Brazilian Chocolate cake

Captura de Tela 2016-04-07 às 19.01.12And of course we are going to have a vegan recipe, because everybody loves chocolate!
Doesn’t matter if you are vegan or not, but you have to try this cake!

Prestigio is a Brazilian chocolate produced by Nestle and we have the cake version!

Cake ingredients:
115g raw cane sugar
4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
170g flour
1 tsp baking soda
90ml vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp cider vinegar
150ml cold water
50ml coconut milk

Method:
1 – Mix the sugar, cocoa, salt, flour and soda in a mixing bowl.
2 – Add the oil, vanilla essence and vinegar and pour cold water over the mixture.
3 – Combine well with a fork, but do not beat.
4 – Pour into a greased with oil and flour round spring form baking tray and bake it at 180C for 20-30 minutes.

When ready wait for the bake to cool down before removing from the baking tray and repeat the recipe

Filling ingredients:
½ can of coconut milk
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 tbsp corn flour
5 tbsp sugar

Method:
1 – Mix 3 tbsp of the coconut milk with the cornflour
2 – Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring them to the boil slowly, stirring constantly.
3 – Let it cool down a bit before you apply on top of the first cake.

”Ganache”
100g dark chocolate bar
250g coconut milk

Method:
Melt the chocolate in a water bath
add coconut milk

Enjoy with a glass of almond milk!!

So, what is Slow Fashion anyway?

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First things first: the Slow Movement is not an organization or controlled by any organization, it’s a social movement that believes in re-establishing a healthy pace in the cycle of life’s necessities.

There are many definitions for it, some are like: ‘Slow Fashion is like the movement to Slow Food’ or like ‘Slow Fashion is the opposite of Fast Fashion’ or even clarify a little more like: “Slow Fashion ≠ Anti-fashion”or “quality over quantity”.

The idea of Slow Fashion is to make people think before buy anything, make people understand the product, how it was made, by whom it was made and how it should be treated so that it lasts longer. 

Buying cheap clothing means support slave labor and low quality. It also means poisoning the planet with chemicals, poorly disposed waste, pollution of rivers, seas and air. 

And we all know the end of this cheap clothing… TRASH after 6 months (or less). For example, the average American throws away about 65 pounds of clothing per year (read more about at care2). 

And where does this material go?

The answer is South Africa. Where some people still try to sell it for a really low price (you buy it new for 5 dollars, they sell for cents in Africa), but most of this material just stays there as trash. 

But some people start to work hard and start recycling /up-cycling clothing, making jobs and helping to clean South Africa.

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Photo credit: the true cost documentary (http://www.modefica.com.br/documentario-the-true-cost/#.VwP47uiqpHw)

Well, now you guys you need to understand what Slow Fashion wants you to do: 

  • Buy less
  • Buy high quality 
  • Buy sustainably/ethically produced
  • Buy vintage
  • Buy recycled or upcycled 

Educate yourself by making research, know better about your favorite brand, learn about material and how good or bad it is for the earth, you and also your money – your money because people need to know that impulse purchases eat away their finances and rarely result in good investments.

What is Upcycling: A process that can be repeated in perpetuity of returning materials back to a pliable, usable form without degradation to their latent value—moving resources back up the supply chain. (http://intercongreen.com/2010/02/17/recycling-vs-upcycling-what-is-the-difference/)

Remember:

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”-Anna Lappé 

*Read more: CARE2 http://www.care2.com/causes/how-many-clothes-do-you-throw-away-every-year.html#ixzz44eV28c9a

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Ethical fashion

“Second to oil, fashion and textiles is the most polluting industry in the world. Every stage in a garment’s life threatens our planet and its resources. It can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton, equivalent to a single t-shirt and pair of jeans. Up to 8,000 different chemicals are used to turn raw materials into clothes, including a range of dyeing and finishing processes. And what becomes of the clothing that doesn’t sell, falls apart or goes out of style? More often than not, it is discarded in giant landfills. How can the fashion industry become more sustainable?”
-by Business of fashion: How can the fashion industry become more sustainable?

We at Moga Atelier don’t agree to work with silk, leather, wool or fur. The making of clothes with these materials causes massive environmental impacts – for example through the high consumption of water or pollution on earth and air by chemical, – the harvest of these materials is cruel and causes death. We believe you don’t need to be cruel to stay warm and look cool!

In our clothes we use only organic, synthetic, artificial and recycled material and dye with natural and organic materials like fruits, spices and tea.
We work with small collections, the word fair trade define who we are and what we do!

Responsible consumption is necessary!

It’s mandatory that fashion industry and the consumers have sense of responsibility.

Do a research about the brand you intend to shop, ask about everything, where and how the garments are made – many fast-fashion brands work with modern slavery including children labor.
Social Media and Internet are great tools that make possible for us to get all information we wish and deserve to know!

A curious consumer is a responsible consumer!