Vegan Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia. Image by Foodista.
Ambrosia salad. Image by Foodista.

Hey it’s Patsy, your friendly veganizer and horse lover.

We love ambrosia salad and wondered if you could veganize it. You can pretty much veganize anything but some things are easier than others.

What Vivian personally loves about this recipe is that it has Dandies marshmallows in it. Dandies marshmallows are vegan and you can get them at Amazon in all sizes.

With a quick search I found a veganized recipe for ambrosia salad already done for us by Veg Girl RD. With Dandies no less.

That was easy!

Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. Amazon image.
Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. Amazon image. Click to shop.

Vegan Ambrosia Salad


• 1 cup red or green seedless grapes
• 1 cup mandarin orange segments (from 3 to 4 fresh mandarin, satsuma or clementine oranges, peeled and segmented; or one 15-oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained)
• 1 cup canned red tart cherries in water, drained
• 1¼ cups fresh pineapple, chopped (about ¼ of a pineapple)
• 1 cup large flake unsweetened coconut
• 1 cup vegan mini marshmallows, or regular-sized vegan marshmallows cut into sixths (it takes about 10 regular-sized mallows to make 1 cup once they’re cut up)
• 13.5-fluid ounce can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated (you’ll only be using the solid part that separates out when it’s chilled)
• 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
• Seeds from 1 scraped vanilla bean or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Put a medium-sized mixing bowl in the freezer to chill for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine grapes, orange segments, cherries, pineapple, coconut and marshmallows. If you’re cutting up the larger marshmallows, kitchen shears work great. I cut the mallows directly over the bowl of fruit and stir them in after each few. This helps coat the pieces in fruit juice and reduce the stick-to-each-other factor. I also washed the shears halfway through the process which made for easier and less sticky cutting.

Remove chilled bowl from the freezer. Turn the can of coconut milk upside down and open from the bottom. Carefully pour off the cloudy liquid and set aside. Spoon the thick white solid stuff that’s left behind into your chilled bowl.

Using a hand mixer, beat for about 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and continue mixing for another 2 minutes until it increases in volume and looks “whipped”. (Since you’re starting with a fairly small volume, I had better luck using a hand mixer and a high-sided bowl than the wire whip attachment on my stand mixer.)

Gently fold the whipped coconut cream into the fruit mixture. Chill for 1 hour.


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Ancient DNA bucks take on how the horse was tamed

DNA from 2,000-year-old stallions is helping rewrite the story of horse domestication.

Ancient domesticated horses had much more genetic diversity than their present-day descendants do, researchers report in the April 28 Science. In particular, these ancient horses had many more varieties of Y chromosomes and fewer harmful mutations than horses do now.

Previous studies based on the genetics of modern horses concluded that domestication must have squeezed out much of the diversity seen in wild horses before the Ice Age. But the new findings suggest that the lack of diversity is a more recent development.

“Today, Y chromosomes of all horses are pretty much the same,” says evolutionary geneticist Ludovic Orlando of the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. As a result, scientists thought that ancient people started domesticating horses by breeding only a few stallions to many different mares.

“But when we look in the past — wow! — this is a whole new planet,” Orlando says.

Horses are thought to have been domesticated by about 5,500 years ago. Orlando’s group examined DNA from the bones of 15 Iron Age stallions from the ancient Scythian civilization: Two stallions were from a 2,700-year-old grave site in Russia and 13 were sacrificed in a burial ritual about 2,300 years ago in Kazakhstan. The team also looked at a 4,100-year-old Bronze Age mare from the Sintashta culture in Russia. Nearly all of the stallions had a different type of Y chromosome, Orlando says.

That finding challenges the idea that only a few stallions participated in the early stages of domestication. Loss of Y chromosome diversity among horses must have happened within the last 2,300 years, Orlando says, and maybe as recently as 200 to 300 years ago, when people started creating specific horse breeds. Read more at »

Mare’s Milk

Woman milking a mare in Kazakhstan. Source: National Geographic.
Source: National Geographic.

People like this woman in Kazakhstan (seen milking a horse) still drink horse milk, a practice that started more than 5,000 years ago. Genetic data from ancient Scythian horses indicates that more than 2,000 years of domestication caused changes in horse genes related to mammary gland development and milk production.

Present-day horse breeds have less genetic diversity than domesticated horses did around 2,000 years ago. Free image.

7,618 horses killed in Ireland for their meat in 2016

Two horses in the Irish countryside. From Secret Ireland website.

IRELAND (Mar. 28, 2017) — While Ireland and England are horrified at the thought of eating horses, 1bn people do so all over the world.

Some 6,033 horses were slaughtered for meat in 2015, so last year’s figure is a 25% increase. However, at the height of the recession, in 2011, 24,000 unwanted horses were slaughtered for meat here.

Many thoroughbreds who failed to make it on the racing track ended up in abattoirs at the start of this decade, when the Irish economy began to slide. Most of the carcasses are exported to Europe, where they are eaten as burgers or steaks, or even roasts.

ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling said it can be kinder to euthanise an animal humanely rather than leave it open to neglect or abuse.

“We’ve seen so many animals abandoned in bad condition over the past 10 years,” said Mr Dowling. “It is certainly favourable for an animal to be humanely destroyed, or slaughtered for meat or put to sleep by a vet.

“It is a sad situation that this is what is required, because of over-population, but, sometimes, it might be the responsible thing to do.”

Globally, consumption has been on the rise since 1990, with horse meat commonly served in China, Russia, Central Asia, Mexico, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Belgium, and Argentina.

Irish Thoroughbred Mare and Foal. Image by Alicia Frese (c) Flint Gallery.
Irish Thoroughbred Mare and Foal. Image by Alicia Frese (c) Flint Gallery.

Mr Dowling said sport and race horses are now being slaughtered for food in Ireland. Continue reading at the Irish Examiner »


Never confuse slaughter with euthanasia. Slaughter by definition is a brutal, terrifying death; euthanasia performed correctly is a peaceful and merciful end.

Horse slaughter exists for one reason only —  to supply horse meat to people who have an appetite for it.  Since horses are very rarely bred for their meat, the horse meat trade is a predatory business threatening the safety of horses all over the world.

Two horses in the Irish countryside. From Secret Ireland website.

IRISH EXAMINER article authored by Lynne Kelleher .