Grandma Hystads Recipes, Bar Mixes, Food Informatiom

By: Bruce Chambers


Vegan: A person that chooses a lifestyle that aims to eliminate the use of products obtained from animals for food, clothing or any other reason. This means that they don't eat any meat, fish, dairy products or eggs. They also avoid products that are tested on animals and do not wear fur, wool or leather.

A vegan's diet includes foods such as: beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, soya products (for protein), whole grains, vegetables, fruits and healthy oils.

People choose to become vegan for various reasons, the most popular include:
-Ethical views concerning animal rights
-Concern for the environment
-To improve personal health
-Spiritual or religious beliefs

Vegan Pancakes


1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
3 tablespoons organic sugar
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
dash of salt
3 dashes of nutmeg
1 to 1 1/4 cups soy milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Ener-G Egg Replacer (found at health food stores)


Combine all dry ingredients (flour, salt, vegan sugar, baking powder, nutmeg). Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix wet and dry ingredients, but don't over-stir. Pour onto hot skillet, flip once. Makes 6 medium pancakes.

Note: You may also add fresh fruit such as blueberries or vegan chocolate chips for some variety!

Super Easy Vegan Pasta Salad


2 cups whole wheat pasta, cooked & cooled
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika


Mix together the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, oil, salt, pepper and paprika. Pour the dressing over the pasta and veggies, and stir well.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups unbleached white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
cinnamon to taste (optional)
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water


Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix in the chocolate chips. Make a well in the center and set bowl aside.

In a medium size bowl mix vegan sugar and oil. Add the vanilla and then add the water. Be sure to mix it well. Add the wet to the well in the dry. Spoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-12 minutes.

Take them out and move them to wire cooling racks.

Makes almost two dozen cookies.

Grade 2 Science class Exam.
Q: how can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q; Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard, and vinegar.

Q; Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Filtration makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants grit, sand, dead horses, crows, and canoeists.

After about 15 years, Health Canada has come out with a new Food Guide. Included in the guide is advice for different ages and stages of your live (children, women of childbearing age, men and women over 50).

Some recommendations are;
Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day.
Vegetables, fruit with little or no added fat, sugar, salt.
Have vegetables and fruit more often then juice.
Make half your grain products whole grain each day
Choose grain products that are lower in fat, sugar or salt.
Drink skim, 1%, or 2% milk each day.
Select lower fat milk alternatives.
Have meat alternatives such as beans, tofu often.
Eat at least 2 Food Guide Servings of fish each week.
Select lean meat with little or no added fat or salt.

NOTE: For limiting exposure to mercury from certain types of fish, refer to Canada's Food Guide. For latest information and guide for your health and safety.
Healthy Eating.

Food recalls and allergy alerts.

Food manufactures are permitted to irradiate potatoes and onions to inhibit sprouting; wheat flour to control insects; and ground spices and dehydrated seasonings to reduce microbial content.

In 2005 The European Civil Society released a statement against irradiation stating, "Food irradiation is often used as a substitute for good sanitary practices and misleads consumers, as it kills spoilage bacteria, which tells people when food is rotten through smell or sight"

"The American and Canadian public is justifiably concerned over the unknown effects of irradiation food." Rosalie Bertell, PhD.

Where possible we should buy locally -grown foods. As a rule your food is fresher, better flavour, picked within a day of your purchase. Local produce more likely has a higher nutrient content than store-bought produce that has spent time on a transport truck and warehouse. Further farmers who sell directly to local customers receive the full value for their product, can sell cheaper, as there is less cost to processing, transportation, packing, warehouse etc.

Have you unsafe products in your home? Check out items that have been recalled by manufactures in cooperation with U.S.Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can check by phone: 800-638-2772 or Visit:

Remember, when it comes to recalls, health, food, the same information applies to both USA and Canada, as a rule. Check both government sites for above.

Do you have stuff you no longer have use for and want to get rid
of? If you haven't got time for garage sales, or eBay-you need to check out "The Freecyle Network".

Founded in 2003, the network has more then 1.7 million members
in 3,100 Communities in over 50 countries. The only rules around what can be exchanged, or offered free is that it be legal, for any age group. There is a good chance of a
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If you have teenagers, or in fact any adult, impress on them the
risks of driving while intoxicated. Statistics demonstrate drunk drivers cause many fatal road accidents.

It should be known that like any other drug, addiction is a
potential hazard. Excess of alcohol will affect organs such as
the brain, heart, and liver.

2 jiggers light rum.
juice of ? lemon.
juice of ? orange.
1 teaspoon powdered sugar.
Shake with ice and strain.

In tall glass add half chilled Guinness stout,
and half chilled champagne. Stir quickly.

CAFÉ de Paris
2 jiggers dry gin.
3-4 dashes anisette.
1 teaspoon cream.
1 egg white.
Shake with ice and strain.


3 ounces pineapple juice.
? ounce concentrated grapefruit (undiluted) juice.
1-ounce coconut cream.
1-ounce fresh cream.
Shake with a large scoop of shaved ice, and serve in tall glass.

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