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What is a Vegan

What is a Vegan?

I get this question a lot. I work with a bunch of meat eaters (is ‘bunch’ the collective term? Answers on a postcard…) some of whom have only recently got their head around what a vegetarian is. Just so you know, a vegetarian doesn’t eat meat. If it once had a heartbeat, veggies don’t eat […]

Why be Vegan?

Why be Vegan?

It seems that the majority of people, even steak guzzling ones, understand why someone might become a vegetarian. Although most people don’t like to think about it, they know deep down that meat comes from the killing of animals, and let’s face it, that’s not too nice. If forced to contemplate it, most people can […]

How to be Vegan.

How to be Vegan.

The great news is eating a vegan diet has never been easier. Vegan meals can be as easy and cheap to make as beans on toast or as expensive and complex as tomato terrine with basil infused sauce and poached asparagus. Like anything in life, it’s what you make it. I don’t view it as […]

Easy Vegan Recipes

Healthy, yummy, easy. Who could ask for more?

Miso, veggie, tofu and noodle soup

This soup is healthy, tasty, comes together in a short space of time and fills you right up. As the nights grow darker and often colder too, one’s mind naturally turns to comforting, warming soup. To be honest with you though, I make this at any time of year ’cause it’s so easy and yummy. […]

Eight melting moments

Melting Moments

This is, hands down, the most indulgent thing I make. I mean, the sugar content is pretty much off the scale. However, if you’re looking to have an incredibly rich, biscuit-y, crumbly, crunchy treat that oozes smooth sweet filling as you bite into it, this may just be the recipe for you. You don’t have […]

Just out of the oven...

Gingerbread

An autumnal favourite, gingerbread is an easy, comforting treat to bake at this time of year and will make your kitchen smell fantastic. The best bit is that you probably have all the ingredients at home already. This recipe is enough for TWO standard loaf tins, but you can do it in one 20cmX20cm cake […]

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Vegan Meals Out

Simple, but delicious pizza

The Restaurants of Pisa, Italy

I was lucky enough to take a trip to Pisa, Italy recently. The hotel had been booked in a hurry so we had no time to check how vegan friendly Pisa was. We needn’t have worried. You’ll probably know that Italian food is generally pretty flexible and there’s always penne all’arrabbiata to fall back on, […]

Vegan sticker

Zizzi (UK wide chain restaurant)

Branches of Zizzi can be found all over the UK and it’s great to see a chain restaurant making the effort to cater to vegans. They now have a specific vegan menu which you can ask for on arrival and although having a basic pasta with tomato sauce is a tad uninspiring (even though you […]

Lentil Cottage Pie is my favourite

Toby Carvery 2016

As I’ve said before, a carvery isn’t the obvious dining option for the vegan-about-town, however, it may surprise you to learn that there are more vegan options to choose from here than at many similar styled establishments.  If you wander into a typical pub you’ll be lucky to get a baked potato and beans. More […]

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Animals

We cheer for pigs, then eat them. Why?

Pigs

Pigs are more intelligent than dogs. Does that surprise you? The phrase ‘pig ignorant’ is a complete misnomer. I think that pigs are one of the world’s most underrated animals. People see them as meat and respond to any article on pig intelligence or worth with the, always hilarious, ‘Mmmm, bacon.’ I mean sure, there […]

Foxes can be fascinating to watch

Foxes Rock

Foxes have been in the news a bit recently and it seems everyone has an opinion. There are those who feel animosity towards foxes after some reports in the media that they have attacked children in urban areas. I find this to be an overreaction for reasons I’ll come to later, but it also seems […]

Sheep are friendly and gentle

Sheep. Fools or cool?

We recently celebrated Chinese New Year, with a few simple stir fries and such that even I couldn’t screw up, and welcomed in The Year of the Sheep. It got me thinking of how people view sheep. Would you be proud to be born in a year of the sheep, or a little embarrassed? Because […]

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What can vegans eat?

