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!
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.
They also point out that Christmas recipes are provided by Animal Aid, the Vegan Society and Viva! for starters, main dishes, side dishes, stuffing, gravy and desserts. 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.
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 1297 vegan recipes!
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.
Whilst this roundup aim to encourage (relatively) ethical consumer choices, another option is to ‘Live simply so that all might simply live‘.
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.
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.”
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
“Running a vegan business can be tough as many are run for altruistic reasons, rather than purely to make money. The internet brought with it an opportunity to help vegan businesses by giving them more marketing muscle, and … we set up the Vegan Village website to do this.
“The Vegan Village website went live in September 1997 with contact details for 44 vegan organisations. We sent out monthly newsletters to help establish the Vegan Village concept and encourage people to get involved. In addition to the listings, there was a noticeboard for small ads, a newsdesk for press releases and news stories, and a recipe of the week to encourage people to visit the website regularly. Mini websites were offered at below cost price to help vegan businesses take their first steps on the net.
“The noticeboard processed thousands of free adverts and become one of the most popular vegan pages on the web.
“The Vegan Village was an ever-present in the Google rankings, a recommended site on BBC Search, and remained the quickest, most cost-effective way for new vegan businesses to announce their presence to the marketplace.”
The Vegan Village was archived by UKWAC Web Archive as part of the ‘unfolding recent history of UK events, interests and activities’. The latest snapshop, archived in 2011 continues to be a valuable source of information.
The Vegan Village was ‘run for fun’ by Liz at Digitalis, with grateful thanks to Andy at Imaner. Digitalis continue to offer website design services to vegan and veggie companies and Imaner Consultants continues as an ethical organisation also offering website design services.
“We would like to say a big thank you to everybody who has supported the Vegan Village over the years.”
Veggies compiles The Vegan Business Connection (VBC) to encourage mutual support for cruelty-free businesses, i.e. those using no animal ingredients whatsoever and striving to minimise environmental, human and animal rights abuses.
The V.B.C. gives as much importance to the proprietors, as to the goods or services traded. It is to those who run such businesses that we can look for guarantees of their ethical standards, and knowledge of vegan issues.
The Vegan Outreach Diary lists the increasing number of food-based vegan outreach events, from free food stalls to major vegan festivals.
Event Organisers are urged to check the diary and to submit full event details as soon as a date is set, for details to be added to this nationally coordinated diary. Provisional dates may be submitted too.
The Diary is compiled by Veggies Catering Campaign and updated constantly for use by vegan food campaigners nationwide.
The Vegan Outreach Diary is designed to be reciprocally linked from any other group, website or event with a similar mission, to demonstrate the spirit of mutual support and cooperation that is central to Veggies campaigns.
Anecdotes from 26th years catering at the frontline
Perhaps you were at J18 or M40 RTS street parties, the G8 in Stirling, Glastonbury or on Hatfield Peat Moor? You may even have stood with us in the snow at Molesworth US Airforce Base in the winter of ’85!
What was your favourite Veggies Event?
Recipies from Veggies events.
Have you been fed by Veggies at camps or gatherings, festivals or fairs, weddings or birthdays, or any other events?
Veggies Scoffer includes recipes from…
Peace News Camp
Radical Routes Gatherings
Be your own Veggies
- How to set up a Veggies group
- Trailers / street stalls / indoor fairs / event catering
- Cooking with Veggies Mixes
Guest recipies from other campaign caterers, including Anarchist Teapot, Green Garden Cafe, Something Fishy, Fairfoods, Vegan Campaigns, Shambu’s, Screaming Carrot
Veggies Tour Dates – featuring events on our annual itinerary
Veggie Summer Barbecue
Adapted from the Vegetarian Society Networking Newsletter (mainly by adding the ‘s’ to Veggies!)
This article recently featured in the Young Veggie pages of The Vegetarian.
We thought it was worth reprinting in time for summer in Youth Matters, too.
Lots of parties and get-togethers during the summer months centre around the garden and the barbecue. Even though barbecues are traditionally associated with cooking meat, vegetarians can enjoy a good barbecue as much as anyone else. Give these two menus a try for super-tasty summer barbecues.
Simple summer barbecue:
Veggies burgers, or make your own with Veggies Burger Mixes
Simple salad garnish (sliced tomatoes, greens such as lettuce or spinach, grated carrot, sliced onions)
Condiments (tomato sauce, salad cream, brown sauce, mayonnaise, chilli sauce) Crisps
Corn chips with salsa Hummus with raw vegetables (peppers, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, celery)
Fresh summer fruit (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)
Like the Sumac Centre, Veggies’ Nottingham home, Pogo Café in Hackney, London is an autonomous, non-hierarchical 100% vegan space run completely by volunteers.
