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'

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 […]


For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking more and more about becoming vegan. It started when Rinpoche asked us to watch Earthlings. It reminded me why I stopped eating meat, and introduced (what was then) a very troubling thought to my mind – what is the difference between an egg and a chicken? The […]