Man Brings Home Fox After Mistaking It For A Puppy

Man Brings Home Fox After Mistaking It For A Puppy

In the UK, a construction worker thought he was doing a good deed by rescuing a puppy from a building site. Later, he discovered the puppy was actually a fox cub.

The worker took the little critter home where he quite quickly discovered it wasn’t a puppy he’d rescued at all, but a baby fox who only resembled a small little dog.

The worker got a hold of the RSPCA when he realized it wasn’t a puppy in his care.

“The worker was on a building site in Speke when he came across what he initially thought was an abandoned puppy and as he could see no mother around he took him home,” Matt Brown, an animal welfare officer, told Metro.

The fox cub was taken in by an animal care organization. The organization took the cub to the vet where it was confirmed he was both a fox and only less than a month old!

According to the Metro, the little fox cub is going to be housed at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich. There, he’ll be able to grow a little and be released back into the wild.

Simple Vegan Food Swaps

Simple Vegan Food Swaps

On a regular day, it can be annoying to realize you’re out of a key ingredient for the meal you’re making. But during quarantine? It’s even tougher! No one should be running to the store last minute for one item and, even if you do, chances of finding basic ingredients may be slim. But, you may be able to make it through with a few simple swaps – maybe you have these substitutions on hand!

With the help of the Food Substitutions Bible and our knowledge of veganism, we’ve created this list of simple vegan food swaps for when you’re in a pinch. The swaps won’t perfectly match the original ingredients – in some instances, they’re as close as it gets. But either way, they’re close enough to pull the meal or dish together and you may even find a swap you prefer to the original!

Butter

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When cooking, any oil or margarine will do.

When baking, use margarine or coconut oil (the kind that solidifies). With recipes that require you “cut” the butter in (like biscuits or croissants), try and use hard, frozen margarine for the best results.

If you have part of the margarine or coconut oil needed for a baked recipe, sub the rest with applesauce.

Eggs

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Replace each egg in a baking recipe with:

  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 pureed banana (frozen works fine)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds + 3 tablespoons water (let it sit until the flax absorbs the water)
  • 1 tabelspoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water (let it sit until the chia absorbs the water)
  • 1/4 cup blended silken tofu
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil + 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 can carbonated beverage (for cakes – replaces the eggs and oil!)

Sour Cream

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Sub each cup with:

  • 1 cup non-dairy yogurt
  • 1/3 cup melted margarine or coconut oil + 3/4 cup non-dairy milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice (for baking)

Other Dairy Products

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  • 1 cup half & half = 1 cup non-dairy milk (thicker the better – i.e., full fat coconut milk works better than almond milk) + 1 tablespoon melted margarine or coconut oil
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream = 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk (other non-dairy milks will do, the thicker milk just works better) + 1/3 cup melted margarine or coconut oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup non-dairy milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar (let it sit until it starts to look “curdled,” ~5 minutes)

Garlic

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Replace each fresh clove with:

  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (omit 1/2 teaspoon salt from the recipe)
  • 1/2 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced shallots

Onions

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For each onion, use:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped leeks, green onions or scallions (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions

Lemon

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Replace each tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 1/2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, or champagne vinegar.

Sub 1 teaspoon of lemon zest with 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract.

Fresh Herbs

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Sub 1 tablespoon of fresh, chopped herbs with:

  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground or powdered herbs

Breadcrumbs

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Sub each cup with:

  • 3 to 4 slices of bread (dried in the oven and crushed in a food processor)
  • 3/4 cup vegan cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla (dried slightly in the oven)
  • 1 cup potato chips, crushed
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes

Sugar

Replace 1 cup granulated sugar with:

  • 1 3/4 cup unsifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (minus 2 tablespoons) agave nectar, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup + 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (reduce the liquid in the recipe by 3 tablespoons and lower oven the temperature by 25°F).

Replace 1 cup dark brown sugar with:

  • 1 packed cup light brown sugar + 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 2 to 3 tablespoons molasses

Replace 1 cup light brown sugar with:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 to 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar + 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Replace 1 cup confectioners’ sugar with:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon cornstarch, processed in a food processor

Flour

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Replace 1 cup all-purpose flour with:

  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1 cup self-rising flour (omit baking powder + salt from the recipe)
  • 1 1/2 cups dry breadcrumbs, finely ground

Replace 1 cup of cake flour with:

  • 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1 cup (minus 3 tablespoons) all-purpose flour + 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Replace 1 cup pastry flour with:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour + 1/3 cup cake flour

Replace 1 cup self-rising flour with:

Tomatoes

Replace 1 pound of fresh tomatoes with:

  • 1 1/2 cups canned whole tomatoes
  • 6 to 8 sun-dried tomato halves (soaked in hot water)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (you may need to add liquid)

Dalgona Coffee Recipe (Whipped Coffee)

Dalgona Coffee Recipe (Whipped Coffee)

This easy dalgona coffee recipe creates a rich, whipped espresso with (non-dairy) milk. You’ve probably seen photos and videos of dalgona coffee circulating the internet – it recently went viral on Tik Tok and for good reason! It’s super simple and creates a beverage you might think could only be purchased from a coffee shop.

All you’ll need is instant coffee, granulated sugar, hot water, non-dairy milk, and a whisk or electric beater.

dalgona coffee recipe
Instant Coffee

Granulated Sugar

Water

The directions are super simple. Combine equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and hot water and whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Pour over cold or warm milk, take all your Insta photos, and then lightly mix the whipped coffee into the milk so the first few drinks aren’t too strong.

