Bridlington online Vegan Festival!

Roll up roll up! It’s time for the annual Bridlington Vegan Festival!

Normally it’s held at Bridlington Spa – oh don’t you wish you were there right now? 😀 – but this year, for obvious reasons, it’s going to be online so that means that even if you can’t get to Bridlington on Sunday, you don’t have to miss out 😀

What’s on at the 2020 Bridlington Vegan Online Festival I hear you ask?
Well, if you pop over here you’ll find out that there’s going to be posts from and/or links to:
* delicious vegan food providers
* businesses providing vegan, ethical, eco-friendly products and holistic therapies
* Information and advice about following a vegan lifestyle
* Local and national groups campaigning to help people, animals and the environment.

But that’s not all 😀

You can also enjoy:
Inspirational speakers,
Music from Tess Fletcher, Barbara Helen and His Witch

Cookery demonstrations
& Relaxing yoga sessions

And still there’s more!

If you go to the Bridlington Vegan Festival 2020 page you can see the whole timetable.

There will be instagram posts to enjoy from 9am onwards. There’s going to be sing-alongs, and yoga [via zoom and in real life on the beach!] There’s a children’s drama workshop and lots of other things for children to join in with. There’s even a juggler!

So come on down (to your settee) and enjoy this happy event 😀

Sunday 11th October, 9am – be there!

Vegan Cafe Library!

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Oh My Goodness vegan cafe at the Enterprise Centre behind the station in Eastbourne is now providing a free library of gorgeous vegan comics and story books 😀  You can help yourself to any book, or as many books as you like, take them home and bring them back when you’re finished with them.  It’s a simple as that!

Plus there’s also free fairy tales to keep, and puzzle pages, jigsaw puzzles and colouring books to enjoy while you’re waiting for your food!  What a brilliant cafe!  The food is also awesome 😀

Delicious food.  Free library.  Free fairy tales.  Wordsearches.  Crosswords.  Colouring Books.  Jigsaw puzzles.

Now that’s what I call a great venue!

Go on, treat yourself!  Get on down to Oh My Goodness vegan cafe, Enterprise Shopping Centre, Station Parade, Eastbourne, E. Sussex, BN21 1BD – and borrow some comics! 😀

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Oh My Goodness Vegan Store!

This place is wonderful! 😀

It’s at the Enterprise Centre, a lovely little shopping centre behind the station, in Eastbourne.

There are two small cosy seating areas, and a scrumptious selection of delicious food to choose from.

The food there is not only delicious, it’s healthy!  There are plenty of fresh fruit and salad options as well as scrummy baked goods, sweet and savoury.  They do this amazing sausage roll with tomato relish in!  My goodness!

I’ve never been an adventurous eater so eating at Oh My Goodness has introduced me to all sorts of delectable foods I’d never tried before, prepared in a way that makes them irresistible.

I am not at all surprised that these tomato-relished sausage rolls did not remain on the plate long enough to be photographed.

So, the food is amazing – that much we’ve established – but what sets this vegan cafe apart from the rest is that they are now selling vegan books for children! 😀

Just inside the door is a bookcase, and on the top shelf of that book case is a small selection of our comics and story books for sale.

We are so excited! 😀

So if you want a good feed, and a good read, you know where to go! 😀

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Food and cafe photos found at Google reviews.

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A lovely time was had by all

HART’s inaugural vegan potluck event on Hornby Island was a roaring success – not surprising when you look at the feast that all the attendees put together 😀

Everybody kindly wrote a list of ingredients to put with their contribution so that food intolerances could be avoided, although it was all vegan of course 🙂

There were thirty attendees including a couple of holiday makers from off the island and, well, if you take a look over here you get the whole story from the person who put it all together: Sarat Colling, founder of Hornby Animal Rights Team.

The same event also played host to HART’s first pop-up library and we’re thrilled to see some of our books among the collection.  Some of the attendees became library members and the first books were loaned.  Anyone who is within reach of Hornby Island, BC, will be delighted to learn that more pop-ups are planned and will be publicised via the website – so subscribe if you don’t want to miss it.

If you don’t want to wait for the next pop-up to join the library, you don’t have to.  If you’re a local, you can check out the list of books for loan and then email hornbyhart@gmail.com with the title(s) you wish to borrow and your contact information.  They will arrange a time to leave the books for pick up in HART’s box at the Co-op Free Post.