We like almond & coconut milk in our house

Milk

Plant milks are the non-frightening, yummy alternative to dairy milk. They’re often fortified with calcium and B12 among other things and have none of the horrid qualities of dairy, such as pus, growth hormones, antibiotics, cancer promoting animal protein and cholesterol. Also, milk from cows is supposed to feed their calves, not us. The same […]

Silken tofu

Tofu

Tofu can be a rather misunderstood foodstuff. It’s viewed as bland, though if prepared properly it can be one of the most flexible, healthy and tasty ingredients you could find. The thing about tofu is it absorbs flavour, which means it doesn’t have a strong flavour of its own. That’s the key. I once prepared […]

Can be useful for all sorts of things

Unusual Vegan Ingredients – Nutritional Yeast

Many people see going vegan as giving up certain foods. While that may be strictly true in that animal products of any kind are most definitely off the table, other foods sneak their way into your diet and you’re all the richer for it. What do I mean? Well, there are many foods I eat […]

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Cruelty Free Living

This issue is a no-brainer for most people

Protest!

I have a confession to make. Although I’ve been what acquaintances have often referred to as ‘one of those animal rights people’ for the thick end of thirty years, I have never attended a formal protest. Having staged small, individual protests at school (refusing to cook with meat in home economics, opting out of the […]

Go feed the birds instead

Ten Alternatives to Animal ‘Entertainment’

If you enjoy being out and about, enjoying nature, then good for you. If you’re interested in animals, then cool. If you like visiting local attractions while on holiday, marvellous. If you think that these things cannot be enjoyed without exploiting, humiliating, hurting, caging or killing animals, then I’m here to tell you that’s a […]

Bunny friendly cosmetics

Vegan household

As a vegan, every aspect of your life should be as compassionate as possible. Unfortunately, some vegans get the reputation for being shrill, obstinate creatures. In their defense, I would say it is pretty tough being vegan in a non-vegan world and easy to get cynical, but really, compassion towards all animals should include humans […]

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Vegan News

Locally baked cake

Scottish Vegan Festival 2016

            When you go to a vegan fair, take my advice, arrive hungry. I mean skip breakfast and get down there with a proper appetite. If you don’t, you may regret it. There’s so much more to a vegan fair besides food of course (what do you mean, ‘is there?’) […]

My final haul!

Edinburgh Vegan Festival 2016

Right in the midst of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and just across the road from the Edinburgh Book Festival lay, for one weekend, the Edinburgh Vegan Festival. This is the second year the Roxburghe Hotel has played host and I must say, spread over two days instead of one, it felt a lot less ram […]

Considerit Chocolate's oh-so-true sign

Leith Market Vegan Quarter

Most towns and cities these days have a farmers’ market and they can be brilliant places for picking up local produce. Edinburgh’s port of Leith has its own market every Saturday, and on the first Saturday of each month this incorporates a ‘Vegan Quarter‘. I went along to the first one back in March. The […]

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Book Reviews

Beans are good for you & your body will get used to them!

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

To say Skinny Bitch is straight talking might be a bit of an understatement. If you’re offended by bluntness and swearing then this isn’t the book for you. However, it’s all written in a tongue-in-cheek style, so even though it’s very, um, straightforward, there’s a fair dollop of humour in there too. This book is […]

If you can, eat berries every day

How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger with Gene Stone

Many of you will be familiar with NutritionFacts.org but for those who aren’t, I’ll fill you in. It’s a fantastic resource for those who want to learn about the connection between food and health. Dr. Michael Greger and his team sift through all the papers published in English about nutrition, then present the salient points […]

A baboon caged in a zoo

Animal Rights by Mark Rowlands

I have been described, rather disparagingly, as ‘one of those animal rights people.’ The phrase ‘animal rights’ seems to have gone out of fashion, sometimes replaced with ‘animal welfare’ as though to see non-human animals as having rights at all is ridiculous -the strange, non-conformist philosophy of crazed left wing hippies. The theme of whether […]

Product Reviews

Practical, pretty packaging

Pitxu’s Cakes and Bakes

When there’s a special occasion, the centrepiece of many parties is the cake. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or just having friends round for some cupcakes, everyone loves a sweet treat. When you’re vegan though, cakes can often be off the menu, which is disappointing to put it mildly.   However, help is at hand. […]

Tastes great with veggies on the side.

Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Vegetable Lasagne

I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t like lasagne. As a vegan though, unless you go to some super cool vegan Italian restaurant or have the time and patience to make one for yourself, lasagne can be a bit thin on the ground. There are recipes out there, some good ones too, but the […]

Original Choc Shot

Choc Shot

All registered with the Vegan Society, the three varieties of Choc Shot from Sweet Freedom are a low calorie alternative to hot chocolate. Having a cocoa is all very well, but you generally need something to sweeten it up, and that’s where extra sugar can scupper your diet. Sweetened only with fruit sweetener (from apples, […]

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