We can all be a kindness activists for animals, people, planet, and self. Every small step can make a difference and MVG Snippets are just that. Small steps of kindness activism to inspire and inform your vegan food, home and lifestyle choices.
Trail-blazing chef, prolific author, TV personality, restauranteur and veg-forward Yotam Ottolenghi is touring Australia in January 2022!
I have a confession to make in that I only recently purchased my first Ottolenghi cook book recently. I bought Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love: Recipes to Unlock the Secrets of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer: A Cookbook. I LOVE IT! My favourite Aussie Cook/ Chef Alice Zaslavsky is hosting all events, except Melbourne so it’s going to be a stellar event. Buy tickets for Ottolenghi’s 2022 Australian tour here.
Preparing for the festive season? You might like to make some of these delicious vegan food gifts:
Anna Matilda aka Anna The Urban Nanna has written a piece for Milkwood on (almost) everything you need to know about successfully growing veggies in rentals and small spaces. I’ve used Anna’s no-dig planting method and it’s something I’ll be doing a lot more of as I plan to get a head start on trees for our Kinglake property. If you have an interest in gardening, take a look at Anna’s article: Make Your Own No-Dig Gardens in Pots, To Grow Loads of Veggies.
As temperatures begin to rise across Australia, it’s very likely you’ll find injured, heat-stressed and deceased wildlife in your yard and neighbourhood. Wildlife Victoria has some useful videos and fact sheets on its website. Please read this article on heat stress and if you can, look at some of the other resources, which could save the lives of our wildlife this Summer.
Pip Magazine has published its entire back catalogue of articles on its website. For the month of December, Pip Magazine are giving free access to three free articles. It’s a great way to sample Pip Magazine if you haven’t already. Whether you’re growing food, baking bread, mending clothes or even thinking about building a tiny house on a budget – Pip has you covered. You’ll find the collection of all 22 editions of Pip Magazine here.
The University of Tasmania has opened enrolments for the fully-funded (100% HECS fee waiver) Diploma of Sustainable Living. Subjects include Global Food Security, Living and Working with Cultural Diversity, Sustainability and Indigenous Lifeworlds: Sovereignty, Justice, Society. The course focuses on the themes of Environment, Ecology and Planet; Resource Use and Design for Living; Well-being and Health to Promote Sustainable Living; and Social Justice, Equity and Diversity. Find out more about the University of Tasmania Diploma of Sustainable Living here.
As global climate change worsens and we’re living in the fire age, dubbed the Pyrocene Era. The horrors of the 2019 – 2020 bush fire season are a reminder that every home should have a fire plan in place. You don’t need to live in the country to be at risk from bush fire. If you live near areas that have significant bush, forest, long grass, or coastal scrub, then you need to plan ahead for the fire season. A bush fire plan will support good decision making when you’re at risk from fire. Download an easy-to-use and potentially life-saving bush fire plan from the CFA here. Once you’ve downloaded it,
The Australia Institute is an independent policy think-tank based in Canberra and carries out research on a broad range of social, economic and environmental issues. To support messaging of these critical issues, each year The Australia Institute releases its Essential Reading list. The list is extraordinary with more than 30 compelling titles. The first of the recommended books I’ll be starting is The Kindness Revolution: How We Can Restore Hope, Rebuild Trust and Inspire Optimism; Trivial Grievances and Full Circle: A Search for the World that Comes Next. You’ll find The Australia Institute 2021 Essential Reading list here.
Last month I published MVG Reads: Top 10 Books of 2021. All of these books easily earned a place on my top 10 because each advocates kindness towards people, planet and animals. My list includes cook books for junior foodies; gardening and cooking companions; festive cooking; developing practical skills and rituals for a simpler life; dealing with emotion and one must-read novel.
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