3-ingredient vegan biscuits

Yummy

… Okay, the title is somewhat of a lie. Soz. But, if I would’ve had self-raising flour, then it would’ve been 3-ingredients only! AND even though I used a few more ingredients than 3, it was actually so quick, like incredibly quick. They only took about 20 minutes to make and turned out pretty good.

I’ve been seeing these little cuties on the interwebz for a while now, both on YouTube and Pinterest (my 2 absolute internet obsessions… #guilty). So, when I woke up yesterday, feeling hungry and in the mood for something warm and filling, I decided to whip up these biscuits. (And fyi, biscuits in this case, mean small bread buns, almost like scones, I actually associate biscuits with pastries, like cookies, but yeah. thought I would clarify that!)

So yep, if you want to make a super easy and super delicious breakfast, here you go:

Ingredients:

2 cups flour (if you don’t use self-raising, add in about 2 teaspoons of baking powder and a dash of salt. I substituted some of the flour for whole-meal flour for even more filling biscuits!)

1/4 cup solid coconut oil

3/4 cup oat milk or other dairy-free milk

 

Here’s how to:

Preheat oven to about 215  degrees C. Add the flour in to a bowl, and mix in the coconut oil with something like a sturdy fork (or a pastry cutter, if you have those kinds of fancy equipments, I don’t). Then, pour in the milk and stir together to make somewhat of a dough. It’s really soft, so just knead it gently together if you feel like it kneads it (*ba-dum tsss*). You could say these biscuits aren’t very kneady (*ba-dum tsss*… okay I’ll stop)! Don’t overdo it, just let it come together softly. Then, pour out the dough onto a floured surface and roll it out quite thin, maybe about a centimeter or two, it’s up to you (I’m rhyming too now? I have to finish this quick before it becomes too cheesy… And I don’t eat cheese… Okay I’ll let myself out). Then, using a cookie cutter or something else that’s round and quite small, cut circles out of the dough and put them on a baking sheet with lined with baking paper. Put in the oven for about 10 minutes and hopefully they’ll have risen a bit! Enjoy them steaming hot with something like dairy-free butter or cream cheese – or even some jam!

 

(I found this recipe originally on Gimme Some Oven, which I’ve mentioned previously, it’s THE BEST baking website EVER. You’ll fall in love with it just like I have.)

~J

What one year as vegan has taught me

Words

In honour of my one year anniversary as vegan I decided to make a list of what one year as vegan has taught me. This is only the tip of the iceberg, of course but 300 things would take some time to write and read :p. Without further ado, the list:

  1. Being vegan is not hard, it’s a matter of perspective.
  2. By not eating one hamburger I save 4921.0353 liters of water (which is equivalent to not flushing your toilet for six months or not showering for three months).
  3. By being vegan I have enabled others to join the vegan cause.
  4. Before travelling with an aeroplane, make sure to contact the airline so that your meal will be vegan (eating only bread is just not that tasty after a while).
  5. We do not live in a world free of prejudice.
  6. Apparently I don’t get enough proteins according to some people.
  7. When saying you want vegan milk, you really need to specify.
  8. Pancakes will definitely be more tasty, but for God’s sake don’t overdo it with the baking powder.
  9. There’s no end to meat eaters claim that eating meat is essential.
  10. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, some people are never going to get it. Don’t bother.
  11. “Veganizing” your holiday meals is so much fun!
  12. Avocados equals love.
  13. Terrorising your parents with your vegan standpoints is not a good idea. You need them for buying that expensive vegan cheese.
  14. Although some people will never change, you ought not to loose faith in the entire human race.
  15. Being vegan isn’t just a diet, it’s a way of life.

 
IMG_1596.JPG⇝ K

Best Contemporary Stand Alone Books

Enjoyment

Hello, how are you? I was wondering if after all these days I would get it together and write a blogpost. I had planned on posting a pancake recipe a few weeks ago, but now it feels outdated and I can’t remember the recipe.

So instead I thought I would share my top ten contemporary books. At first I thought this would be quite an easy post to write but now I realise that I’m not really sure what qualifies as a contemporary. Is Anna and the French Kiss a stand alone contemporary novel? Because in a way it is but you could see it as part of a series because Anna appears in both Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After… I have the same problem with The Giver… Because there are three complementary book after the first one and I don’t know if that make them count as a series or not… Anyway I should stop rambling about unimportant stuff and get to it.

 

M’s top 10 contemporary stand alone books

 

The Book Thief

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Fangirl

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Since you’ve been gone

An Abundance of Katherines

Fly on the Wall

All the Bright Places

The Boy Next Door

Food, Girls and Other Things I Can’t Have

 

I wouldn’t say these books are life changing but they are enjoyable reads. Also it has been a while since I read some of these books and I have probably forgotten how I felt when I read them… I do still remember reading The Book Thief, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Fly on the Wall and also Since you’ve been gone. They are all great and I love them in different ways. I remember thinking that The Book Thief was a book I had to bring when I get my own place. Whilst reading Aristotle and Dante and Since You’ve Been Gone I found myself relating to the characters in some way even though my life is nothing like Ari’s. Since You’ve Been Gone also became a sort of inspiration… The book made me want to get out of my comfort zone and buy disposable cameras. Anyways I’m rambling again… I’ll stop now… I do strongly recommend each of these books, some are quite sad and others are funny but they are all heartwarming.

