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Folks and Fables Cafe

The other day we finally managed to get a whole day off together for the first time in about a month,  and Ryan planned a suprise trip out for the day. So with me driving and him giving me blind directions badly we headed off down the A46 to I didn’t know where… This resulted in a few heated words and me going round a few round-a-bouts twice,  accidently heading down the A1 and turning around again,  as I tried to follow his vague directions on where we were going. We ended up in Bingham. I had never been here before … and more importantly had strangely never heard of the Plant based cafe/ restaurant / awesome community space called Folks and Fables. These guys opened I believe around 6 months ago and have created almost the perfect balance of a cafe using their space to benefit community events and establish a welcoming creative space. They have a big calender painted on the side entrance wall announcing life drawing events,  yoga classes and more. They …

Truth About Commerical Dog Food | Vegan Pup Training Treats

The Truth About Commerical Dog Food By Ryan Jones  Everything around us these days has a price, the biggest profit margins are squeezed out of every lousy idea and dog food is no different. When we adopted Nomad off the street we naturally went to the local store and found some imported dog food, dried and tinned food. For about 3 days Nomad was eating this, as a street mongrel who’s life had been scavenging for scraps anywhere he could, this was a dream to him. One day I started reading the back of the tin, this led me to a simple internet search about what’s really in commercial dog food? I’d like to say I was shocked, I wasn’t… maybe a little at how bad it really was. As an individual who refuses to be part of any sadistic cruelty of an innocent animal, where every avenue is being explored to make more money of their misery, why would this be any different. Nomad cannot make this concious decision but I do know that …

A video introduction to SI MA BO

As some of you may have read before, I have been spending much of my spare time here in Mindelo helping out at the local and only animal shelter on Sao Vicente, and possibly in the whole of Cape Verde. They have been doing amazing work here helping give affordable vet treatment for locals, taking in and treating the stray animal population, rehoming as many as possible (with Silvia, the founder, giving very strict guildlines for the new guardians). They also run a successful spay and neuter clinic, picking up as many animals as possible off the streets to fix, as well as offering and encouraging local people to come and bring their animals in to be spayed or neutered for free. As with everything in this world, this costs money. I put together this video of clips I collected while volunteering at Si Ma Bo to try and reach more people and introduce them to the work being done here. There are amazing projects like this all around the world, all in need of …

Punk, Hardcore, Veganism… An Interview with Claes from Anchor

Here at Grumpy Sailor kitchen, whether at land or sea, the cooking is always done with a soundtrack. We’ve cooked along to anchor everywhere from Antarctica, West Africa and the South Pacific. We caught up with Claes from Anchor talking about the band and using punk and hardcore as driving tool for advocating veganism and change for animals. Please Introduce yourself Claes and tell us a bit about Anchor? Yo, so yes I´m Claes, living in Stockholm, Sweden with my little girl Ebba. I work as a Tour Manager for a couple of different artists and I’m also involved in a Tour vehicle company called New Direction Tour Services. ANCHOR is a hardcore/punk band who started out in Gothenburg soon 8 Years ago. We had been in other similar bands before but never felt that we had taken them as far as we wanted when it came to touring. We also wanted to make an impact on the hardcore scene. Or at least talk about stuff we felt was very relevant when we grow up …

My Vegan Dry Store Part Two | Vegan Mo Fo 2014

Continued from my previous Dry Store post this is the second part of what I keep in my ship dry store. This is also a list I think is convenient for home use and household pantry stores. I have included where needed an explanation of what things are for people new to cooking, and also where in the UK its easy to get hold of supplies. Sorry I can’t speak for other parts of the world, but whenever I’m in doubt I can usually find what I need online. I hope this list is useful for anyone trying to stock their kitchens. I promise its much more convenient to have these items on hand all the time, than heading to the shops for every new recipe, but maybe that’s just because I hate shopping! extra virgin olive oil  •  extra virgin coconut oil  •  sunflower oil  •  canola oil  •  toasted sesame oil Coconut Oil– I like to use this oil in place of others as much as possible as a healthier alternative. Use it …

My vegan Dry Store – Part One

Before heading out to sea for a few months, or when preparing for a long trip to somewhere I will struggle to find specialist vegan ingredients, I do a HUGE inventory of what I need, what I have and start stock pilling goods in our dry stores. This part of being chief cook I sometimes think is the hardest, because if the ship runs out of food its all on my shoulders… so its always best to pack a little extra. As the ships run on donations it’s also extremely important to prioritize the ingredients. I may really want tonnes of tempeh, fancy sauces, vinegars and raw chocolates to feed the crew. But if I blow the budget on things like that but run out of rice and lentils we are screwed! So before I can think about the luxuries its important to get stocked on the necessities. Someone recently asked for my advise on what are good vegan pantry staples to have on hand on a daily basis… and I realized it’s really the …

vegan zine the grumpy sailor

The Grumpy Sailor Zine now on sale!!

After lots of work and submissions from friends all over the world THE GRUMPY SAILOR E-ZINE is now up for online orders! A vegan zine filled with vegan recipes, artwork, interviews with Animal Rescue League, Dakar- talking about the amazing work they are doing in Senegal, articles by Anna Greer- jivamukti yoga teacher and Sea Shepherd crew member and Raffaella Tolicetti Sea Shepherd cook and author of new vegan cookbook Think! Eat! Act! as well as much much more. All proceeds from the sale of these zine will the going straight to Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Norfolk, UK. An amazing haven for animals rescued from abuse and slaughterhouses, giving them a place to live out there days in peace and happiness. Help support this amazing sanctuary for animals!

anna greer warrior pose yoga on bow of MY bob barker, Sea Shepherd

BODHICITTA- A guest post by Anna Greer.

This is a beautiful guest post by Anna Greer, a yoga teacher at Jivamukti Yoga in Sydney, Australia, who has also served on two Sea Shepherd whale defence Antarctica campaigns. Here she talks about compassion and the importance of refraining from expressing rage and anger when faced with the apathy and indifference many people have towards the immense suffering towards animal in the world. This article rings true for me, as for years I closed my eyes to this suffering, rather than accept I was a huge part of the problem myself. When I was challenged on why I ate meat and dairy in an aggressive manner, I would stupidly close down against veganism even more. Thankfully eventually I saw the error of my ways and made the best choice of my life in choosing to go vegan. But in doing so I changed places and found I was the one full of aggression towards people had not yet made the same choices as me. Anna’s article is a good reminder of how you should …

A Little Is Enough!

A LITTLE IS ENOUGH is an awesome zine written by some sailors on board a sea shepherd ship last year in Antarctica. The zine is a collection of ramblings, memoirs by the crew. The zine has very few names included, the focus being on the ideas, the words on the pages and not self recognition. There’s a constant theme running through it that not every action or piece of information has to be identified to an individual, that the ideas are everyone’s, sow them. I wanted to share this as it’s just such an inspiring zine, encouraging people to take action into their own hands, that even just having a conservation with someone new about issues you care about can make a change, or even better feel inspired to fight for something. Change is not about the individual, it’s about the end result and the achievements we can make if we work together. With this link you can read this zine online. I hope you enjoy it!  A hard-copy will be available to order this summer through this blog!