Today is International Respect for Chickens Day!

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Chickens are inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate and fun loving creatures, they have cognitive abilities that rival some cats and dogs and they outnumber humans more than 6 to 1.  So where are they?  With over 43 billion chickens on the planet today, most live their short and unnatural lives either crammed into tiny wire cages or confined into ammonia ridden sheds.  Chickens are indeed amongst the most maligned and abused land animals today.  And the only reason they are treated like this is because people buy the products of their suffering.

We know in our society the harshest penalty we afford those who transgress our laws is to lock them away in prison, we take away their liberty and we take away the things that give their life meaning and purpose.  Yet we do these things to gentle chickens and call it industry, simply because we can however we can choose not to do this and we can do better! Here are some fun, creative and delicious ways to make the world a kinder place for all!

UPDATE: See how the Edgar’s Mission resident chickens celebrated here.

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Scrambled Tofu by Vegan Easy

200g tofu, crumbled
2 spring onions, finely sliced
2 tsp tamari
2 tsp savoury yeast flakes
½ tsp turmeric
2-3 tbsp water
Chopped fresh parsley and/or chives to garnish
Freshly ground pepper
Olive oil for frying

Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan. Fry onion and tofu for a minute or two.

Add tamari, yeast flakes, turmeric and water to pan and fry for a further minute.

Remove from heat and stir through the fresh herbs. Add cracked black pepper to taste.

Berry Pancakes by Vegan Easy

1 cup self raising flour
Pinch salt
2 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
1 cup soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 teaspoon egg replacer
1 tablespoon water

Berry mix
1 cup mixed frozen berries
1 tablespoon agave nectar or sugar

Put the berries in a small pan, add the sugar or agave syrup and place over a low heat. Cook gently until berries are soft.

Mix together flour and salt. Combine the egg replacer and water then add the margarine, maple syrup and soy milk and mix thoroughly. Add the wet mixture to the flour and whisk until smooth.

Heat a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Brush pan with a little oil and then pour in about ⅓ to ½ cup of the pancake mixture. Each pancake should be about 4-5 inches across. Spread into a round shape with the back of a spoon if necessary.

Cook pancake on one side then gently loosen with a spatula and flip over. The pancakes should take about 1-2 minutes on each side and be golden brown when cooked. Keep pancakes warm between kitchen paper when cooked.

Pile pancakes on a plate and spoon over the warm berries. Drizzle over extra maple syrup if required.

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