Announcing the winner

Congratulations to Nadine D 🙂 You won a copy of Esther The Wonder Pig!! Enjoy!

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Esther The Wonder Pig

This book is funny yet heartwarming. It all started with one message- that one message changed their lives forever.

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By Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter with Caprice Crane. (Photo cred goes to whoever supplied Amazon with the photograph.)

 

I always thought Steve and Derek was vegan- so it shocked me when Steve cooked burgers with cheese and bacon. I stopped reading and flipped through the handful of recipes- all vegan- continued to read. Steve and Derek had to start somewhere- just like the rest of us did, because of Esther they went vegan.

Esther- oh my- she’s like any other animal or child for the matter. She has her own personality, her own likes, and like a child she gets curious. She gets herself into trouble. I was telling my kids the other day about The Wonder Pig. I told them that, Steve or Derek had left a bag on the stove. She stretched up to sniff it, decided whatever was in the bag was hers. One of the guys startled Esther- she squealed- took off with the bag of noodles. But as she was taking off she knocked over the stove. Running down the hallway, bag half open- noodles went FLYING everywhere. She’s also gotten into rice, little rice pieces showing up in places it shouldn’t have. I’m trying to control my laughter of the memory I read, after all I was driving the kids’ home from school. The minions laughed. Not a giggle or half assed laugh, but a full on belly laugh as I was telling the story.

Of course Steve and Derek faced many challenges.  The litter box, potty training, Esther’s growth, they didn’t have a big house. Speaking of housing, there was a little issue with the bylaw. No one was permitted to have an animal with hooves living within the city/town limits. So, the real challenge began- how would they handle things? Well, they were not about to give up Esther. So, they had to find a new home. With the help of others- they found their dream home and a new calling in life. Happily Ever Esther Sanctuary came to be. The guys still take rescue/ abused farm animals in Campbellville Ont.

I can’t say enough about this book. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it gives you insight about what it’s like to live with a pig. If you have no idea who Esther is, visit her facebook fan page.  The guys’ video random things that she does throughout the day. I showed my son some of her videos today- he was laughing, or watching intently wondering what Esther would get up too next. It was funny, because I was also telling them that Steve and Derek couldn’t keep anything in the freezer because Esther would get into it. Well, we came across a video showing how she does it- my son just laughed saying ‘THIS IS WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT!!!!’ in between gasps of air.

If you are ever near the Campbellville area, see about their tour times, go say hi. Esther will change your life forever.

I was given permission to share Esther Approved  Cherry Cheesecake. Enjoy!

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I was given a copy for review, and now here’s your chance to win a copy of Esther The Wonder pig by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter with Caprice Crane, for yourself. Let us know what your favorite Esther approved meal is. Click here to enter. Must be 18 and older and a Canadian resident. Good luck. You’re going to enjoy their story 🙂 Now, I’m off to make some Esther approved Mac N Cheese.

Baked Stew

It’s cold here today, not even in the double digits kind of cold. Perfect time to use the oven.  I wanted to make some jerky today, so while I’m waiting for it to marinate, I’m making stew. I have always loved Mouth-watering Vegan and her Baked Stew like Momma Used to Make.  It’s perfect as is, but I’m in love with Better than Bouillon Beef (it’s made from veggies, don’t worry), so I decided that I was going to take Mouth-watering Vegan’s recipe and put my own twist on it. Oh, and I was more veggies, because I wanted to bulk it up a bit more. If you have time, you should make some bread and add some garlic butter to serve with it. Nothing more perfect than stew and fresh bread on a frigid summer day.

Here’s the recipe adapted from Mouth-watering Vegan. For her recipe, please visit her site, and take a look while you’re there, she has some good recipes.

Veggie Stew

1 yellow onion

5-6 cloves of garlic (depending on size and your like of garlic, can omit, but I don’t suggest that- EVER!!)

4 carrots sliced diagonally want them kinda thin- but not see thru thin- that’s just wrong

3 celery stalks (cut like you did the carrots

24 ounces/ 680g of mini yellow fleshed potatoes (it’s a small bag- don’t sweat it)

¼ cup hot water- dissolve a tsp of beefless bouillon in it

2 cups hot water – dissolve a tbsp of beefless bouillon in it.

Method:

  1. Add about a tbsp of oil (use water or broth if you don’t use oil). Heat it up in a cast iron pot. (I use Kitchen Aid- it’s nice and heavy and I like the way it cooks up the food).
  2. You want to sweat the onions this takes a few mins over medium heat.
  3. Add the minced garlic, stir for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  4. Add the veggies, and the ¼ cup of broth, let cook for about 10 mins.
  5. Add 1 cup of broth, let cook for about 30 mins, lower the heat about- make sure you stir occasionally. It really doesn’t need to be babysat, but it still needs attention.
  6. After about 30 mins, add the last cup of broth and put into a preheated 350 degree oven, and let cook for 20 mins. Taste a carrot and a potato to make sure they are fully cooked. If not cooked then cook it for another 15-20 mins. You might find that the carrots and potatoes are perfect after cooking it on the stove for 30 mins.

For some reason, I do not have a pic to share with you 😦 But it was delish.

Let me know what you think of my version of this to die for stew.