Monthly Archives: May 2012

Shout-out

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We, at Vegan Muffin, would like to give a shout-out to a Montreal-based animal shelter. We adopted Quagmire, a beautiful white with black spots kitten, from Petits Pawz. They are located in Verdun, Montreal, and are a no-kill shelter. Pets live with foster families (they are always looking for more, by the way), and not in a cage, until they are adopted.

I have several photos of Quagmire:

This little cutie was found in a hoarder’s small apartment along with 35 other cats, including a couple of mom cats giving birth at the same time. Most of them ate their babies, but Quagmire is the sole survivor of his litter. He went to a foster home at the age of 2 days old! The shelter found the mom a few months later. He is now 7 months old, and he has fully adapted to our home. It took a few days to adjust, because he had been with his foster mommy for over 6 months, but he’s turned out to be a great companion, just like his adoptive sister Munchkin. There was a bit of hissing in the beginning, a sometimes when they play, but they seem to get along just fine.

Having 2 cats keeps it very alive, and we actually couldn’t get much sleep for awhile because they were very active at night! It’s gotten better over the past couple days since we close the door to our bedroom and they seem to now understand that it’s our place and time to sleep. Usually by 4-5am they get hungry and we feed them and let the door open, and they are a lot mellower and sleep on the bed with us.

But they also keep each other company, and I think it makes it much easier. We are so very proud of our fur babies. 🙂 Petits Pawz is an amazing shelter, so if you are looking to adopt a cat in the Montreal area, you should look them up.

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Rice & Hazelnut Milk by Isola Bio

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Yesterday I was browsing around at Fleur Sauvage, one of our favourite stores for vegan goodness, and I saw this. I had seen this awhile back, and wanted to try it…

The ingredients are very simple, and mostly organic (the ones with a *):

Water, whole Italian rice* (17%), hazelnut paste* (3%), agave syrup *(1%), cold pressed sunflower oil*, sea salt.

What really got me curious was the hazelnut paste. I’ve always LOVED hazelnuts, and it was the first time I’d see nondairy milk with some form of hazelnut in it. Also, no xantham gum. This is what usually makes me feel iffy about some nondairy beverages… It’s got a weird texture. I believe this is used to keep the drink ‘fresher’.

Notice how there isn’t xantham gum in that milk? Believe me, it makes a HUGE difference! First, you can definitely taste the hazelnut paste, and god it’s delicious! Also, the texture feels like actual dairy milk, it’s very velvety, soft, and nothing to do with other nondairy milks. I remember I said previously that coconut milk was the closest thing to cow milk, texture wise… I am afraid I was deadly wrong!

Because of the lack of xantham gum, however, it is preferable to consume all 750ml within 3 to 4 days. I’m fairly certain it won’t be much of a problem, because the stuff is really amazing. The only thing is that it’s rather expensive: $2.99, but I felt it was absolutely worth it, because it’s a high quality product. They have other combinations: rice-almond, rice-coconut, rice-quinoa (chocolated flavoured), and of course rice alone. I definitely want to try them all! Oh and it’s gluten-free!! How great is that?