Friday, November 14th, 2014
Read on for Recipes and a whole lot more…
The first stop on our tour takes us to the Yuletide recipes and advice from the Vegan Family’s Christmas website, with everything from Cashew Nut Roast with Sage and onion stuffing to the Christmas Pudding recipe.
You’ll find lots of other useful advice at the VeganFamily site, including info for kids, a full range of family-friendly recipes, shopping sites, books and more, and there’s an Easter section too. To be honest their site is much better than this!
Other good sources of information include:
VeggieKids, a project of Viva!, is a one-stop shop for young veggies or vegans — and their parents and carers. For a free download of their recipe booklet, written by children, which includes Chocolate Pudding Cake and a Cashew Mushroom Roast, visit the Veggie Kids website.
For recipes for such delights as Tofu Turkey, a speciality of our Steve, and Christmas Cup Cakes, visit the Vegan Easy website.
Cooking For Vegans offer good advice on how to accommodate vegans and omnivores at the same meal on their Vegan Christmas Dinner site.
The Vegetarian Society also have some nice Christmas recipes. Not all of them are vegan but they label the ones that are or can be made vegan. Start with the Christmas Pie, then check out over 50 other recipes at their veggiechristmas.org mini-site.
Vegetarian and Vegan France even have a recipe for Christmas Pudding Porridge. They say that this is not as ridiculous as it may seem, as before the 16th century porridge was the original christmas pudding – dried fruit and spices work as well in porridge as in a pudding!
For many more ideas simply add ‘vegan recipe’ to anything you fancy on an internet search, often finding good results on the BBC Food website, which currently includes 1148 vegan recipes!
To spread the word, the Vegetarian Society’s Christmas Resources are available for individuals, or for stalls and displays, whilst the Cost of Christmas site has more direct information on the plight of animals eaten in a traditional Christmas dinner.
Some recipes include vegetarian suet, made from palm oil. If you’d rather avoid palm oil to protect the forest home of threatened urangutans, try the suet-free Christmas pudding recipe from Fairfoods and/or Veggies Nut Roast (below).
Veggies Nut Roast
We at Veggies catering Campaign have been asked to put together a nut roast. Trials & tastings are now complete so this is the exclusive announcement that it is now available by mail order!
We have used 47% organically grown ingredients, all that can be, except the nuts. Organic nuts would make it prohibitively expensive, but we welcome feedback, or can consider special orders…
The mail order price is £5, enough for 2-3 generous portions, or £2.70 if bought in conjunction with other items.
See mail order details …here…
For yet more info, Adrian’s Vegan Christmas website includes:
- Eating guide – vegan recipes and food products for Christmas.
- Celebrating guide – everything you need to celebrate Christmas properly!
- Vegan advent calendars
- Vegan charity cards
- Christmas holidays
- Gift Guide – what to buy and what not to buy for the vegan in your life.
- Local vegan guides – where to eat and shop vegan in your local area.
Vegan Christmas Fairs
These events from the the Vegan Outreach Diary provide an excellent opportunity to find dozens, or even 100+ vegan friendly groups and businesses under one room, often with free food samples, talks, films and cookery demonstrations too.
- Saturday 22nd November: SW Christmas Without Cruelty Festival
- Saturday 29th November: Viva!’s Incredible Vegan Christmas Show
- Sunday 30th November: Brinsley Animal Rescue Christmas Open Day with Food by Veggies!
- Wednesday 3rd December: 3 Valley Veg*ns’ Vegan Christmas Dinner (Sowerby Bridge)
- Saturday 6th December: Compassionate Derby with Food by Veggies!
- Saturday 6th December: Shrewsbury Cruelty FREE Christmas Fair
- Sunday 7th December: Animal Aid’s Christmas Fair with Food by Veggies!
- Sunday 14th December: Sumac Winter Crafts Fair with Food by Veggies!
- Saturday 20th December: Birmingham Cruelty-Free Christmas Fair 2014
For more events visit the Vegan Outreach Diary
More Christmas Shopping
For vegan chocolate, sweets & snacks from a grass-roots vegan campaigner, support Lakeside Ethical Treats
For new and exciting, all-vegan products including a Christmas Plum Pudding, Advent Calendars, Chocolate Apricots and Chocolate Coin Bags visit the Animal Aid Shop
Find Kids books, t-shirts chocolate and more at Veganfamily.co.uk. They also have links to other ethical shopping sites.
Vegan Christmas Gifts from Shop Vegan include perfumes, shoes, Booja Booja Chocolates and even give sponsorship for Hillfields Animal Sanctuary.
For Holy Cow Chocolate Santas, Chocolate Xmas Tree Decorations and a whole the more visit the Vegan Store.
For Santa Is Vegan Christmas T-Shirts And Gifts visit the Vegan owned & operated the Veggie Shirts (from the USA)
For more useful & random items Buy Stuff from Veggies, including Veggies Scoffer recipe book, an excellent stocking filler and tummy filler!
If you know other vegan, Christmas themed recipe sites, events or distinctive online shopping, please contact us.
Please give the gift of life with a donation to VEGFAM, to “feed the hungry without exploiting animals. VEGFAM helps people overseas by providing funds for self-supporting, sustainable food projects and the provision of safe drinking water.
By the way, if you would like to use vegetable suet, consider this:
The supplier of Community Foods vegetable suet has provided the following information about the palm oil used in production of this product:
“Regarding sustainable palm oil we are a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and our supply chain is validated to BM Trada. The palm oil we buy is “Mass Balance” and as such recognized as sustainable. “
“The palm oil we supply within our product is from the Mass Balance Scheme, which guarantees that for every kg of “non-segregated” palm oil which is sold an equivalent kg of “fully segregated” palm oil is manufactured and sold. This scheme is used to fund the growth in “fully segregated” palm oil plantations, so that supply can fulfill worldwide demand for “fully segregated” palm oil, which is currently not possible.”
Read more about Palm Oil at Ethical Consumer
The formation of the RSPO has not been without criticism from various sectors, especially the environmental NGOs. The main issues flagged include: The impact of palm oil plantation expansion on the Orang Utan population; Destruction of tropical forest for the new oil palm plantation schemes in South-East Asia; The burning and draining of large tracks of peat swamp forest in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Wikipedea 29Nov12
Vegan Christmas Guide, updated with recipes, vegan fairs, shopping, family friendly tips PLUS Veggies NEW Nut Roast! http://t.co/vSzV2VfGao
— Veggies Catering (@veggiesnottm) November 14, 2014
Published on: Nov 19, 2012
Re-published on: Nov 12, 2013
This update published on: Nov 14, 2014