Pogo aims to encourage veganism and animal liberation by providing delicious, affordable food and useful information to the local community and beyond. They host regular film nights, plus one-off gourmet dinners, raw food parties, poetry nights etc…
Like Veggies and Sumac, they are always looking for new volunteers.
You may not have visited Pogo yet, but they are in the middle of a crisis. There is a shortage of people to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the cafe, coupled with a gaping hole in the finances, threatening to force Pogo to close once and for all.
Now, more than ever, Pogo needs you!
Please tell your friends in London
Send this message out on your email lists or social networks
Donate a pound or two via their website
If you can’t get to Hackney, you could donate the price of a coffee!
“The only thing we disagree with is her time-scale. We know that in Kenya the price of maize has increased by more than 50% since we left at the end of March – two months, never mind two decades. At that time we were paying 2200 Kenyan shillings (about £17) per 90-kilo bag. Now it is 3500 shillings (about £27) and increasing. Beans cost twice as much. Admittedly some of the present increases are due to speculation on the food market but will they come down again? And they come on the top of what had already been a 50% increase in the previous year. Four years ago we could buy maize for less than 1000/- a bag. Imagine how this affects the poor, who already have to spend all the money they have on food. Now they simply haven’t got the money to be able to eat. The rising cost also makes it increasingly difficult for charities like HIPPO to continue to help them.
“Oxfam cites a number of reasons for the impending disaster. The one that they consistently fail to address is the most serious one of all, which is simply that more and more meat is being eaten in the world by more and more people and farm livestock consume about 10 times more food than they produce.
“In fact farm animals should not be considered as food-producers at all since they are overwhelmingly net food consumers.
“The world’s people are eating more animal-based foods every year whilst the world’s population is growing rapidly. Meanwhile the remaining wild areas of the world are rapidly being destroyed to feed farm animals, e.g. the vast clearance of the Amazon rainforest to grow soya for feeding to the cattle, pigs and poultry of Europe, leading to changes in the world climate, especially in the patterns of rainfall. Trees are the ‘pumps’ that recycle water back into the atmosphere.
“HIPPO has been saying this since its foundation in 1999 and some others have been saying it for even longer. But even taken all together we are but a David to the Goliath of the worldwide meat and dairy industry. That is why we are sending you this email, asking you to take its message to heart and to pass it on, please.
“The world as a whole needs to consume less meat. As individuals our best contribution is to eat none at all. We can use the money we save to help the poor!”
Since 1984 Veggies has been pleased to support the work of Vegfam in ‘feeding the the hungry without exploiting animals’.
The fragile environment cannot support two populations – humans and their food animals. Vegfam raises funds to eliminate hunger, thirst, malnutrition, and starvation, helping people in over 40 countries, by financing sustainable, self-supporting plant food projects, fruit and nut tree planting, irrigation and water wells.
We have sponsored and distributed Vegfam fliers and raised funds through a premium on the sales of bottled water and donations from our ‘samosas for social change‘ project.
Well, not actually ours, but Growing with Grace is looking for investment to save their stock-free organic farm!
Former Sumac volunteer, Eleanor Fairbrother has recently become a grower at Growing With Grace, an organic farm in the Yorkshire Dales.
The farm is an amazing place, with 2 acres of glass houses. It supplies organic vegetables to local people via its shop, box scheme, and wholesale to other retail outlets. It is committed to its stock free status, with all its fertility coming from an onsite composting scheme of the local green waste.
Growing With Grace is also committed to environmental stewardship, using biodiesel made on site in its tractors and delivery vehicles, and promoting biodiversity in the greenhouses with permaculture techniques, including a spectacular forest garden under glass (with peaches, figs, and nectarines!). It is also committed to co-operation and non-hierarchy, having been a workers co-op since its inception, and now being a community co-op.
The farm has been in financial trouble for 2 years, after a failed take over by a larger social enterprise, but it now has a bunch of new directors who have changed it from a workers co-op to a community co-op, reorganised the business plan, and are now doing a share issue to raise funds to save the farm.
Growing with Grace needs around £60,000 to make it financially viable and has until the end of July to get it!
They are asking individuals / groups to buy a £100 share in the farm (or more if you want!). You will then be part owner of the farm, and able to vote at AGMs etc. The farm will be able to get back on its feet, and will be able to get back to full production and profitability. Copies of the share issue prospectus, and an application form are available in PDF form on our website.
It is essentially an ethical donation, but technically you could withdraw your money in a couple of years, and you can also expect to get a small dividend on your money from around the same time. Until they have raised enough money that they know they are financially viable, your money will be kept in a holding account, and if they don’t raise enough money to save the farm, we will return it.
As a ‘stock-free’ farm no animal products such as blood, bonemeal or slurry from factory farmed animals are used. More information on truely animal friendly farming can be obtained from the Vegan Organic Network.
