Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Zojirushi Bread Machine

By Toola McPherson

With the current industrial changes, many families are trying to find how to get back to basics and concentrate on quality, cheap solutions. Whether you decide to take your youngsters to the local park instead of going to the movies or growing your own tomatoes instead of ordering pizza, you wish to provide the best you can for your family without breaking the bank.

In my place, we adopted pancake Saturdays instead of the usual trip to the local cafe. My son, who is 3, loves to help measure the ingredients and tell me when it is pancake time because the water is dancing in the skillet. Although it may seem like a very insignificant change, it has been exponential in the experiences my folks have gained. My son loves to be told how to cook, and I'm aware that I can add extra fiber to the pancakes, swap out turkey bacon for pork bacon and keep us all a little fitter. It also permits us to sit together for breakfast, which gurus agree can contribute to combating obesity.

With the changes my family has experienced from something so simple as a home cooked breakfast, I'm always in pursuit of alternative routes to bring our family closer together.

The Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Bread Machine is my latest find. We have got a very small kitchen, and counter top real estate is expensive. The Mini Bread Machine still packs the power of the bigger models but does not take up as much space. And, with an one pound loaf, that is more than enough bread for the 3 of us. I like that I'm able to add the mix at night, switch on the machine, and each one of us can wake up feeling like we live above a bakery. The Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Bread Machine can also make fresh fruit jams and cookie dough. And, one of my favourite features is the straightforward to move carrying handle. Not too many appliances are so straightforward to bring with you!

As with anything you cook yourself, you control the ingredients. In our house, we add additional fiber. But, we also add cinnamon, bananas, zucchinis and molasses to seven-grain bread for a breakfast toast. For sandwich breads, I often add squash puree, wheat germ and dill. For desert breads, why not add onion powder, jalapenos and sun-dried tomatoes? The sky's the limit so far as what homemade bread you can bring to the table. And, with the Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Bread Machine, you won't spend hours looking out for a place to store it or fight for counter space to use it.

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2 comments:

Honeybee said...

Do you have any vegan recipes for the 1lb machine?

Honeybee said...

Do you have any vegan recipes for the 1lb machine?