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Bao Zi Beijing Dumplings

Chinese dumplings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • ½ cup chopped leeks
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

Dipping sauce:

  • 2 parts Shoyu soy sauce
  • 1 part Chinese old vinegar
  • 6 spring onions, finely chopped
  • ginger, finely sliced into sticks
  • optional: chilli

Method

  1. Sift flour with salt and add about 1 cup water to make a nice, silky dough.
  2. Knead well, cover with a cloth.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl.
  4. Knead dough again and break into walnut sized balls.
  5. Flatten and roll into a thin pancake. Put 1 tbsp of filling on half of the pancake. Wet edge with water, fold over and press together.
  6. Place in a steamer on high heat for 10 mins, or boil in water for 10 mins.
  7. Can also be deep fried in hot oil until golden.
  8. Serve dipped in a mix of vinegar and soy sauce (see above).

Recipe by Hui Ming

Petition: Penguins are not props!

UPDATE 22 DECEMBER: This event has now been cancelled! Thank you to all who participated in helping the welfare of these penguins.

Taken from a recent email campaign by Freedom for Animals, below is a message about helping penguins that will be exploited in a shopping centre event this Saturday.

Will you please make a complaint to the event organiser, Halifax BID, and ask them to cancel? 

Contact them here:
www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/take-action-to-end-live-penguin-display

TAKE ACTION NOW
Wild animals like penguins need very specific care, habitats and space to be able to live life to the fullest. Penguins used in events like this are exposed to large crowds and noise which are both major stressors for animals.

What’s more, the company supplying these poor penguins is none other than ‘Amazing Animals’ – you may remember when we went undercover to expose their circus-style shows exploiting lions and tigers. They train animals for TV and film, mobile events like this, and are linked to the circus industry.

Wildlife expert Chris Packham and others have spoken out against this company – how can Halifax BID continue to work with them?

TAKE ACTION!

  1. Contact the event organisers Halifax BID and ask them to cancel this event now! You can do that here: www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/take-action-to-end-live-penguin-display
  2. If you live local to the event, join the protest! https://www.facebook.com/events/2170636879855880/
  3. Make a donation to the campaign to see an end to these cruel events once and for all!

Let’s do this!

For the animals,


Nicola O’Brien
Campaigns Director

 

1 Nov: World Vegan Month Todmorden market stall, can you help?

It will be World Vegan Month soon! 3 Valley Vegans are hosting a stall on Todmorden open air market on Thursday, 1 November. (That’s World Vegan Day, within World Vegan Month.)

The information stall will be a celebration of veganism and will promote all things vegan. We will provide information about how and why to go vegan and where to buy and eat vegan food in the area. There will be vegan recipes demonstrated and written down for people to take away and free samples of vegan food for people to try.  If anyone would like to help out either by baking or creating some food samples to give away or by helping out on the stall then please contact Hilary on hils46@yahoo.co.uk. Even a few hours would be wonderful.

  • 3 Valley Vegans vegan information stall
  • Thursday, 1 November 2017
  • Start: 9.00 am
  • Finish: 3.00 pm
  • Location: Todmorden outdoor market, OL14 5AJ

Contact: Hilary on hils46@yahoo.co.uk

Petition: End grouse shooting on Yorkshire Water moors

Please consider signing this environmental issue petition:

Yorkshire Water is one of the largest landowners in the region, leasing out moorlands for grouse shooting at the cost of wildlife, habitat, leisure and the regional economy. We – the undersigned – note that grouse shooting on its land is harming:

  • Wildlife – Overall biodiversity is decreased and unhealthily-high populations of game birds promoted. Mountain hare, foxes, stoats, weasels and corvids are purged by trap and bullet in order to increase red grouse numbers for the guns. Harmful management practices degrade the habitat required for specialist breeding bird species to survive.
  • Habitat – Intensive management practices such as burning – used to engineer an enlarged grouse population – has significant negative environmental impacts. This includes degrading blanket bog, alerting peat hydrology, increasing flood risk and decreasing biodiversity.
  • Leisure – The reputation of the uplands is damaged by grouse shooting, deterring tourists from taking leisure in areas where the practice takes place.
  • Regional economy – Grouse shooting displaces visitors to the uplands and tarnishes the reputation of areas heavily reliant on tourist income. Grouse moor management practices also contribute to flooding, costing the regional economy millions of pounds, threatenings livelihoods, homes, businesses, jobs and damaging transport infrastructure.

Grouse shooting is intrinsically incompatible with Yorkshire Water’s duty to provide good, long-term environmental stewardship of the region’s uplands for the benefit of wildlife, habitat, leisure and the regional economy. Yorkshire Water must stop the leasing of its moors for grouse shooting.