El·e·na [el-uh-nuh, uh-ley-nuh; It. e-le-nah] /ˈɛlənə, əˈleɪnə; It. ɛˈlɛnɑ/ –noun a female given name, form of Helen // A proud student of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche // Personal assistant with a BSc (Hons) Psych from Uni of Warwick // These are snapshots of my life, in words and pictures

Browsing Category 'Vegetarianism'

I’ve been hesitant to talk about going vegan because to be honest, I wasn’t sure how long it’d stick. Talking about it prematurely felt like I’d jinx it somehow? But it’s been going well so far so what the heck. In late October last year, I decided to go back to veganism. In my mid-20s, […]

Dinner tonight!

Dukkar Apartments officially opened a couple of days ago, and I was inspired to christen the kitchen by cooking something (hehehe as though I needed an excuse). So with Lanse and Abby’s help, I made food for 20! Up for noms tonight was spaghetti with tomato sauce, blue cheese, carrots, mushrooms and bird’s eye chillies, […]

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There are some foods that make everything taste that much better. Two foods that fall into this category are truffles and anything involving caramelised onions. A few years ago, I had the good fortune of visiting this beautiful pub in Oxford, and had an amazing baked Camembert with white grape, onion jam and rosemary. On […]

Cilantro-Lime Marinated Veggie Kabobs With Barley Kale Salad

I was on Buzzfeed when I came across this awesome post. When people find out I am vegetarian, some recoil in horror (though, increasingly, others express their admiration). “What DO you eat?” “Anything I want. Just without the meat.” “How DO you live?” “Well, I’m not exactly the skinniest person, am I? So I guess […]

Accountability in our diets

treekisser: Accountability in Our Diets If you wouldn’t personally castrate an animal without anesthetic, if you wouldn’t work at a factory farm, if you wouldn’t take a baby away from his mother, if you wouldn’t brand someone’s skin, if you wouldn’t cut off beaks, toes or tails, if you wouldn’t deprive someone of light, if […]

The stamina of a camel

The stamina of a camel, the strength of an elephant, and the beauty of a horse are all sustained on a vegetarian diet

What’s money good for?

If you say you don’t have money to help a animal shelter, why then do you have money to buy meat? – Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

Making fun of vegans

themrebelbones: sometimes you have to poke fun at yourself.


Drinking milk from another species of animal: The more I think about it, the stranger the concept becomes. (Taken from Google)

(Taken with my iPhone) Gone fishing? Gone vegan. One week ago, I announced on Facebook that I was going vegan for a week. I had little idea of what that really meant until I started doing research – no animal products or by-products whatsoever, including sugar, honey, leather, gelatine, etc. So how has the week […]