Black Combe Housing Co-op are looking for new members
Our aim is to set up a new housing co-op in Morecambe and we are looking for more members! We’re all enthusiastic about creating a supportive community and want to hear from people who would like to become part of this project with us.
We are looking for people who believe in working towards social change, in the many forms this can take, who are committed to a simple green lifestyle and who would be happy to live in a vegan house. The project is starting, so we need enthusiastic people that can commit time and energy to make it happen.
If you think you’d like to get involved or if you want to find out more, please get in touch! We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Stacey, Ian, Matt, Aurora and Rory – Black Combe Housing Co-op
Vegan Society, staff, trustees, local contacts and members have worked very hard in 2010 giving talks and radio interviews, meeting with policy makers, getting articles published, producing information resources and growing our trademark among other things. Here are a few highlights from the year:
Making the Connection
Environment Films in association with The Vegan Society have produced a new 30 minute film called Making the Connection. It was launched on World Vegan Day and features a variety of people including a chef, a farmer, a Member of Parliament, an athlete, a dietician and a poet.It is aimed at non-vegans and if you wish to watch the film it is hosted on YouTube. If you would like to organise a group showing to non-vegans such as in a school, university, arts cinema or at a vegan food tasting event, please contact Amanda for a copy of the film on 0121 523 1737 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Great North Run Success
A team sponsored by The Vegan Society entered the Great North Run 2010 to dispel the tired myth of the ‘weedy vegan’. The fifteen vegan runners were captained by elite vegan marathon runner Fiona Oakes. Fiona ran 1 hr 20 min 51 sec, ahead of former 10K World Champion and Olympic silver medallist, Liz McColgan (1 h 25 m 9 s), six other Elite Women and seven of the Elite Men. The runners worked hard to get coverage in their local media, highlighting the benefits of their vegan lifestyles.
Natural and Organic Products Exhibition
In April The Vegan Society exhibited at The Natural and Organic Products Europe (NOPE) exhibition.c Exhibiting alongside the leaders in the industry raises the profile of our trademark scheme and the charity as a whole. The Business Development team were overwhelmed by the interest expressed in the trademark from companies attending the show.
Vegan School Dinners
We have been working on a series of vegan recipes for schools. They have been nutritionally analysed and the next stage is to get them tested. If you are able to establish contact with schools or caterers that could test dishes to serve 30 people please get in touch with Rebecca Henderson: email@example.com. The aim is for these recipes to become the vegetarian option in schools.
Following the request for our members to send comments to Tesco on how they could better cater for vegans, Vegan Society CEO Nigel Winter had a further meeting with Tesco Head Office. They received comments from over 200 people and found the information very useful. They have produced a report summarising the requests and will use this to inform future planning. They have also produced a frequently asked questions list to help their staff to answer questions. Please continue to give constructive feedback to Tesco and other companies – it’s a great way to prove (potential) vegan demand to these businesses.
Our CEO, Nigel Winter, appeared in an edition of Lakes on a Plate which was broadcast on Channel 4 on 4 October before Countdown. He walked in the fells with local chef Peter Sidwell and talked about Donald Watson who lived in the area. He also discussed reasons for being vegan and was served vegan onion soup on top of the very windy fell.
The Restaurant Show 2010
Vegan Society staff spoke to over 500 chefs, caterers, students, manufacturers, restaurateurs, lecturers and other catering industry workers for the three days of The Restaurant Show 2010 – the UK’s ‘premier fine-dining show’. They distributed information, such as copies of our Vegan Catering for All guide for professional caterers. They also gave out application packs for our Vegan-Friendly Promise window-sticker scheme and our Sunflower Standard Vegan Trademark for caterers. Please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to help support caterers where you live to start offering great vegan dishes.
The Vegan Society also sponsored a ‘Vegan and Botanical Experience’ Masterclass on the Centre Stage at the Show. Fatih Güven, Head Chef from Saf Restaurants London presented the Masterclass. He demonstrated tempeh and mushroom dumplings, steamed in rice papers and served with a black vinaigrette. The invited panel of tasters, and volunteers from the audience loved the food.
The Vegan Pledge
We are receiving increasing numbers of requests to take The Vegan Pledge with over 1,000 new pledges this year. The good news is that a significant number of those people are staying vegan.
Calling Older Vegans Using Care Services
Our Advocacy Officer, Rebecca Henderson, is keen to find older vegans living in care homes as well as older vegans living in their own homes and using care services, this includes lunch clubs, day centres and home delivered meals. If you use one of these services yourself, or you know an older vegan who does, then please email Rebecca with details at email@example.com
Membership of The Vegan Society gives us a louder voice when representing vegans in discussions with caterers, retailers, manufacturers and policy makers. Thank you to all of our members for helping us to achieve so many things this year. If you are not yet a member of The Vegan Society please do consider joining (http://www.vegansociety.com/membership.aspx).