GIVEAWAY: Smiles like vegan spirit – T-Shirt

Smiles Like Vegan Spirit

We’re raffling off one copy of our new design!, Perfect for all grunge lovers and flannel shirt wearers 🎸 🎸🎸 Of course eco and fair.

All you have to do:

Leave a comment until Sunday, 11.55 pm (CET), in which you name your favorite Nirvana song and explain why. We’re going to draw a winner next week.

The sweepstakes is under way on facebook, Instagram and our blog.You can find the conditions of participation here.

And with a little luck you’ll look as good as Tuki soon!😉

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The winner ist Toshé Tosh (facebook). Congratulations! 🎉 Better luck next time for all the others and you can still find the T-Shirt in our onlineshop. 😺

French Apple Pie by Ronny

Ingredients:
1 part margarine (I use Vitalite)
2 parts flour (I use white flour, but half and half white and brown would work.
1.5 cups flour (approx 12 floz)
0.75 cups marg (approx 6 floz)
6 small-medium apples
Soft brown demerera sugar
cinnamon
salt


Method:

  • Slice the apples as thinly (discarding cores) as you reasonably can with a knife (don’t bother peeling or showing off with a razor blade or owt) and place in a colander, layer by layer.
  • As you put each layer of apples in, sprinkle the sugar over until it coats the rings of apples evenly. Leave to sit while you make the pastry.
  • Rub the fat into the flour and a pinch of salt with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. You’ll know you’re rubbing rightly if your palms remain clean (all those incidents with a plastic ruler on the back of my knees in Domestic Science lessons taught me summat).
  • Add cold water, little by little, to the mix and clump together with your hands or with a spoon until you have a ball o’dough. Don’t over-mix.
  • Either roll out or flatten with your palms onto a greased baking tray. Then arrange the apple slices on top about two layers thick. Press down against the dough firmly as you lay them.
  • Dredge the top with cinnamon, sprinkle with a little more sugar if you have a sweet tooth and then bake in a medium cool (gas mark 4-5 / 180C) oven for 30 mins.
  • Allow to cool before eating or it’ll take the roof of yer mouth off. Best served the following day.
  • The recipe is taken from the follow-up to Ronny’s low-budget masterpieces ‘The Cake Scoffer’ and ‘The Salad Scoffer’: The Return of The Cake Scoffer.

    Giveaway: a cosy hoodie for you

    We’re giving away one of our new hoodies, as always made of organic cotton, fair-trade and printed in our neighborhood by Onbones Collective. All you have to do to take part:

    ▶️ Comment this post until Sunday, 11th of November, 11.11 pm MEZ, describing which one you would like to win and why. We’ll draw a winner next week.


    1. “Act before it’s too late” 🌳
    In solidarity with the activists squatting Hambacher Forst. Part of the revenues go directly to the local climate movement.

    2. “Whale” 🐋
    The exploitation and killing of whales has a long tradition. But whales are fascinating creatures! On your page you’ll find some interesting facts.

    3. “Cut Fruit Not Throats” 🍏🍒
    Pretty self-explanatory, is it not? 😉

    Good luck! 😘

    (The giveaway also takes place on our Facebook and Instagram page. If you didn’t win this time, you can just get your hoodie in our store.)

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    We’re overwhelmed by all your lovely comments! ❤
    Because we are poor we had to draw a winner. And the lucky winner is: @powerd.by.oatmeal (instagram)

    But don’t give up hope, this won’t be the last giveaway, good luck next time 😘

    And you can find all hoodies in our shop: https://www.rootsofcompassion.org/Home_1

    Pumpkin filled with Mango and Seitan

    Pumpkin filled with Mango and Seitan

    2 small pumpkins
    1 Mango
    1 piece of ginger (10g)
    ½ red chili
    2 cloves of garlic
    some oil
    1 tbsp sugar
    2 tbsp water
    1 tsp balsamic vinegar
    250 g seitan
    1 avocado, pulp
    50 g cashews
    ½-1 lime, juice
    1 tsp walnut oil
    1 hand of fresh herbs (e.g. basil, oregano, parsley)
    pepper
    salt
    50 g lettuce

    Preheat oven to 180° C
    Cut off upper part of pumpkin below stalk, scrape out seeds, prick some holes into the pulp. Pour water into a baking tray so level is roughly 1 cm. Put pumpkin pieces onto the tray, pulp facing downwards. Bake for 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile, peel and pit mango and cut its pulp into pieces. Chop ginger, chili and garlic and roast it in a pot with some oil. Add mango, sugar, water and vinegar, let simmer with closed lit for 3 minutes, take off lid and cook for more 5 minutes.

    Cut seitan into stripes and roast it in a pan with some oil. Add cooked mango-mixture.

