Archive for the ‘Veganism’ Category
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Vegan Recipes from over 25 years on the catering front line
November 2010: This new title from Scoffer Publications is at the early draft stage.
Please send your anecdotes, endorsements, pictures and recipe ideas.
Veggies Scoffer may include…
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?
Send us your recollections.
Recipies from Veggies events, including gatherings, festivals and fairs
- Have you been fed by Veggies at camps or gatherings, festivals or fairs, weddings or birthdays, or any other events?
- Let us know which is your favourite Veggies Food, and why?
- Climate Camps
- Peace News Camp
- AR Gatherings
- Radical Routes Gatherings
- Veggieskool Catering
- Peoples Kitchen
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 (yes), Green Garden Cafe, Something Fishy, Fair Foods, Vegan Campaigns, Shambu’s, Screaming Carrot
Veggies Tour Dates – featuring events on our annual itinerary
Were You There?
Please send anecdotes, endorsements, pictures and recipe ideas.
Veggies Scoffer is now available from our Scoffer Publications section.
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Ronny’s new Cheap ‘n’ Easy Vegan Cooking book has arrived!
Ten years on from Ronny’s original Cake Scoffer, this new title has another 25 amazing and yummy recipes in the same inimitable style.
The original has been the mainstay of many people’s kitchen bookshelf and this new one promises to be just as popular.
You can order one or one hundred copies direct from Veggies, (who have funded the publication of the book)!
Send £1.50 per copy + postage:
1 or 2 copies: £1.50 each + 36p;
3-5 copies: £1.50 each + 92p;
7-9 copies: £1.50 each + £1.23
(Postage as at April 2011)
Availabe in bulk for group fundraising
- 10 – 49 copies = 90p each (60% of cover price).
- 50 or more = 75p (50% cover price) + delivery.
- Contact us to check availability and delivery cost.
We will be at the Rally for Farmed Animal in London on Saturday 2nd October and can supply bulk orders free of delivery cost, with advance notice.
Or arrange collection at one of our many other events – see the diary of Veggies Events
Breakfast Scoffer, and more…
Also available, (sorry no bulk discount):
- The Breakfast Scoffer – £1.50
Breakfast need never again be dull for vegans. There’s everything in here from Banana Maple Pancakes and Scrambled Tofu, to smoothies, and Chocolate Fudge Cake (for breakfast?). Just try it!
Wholesale from Active Distribution.
50+copies & comments: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Cake Scoffer – £1.25
One of Britain’s most experienced vegan caterers and cake engineers. If you enjoy eating vegan cakes, but are never quite sure how to make them, you’ll love this 20 page laminated and illustrated booklet packed with exciting egg and dairy free cake, dessert and sweet recipes. Includes ultimate cheesecake, three types of chocolate cake, lemon explosion cake, DIY sweets, two types of gingerbread, microwave sponge pudding and more.
Wholesale from Active Distribution.
Group bulk enquiries: email@example.com.
- The Salad Scoffer: Picnic And Party Food Recipes – £1.25
Ronny explains how to prepare awesome mouth-watering kitchen creations, such as: Nottage Cheese, Geek Salad, Eggless Mushroom & Aubergine Quiche, Guacamole, Carrot & Celeriac Salad, Pasta Salad, Mock Duck Salad, and much more. The essential antidote to packaged foods for vegans, trainee vegans, relatives of vegans, kitchen scientists, students, frustrated bingers and snack addicts, people with allergies, and curious cooks wanting to know how vegans “do it” without eggs and cow extracts. If you don’t fit into one of the above categories, then just buy this book anyway for the novelty value and cute pictures.
Wholesale from Active Distribution.
Group bulk enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Special offer: All 4 titles £6.00 inc p&p!
Send cheque to ‘Veggies’, 245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham NG7 6HX
Or order with Paypal or plastic at this /books-and-publications/ page.
Visit Scoffer Towers – Home to the Cheap ‘n’ Easy Vegan Cooking series of books
Here’s a sample recipe from the Scoffer Kitchen:
French Apple Pie
- 1 part margarine (I use Vitalite)
- 2 parts flour (I use white flour, but half and half white and brown would work.
- 1.5 cups flour (approx 12 floz)
- 0.75 cups marg (approx 6 floz)
- 6 small-medium apples
- Soft brown demerera sugar
- Slice the apples as thinly (discarding cores) as you reasonably can with a knife (don’t bother peeling or showing off with a razor blade or owt) and place in a colander, layer by layer.
- As you put each layer of apples in, sprinkle the sugar over until it coats the rings of apples evenly. Leave to sit while you make the pastry.
- Rub the fat into the flour and a pinch of salt with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. You’ll know you’re rubbing rightly if your palms remain clean (all those incidents with a plastic ruler on the back of my knees in Domestic Science lessons taught me summat).