That’s it! It’s easy to customize too. You can add as much sugar, coffee, and water as desired, making it stronger or lighter to your preference. You can even make a giant batch and impress company (once this whole social isolation thing blows over, of course).

Dalgona Coffee Recipe

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Instant Coffee
2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons Hot Water
1 Glass Non-dairy milk of choice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and whip/beat until stiff peaks form. If you’re doing this by hand, it takes around 400 whisks and is a bit cumbersome. If it’s not stiffening, just keep beating! It’ll get there. Using an electric mixer/beater is highly recommended. Also note: the water doesn’t have to be boiling, just hot from the tap will do.

Shelter Needs Help Knitting Blankets For Cats In Need

Shelter Needs Help Knitting Blankets For Cats In Need

When the RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre welcomes a new cat into its arms, they’re immediately gifted a knitted blanket. Because the London-based center rescues cats from abandonment and neglect, many of these cats have had rough home lives or a traumatic few years – having their own blanket allows them a sense of security.

“It’s something warm and cozy for them to curl up on in their pods and when they find their forever homes it means they have something to take with them with a familiar scent,” said Nicole Grover, an employee of the RSPCA.

Because the hand-knitted blankets go with the cats from the shelter to the furrever homes, the shelter is always in need of more. Every cat that’s taken in needs its own brand-new blanket – just for him/her. Because of this, the RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre is asking the public for help. They’re asking for knitted blanket donations for these cats.

Even if you’re new to knitting, this self-isolation/quarantine period is the perfect time to learn the craft! And making blankets is totally beginner friendly.

Because of COVID-19, all RSPCA locations in the UK are closed to the public. No fosters or adoptions are being had at this time, though more cats are still being rescued. The organization could use your help and blanket donations now more than ever.

Common Questions About The Blankets

What size should they be? A4 or bigger – in Inches, that’s 8″ by 11″ or larger.
Where do I send the completed blanket(s)?
RSPCA, Inside Pets at Home
Friern Bridge Retail Park
Pegasus Way, N113PW
Is there a certain material the blankets should be made with? Any machine-washable yarn is great. Avoid delicate, hand-wash yarns (like most “natural” fibers, including wool, silk, cashmere, etc).
I crochet, but I don’t knit. Is that ok? Yes! Crochet blankets are welcomed.
Do they need/accept any other hand-made items? Yes! They welcome knit or crocheted cat toys (pictured below). As with the blankets, the biggest requirement is that they’re made of machine-washable yarn.

Here are some photos of donated knit blankets:

A big thank you to Sue for her beautiful hand knitted blankets she donated to our centre today 😺These blankets are…

Posted by RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre on Thursday, August 29, 2019
The Dirty Dozen 2020 List Is Out: Here Are The Fruits And Veggies  With The Most Pesticides

The Dirty Dozen 2020 List Is Out: Here Are The Fruits And Veggies With The Most Pesticides

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists. The Dirty Dozen 2020 list was released on March 25th, 2020 and has some interesting finds! The Dirty Dozen is a list of the top 12 fresh fruits and vegetables that were tested and found to have the most residual pesticides.

Before we dive into the official list, we’d like to note: this year the most pesticide-contaminated produce did not actually make it on to the list. It was found that the “dirtiest” produce commodity was not actually fresh, but dry – the most contaminated item it raisins.

The EWG Dirty Dozen 2020 list only includes fresh fruits and vegetables, which raisins don’t qualify for. But, it’s definitely worth noting the heavy pesticide presence as it’s a food many may overlook in regards to pesticides. According to the official report, “Almost every sample of non-organic raisins tested – 99 percent – had residues of at least two pesticides.”

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DIRTY DOZEN 2020

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

Surprisingly, spinach and kale made it to the top of the list coming in right below strawberries. What’s more, the report actually states that “on average, kale and spinach samples had 1.1 to 1.8 times as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop tested.” Most troubling in that, however, is that kale was found to mostly be contaminated with a pesticide “sold under the brand name Dacthal. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies DCPA as a possible human carcinogen, and in 2009 the European Union banned it.”

The EU is often ahead of the US on both environmental regulations and regulations surrounding food safety. The fact that they banned DCPA and we use it regularly, and heavily, on kale should be a red flag.

Those partaking in the celery juice trend may want to rethink their morning juice. Though the “Medical Medium” who popularized the trend does suggest using organic celery only, many opt for non-organic celery for juicing due to availability and price.

While we should be mindful of the Dirty Dozen 2020 foods and purchase organic when necessary, there’s another list that focuses on a more positive note: The Clean 15s. These are the fresh fruits and vegetables that showcased the least amount of pesticides when tested.

Clean 15 2020

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onions
  5. Papaya
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Cantaloupes
  11. Broccoli
  12. Mushrooms
  13. Cabbage
  14. Honeydew melon
  15. Kiwi

When trying to reduce pesticide consumption, it’s not always possible to find fresh produce that’s organic (and/or affordable). If you must opt for conventionally grown produce and the item hit the Dirty Dozen list, consider cooking the food before consuming. The EWG claims cooking the food reduces the amount of pesticides on it. And, as always, wash your produce with plenty of warm water and soap to clean the outside as best as possible.