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beth f

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I need some help from you bakers out there please. So, I bought this chocolate vegan cake mix which asks that you add 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water and 4 Tbls unsalted butter or 3 Tbls oil. It seems ridiculous to do when of course, it's supposed to be a vegan mix.
Anyway, I was thinking of rinsing and processing a can of organic black beans, but wondered if I should add flax eggs and almond or soy milk and maybe coconut oil. I would appreciate some suggestions and advice.
The mix I bought is called: "AmongFriends" Hand-crafted Baking Mixes,
Whole Grain, Gluten Free, No Gums or Fillers, Devilishly Chocolate cake mix.
It's Non GMO and has the following ingredients:
Cane sugar, brown rice flour, cocoa powder, gluten-free whole grain oat flour, almond meal, contains 2% or less of baking powder(sodium acid pyrophosphate,sodium bicarbonate,corn starch and mono calcium phosphate), baking soda and sea salt. It contains ALMONDS
Anyone out there want to help me out so I don't make an epic fail? 
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so no one has any suggestions on what to substitute with or add? I don't feel like experimenting, hence why I asked those that bake! 😯 Thank you for the tips so far. It is appreciated! 😆
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Sudhir Ahluwalia

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Lemongrass anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimycobacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antifilarial, antiamoebic and antimutagenic properties have been studied and validated in animal trials.
#lemongrass, #holyherbs, #medicine
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Luis Amador

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Carnist Stupidity
How many corpse munchers does it take to change a lightbulb? None, they would rather stay in the dark about things.
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beth f

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Anyone here have a vegan recipe to make vegan mock "eggs" for a recipe that calls for 3 large eggs? I'm making a flourless banana bread/loaf but need to figure out an alternative for the eggs and the equivalent amount. Thanks for the community's help. 
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+Nia LaLa V 🍌 :/
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Bruce Achterberg
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Community update

Recently we had a few people unethically trolling by posting some violent images, so I want to address a few things.

Moderators
Yes, we need some moderators. It's on my list of things to do, but so are other more important things which currently take priority.

I'm picky about who I give moderator permissions to, as they can cause a lot of trouble if I don't choose well and train and supervise them properly.

Moderation is about more than just removing posts and banning users. I have high standards when it comes to moderation and community stewardship. I like communities to be enjoyable, fair places. So until I have more time available, supervising one person (me) is easier.

I did create a way that community helpers can report things to me more directly. People who are active, helpful members of the community will given access to that.

What to do about questionable posts
Out of all the recent violent posts, I think we had two people out of almost 30,000 report it to me.

About four other people made comments that will not result in anything being done about it, which shows they probably haven't read the community guidelines. Maybe that's because Google+ isn't what it used to be and doesn't show them up on mobile or something, but anyway, you can find the guidelines here: https://plus.google.com/+BruceAchterberg/posts/jHjPFxBkia3

Please read them.

If you see a questionable post, the best way to get it addressed is by reporting it to a moderator. The easiest way to do that is to +mention a moderator in the comments of that post. Who are the moderators? Currently, me.

One report (+mention me in the comments) is enough for me to take notice of it, but more is helpful, too. If I don't deal with something a few days after reporting, report it again.

You can also:

* Report the post to Google
* Mute the post
* Block the poster

Moderation response time
Typically it takes me a few days to respond to something, depending on how busy I am. It could be faster, but that's reasonable enough.

If it's something really concerning (like a death threat or harassment), I'll generally address it ASAP.

Community ownership
From the beginning when this community had a few hundred members, I encouraged people to see it as their community, rather than my community. I'm just a steward. If you see a problem, report it. if you don't report it, don't expect anything to change.

It's like seeing trash on the side of the street: if you complain about it, or just walk past it, nothing changes. You have to take action and be an active member of your community. It's also about taking intelligent action that will make a difference, such as reporting, rather than complaining.

I'm not trying to be rude, but I'm really into promoting community ownership and participation. I'm not into community entitlement and if I alienate people who are, so be it.

Being a member of a community is a right, but it also comes with responsibilities. Shirking those off to other people to deal with isn't helpful. We all have a role to play in keeping the communities we are a part of nice places to be.

If you have questions about how to do that, please ask. I also welcome other feedback that is constructive and actionable.

Overall community status
The community is doing okay. :)

Much worse things could be happening than a few people trolling and posting non-vegan recipes. If that's the worse we get (which it is), we're doing okay.

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+Bruce Achterberg 😊👍👍
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Alex Foster

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http://healtheatingfood.com/useful-properties-of-tarragon/
Useful properties of tarragon to sleep, recipes with tarragon, chemical composition of tarragon, use of tarragon in cooking, in favor of tarragon medicine
Useful properties of tarragon to sleep, recipes with tarragon, chemical composition of tarragon, use of tarragon in cooking, in favor of tarragon medicine
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Tarragon: the master culinary herb, as well as a medicinal boon.
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Bruce Achterberg
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A reminder: please make sure you've read the community guidelines

They can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BruceAchterberg/posts/jHjPFxBkia3

Key points to remember:

* If you see something not vegan, or questionable, report it to a moderator.

* Be respectful; this is supposed to be a relaxed, fun place, not a judgemental, un-fun place.

* Choose the right category for your post. I notice lots of posts in the wrong category.

If you report something and it isn't taken care of right away, relax--sometimes I'm busy, or I might have missed your post. If it was reported and it's still there, feel free to report it again.

We now have a boggling 27,000 members(!!). That's great, but wow--when I joined, there was a few hundred members. How the community has grown.

What's great is that the vast majority of posts are reasonable and relevant. Try not to sweat the few that aren't; just report them and carry on.

