Episode 92 – Icelandic Vegans, Part 1

Episode 92
(Air Date: March 17th, 2017)

Okay…  It’s been quite some time since our last episode!  And you’re wondering why.  Right?  Of course you are.

And you deserve to know:

IT’S BECAUSE BEN IS A BAD PERSON!

There.  I feel better now that I got that off my chest.  I’ve been putting it off…  and then having put it off so long made me feel bad…  so I hid from feeling bad about putting it off…  which meant I put it off longer… and longer…

*sigh*

…and LONGER.  Until FINALLY (today) I decided “No more!”

And I grabbed my microphone and I did what I was born to do.  Talk about veganism and animal rights!

So today’s episode is one I’ve had in the works for quite some time.  Having returned from Iceland last summer, I really wanted to interview a bunch of vegans in Iceland, considering veganism is hugely on the rise there and — in my opinion — Iceland is becoming one of the countries with the highest percentage of vegans.  Seriously, it’s got to be in the top 12 or 15 at this point.

And so instead of waiting until I had a whole bunch of interviews done, I started with two very dear friends of mine — and ended up with two whole hours of content.  And I said to myself “That’ll do, Ben…  That’ll do!”

 

So let me tell you a bit about today’s guests:

Ársæll Hjálmarsson is a fellow drag queen (a member of “Drag-Súgur”, the only drag house in Iceland) who went vegan this past Autumn.
You can find him on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/saelihjalla

Oh and since he didn’t mention it, I will…  here is his drag alter-ego, Aurora Borealis:
https://www.facebook.com/DragAurora/

You can also see Aurora Borealis (Ársæll) and Drag-Súgur in this commercial for Gló, the healthy, vegan-friendly restaurant in Iceland.  I am SO proud of them, AND of Gló for using drag queens to promote their restaurant and store!!!

https://gayiceland.is/2017/drag-queen-star-new-ad-campaign/

 

Our next guest is my dear friend Bára Halldórsdóttir.  Hers is an interesting journey to veganism, as it started with chronic illness (Behcet’s Disease) which at first seemed like a barrier to going vegan — and in going vegan ended up bringing her much relief from some of her symptoms!

Here is the Vegan Ísland (Vegan Iceland) Facebook group we mentioned, and the exposé (all in Icelandic) that was on the news about egg laying hens.
…along with an UPDATE on the company Brúnegg going bankrupt!!! (YAY!)

You can follow Bára’s social media here:

SNAPCHAT: barahalldors
Instagram
Facebook
Facebook group for Icelanders with Behcet’s: Behcet’s á Íslandi

 

Also, I talked a lot about food in this episode since I did a lot of cooking for both Ársæll and Bára, so I figure I may as well link you to the two recipes we talked about the most:

Isa Chandra’s Chickpea Cutlets:
http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/double-batch-chickpea-cutlets/

and
That Coconut Peanut Satay

So… this is a recipe I’m still kind of developing…  So don’t be mad if this doesn’t turn to gold. Just experiment and make it your own.

15oz can of unsweetened coconut milk
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave
3 teaspoons fresh ginger
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil (maybe more???)
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 tablespoon molasses
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon each:
– ginger powder
– garlic powder
– cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon fennel powder

Feel free to substitute things if you lack certain Ingredients. Make this your own.

And I like to serve this over noodles with some kind of vegan (duh) meat, pineapple, broccoli, and freshly roasted cashews!

 

 

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MUSICAL GUEST:

Song: Flesk
By: Katrín Helga Andrésdóttir
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPa2Px2NMAM&feature=youtu.be

Be sure to watch the video (above) — it’ll add to your enjoyment!

And incase you’re wondering what the heck the song is about, here are the lyrics — first in Icelandic, then in English:

ICELANDIC LYRICS:
Litla sæta lambið
komdu nú með mér,
ég skal finna gamlan hrút
og láta nauðga þér.

Þú ert orðin eins árs,
það þýðir ekkert jarm
og þegar það loks fæðist
mun ég drepa þitt barn.

