Archive for December, 2012

Cat Shelter Cats

Some blurry pics of cats at the cat shelter!

Just another reminder to readers out there… if you are considering getting a pet, please adopt one from an animal shelter! It saddens me to hear of people buying cats/dogs from a breeder or pet shop. No matter how reputable the breeder, it is more ethical to support an animal shelter. All the cats below would be on the streets if it wasn’t for the cat shelter taking them in, feeding and caring for them.

This kitty, below has unusual fur colouring.

A regal-looking kitten, below.

It’s always lovely to see 2 cats snuggling.

Googly-eyed kitten.

Happy New Year!! 


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Vegan Lasagna

Vegan Lasagna

Recently I have been experimenting with a lot of lasagnas. Lasagna is such a hearty, wintery comfort food that I like to eat it a lot. I have also come across my new favourite spice, nutmeg, which makes a delicious addition to the creamy sauce. I use whole nutmeg (as opposed to ground nutmeg) because whole nutmeg has more flavour.


  • Lasagna base  (make a tomato sauce, add soaked red lentils/soy mince. I have also added kidney beans, leeks and mushrooms in the past.)
  • Lasagna sheets (I buy the whole wheat ones)
  • Creamy lasagna topping (1/3 cup margarine, 1/3 cup flour, any non-dairy milk, water, salt, pepper, 1/2 a whole nutmeg, optional: 1/2 tsp ground mustard)
  • Vegan cheese, grated
  • 2 slices of bread (for the crispy topping)


1. First make the lasagna base

2. Then make the creamy lasagna topping by melting the margarine on high heat. Turn off the heat and add flour in gradually, stirring with a whisk/spoon to form the roux – it should look like this. Then turn the heat back on and add some non-dairy milk and or water (I used both), mixing throughout, until the mixture is creamy. I didn’t measure the amount of liquid. Finally turn the heat down and grate your nutmeg and add salt, pepper and ground mustard.

3. Turn on the oven and place the 2 slices of bread on a baking tray in the oven. This way they will get nice and crispy, ready to be grated/ mushed with your fingertips on the top of your lasagna. If you look at the photo, you will see big bits of such toasted bread, which were actually quite tasty (though not the really blackened bits, I picked those off).

4. Meanwhile, assemble the lasagna as such:

  • Layer of tomato base
  • Layer of lasagna sheets
  • Layer of creamy sauce
  • Layer of vegan cheese
  • And repeat!

5. The bread should be toasted in the oven at this point, so take the slices out and start to crumble over the top layer, the vegan cheese.

6. Bake for 45 mins, medium heat.


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Frissiras Museum

Nude by Thanassis Makris

Nude by Thanassis Makris

This small art gallery in Plaka, Athens is a museum for Contemporary European Painting. I saw Thanassis Makris’s temporary exhibition. I liked his ‘Nude’ painting, above – the smoothness of the hair and back, the large, soft pink feet.

The museum has an entry fee.

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I’ve switched to ethical banking! Why?

  • By switching to ethical banking you can directly support an ethical and socially useful bank
  • The financial crisis and subsequent recession (or depression in Greece’s case) was caused by banks; the taxpayer bailed them out at a huge cost to society. However, little has changed in the banking system, leaving us vulnerable to the next crisis. There are other reasons that such banks are worthy of a boycott – from risky speculation, to avoiding tax, to unethical investments (e.g. in dictatorships, weapon manufacturers and environmental degradation).
  • Better interest rates 🙂

The tide may be turning on the big banks however. In October 2012, eleven countries signed up for a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) aka the Robin Hood Tax, as shown in the diagram below. This tax on banks could ‘generate billions of pounds annually to fight poverty and climate change, at home and abroad‘. It’s brilliant news, and I hope the UK signs up soon!


Here is EthicalConsumer’s free guide to savings account.  I used to bank with HSBC (which received 2.5/20 in terms of ethics!) but now I bank with the Co-op (7.5/20) and Triodos Online Bank (15/20).

Triodos Online Banking (for savings accounts only):

  • has no bonus culture
  • only lends money to ethical organisations who are ‘working to make a positive impact – culturally, socially and environmentally’ e.g. financing wind renewables in the UK
  • are transparent i.e. are completely open about how they use their customers money – see who they support here
  • is set up online. Setting it up from the comfort of your own home is really quick and easy, saving you the hassle of going into a bank.

If you are interested in moving your money, check out this website for more information.

What score does your bank receive on Ethical Consumer?
Are you tempted to move your money to an ethical bank? 

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Click on the image below to zoom in. This infographic from the Guardian states how much carbon dioxide we have released in the past, how much more we can ‘safely’ release, and how much more is potentially left to release. The consequences of releasing further carbon dioxide are dire, such as the desertification of Italy, Spain and Greece, increase in hurricane destructiveness, and the possibility of mass extinction. This stuff is scary, and we need to be galvanised into reducing our carbon dioxide emissions on an individual, national and global scale by such facts.

How Many Gigatons of Carbon Dioxide...?

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On the Boycott List

577826_10152320110890788_392037932_nFrom 38 Degrees


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