani­mal wel­fare issues.We were even vis­ited by Rabbi Aaron Levy of Toronto’s Makom.

On the sub­way on Wednes­day morn­ing, I was pleas­antly sur­prised to see that the front cover of 24H news­pa­per fea­tured Megan Park of The Secret Life of the Amer­i­can Teenager unveil­ing a new Peta anti-fur ad at Yonge and Dundas.

 

So timely con­sid­er­ing our dis­cus­sion Tuesday!

If you are inter­ested in find­ing out more about veJEW­tar­ian, join our Face­book group or e-mail jamie@oyvegan.com

It was a great evening and I look for­ward to more!

Oy Vegan!

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veJEWtarian meet-up!

Just doing a last call to those who are inter­ested in attend­ing our Jew­ish veg­e­tar­ian and vegan group in Toronto. We’ll be meet­ing tonight at Sadie’s Diner. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Oy Vegan!

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