This is not not my community, it's our community. Please do your best to make it a nice one. :) 
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Olivia Riley

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does anyone have any ideas about what to make for christmas? it's my first christmas as a vegan and i want to show my family just how easy/delicious/exciting it can be!
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Fearless Psychonaut

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Aside from hummus and salsa, what else can we use for good vegan veggie and/or fruit dips? Id love to hear some responses on this, as almost all commercial dips are dairy based.
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+Bruce Achterberg thanks for the great link!
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Ole Vegan

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Hi! Thank you so much for the earlier replies! So I'm trying to figure out what's the #1 thing beginners wanting to go vegan focus on... could it be right that they look up recipes first ( thinking that's the first step), and then later "encounter challenges" such as : Do I get enough nutrition values, what do I do with my leather shoes, how do I tell my friends and family, etc. ? Would love to hear your feedback on this...

Best regards from
Ole
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+Hades Sister
Hi Hades, thanks a lot for telling :) Best regards from Ole
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Harambe Vegan

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Are you guilty of this?
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+Jennetta Pierce I wish my hair could look that good.
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Alan Richards

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.Mic: 12 times the vegan diet wasn't good for you — or the planet. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwxZ_lti0
Just because it's vegan doesn't mean it doesn't hurt the planet or contain funky filler ingredients and GMOs.
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+Tina Gray GMOs have been around for decades with no adverse effects recorded.

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Leanne Winters

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Want your #vegan recipe or product featured on my blog for free? Send over your recipes or info to thechicedit@hotmail.com
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Roux Harbour

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Does Anyone Know Of a Vegan Soy Sauce Brand?
Or Something Equivalent to Soy Sauce In Taste?
I Just Learned That Kikkoman Tortures Mice To Test Their Products. :(
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+Roux Harbour now if we can just get pepsi and friends to stop putting fetal stem cells in their recipes. Im still not going to use kikkoman
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Bruce Achterberg
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Google+ issues and impact on the community

The new version of Google+ seems a bit buggy. I.e. Sometimes I move posts to a different category but it doesn't show them as moved. Or posts that I know are in a category won't show up, but show up on classic Google+.

For now, I'm using classic Google+, which I'm hoping will work better. I've reported the issue to Google months ago; it hasn't been fixed (at least, on my end).

So if there are posts in the wrong category, or things that don't look right, that might be why.

As always, the best thing to do is to report anything like that to a moderator by +mentioning them in the comments (fast way), or sending them a message (best way).

Here's a list of them: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511/members/moderator
Vegan Recipes
● Want to contact a moderator? Here's a list of them: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511/members/moderator
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BupSahn Sunim

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SEITAN RECIPES WANTED

Greetings! I need help. Every-time I search for Seitan recipes the results contain mostly results using Vital Wheat powder. What I'm after is recipes for home-made seitan from flour.

Can anyone point me in the right direction or have any good recipes ?

Thanks, BupSahn


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Pea protein
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Bruce Achterberg
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A note about the questions and discussion category

Just a reminder to everyone: the questions and discussion category is for actual questions and discussion.

It's not for sharing articles, photos, announcements, or anything that isn't an actual discussion point.

Non-discussion posts may be recategorised or removed, and people who repeatedly post non-discussion items in the the questions and discussion category after being asked not to may be banned. (Relax, banning is only for people who repeatedly ignore the guidelines and requests of moderators, or are obvious spammers, which is rare.)

If you see something in that category that isn't a question or discussion item, please +mention a moderator in the comments; a list of them can be found here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108709631341136809511/members/moderator 

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Myra Veres

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Just wanted to send a thank you to all who post on this page. I've gained so much knowledge from all the posts I've looked at and attempted!!!! Love to you all ❤️🐝😍👌🏼🍉🌿🍐🎉
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No problem glad I could help I also gained some knowledge as well
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Ole Vegan

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Hi dear friends! Hope you all are doing fine! Have some great news! I've set a "Big" goal to transform 100 K peoples lifes in 2015. Meaning teaching them how to become Vegan, thus bettering their health and making a difference in the world. The Vision is : " Transform 100.000 Peoples Life into Joy and Health " Is this a goal that reflects the heart of being a Vegan, and a good goal.. any suggestions? Please Vote and leave comments :) Thanks, have a great day.
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Sort of like Mr Sheth mentioned:

* I think you can't transform anyone's life; only they can.  You can support them and share empowering information and resources. One of the biggest issues people who want to help other people have to overcome is the tendency to want to, or feel they need to, "fix" people. Helping people occurs outside of that frame, when you listen to what they want, and work with them to help them get there. 

* You can't make people vegan (well, you can, but that'd be unethical). Only they can make that choice. 

* Being vegan may not be the best thing for everyone's health. I know that's sort of counter-culture to say in a vegan recipes community, but I'll say it anyway. I think focusing on health first, rather than a particular diet, is a more holistic, individualised, sensitive way to go about it. Maybe eating primarily or only plants, nuts, seeds, fungi, and bacteria will be good for them. But not everyone is ready for that, nor is that necessarily the best thing for everyone. This view puts the ethical considerations aside, and is focusing on the health of the person you're supporting.

* "Vegan" is not equal to health. I see people share recipes for what I'd call "vegan junk food" often. So, unless someone is eating a vegan diet for ethical reasons only, there's more to it than what you don't eat. It's also about what you do eat. 

In that sense, I respect what Kevin Gianni did with his Renegade Health website. he's always been interested in what is best for people's health, rather than a particular diet. http://renegadehealth.com/blog/

As Leisa Wheeler says, health is a journey, not just a (raw food) diet. http://embracinghealth.com.au/ One of the first steps on that journey is not knowing that, hehe and being somewhat fanatical or zealous about whatever diet you think is the best. :) (Not saying you're doing that. Though it does happen.)
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