- Add cold water, little by little, to the mix and clump together with your hands or with a spoon until you have a ball o’dough. Don’t over-mix.
- Either roll out or flatten with your palms onto a greased baking tray. Then arrange the apple slices on top about two layers thick. Press down against the dough firmly as you lay them.
- Dredge the top with cinnamon, sprinkle with a little more sugar if you have a sweet tooth and then bake in a medium cool (gas mark 4-5 / 180C) oven for 30 mins.
- Allow to cool before eating or it’ll take the roof of yer mouth off. Best served the following day.
Scoffer Publications are also available from:
Find these and more ‘Print and Publication’ contacts on Veggies Directory.
Friday, August 27th, 2010
All the vegan caterers deserve your support in the UK Vegan Awards. Veggies is very pleased to be amongst them!
The UK Vegan Awards 2010 are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the products, places, companies, organisations and campaign groups who make a real difference to veganism, animals and the environment.
Voting in the 10 categories will take just 2 minutes. Please click here to vote now.
PRIZE DRAW – Everyone who votes has the chance to win a gift voucher worth up to £30. Gift vouchers have been donated by the following online vegan shops:
Vegan Essentials – www.veganessentials.com
Green Valley Trading Company – www.gvtc.co.uk
Simply add your name and email address where asked to do so or leave blank if you don’t wish to enter. We will only contact the winners.
The award and prize draw winners will be announced at the West Midlands Vegan Festival on Saturday 30th October in Wolverhampton.
Voting will end at 12 midnight on Thursday 28th October.
Please click here to vote now.
Read all about Veggies – the Award Winning Caterer
Monday, August 9th, 2010
ARUK 2010 Animal Rights Summer Gathering
August 27th to 30th.
We’re on the final countdown to the Summer Gathering: below is an update and some important information for those planning to attend. Keep an eye on the website for further updates over the next few weeks, or get in touch for more details.
The gathering will officially start on Friday 27th August after lunch, and will end on the afternoon of Monday 30th (Bank Holiday). You are more than welcome in the days before and after these dates to help set up the site and clear away afterwards, vegan food and camping space will be provided for these volunteers.
This is the national gathering of the grass roots animal rights movement. It’s a chance for activists from throughout the country to get together for a weekend of talks, discussions, workshops and films on a wide range of topics connected to animal rights activism, to take stock of where we are and make plans for the future, as well as some practical and skills based workshops and activities to share and learn new skills.
There will also be plenty of time and opportunities for us to relax and unwind, to spend some time catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones, to try some tasty vegan food and drinks, all in in beautiful rural surroundings.
*Timetable / Workshops*
There are already some great workshops, discussions, talks and entertainment planned, but there’s space for much more, so if you’ve got anything interesting to contribute please get in touch soon with your ideas. This applies also to practical and skills based workshops.
Accommodation on site will be camping. Bring clothing and camping equipment suitable for all weathers if possible. If you don’t have a tent don’t worry, you can stay in one of the big marquees which will be on site throughout. Don’t forget to bring a torch as well if possible!
To enable us to plan facilities and catering etc please let us know in advance if you plan to attend, how many of you and when you expect to arrive/leave. There will be 2 mobile phone contacts if you have any problems, these will be available nearer the time.
If you are using public transport, here are a few tips to enable you to plan your journey. There is a bus which takes you from Northampton (Grey Friars) bus station to the site of the gathering. If you are coming to Northampton by train there is a 10 minute walk to the bus station. The journey time from the bus station to the gathering site is half an hour, the bus leaves the bus station at the following times 07.45, 0900, 1020, 1210, 1405, 1645 and 1800, and there are no buses on Sundays, so please bear this in mind when making connections. If you have to arrive or leave after 1800, or on Sunday (when the bus doesn’t run), contact us and we’ll try to make other arrangements.
If you are driving, the directions depend on which direction you’re coming from, so contact us for details how to get there. The site is fairly central, it is only about 15 minutes from the major junction of the M1/M6/A14.
If you’re driving to the gathering and can offer spaces to fellow activists either from your area or en route, please get in touch so we can get more people involved. Or if you need a ride, get in touch and we’ll try to put you in touch with others from your area.
Volunteers for Set-up
If you’re free earlier in the week to help set up the site, put up marquees etc, and/or you can stay a few days afterwards to help tidy up the site, you’ll be very welcome, we’ll provide camping space and food, some good company, and as well as some work we’ll have some fun and a bit of entertainment too no doubt! Please let us know if you can do this so we can get an idea of numbers, thanks in advance.
Volunteers will also be needed during the gathering for a variety of tasks such as catering, washing up, getting workshop spaces ready, recycling, driving to pick up activists and supplies, gate duty etc, there’ll be a rota organised at the site for this
Vegan Catering Skillsharing
If you want to get involved with the catering, it’s a great way to learn about vegan catering and to meet new people. We will run two cooking sessions a day as ‘mass vegan catering workshops’, and will also hope to hold cake baking sessions. The start time will be advertised on a board at the kitchen each day, but will generally be about 3 hours before each meal. We will actively encourage people to pass on skills and learn about vegan cooking.
