Sunday, 30 January 2011

10 things you thought vegans couldn't eat...

Even my last post wasn't very good, I didn't really eloquently explain the reasons I'm vegan and what I have written is quite confusing.

Anyway, there are others out there who have shown/ explained things much more effectively than I ever can:

Sooo I'll go back to what I like to do, which is talking about food!!!


10. Quiche- Tofu is the best egg substitute around, a very firm tofu has a cooked-egg like texture, and with some salt, turmeric, soy sauce and pepper, tofu can make a good 'scrambled egg' type food. But it's also great pureed and used with veggies in a pastry case to make quiche! Or if you're lazy (like me) you can just buy some from Holland and Barrets:

9. Marshmallows- even vegetarians can't eat marshmallows, right? Well, ordinarily marshmallows use gelatine, but there are vegan versions on the market, which look, feel, and I would think (though it's ages since I've had a meaty marshmallow) taste like a marshmallow made with gelatine:

Ananda Mini Marshmallows

8. Caramel Shortcake- Yes siree, some magical person has veganised this former favourite afternoon tea treat. I can't eat too much though because it's so sweet:

Millionaires Shortbread Caramel Shortbread

Ok Ok I know what you're saying- vegans can only eat 'special' versions of these foods, not the 'normal' ones. Well here are some foods which are vegan even though they are not very special at all.

7. Starburst- I wouldn't eat them because of the hydrogenated fat and general destruction they are likely to do on a body, but they are nevertheless vegan:

6. Biscuits- I'm pretty sure some people think biscuits, as a general category, are not vegan. If this was true, what on earth would I dunk in my tea? For some good tea dunking suggestions see:

Oh yes and all these biscuits are vegan:

So get dunking!!!

5. Gravy- traditionally very very made of animals, vegan gravy is actually widely available, and there's an old favourite that you may be surprised about. Ahhh...

4. Pastry- sometimes made with butter, but vegan options are really readily available:

3. And on the subject of pastry- croissants!:

I made these the other day with some dark chocolate wrapped up in them- delicious!!

2. Ok I'm back to the 'special' food now- Whipped Cream:

Soyatoo! Dairy Free Rice Spray Cream 250ml

1. Ice Cream- The thing I am most happy about- that there is vegan ice cream!!!

This is the worthenshaws ice cream-style dessert from that girl who won Dragons Den. It's on offer at Asda for £2 so my mum bought eight, yes that's EIGHT tubs for our freezer. I haven't tried it yet.

My personal fave, and I've had omnivores tell me it tastes better than real ice cream, whatever that means!!

I've seen these in Holland and Barrett and always wanted to try them, but I worry about getting home before they melt!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Bambi's Mum

I've been thinking for a while how a lot of kids movies often have a vegetarian theme, encouraging an empathy with animals, and I think this may stem from the fact that many children have a natural love of animals and children's film makers know they will want to see films with animals in. I know the animals are generally anthromorphised but none the less, the ideas of animals as thinking, feeling creatures not unlike ourselves is considered in a lot of films, notably by Disney but also others:


The first film that comes to mind is Babe. This film really tugged at my heartstrings as it points out that even the most cosy farmyard setting (which we are taught as young children to find exciting and fun, through farmyard toys and songs) hides the horrors of death, pain, and suffering, never mind the hideousness of factory farming, and the fate poor Babe's mum is sent to :(. This film turned the actor who plays the farmer into a vegan after it opened his eyes to what animal farming is really like, and of course, how loving an intelligent animals can be (not just cats and dogs but pigs too!). Pigs really are just as, if not more intelligent than dogs, and if domesticated they are just as sweet and loving pets, yet people happily chow down on pork and bacon even with the knowledge that a little sweetie like Babe had to be slaughtered to make it :(

Then there's chicken run, another farm setting, another lot of animals trying to escape the chop. You will see on the side bar how many chickens have died since you opened this page, and I think you will be shocked by the figure. Poor chickens are the most persecuted creature on our planet.

I haven't seen it... I might cry if I do, as I know the basic story, but here's another pig destined to be a porkchop and the idea that he might be worth saving. This film caused Dakota Fanning who starred in it to stop eating pork and bacon.


