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The video is great, but I'm surprised no other Greeks have pointed this out...
"Arapines" happens to be a derogatory word towards Arabs and Blacks... not sure you want to be using a song with that title...
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I'm half Greek half Serbian. I agree with you. This song should not be used. It is inappropriate, even if at the time it wasn't. People need to get with the times and stop taking steps back.
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Hi Jack,

I didn't have a chance to give some feedback on "You're Vegan Me Crazy".

I watched the video you did with that vegan burger that you made. It looked like a good burger, what I would have done instead is take a tablespoon of ground flax seeds and mixed them up with 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, and 1 tablespoon hot sauce. Let that set for a couple of minutes, then throw that into the falafel pattie mix. This would add flavor to the patties, and also a binding effect similar to eggs. Additionally, you could have also put in a couple of drops of liquid smoke to give it a meaty-smokie flavor. Also, when you were about to take the burger off the pan throw in some coconut oil (which has a buttery smell and flavor) and throw in rosemary, thyme and garlic and baste those falafel patties in that. Once you're done let that patty sit in the coconut oil, and herbs, and then serve it up. Finally, that bread needed some love! You could have taken it and brushed it with the left over melted oil from the pan and tasted it. Finally, you could have made a "salsa" using cilantro, mint, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, and fattycoconut milk that you put through a blender and add as a light and fresh tasting mayo replacement. Just a tip! :)
Eating Vegan isn't always that bad. It's all about finding what you like and making it better by adding your own personal touch to it. Take this from someone who eats vegan part-time lol
And another thing, the chickpeas would have a better texture if you buy them dry and then soak them in cold water for 2 days, changing the water every 12 hours, and then frying them a bit longer!  :)
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great suggestions. Everything came out good except the binding. Some said potato but flaxseed would have been a great alternative. thanks.
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Hi Jack,

There have been many people coming up with different ways to tenderize really tough pieces of meat. The most healthiest has so far been the use of Papaya fruit that's been put through a blender. While this may sound fine and dandy, I realize it's quite wasteful as the fruit itself should simply just be eaten. I did some research and realized that using the peels and the seeds inside of the papaya can have the exact same results. This way you're eating the fruit, and then utilizing the garbage that it leaves into some good use.

All I do is peel the papaya, and I either eat the fruit or put it aside for when I'm read to have it. I take the seeds out of the inside and put them and peel into a blender, until it turns into a paste-like consistency. I then take that concoction and use it as a "marinate" for a really cheap piece of meat that needs tenderizing and leave it in the fridge overnight. When I'm ready to use it, I wash off the papaya-skin&seed paste and I season the meat with whatever herbs and spices I desire and cook it as needed.

You may want to give this one a try. It's a good way to put the scraps/garbage of one thing towards good use.

And by the way, Papaya is known for being an extremely healthy fruit to include in our diets. It actually acts as a mop for your digestive system, and cleans you out really good ;)
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Thank you for the clarification.
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Copying and pasting as requested... :)

Hey Jack,

I have a recipe you may want to try. I know this may sound a bit whack, but I try and eat healthy quite a bit, which some people would find a bit intimidating.

My fiance was doing and I have been planning our wedding for a while, and she wanted to do a little pot luck with her bridesmaids. Between the two of us, she feels I'm the better cook and she wanted me to whip something up. Two of her bridesmaids are lactose intolerant, one is vegetarian, and one has Coeliac disease (gluten intolerance). This basically meant that I could not use dairy, meat, or wheat... and essentially had to make something vegan.

I enjoy cooking, and I enjoy healthy eating, so I figured this would be a new challenge to come up with something. I was already at an advantage though, because I am lactose intolerant and have to limit my dairy, and already know how to use other alternatives. I was able to come up with this idea to make Gluten Free Vegan Mac N' Cheese.

It was so simple, and yet so delicious and creamy. My fiance's bridesmaids loved it, and were asking how I made this.

Now before you freak out and go "ewwww"... hear me out on this, as you may actually enjoy this yourself and you can perhaps attract a new demographic of viewers as well ;)

Ingredients:

1 454 gr Package Gluten Free Pasta (Brown Rice)
Veggie Stock (Optional)
2 Cans Coconut Milk
2 Cups Daiya Cheese (this vegan cheese alternative - which is pretty close to cheese and it's not made from Soy)
2 Diced Roma Tomatoes
½ Large chopped Onion
½ Can Tomato Paste
3 Cloves chopped Garlic
3 Tablespoons Coconut oil (or olive oil)
2-3 Bayleaves
1 Tablespoon Turmeric
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
Salt & Pepper to taste.
Za'atar Herb Mix (Optional)
Chopped Parsley (Optional)

Directions:

Follow instructions on Brown Rice Pasta package (optional: instead of boiling it in water, use veggie stock).

In a pot heat the oil, garlic and onions and sautee them around. Add turmeric, chilli powder, tomatoes, and tomato paste and stir. Add the Coconut Milk and Bayleaves and bring to a boil. Stir in the Daiya cheese. Season is with salt and pepper.

Add the cooked Brown Rice Pasta.

You may serve this as is, or you can add some fresh chopped parsley at the top along with some Za'atar Herb Mix as a topper.

If you don't know what Za'atar is (you wouldn't be the only one), it happens to be the Palestinian Herb mix. It consists of dried Thyme, Oregano and toasted sesame seeds. They usually put it on bread, or dip bread and olive oil it it. I found that it added a bit of an unusual kick to the Mac N Cheese.

The awesome thing with this recipe is you can add whatever you want to it, you can add veggies to it, or chop up veggie dogs (if you want keep it vegan) and fry them in a pan and stir them into the Mac N' Cheese.

I hope you try this and I hope you enjoy this.

Happy Cooking! :D

Lambros
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got it. thanks.
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CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIES

Hi Jack,

I wanted to share with you my mother's ultimate Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (My favorite) recipe.

My mom always made me these cookies growing up, and though for some of the kids my age the flavors were a bit too adult for them, it was still the ultimate cookie for me. I hope you try it out and that you enjoy it!

2 cups butter (room temperature)
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 tablespoons almond (or hazelnut) extract
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup extra strong espresso ( works best if you use hazelnut extract - be sure to cool off first)

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 1/2 cups chocolate chunks or chips (I like to use 3 cups sometimes, and I prefer to use the dark unsweetened type)



Cream butter and brown sugar together. Add eggs, vanilla & almond extracts. Beat well.

Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Add flour to mixture to rolled oats, chocolate chips.

Blend dry ingredients into creamed mixture.

Drop onto ungreased baking sheets and press down.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 375 Faranheit.

Single yield: Up to 6 dozen cookies.
 
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You're very welcome Jack. Will do! :D
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Why would anyone want to do that?
What if there's left overs? The point of that box is for ongoing storage if you have left overs.
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Hi Jack,

Not sure if you've heard of this product called "Big Boss Oil-Less Fryer".
I was wondering if you've ever used it before, or if you'd ever do a review on it.

You may help shed some light on a product that may potentially open the doors to healthier alternatives of many people's favorites.

Website for this place is here: https://www.bigbossfryer.com/?gclid=CILSvPWal7YCFQjhQgodKD4AOg
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Fair enough Jack. I knew I was kinda taking a chance with that one for sure. I thought maybe cause this one promotes good health there may be quite a few viewers willing to spend the large amount of cash for the sake of better health without depriving themselves of favorite foods. :)
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