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Sunday, 30 October 2011

A Recipe and an Announcement!

I haven't been very regular these days about posting, not that I'm not eating, but I have been working on a little side project recently about which I have an announcement to make! If you are very impatient about what it is then scroll down and skip the recipe. Else, here's a recipe for Potato Rosti Cakes. Yes, comfort food are finding their way in although it has not been as cold as it used to be this time of the year.

Now, I made these potato rosti cakes for brunch last Saturday and they turned out really nice. After I had eaten them, I went online to see how other people made them and I was surprised to see that a lot of recipes require the potato to be parboiled or if using raw to squeeze out all the liquid. I used mine completely raw and didn't squeeze out any liquids in the recipe and the cakes turned out really good nevertheless. What I did do differently though is to add a bit of flour in the mixture to absorb the liquid. Well, I just did this out of common sense and previous experience making veggie burgers.
I used a mixture of gram and rice flour to make the cakes gluten free but plain flour will work fine too.

I also added some other veggies and chillies just for a little twist since I like it hot!

Potato Rosti Cakes
Ingredients (about 10 small cakes, depending on the size you make them)
5 - 6 potatoes, peeled and grated (I used an organic one that is good for boiling, roasting and mashing...)
2 large carrots, grated
5 - 6 mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 - 3 green chillies, finely chopped
3 tablespoons gram flour (plain or all purpose flour is also fine)
3 tablespoons rice flour (plain or all purpose flour is also fine)
Fresh coriander to taste, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida (optional)
Peri peri seasoning or a dash of paprika
Salt to taste
Oil for pan frying
  • Mix all ingredients together until well combined in a big bowl.
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan; I used a quite deep one.
  • Drop 2 generous tablespoons (or use an ice cream scoop) of the mixture in the frying pan. If you can fit a few cakes in, drop a few more but don't place them too close or it will be difficult to turn over.

  • Don't touch the rosti and cook for about 5 minutes on one side until a slight golden crush is formed.
  • Carefully turn it over and cook for another 3 minutes or so on the other side.
  • Repeat with remaining mixture.
  • Serve warm.

Now, the annoncement! Maybe you already know about it already if you've seen my updated sidebar. I have recently opened a shop - Bijouxlovlie - on Etsy. I am featuring handmade cruelty-free jewellery and accessories. The idea of having this shop came from Boyfriendlovlie. I have been making my own jewellery and accessories for a while and he suggested that I put some online for people who might be interested in purchasing cruelty-free jewellery.
At the moment, I also have a section in the shop - 'Gaia Collection' - where 30% of all sales are going to the TreeSisters Organisation to support their plan of reforesting parts of Asia and Africa.
I hope you will also support them by making a contribution and spreading the word.

If you want to follow my adventures in jewellery making and more, I have created another blog for this - Bijouxlovlie.
I am not abandoning this blog though! Veganlovlie will still be around featuring recipes and stuffs.

Here's a glimpse of Bijouxlovlie on Etsy:


I have reached a point in my life where working only for a living is no longer making sense. I have to earn a living for sure but doing just that feels like drinking from an empty bottle. Mother Earth, our planet has been abused for a long time and even though it seems that it could be too late, it is not; we still have time. I have been feeling such a connection with all life on this planet recently that this has triggered something that I cannot really explain within me. I only feel the urge to pour out this feeling into actions that can contribute into making the planet a better place to live for every living being that are sharing it.

I recently came to know about the TreeSisters Organisation and I have been deeply moved by the initiative of these women who are seeding change across the planet. Their plan is to reforest certain areas of Asia and Africa.

Although I would very much have liked to be actively part of helping in the reforestation of the planet and going to physically plant the trees, for the moment I am unable to take active participation in that area. But what I can do is help to in other areas that will allow these changes to happen.

Like I've mentioned before I have recently opened a handmade cruelty-free jewellery shop on Etsy where I try to make a difference by using cruelty-free materials in the making of my jewellery and accessories. The idea of opening the shop itself really came from the fact that I have been doing my own jewellery and accessories for some time and my boyfriend suggested that I put some for sale for people interested in buying cruelty-free jewellery.

Anyone can contribute to this project. As even the smallest contribution helps to go a long way. As such you can also take part in this wonderful initiative. Please visit the 'Gaia Collection' where 30% of sales will go to the TreeSisters Organisation. You will not only have a nice item of jewellery to cherish and wear or offer as a gift but you would also have taken part in a change at a much larger scale. And this feeling is priceless. Please spread the word and gather more tree sisters...

Follow the TreeSisters on Facebook and Twitter. To offer your contribution by buying a jewellery piece, please visit the Gaia Collection in my shop on Etsy. TreeSisters, Gaia collection

Monday, 17 October 2011

Paper to Pearls

Paper beads. Now this is something really interesting that I've recently come across. These stories and initiatives from the founders of Paper to Pearls™ are really heartening. The possibilities and creative pieces of jewellery that can be made from paper beads are simply inspiring.

Here’s all the fascinating jewellery that the women from refugee camps in northern Uganda are making using paper beads. An initiative from Paper to Pearls™.

Paper to Pearls™ is a fair trade initiative of Voices for Global Change — a not-for-profit founded on the belief that when people who have had no voice, speak, they change their world.

According to the World Bank, the average annual income in Uganda is just US$340 or less than US$1.00 per day. Paper to Pearls beaders earn as much as US$120 per month, more than four times the national average.

Visit their website and see how we can all make a difference.

I was curious to know how they make the beads. Here's how:

All of us can make a difference if we not only buy for the use of the item or for pleasure or maybe just for the sake of buying but if we take the time to also consider the consequence of buying an item. How will I be making a difference if I buy this item? How can this improve the lives of other beings (not only human) on the planet? The butterfly effect as it is called - how every tiny action can affect everything else. paper to pearls,paper beads It fills my heart with so much joy to find the awakening that is happening worldwide at this present moment, to realise that the road towards a better planet is deploying little by little, to find that more and more people are trying to take part in this and making responsible choices, to realise that there is room for every being to enjoy a better life on this planet if we perpetuate the efforts... Peace to all... You can check out Paper to Pearls on Facebook, subscribing to their Twitter feed and follow them on LinkedIn. Also, subscribe to their blog feeds. paper to pearls All photos are borrowed from the Paper to Pearls website.

Friday, 14 October 2011

I am loved...Tree of Life


I am loved... no more words needed. Fun wire-work jewellery by PurpleBusStudio.

Fair Trade Recycled Jewelry from Green-Eighteen

Some really cool fair trade recycled jewelry from Green-Eighteen.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Spiral of Life

Spirals are a well of inspirition in a lot of my design work, be it as a graphic designer or in jewellery design. A lot of my jewellery features spirals (infinity symbols). Spirals, in an infinite flow, represent the spiritual unbroken "thread of life".

"Closer to God" - Nine Inch Nails official photostream.
Although I'm not a fan of their music, I do like this image a lot.

There is a sanctuary of stillness within this piece that personally stroke me after it was complete.
Endlessly wrapping around itself, it nurtures and protects, creates and evolves, the perfection of nature pervading all life.

View this item on Etsy.

Spiral of life

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Loving these!

I've been browsing the Etsy website more and more often lately. I'm loving these cute little 'Bird on a Branch' earrings by tineytokensdesigns.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Bijouxlovlie on Etsy!

Hurray for the new Bijouxlovlie Etsy Shop! Cruelty-free jewellery and accessories available for you to purchase.
Here’s a glimpse:

Hope to see you there! If you like it, tell your friends.
Check out this space for updates on my new creations and many more as I explore my newly found passion for jewellery making.

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