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Interview with Joanne Rose
|Date: January 25, 2002
Name: Joanne Rose
Date of birth: June 21, 1976
Joanne Rose was kind enough to take a few moments out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for us. Here's what she had to say:
What part of the world do you live in?
"Australia most of the time, but I do live in the USA also."
What projects have you worked on that our visitors might recognize?
I have done several short feature films that premiered at film festivals in Melbourne, Australia. I also had one of my movies "Empty Room" open at Melbourne's infamous Cinema Nova. Other projects that the public may have seen me in is the Australian TV Soap "Neighbors", "Entertainment Tonight", Australian TV drama "Blue Heelers". "Child Star" and "Blonde" were US TV movies I were in but unfortunately my scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
Do you have an official website?
"Yes! Joanne Rose Online Portfolio."
Do you have any pets?
"Yes. A male Budgerigar which is a small parrakeet, Australian love-bird, named "Mr Eagle".
I had a 17 year old female Persian cat named Dusty, who passed over in 1999."
What are your feelings about vegan pet food?
"I am very in favor of this. I think it is a fantastic idea and it is wonderful how well we as Vegans can subsitute with natural, cruelty-free ingredients."
How long have you been vegetarian?
"Since my mid teens."
How long have you been vegan?
Why did you become vegetarian/vegan?
"My admiration of Actor, River Phoenix and my love of all creatures great and small drew me to this lifestyle. You cannot truly love Animals if you choose to eat them. It bothers me that there are dietitians out there who encourage people to eat meat and dairy. They believe that eating red meat gives you the essential iron intake you need. Does that mean that because a Sports Athlete has a good iron, I am allowed to eat him/her?! It's riddiculous. You can get all the right vitamins and minerals from being a Vegan. You can also take vitamin supplements to enhance your dietary needs."
What benefits have you experienced since veg*n?
Are other members of your family vegan/vegetarian?
"My brother, Scott and his girlfriend Sarah are Vegans. My parents are both Vegetarian. I have successfully introduced the Vegan lifestyle to former meat eaters and they are much more positive, healthy people."
What would you say to others to encourage them to become vegetarian/vegan?
"Try the products. You will find you can eat all your favorite foods as healthier subsitutes. There is fake Bacon, Chicken Nuggets, Burgers etc. available out there. I would also suggest people look on the Internet, go to the Library, bookstore and health store for Vegan information and read upon the realities of what the poor Animals have to suffer through. Meat is always disguised. They use flavor enhancers to rid the taste of raw flesh."
What are your favorite snacks?
"I love these Vegan snacks: fruit cake, rice crackers, mocha fudge, chocolate, baked corn chips, sorbet, nuts etc."
What are your favorite foods/meals?
"Rice balls, tofu burgers, wheat-free vegan pizza, Nachos, Tacos, Chinese food, fruit salads, vegetable salads, wheat-free bread etc."
Care to share a recipe with our visitors?
"I would be delighted to!"
(To go on steamed Brown Rice, followed by steamed Vegetables and a slice of Corn bread (see below for recipe)
In a blender put:
3/4 cup almond oil or safflower oil
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos
1/8 cup brewer's yeast flakes
1/4 tsp. kelp powder
1/4 tsp. Spike seasoning
1/4 tsp. basil
1/8 tsp. granulated garlic
11/2 tsp. Tamari sauce
1 pkg. firm tofu, rinsed well (16 oz)
Blend the above ingredients until smooth and creamy. Makes about 2 cups.
3 1/2 cups yellow unprocessed cornmeal
2 Tbs. maple syrup
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or soy flour
1 tsp. sea salt (more or less to taste)
4 tsp. baking powder
1 cup safflower oil
3 1/2 cups water
Preheat your over to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, then gradually add the wet ingredients. Mix well and pour into two lightly oiled pie pans or one 9" x 13" baking pan. Bake one hour at 350 degrees. The cornbread is ready when the top is golden brown. Oil baking pans before you do anything else or use grease proof baking paper.
*Soy flour makes a lighter more cake like cornbread.
What are your favorite restaurants?
"The Spot" in Hermosa Beach, California
"The Green Temple" in Redondo Beach, California
What is your favorite quote?
"Live On, Love All & Let Live"
What are your favorite organizations/charities?
"PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals), Animal Liberation Victoria, Vegan networks and organizations."
Do you have favorite vegan advocates (speakers or celebrities)?
"River Phoenix' family"
Do you have a favorite veg*n website you'd like to share?
How about a favorite website outside the veg*n community?
"Yes. http://www.tonic-online.com Tonic are my favorite band."
What do you think it will take to get more people to move to a plant-based diet?
"Education, advertisements, more Vegan restaurants."
How do you feel worldwide veganism would affect our planet?
"It would be an absolute success!!!"
"Thank you for allowing me to share my words with the public and for going Vegan and showing your love for the Animals."
It's our pleasure, Joanne! Thanks for spending some time with us, and thanks for making a positive difference in the world!
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