Who could forget that poignant moment in Bambi where his mum is brutally shot by hunters so that they can get some glory and perhaps skin her and chow down on her flesh. Deers are so beautiful and graceful, and to destroy them must take a very hard, cold, heart, but people still happily eat away at venison.

Thank goodness fox hunting is now banned in the UK... like deer, foxes are one of the most beautiful creatures of British wildlife and having them torn apart by a pack of dogs is a vile and disgusting practice that we should be ashamed of. The Fox and the Hound had a clear anti hunting message, as well as being a wonderful film.


Moving on from my previous post about the fishing industry, Finding Nemo features several scenes which show how harmful man's interference with our seas can be. Sadly, it's unlikely that the fish are just going to start swimming against the net and save themselves. Only we can save them, with our wallets and our forks.


Then there's the anti-circus theme in Dumbo, where again it's his poor mother who is beaten and terrorised so some humans can point and laugh at her baby. Yet people still happily go along to circuses and take their children to watch these poor, cruelly treated animals living a terrible life.

On why horses are best left able to run wild and free.

Whales and dolphins don't belong in captivity. I've been to sea world in the past but knowing what I know now, I wouldn't go again.

Not sure if anyone can think of any others? I was raised vegetarian so these films only cemented my beliefs but it made me very sad that others can eat animals and aren't bothered by their death and suffering.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

I don't eat fish, fish piss in the sea

I don't know if anyone has been watching the 'Fish Fight' programme on TV... I haven't, because it would make me too sad. I think the basic idea is that EU quotas mean fish are caught and then thrown, dead, back into the sea?

All this could be stopped if people just stopped wanting to eat the flesh of poor dead creatures who suffered and died for no reason :(

On a positive note, Holland and Barrat do a good fish finger alternative, I can't remember what the real thing tastes like but I feel like these are pretty close :)

Unlike other meat alternatives, there doesn't seem to be a lot in terms of 'fake fish', I wonder why that is?

Saturday, 15 January 2011

What I ate today

Scottish pride toast with vitalite
Fruit salad
Strawberry Soya-shake

Avocado and Tomato Salad
Cup of tea

Home made vegetable and tofu korma
Vegetable Basmati Rice

Raspberry Swedish Glace

Raspberry ruffle bar

We are meant to have eight-to-ten servings of fruit and veg a day (more if you're a man)... I maybe get 5 if I'm lucky, need to work on that! I definitely could be eating a bit healthier.

When googling to get the picture of the ruffle bar I saw these:

*Drool* anyone know where I can find them? It's probably best not to say actually, since I'm trying to eat healthier and all!

I noticed my day was very strawberry and raspberry themed... mmm can't wait for summer and real strawberries!!!!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Can't believe I missed Christmas

Well, I was so busy over Christmas I forgot to blog about all the great food. Redwoods fake meats, roast potatoes, heaps of veggies, gravy, soup, pepperjack and breadcrumb cheezly (sooo delicious, but seems to be a seasonal product as I can't find it now) moo free chocs, vegebears, vegetable pies, loads of fruit, trifle, chocolate cake, custard, soya cream, sosage rolls, spring rolls, samosas, just one big lovely gluttonous feast :P

Now it's January, and my New Year's Resolution is to bake more. I made chocolate cake on the 1st, but haven't made anything since, but I have been eating plenty of cakes, like:

Mama Cucina Vegan Cheesecake:

Mr Kipling Treacle Tart:

Asda's apple and blackcurrant pies

For some ideas of other quick fix vegan deserts, on Hogmany we made a super quick trifle using nice biscuits as the base, strawberry jelly and a tin of fruit, let the jelly set for about an hour and a half, add alpro custard and thick vegan cream and a shaving of dark choc and voila! We also put cointreau in though and I think it was too much because it was all I could taste!

Here are other supermarket bought deserts for easy vegan sweet eating:

Ice Cream

Jam Tarts
I have been told co-op bakery donuts but not sure if that's still the case... if anyone knows, tell me!

Can hopefully post a fuller blog soon!