"A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or the by-products of slaughter"
Vegetarian Society

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Behind the Leather - Peta's new video (contains some graphic images)

Friday, 29 April 2016

Yep, vegans can eat at Nando’s – Here’s what to order

As a vegetarian, I always feel a bit silly suggesting grabbing dinner at Nando’s.

Yes, I know that it’s a chicken joint. No, I’m not just going to eat the chips.

Because seriously, guys. Nando’s actually does really great non-chicken related things. They’ve got loads of vegetarian options and – it turns out – they also have stuff that’s suitable for vegans.

We KNOW. Vegans? Going to Nando’s? Madness. But it can (and should) be done. Trust us.

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(Picture: Nando’s)
Here’s what anyone sticking to a vegan diet can happily order.

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Thursday, 31 March 2016

The Best Destinations for Traveling Vegetarians and Vegans

Experiencing a new place through food is one of the great joys of traveling. But if you're a vegan or vegetarian, you know it can also be a great challenge.

Visit any of these destinations where veggies are the culinary stars if you want to eat like a vegetarian king or queen on your next trip.

See the best destinations here

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

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Parmesan Confusion and Thank you Vegetarian Society

Regarding Parmesan confusion I just wanted to say how wonderful the Vegetarian Society have been with an issue I had recently -

I ordered a veggie sushi box from Ocado, marked as vegetarian, AFTER eating this I noticed one of the ingredients was Parmesan which as you will know is NEVER vegetarian, after complaining to Ocado (who were confused at first) they came back to me and said the manufacturer is allowed to call their cheese Paramesan and said it was vegetarian. 

 This sounded wrong to me so I contacted the Vegetarian Society and asked for their advice.  They have helped me so much by contacting their experts to confirm all this, its wonderful to know that they have my back when I am only one lonely blogger and they really go all out to help us veggies and vegans :)

Will let you know the outcome when I have heard back from them.

Thank you again Vegetarian Society <3  Im proud to be a member

No parmesan please, we're vegetarian

It's impossible to make parmesan without animal rennet, so why do so many restaurants and writers still include the cheese in vegetarian recipes?

 While Adele caused a storm last week with a rude gesture, the "V" sign offends me on an almost daily basis.

 Until I belatedly discovered the apparently well-known fact that parmesan is made using calf rennet and is unsuitable for vegetarians, I merrily ate platefuls of pesto-drenched pasta with the hard cheese shaved liberally across it, safe in the knowledge that no restaurant would say something was suitable for vegetarians when it wasn't. How wrong I was.

A trawl of veggie web forums reveals heated debates on the subject going back years (Word of Mouth readers brought the subject up again recently in the comments on this post). The message clearly wasn't getting through, though, because in 2010 the Vegetarian Society launched its Say Cheese campaign to help make restaurateurs aware of their error when shaving heaps of the hard stuff over food which they then credit as suitable for vegetarians: diners were encouraged by the charity to leave cards in offending restaurants explaining the mistake. 

The next few years could spell more for restaurateurs than disappointed diners, as the terms "vegetarian" and "vegan" will soon have legal status. UK Food Standards Agency labelling guidelines were adopted in principle by the European Union in 2010, and following a five year period for compliance civil suits may be brought against anyone misusing the terms from 2015. Just as a maker of parmesan can bring action against anyone outside the region using the p-word, so could offended diners against clueless chefs. Restaurants, manufacturers and publishers will really have to know their cheeses

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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Five Things I Have Learned Since Becoming a Vegetarian (by Jonathan Young)

Before adopting a vegetarian diet a year ago I had a number of concerns. Would I be getting the right vitamins? Would I get bored of eating the same things? Would I always be hungry? Would I be judged by others?

The journey has been interesting and rewarding. Here are some of the things I have learned along the way.

1. It's been surprisingly easy! My biggest surprise was how easy the transition to a meat-free diet was. There is so much help out there. The BBC Good food website has been a great source of culinary inspiration, and there lots of excellent vegetarian cookbooks. My favourite is The Happy Pear - which is packed with recipes, health advice and inspirational stories.

The Vegetarian Society is also great. Its website provides loads of accessible nutritional information which is especially useful if you are looking for alternative sources of iron, protein and other key nutrients. As a member I receive lots of useful tips and stories in their emails and magazines.
Eating out has also been easy. Pub menus are often limited - I once had to settle for chips and onion rings for my main course - but most places cater for everyone. Italian and Indian restaurants are a banker and I recommend an app called Happy Cow which tells you the nearest veggie-friendly restaurants wherever you are in the world.

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Want to Go Vegetarian? 7 Steps To Help You Get Started

There is no doubt that vegetarianism is becoming increasingly more popular. Even some people resort to part-time veganism or vegetarianism so they don’t have to fully give up animal foods.