    Dice avocado, chop cashews. Mix both with lime juice, walnut oil and herbs, season with salt and pepper.

    After 20 minutes of baking, turn around pumpkin, fill with seitan-mango-mixture and bake for 15-20 more minutes until cooked (depends on sort and size).

    Serve pumpin with avocado-mixture. Bon appétit! 😉

    This recipe is from the German cookbook Vegan Guerilla by Sarah Kaufmann. Photo: Björn Lexius.

    Crumble Cake with self-picked Black- and Raspberries

    Crumble Cake with self-picked Black- and Raspberries

    Base:
    300 g flour (Wheat or Spelt)
    150 g sugar
    150 g soft vegan margarine
    2 pinches of salt
    1/2 tsp of cinnamon
    1 pck. of vanilla sugar or some vanilla extract
    2 Tbsp. of soy milk

    2-3 hands fresh berries

    Crumbles:
    150 g flour
    100 g sugar
    120 g vegan margarine

    1. Preheat oven to 180° C.
    2. Knead together all ingredients for the base and press them into a greased and floured springform baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile warm berries with a bit of sugar over low heat. Take pre-baked base out of the oven and spread the berries (without the juice you got from warming them) on it.
    4. Knead together all ingredients for the crumbles. Spread them on the berries.
    5. Bake the cake for 30-35 more minutes until crumbles become lightly brown.
    Bon appétit! 😉

    Logocos will most certainly be bought by L’Oréal

    Some days ago L‘Oréal announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Logocos Naturkosmetik AG, a German beauty company which pioneered natural cosmetics with brands such as Sante.

    Due to this fact, we decided to sell off B12 toothpastes from Sante and drop them from our product range. Though L’Oréal claims that the company “no longer tests its ingredients on animals and no longer tolerates any exception to this rule“ (see here), they still sell their products in China and thus fund animal testing where the practice is required by law. It is obvious that L‘Oréal choose profits over morals.

    Shop news!

    This time we don‘t have that many new items to introduce. But those we have are really worth mentioning. For example new sneakers and waterproof boots, tea from Scop Ti and new patches. Continue reading and see for yourself!

    Boots from Shoezuu and new sneakers from Ethletic

    new boots from Shoezuu and trainers from Ethletic

    Make Meat History

    New patches

    We‘ve discovered a new fantastic fabric for patches which is Organic Canvas. It‘s not only robust but also made of 100 % organic cotton from Kirgizia, woven in Czech Republic and refined in Germany. We‘ve already reprinted a couple of old designs and a new one. Give it a try!

    A picture of a ruin where chicken were slaughtered - but now they live there in freedom

    Posters and post cards

    If you thumbed through the new art book ANIMAL UTOPIA by Hartmut Kiewert you probably recognize the pictures from the new posters and post cards. If not it‘s high time! Look out for new images in our posters section and don‘t forget to look at the old ones, too. All of them are really something.

    Tea from an occupied factory in France

    Fralib, a Unilever daughter company in the South of France which used to produce Lipton-Tea, was supposed to be shut down in 2010. However, the workers didn‘t want to just give in and put up a fight instead. It lasted 1336 days, got abroad and succeeded in the end. In May 2014 the workers took over the production, started working as a cooperative and have made all the decisions on their own. Now they produce tea under fair conditions and meanwhile they also introduced an organic tea line. See? It‘s possible to resist and succeed! Let‘s drink (a cup of tea) to that.

    Reading stuff

    Eating Earth by Lisa Kemmerer

    Now that you’ve made yourself comfortable with a cup of tea you‘re kind of lacking something to read right? 😉 So how about Eating Animals by Lisa Kemmerer? We‘ve mentioned her other books earlier – this one explores the environmental effects of animal agriculture, fishing, and hunting. Another newbie in the reading section is the new issue of the biannual journal ALF Supporters Group Newsletter. It provides you with info about the last six months, articles about police spies, the animal rights conference in Luxembourg and much more!

    Household essentials

    Vegan laundry dreams come true. The new washing powder by SUMA is animal testing-free and made from plant extracts and biodegradable ingredients. And it gets the job done!
    In case you also hate doing the dishes and own one of those convenient dishwashers we even have dishwater tablets for you. Also vegan and eco-friendly. Choose between a small and a bigger package with 25 or 70 tablets.

    Condoms

    Let‘s finish with nicer things. Einhorn condoms are new in stock!

    Donations in 2017

    overview on our donations in 2017

    An important aspect of our work at roots of compassion is to support other initiatives. Five times each year we introduce an organization we want to support and give a certain amount to them. Apart from that there’s a monthly donation to an animal sanctuary in Germany, and of course we occasionally give some money to whatever comes up in the meantime.

    This year we gave 3,700 € to: