Custard the foal left motherless by the nurse mare industry is rescued

Via One Green Planet

Caslon Quote Left BlackThanks to the tireless efforts of Edgar’s Mission and the folks at Horse Shepherd Rehabilitation Center, an orphaned foal named Custard has been given a second chance to grow up with a loving mother. For those of you who are meeting Custard for the first time, here is a little background about our hero.

Custard’s mother is a thoroughbred mare who was ripped away from her baby and forced to foster another foal. Custard was only two-and-a-half weeks old when this happened. This is common practice in many facets of the husbandry industry and one that leaves many animals without mothers.

Thankfully Edgar’s Mission took charge of Custard and got in touch with the Horse Shepherd Rehabilitation Center. As luck would have it, the rehabilitation center had a mare who had recently lost her own foal to natural causes. When we left Custard, she was on her way to meet Meg in the hopes that she and her foster mother would accept each other.

See also this uplifting page on which includes Custard’s rescue and six other heartwarming stories. It’s called “Seven Animals Who are Blissful of Anything Outside of Their Happiness Bubble”. Go there now »

Watch the video at One Green Planet to see how Meg and Custard are now fully bonded and as happy as any family can be. Go there now »


Milk of Death: The Dark Side of the Nurse Mare Industry, by Jane Allin.


Custard and Edgars Mission Director Pam Ahern (pictured at top) stepped in to give Custard the reassurance and love she needed until a long-term home could be found for the foal. Thanks to the loving team at Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary, she was able to be bonded with foster mare, Megs, who is now giving her everything she needs to grow into a happy and healthy horse.

Easy Vegan Vanilla Bean Custard


This recipe arrives here via the vegan blog of a charming young lady called Kathy Patalsky. Links to her terrific books at the end.

First, let’s read what she says about this recipe:

“This easy vegan Vanilla Bean Custard can be whipped up in a few minutes, chilled and ready to enjoy in just under an hour. Simple. Subtle. Sweetly satisfying. Because sometimes the simple flavors are the best.”

“Vanilla bliss awaits you! This healthy dessert is one to try.”

Let’s go!

Easy Vegan Vanilla Bean Custard
vegan, 2 servings


3 Tbsp melted extra virgin coconut oil**
12 ounces silken tofu, room temperature
1/2 – 1 tsp vanilla bean powder or 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (vanilla extract will not have the same flavor as whole bean products.)
1/3 tsp pink salt (or sub regular salt)
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 – 1/2 cup maple syrup, grade B (sweeten to taste)


1. Add the tofu, salt, vanilla bean, cinnamon and melted coconut oil to a blander. Blend on low until smooth.

2. Add in 1/4 cup of the sweetener and blend until smooth. Do a taste test and add more sweetener as desired. I added about 1/3 cup total. Blend for another 1-3 minutes on medium to whip some air into the mixture.

3. Pour mixture into a jar or directly into serving cups.

4. Place in the fridge until fully chilled, at least an hour for the richest texture. For a softer, more melted texture you can serve only slightly chilled. Sprinkle vanilla bean powder on top or garnish with leftover vanilla bean pod.

**Want the consistency a bit thicker? -> Add another 1-3 tablespoons of the melted coconut oil. This will firm up the custard quite a bit. For a softer custard, use less.



If — as soon as you saw silken tofu as an ingredient — you thought yuck no, I am not trying that, please read this.

It is most likely you have had a bad experience with firm or solid tofu. That is because it is preserved in brine and the individual cooking with it did not rinse and press it first. You can learn more about this at our Advocate From Your Plate website at this link:

Silken Tofu is a liquid and is wonderful to work with. No briny taste, I promise!

You may drool over this website more than you do over these recipes!



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