With the recent news about meat, and its potential to cause cancer, more people are thinking about going vegetarian. Some people want to become vegetarian to live a longer, healthier life, and others may want to do their part in decreasing pollution. Either way, there are plenty of benefits to the lifestyle change.

There is plenty of research that displays the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. In fact, 70 percent of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, are related to diet, according to Vegetarian Times. They report that a vegetarian diet reduces the risk of chronic degenerative diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer. In addition, you may avoid toxic chemicals that are found in pesticides in meat, fish and dairy products.

Many restaurants around the world have included a vegetarian (or vegan!) option on many menus, making it easy for those with a meatless lifestyle to enjoy going out with friends, trying new food and not feeling isolated from the world of meat eaters.

If you’re thinking about taking the plunge into vegetarianism, we’ve rounded up some helpful tips for you to consider that will make your transition that much easier.

1. Tell your friends and family, but not every person you see

Do tell your family and friends, just so they know that you’re in the process of changing your lifestyle. We’ve all heard the classic joke: “How can you tell if someone’s a vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.” Don’t be that person. No one wants to hear about your health awakening or your potential to be high-maintenance at social gatherings. Health is for taking care of yourself, not bragging to other people.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Australia Day lamb ad, starring Lee Lin Chin, attracts dozens of complaints from vegans

It has clocked up over 400,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded just two days ago and has gone viral on social media, but not everyone is happy with the latest lamb ad from Meat and Livestock Australia.
The ad features SBS newsreader and social media sensation Lee Lin Chin as she masterminds a plan to bring Australians home for Australia Day so they can eat lamb.

However, one particular scene has already been the subject of dozens of complaints.

It shows a team of special agents breaking into a New York apartment and using a blow torch on a table when the occupant protests that he is vegan.

Andrew Howie from Meat and Livestock Australia defended the scene, saying it was a bit of fun.

"The torching is metaphorical towards the kale in the bowl (on the table)," he said.

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Friday, 22 January 2016

Is this Britain's first vegan pub? From the beer to the bar snacks it's all veggie-friendly here

Put aside thoughts of bare lettuce leaves and bland pulses, the UK's first vegetarian and vegan pub is set to tickle the taste buds and change the way you think about meat-free food.

Based in Hotwells, the Adam and Eve is run by the team behind the craft-ale pub, Small Bar, and promises to be a top destination for herbivores and carnivores alike.

The pub on Chapel Hill, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the country, serves exclusively vegetarian food and drink.

From the bar snacks and the beer, to the main dishes and the wine, everything is meat free and up to 80 per cent of the menu is suitable for vegan diets.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Ely student launches new campaign to help people become vegetarian in 2016

Will, a student at Sussex University, has launched Veguary:Ely, a campaign to encourage local residents to switch to a plant-based diet for February 2016 by ‘pledging’ to go vegetarian or vegan.

Cambridgeshire residents can pledge at www.veguaryely.co.uk before Sunday January 17 to be entered into a free prize draw to win a selection of luxury vegan food.

Pledgers will receive a free welcome pack in the post, exclusive recipes, and offers on vegan options from participating local restaurants in the area for the month.

Will, who has previously campaigned against fast food outlets coming to the city’s new leisure complex, said: “Choosing a plant-based diet is the best way to live a cruelty-free, environmentally friendly, and healthier life. It’s understandably a big change to make with the busy lives we all lead, but this campaign aims to make that change as easy as possible.

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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Letter from the Gazette: An appeal on behalf of vegetarians

I would like to make an appeal to food outlets on behalf of vegetarians.

As a veggie of many years' standing I have enjoyed numerous excellent meat-free meals in restaurants, cafes and takeaways.

But I have had a run of bad experiences in the last few weeks that has undermined my confidence in the food I am served.

On four separate occasions recently I have ordered dishes from the vegetarian options in a restaurant, a café and two takeaways - and each time I’ve found pieces of meat in my meals. This has included finding a chicken bone, with meat still attached, floating in a bowl of vegetable soup and a meatball in a vegetarian stir fry.

On each occasion I have raised this with the establishment concerned and, with one exception (when they tried to imply I’d ‘planted’ the meat – for what reason they didn’t make clear) the response was apologetic and genuine. However, I certainly lost my appetite after my ‘discoveries’ and on each occasion didn’t complete my meal.

I’ve also been reluctant to return to these places because I now lack confidence in their kitchen practices - if they can accidentally drop a lump of meat in my veggie dish how do I know they are not cutting my vegetarian sandwich with a knife just used to cut a meat sandwich, or frying my egg in a pan that’s still swimming in bacon fat from a rasher they’ve just cooked?

Read full letter here

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

World’s First Vegan Avocado Ice Cream Launches

Vegan ice cream made from cold-pressed avocados? We’d like to kiss the geniuses responsible for this delight.

Created by a family business named Cado Desserts, Cado Avocado Ice Cream is the first avocado-based ice cream brand and is currently available in nine states across the Midwest.

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