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You can make this simple and yet elegant vegan cake with any favorite seasonal citrus, from tangerines to clementines

Overhead view of a cake still in its baking tin, resting on a wire rack. The cake is topped with 1 crosswise slice of orange in the center surrounded by 7 other slices.
Overhead view of a cake still in its baking tin, resting on a wire rack. The cake is topped with 1 crosswise slice of orange in the center surrounded by 7 other slices.

If winter citrus is part of your life, make the most of it with this extremely simple olive oil cake recipe. Whether it’s Cara Cara, Blood, or Mandarin oranges, grapefruit, or Meyer lemon, this cake works with the flavor of the citrus fruits for a pantry-friendly snacking cake that brings brightness to dreary days. It also looks beautiful, thanks to the supremed citrus on top becoming caramelized and getting jammy. This requires no frosting, not even a dusting of powdered sugar, because the fruit itself acts as all the texture, contrast, and acidic sweetness you need.

Making this cake begins…


Boosting their traffic can help save lives

A cat sitting on top of a pile of newspapers, against a yellow city wall
A cat sitting on top of a pile of newspapers, against a yellow city wall
Photo: Nathan Riley via Unsplash

What could possibly be better than cute cat blogs?

Cute cat blogs that help cats.

With cat videos forever basking near the top of the viral content pyramid, the entire world loves to be entertained by these amazing creatures to no end. But true cat lovers care about more than just entertainment. We want to see every cat in the world looked after and happy. We want a world where no animals are left hungry and alone.

As per the latest estimate, 10 million cats live abandoned or stray in the UK alone. …


What vegans should know about biodynamic and organic wines, and why some wines need a vegan certification

Shallow-focus shot of grapevines at a vineyard.
Shallow-focus shot of grapevines at a vineyard.
Photo: Jesse Belleque via Unsplash

At a wine-tasting earlier this year, my friend and notable Canadian winemaker, Maggie Granger of The Grange of Prince Edward Winery, had a question: Why was it that some natural winemakers, who aim to make wine as sustainably as possible, were still using animals in the process?

Natural and biodynamic wines have been rising in popularity for years. These options are more sustainable, drawing interest from those limiting the types of ingredients they consume or what farming practices they support, people who care about reducing their footprint on the planet, and anyone who just wants to enjoy a beautiful glass.


A spread of toast triangles coated in sesame seeds, warm red sweet and sour tofu, and white rice
A spread of toast triangles coated in sesame seeds, warm red sweet and sour tofu, and white rice
Photos: Anouska Parr

All vegan and all delicious

Sweet and sour tofu with sesame prawn toast were integral parts of my weekends for years. When I went vegan, and moved to Vietnam, I didn’t know if I’d ever experience the joy of these takeaway classics again. Now, with some practice, I’ve now perfected a 100% vegan sweet and sour tofu with sesame toast, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. I’ve even served it to meat-eaters who were equal parts confused and impressed with how authentic it tasted.

You’ll need vegan prawns or shrimp, made from konjac, for this recipe — luckily, that’s available at most large Asian supermarkets…


When veganism is seen as just another diet fad, it benefits no one

A painting of a gray bunny rabbit next to a red brick wall, chewing on carrot leaves with a piece of lettuce nearby.
A painting of a gray bunny rabbit next to a red brick wall, chewing on carrot leaves with a piece of lettuce nearby.
‘The Rabbit’s Meal’ (1908). Credit: Henri Rousseau/Barnes Foundation via Rawpixel

I wish that I had come to veganism because of my love for animals, my care for the environment, and my hope for a better, kinder future. But I didn’t. I came to veganism because I thought it would be an easy way to lose weight and, in my mind, make my deeper body image and eating issues go away.

During my first visit home after starting college, I had a regular checkup and my doctor told me to “make sure I didn’t gain any more weight” when I went back…


Shop less, make more — 5 satisfying ways to live more sustainably

A neon sign that reads “Make Salsa Not War” in red script on a dark background
A neon sign that reads “Make Salsa Not War” in red script on a dark background
Photo: Natalya via Unsplash

When I resolved to try to live more sustainably, I thought I would have to make extreme cuts to my way of living. It turns out that’s simply not the case; going zero-waste can be very easy and less time consuming, while also being far less expensive than I ever thought. I recently wrote about five low-waste recipes, and here are five more ways that you can reduce your negative impact on the planet while saving money.

Before I continue, however, I want to state that “zero-waste” is just a phrase — living a completely no-waste lifestyle is pretty damn…


Vegans of Color

Learn her process for veganizing recipes, her Vietnamese home cooking staples, and find out how to make perfect Vietnamese spring rolls

Lisa Le smiles while posing with a plate of delicious noodles.
Lisa Le smiles while posing with a plate of delicious noodles.
Photo: Katherine Sousa / Two Market Girls

The theory of love languages, coined by Gary Chapman in offers a framework for qualifying one’s preferred ways of giving and receiving affection. These include acts of service, quality time, physical touch, verbal affirmations, and gifting. But some argue that a sixth should be recognized: food.

“My mom sometimes has issues with expressing affirmations verbally — like of course she’ll tell me that she loves me—but she expresses love more through other ways, like waking up early and making my favorite dish for breakfast when I was growing up,” says Lisa Le, creator of the blog


Buy less, make more

A photo of fruit and rhubarb, along with a small pair of scissors, arranged together on the left of a bright white background
A photo of fruit and rhubarb, along with a small pair of scissors, arranged together on the left of a bright white background
Photo: Brooke Lark via Unsplash

Being vegan and living a sustainable life can seem overpriced and out of reach for the average person. Sometimes it seems like the $12 green juices are what veganism is all about, instead of there being an emphasis on making a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle affordable for . In order to create lasting change, vegan and sustainability must be feasible for all budgets and more inclusive.

In an effort to help show how affordable and easy veganism can be, I’ve compiled some simple recipes that can help you skip a trip to the store, save money, live more sustainably.

Homemade Oat Milk

Oat…


Everyone is suddenly a nutritionist

Photo of the author, a woman with brown hair, with an outstretched hand nuzzled by two sheep with black faces
Photo of the author, a woman with brown hair, with an outstretched hand nuzzled by two sheep with black faces
Photos: Annika Wappelhorst

My personal decision to stop using animal products was an ethical one — I wanted to take a stance against the exploitation of animals. That was in September 2013. Here are some of the things I have learned since then:

  • When you go vegan, people you know are suddenly nutritionists. People like to point out what they believe to know about nutrition: ! (Wrong.) (Wrong.) (Don’t worry, I myself even gained weight after going vegan.)

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