(I realise that my two lastest post have both been lists… oops sorry! And sorry for taking forever to write a new blogpost, fortunately you have K och J who are- for the time being- a lot more active on our blog!)

➢ M

The vegan’s everyday battle

Stuff

Okey, I have been wanting to write this post for quite some time now but I must admit I have been too scared to do it. I am always a bit scared when writing about something that I am really passionate about and also a subject (which you have already guessed since it is in the title) which is the cause of a lot of discussions and debates. (Note that this post is not a description of why I decided to be vegan, it deserves its own post in the future).

As you all know, we who make out the escapecolumn are all vegan. I am vegan (I do not like saying that I am a vegan because it sounds like I am a thing and not an actual person). Becoming vegan is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life (wow I sound really old now). But ever since I started eating a plant-based diet I have become more and more reluctant to talk about it. Of course I do talk about it but not like I used to. When I first became vegan, almost a year ago (actually it is one year on Wednesday!!), I was high on the rush, thinking that everyone could change. If I, a dedicated cheese-lover and milk drinker, could become vegan then anyone could do it. This of course was very naïve of me to think, which I later would be well aware of.

IMG_3653.JPG(Bubbles in London. Maybe the idea of meat as the best diet is just a bubble, ready to burst?)

Today my optimism is more like a faded memory than anything of substantial worth. People are reluctant to change and often, I have found, unwilling to understand. And with people I mean meat eaters. I am constantly questioned for being vegan. People ask me why I don not eat meat, they make fun of me, saying stupid things and so on and so forth. And I am really fed up with all that bullshit. I am tired of being questioned. Because it is not me being vegan that is the problem here, it is the fact that I am challenging the majority’s eating habits. It is the fact that I am questioning the “meat diet” that upsets people. When someone asks me why I am vegan I tell them why but often my whys results in them going into full defence mode saying stuff like: “but cows need to be milked” and “we need to eat meat to survive” and so on. Just uttering the word vegan will cause people to put their gard up. And my intention was purely to tell them why since they asked. I was not attacking them! A vegan lifestyle is not a norm in today’s society, but I think it should be. It would be the best for everyone, for both animals and humans. But to be constantly questioned is so damn tiring. It is incredibly hard to stay somewhat positive.

I find the best way to keeping a positive attitude is really to ignore the people who question your choice. Okey bear with me here, I am not saying you should not inform others of why you have made your choice of becoming vegan (whatever it may be) if they ask, but simply not putting yourself in a situation where you know your choice will be questioned. What I am referring to specifically is the comment section on various platforms. These are the places where everyone has an opinion. I think there is no way vegans can benefit from reading those kind of comments. All that will happen is that you will get upset and angry because of other people’s (meat eaters) stupid arguments. In the end there is nothing you can achieve by reading these kind of comments.

I am NOT saying we should not take the debate and stand up for our beliefs, we definitely should, but why beat ourselves up? Why go through endless comments with crazy statements and uneducated crap? Unfortunately they will always be there, until the whole planet is vegan, so why bother?

In order to be able to survive we need to chose our battles (I cannot believe I’m actually saying this since I always take on EVERY battle). We vegans know we have the better arguments, so let us use them in situations where they matter! The battle of the comment section is neither worth our time nor our effort.

⇝K

Dare to Dream (being scared)

Words

When I was younger, I think it was more than a couple of years ago, I had a crush (oh, how I hate calling it that… I was mostly just interested and intrigued) on a friend of mine. Or, we weren’t really close friends or anything, I just found this person so cool and fun. I never did anything about this. I wanted to, but I was so scared. One of my best friends came to visit, and she made me write to him and we actually met up, and it was amazing, but this never led to anything more serious.

This has been the case throughout my life. I’m too scared, and I need a “catalyzer” as my friend called it, to actually do anything. This is sometimes problematic and I actually despise myself for it. But I’ve started accepting it and I try to get better at doing things I want to do, to be braver.

For example, I’m moving abroad when this summer has passed.

Wow. I have trouble writing that. I hate it. Why am I so frikking scared? Yes, it’s scary and a new thing and maybe even super difficult, but if I’m too scared to try I will never do anything, never fulfill any dreams of mine. And with what I’ve written here before, I must sound like quite an adventurous person… I don’t know if I am. Or, I guess I am in some regards, but at the same time I can be scared to death when it comes to other things. So I guess this is just a promise to myself, to try and be braver.

~J