Úrbeina og húðfletta
og pakka inn í plast,
beint á útsölu í bónus
markaðssett í drasl!

Litla lambalíkið
er bútað niðrí búta,
sem útataðir sósu
rata oní mallakúta.

Verði þér að góðu.

Það er kirkjugarður inní þér.

Dýr í búrum
drepin á færiböndum
dauð í búrum
læri á búðarstöndum
framleidd til að vera framreidd
framleidd til að vera framreidd

Öss hættu þessu væli, annars verð ég brjál,
Helgi Björns mættur til að tækla þetta mál.
Já, ég borða lambakjöt!
Já, ég púlla leðurföt!
Og gjörsamlega hata ykkar tómatasalöt!

Með því að kaupa kjötið rauða
ert þú að kaupa þeirra dauðaþ
Þau geta ekki varið sig og tekið til máls
gætir þú skorið þau sjálfur á háls?

Fæ mér börger og bjór þegar ég fer á prikið
og þegar tjellinn fær sér flesk, þæ fær hann sér mikið!
Kjötveisla á Domino’s og beikonristað Dorito’s
skola ég niður með pulsum og kók í dós!

Pepperóníið á pizzunni þinni
var grís í búri einu sinni
sem lifði um skeið
í kremju og neið
til að enda sem álegg á þinni sneið

en Hey!

Ég vil beikon, burger og steik
og mér er sama þó ég sé að styðja þennan leik.

Kótilettu ket og smjer
það er krikjugarður inní þér
Kótilettu ket og smjer
það er krikjugarður inní þér

Við pínum svíni í allt og litlum stíum
hvað eru mörg lík í ísskápnum þínum?

Jó! Þið hafið snúið mér með tali og tónum
fer á Gló og fæ mér nóg af grænmeti og grjónum.
Þamba gómsæta sojamjólk, og muncha fræ
og grænmetið á garðinum, er alltílæ.
Æ, hlustið á Helga, dætur og synir:
öll dýrin í skóginum eig’að vera vinir!

ENGLISH LYRICS (TRANSLATED)
Sweet little lamb
Now come with me
I’ll find an old ram
And let him rape you.

You are now one year old
Beh-omg doesn’t help
And when it finally is born
I’ll kill your baby.

Take out the bones and rip off the flesh
And wrap in a plastic wrap
Straight to a sale in Bónus
Marketing it to pieces!

Little lamb corpse
Is cut into pieces
Which, covered in sauce,
Go straight to the belly.

Bon appetite

There’s a graveyard inside of you.

Animals in cages
Killed on a conveyor belt
Dead in cages
A leg on the store’s shelves
Produced to be served
Produced to be served

Ah! Stop whining, or else
I’ll go mad.
Helgi Björns is here
To tackle this issue.
Yes I eat lamb!
Yes I pull off wearing leather!
And totally hate your
Tomato salads!

By buying the red meat
You’re buying their death
They can’t protect themselves or
Speak up
Could you cut their throats yourself?

Grab myself a burger and a beer when I
Go to Prikið (bar/Restaurant)
And when the man gets himself some bacon,
He gets a lot of it!
Meatparty at Dominos and
Bacon toasted Doritos
I drown with hotdogs and
Coke in a can.

The pepperoni on your pizza
Was once a piglet in a cage
That lived for a while
Crammed up and in need
To end up as a topping
On your slide.

But Hey!

I want bacon, burger and steak
And I don’t care if I’m
Supporting this game.

Lamb chops, meat and butter
There’s a graveyard inside of you
Lamb chops, meat and butter
There’s a graveyard inside of you.

We torture pigs in a way too small
Pen
How many corpses are in your
Fridge?

Yo! You’ve converted me with your talks
And tones
I go to Gló and grab enough of
Vegetables and rice.
Drink delicious soy milk, and
Munch on seeds
And the vegetables in the garden, is
Quite okay.
Ay, listen to Helgi, daughters and
Sons:
All the animals in the forest are supposed to be friends!

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