Veggies Catering Campaign will be providing three tasty vegan meals per day
at a reasonable price. Plus Veggies d-i-y Cafe will run throughout the weekend with drinks and snacks, as well as stalls offering a selection of vegan goodies.
Vegan Fish and Chips
On top of this, the world’s first and only mobile vegan fish and chips caterers will be on hand all weekend if you fancy something different. For more information about “Something Fishy”, visit their website www.something-fishy.org.uk
It would be very useful for us to know how many children are likely to attend, and also whether their parents will provide food for them, or whether they eat alongside adults.
If you have any food-related enquiries such as special diets/allergies, please contact us in advance and we will try to help.
If you’re a First Aider, let us know when you’ll be there, and don’t forget your First Aid kit! There will be First Aid workshop on the timetable as well.
Sorry No Dogs
Sorry dogs are now allowed because the gathering will be on land where there are rescued farmed animals. However the central location may make it easier for day visits.
For updates check back with the website or contact us for more details.
Phone: 07899 775493
Mail: ARUK 2010,
245 Gladstone Street,
The gatherings play a vital role in promoting and co-ordinating the movement.
If you or your group can help by making a donation, send cheques/PO’s payable to “ARGathering” and send to the address above, or use the paypal/plastic donation button on the AR Calendar listing at http://www.veggies.org.uk/event.php?ref=1711
The next AR Gathering is likely to be around the 12th or 19th August 2011.
Details will be on the Gathering website near the time, and on the Animal Rights Calendar. Details will be circulated on the Animal Rights Gathering Mailing List.
Friday, July 23rd, 2010
I can confirm that palm oil is not used in any First Quality Foods products.
Sent: 23 July 2010 11:17
Subject: Ma Baker bars and palm oil
Dear Patrick and Kevin,
Thank you Patrick for forwarding us the information that Ma Baker bars do not contain palm oil. Whilst conducting the research for this Buyers’ Guide Ethical Consumer did send a questionnaire to Elondale/First Quality Foods but did not receive a response.
I have adjusted our database accordingly, and also will add Ma Baker bars to the list of palm oil free products that Ethical Consumer is compiling, and will be publishing shortly.
Kevin can you confirm that palm oil is not used in any other First Quality Foods products?
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> Subject: RE: Ma Baker Bars
> From: “Kevin Gaches”
> Date: Thu, June 17, 2010 8:44 am
> To: “‘Veggies Catering Campaign’”
> We can confirm that Ma Baker bars do NOT contain palm oil. We use a margarine which has no flavours, emulsifiers or colours.
> As a company we are well aware of the issues with palm oil.
> I can confirm that all the Ma Baker bars which do not have any toppings are suitable for vegans. Unfortunately the yogurt/chocolate toppings on the smoothie/fusions bars are not suitable for vegans.
> Kind Regards
> Kevin Gaches
> First Quality Foods
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Veggies Catering Campaign [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: 17 June 2010 00:14
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> First Quality Foods, Unit 35, The Beeches. Lavenham Road. Yate, Bristol, BS37 5QX
> Dear Sirs
> Here at Veggies we strive to be an ethical, wholefood supplier and stock only vegan food, with a preference for fair trade and/or organic where appropriate. We also favour the purchasing of products from smaller, independent companies such as yours.
> We have included Ma Baker bars in our range for many years, supplied by Lembas Wholefoods, in Sheffield.
> However I note from the current edition of the Ethical Consumer magazine that Ma Baker bars may contain palm oil, presumably in the unspecified ‘vegetable margerine’.
> I understand from numerous sources that some production of Palm Oil is implicated in environmental destruction.
> The following quote is from the Friends of the Earth website: ‘Demand for palm oil, a vegetable oil present in 1 in 10 supermarket products, is the most significant cause of rainforest loss in Malaysia and Indonesia.’
> Palm oil plantations destroy biodiversity and are associated with human rights violations and worker exploitation’. See also
> Meanwhile the Sumatran Orangutan Society state that ‘the expansion of oil palm plantations into high conservation value forests is now the most critical threat to wild orangutans in Sumatra and Borneo.’
> Please can you confirm that any Palm Oil thay you use is certified as being from sustainable sources, and not from plantations involving the destruction of rainforest and the associated human rights violations
and worker exploitation.
> Meanwhile can you confirm whether which of your products are suitable for vegans?
> Many of our customers share our concern to help animals, people and the planet. We therefore have rigorous guidelines to help us avoid paying for goods and services which are known to cause harm, suffering and destruction.
> I thank you in advance for your reply.
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