Such a great idea 🙂 I hope lots of people will be inspired to do it in their area so that we’ll all be in reach of one 😀

Earning a living

For the story so far click here 🙂

to be continued …

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Vegan Hippo

For the story so far click here 🙂

continues tomorrow 🙂

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While you’re waiting, check out Vegan Hippo (it’s a real place don’t ya know) 😀

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The Cake!

… when the buzzer went off he put on his oven gloves and carefully removed the cake from the hot oven.  He took it out of the tin and put it on a wire rack to cool.

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When it was cool, Cedro sliced it in half and spread jam in the middle to make a big jam sandwich cake.

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Next, Cedro weighed out 4 ounces of icing sugar and sieved it into a bowl.  To that he added about 3 teaspoons of water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and stirred until the icing was thick and smooth.

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He spread the icing on the cake.

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Then he decorated it beautifully with deliciously sweet organic raisins.

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continues tomorrow 🙂

but if you don’t want to wait you can read the whole story now 😀

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Edmund’s Lunch was a peculiar lunch, so everybody said

Edmund’s Lunch is available as a little paperback which includes the recipe for his delicious vegan, gluten-free lunch.

It is also one of the stories in the collection  Why are you a vegan? and other wacky verse for kids (not including the recipe)

Being Resourceful

It got to that time of week again – the day before food shopping.  The cupboards were looking quite bare and Miranda and I were feeling very peckish.  We’d finished off the last flapjack the day before and there were no munchies left in the house.  There must be something I could make, I said to myself, but what?  I had no flour left.

But I was determined.

What I did have was some rolled oats, some sugar, some olive oil, some cocoa and some sultanas.

*And this is what I did:

Weighed out 8 ounces of rolled oats and put them through the food processor to make a rough oat flour.  Put the flour in a bowl, added 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 ounce of cocoa, a generous load of sultanas and 4 ounces of sugar, and mixed it all together thoroughly.  Then I added 4 fluid ounces (120 ml) of olive oil and 5 tablespoons of water to the dry mixture and combined to form a very moist cookie mixture.  I put heaped teaspoons of this onto lined baking sheets and baked at 180°c for 20 minutes.

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Oh wow!

These are amazing!

Even better than when I make them with spelt.

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So quick.  So easy.

So beautifully crisp on the outside, moist on the inside, chocolatey, delicious, fair trade, organic,

vegan,

and gluten free 😀

Oh wow!  These are amazing!

* Adapted from the chocolate chip cookie recipe in the brilliant Unqualified Education

Miranda at Shavt

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Shavt “Simply Healthy And Vegan Things” is a brilliant shop which I visited while I was in Belgium.  They have a great selection of vegan foods for meals, snacks and sweets as well as other things like lip balm!

Unfortunately my camera battery died after I took this picture.  But!  I want to recommend you go and look at these other blogs which have great posts to show off the wonders of Shavt!

Click here for Sophie’s post on Sophie’s Foodie Files!  Which has lots of great pictures of inside Shavt. 😀 

Click here for the Bruges Vegan’s post about Shavt!  Where you get to see the Shavt vegan cheese, close up and ready to eat 😉 

You can also pop over to see the Shavt website!  Click Here.

Miranda at Greenway

I visited Greenway vegetarian restaurant!  I came here twice on my visit to Leuven, and it is a brilliant place. 🙂 You can eat in or take-away, so I did both!DSCN3391

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I had vegan spaghetti bolognese with toasted cashews on top to take-away!  It was fantastic and delicious!

Here you can see Jermaine posing with it in a cardboard box!Take away food in paper bag from Greenway vegetarian restaurant.  Vegan Spaghetti bolognese.  In the cardboard box with a toy cat.

And here he is with it on a plate!  Take away food in paper bag from Greenway vegetarian restaurant.  Vegan Spaghetti bolognese.

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It really was brilliant food.  And excellent service from very friendly people!

On my second visit I chose a “wortelburger” from the menu, which I chose because it said it was vegan!  I have since discovered that “wortel” means “carrot” 🙂 This was very tasty, in a toasted bun, with lettuce and pineapple!  Scrumptious!

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I highly recommend you visit this restaurant, they have a wide selection of tasty foods for all your preferences and desires!  I liked the seating too – I sat at a high table on a high stool with my feet dangling off the ground!  If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, don’t worry, there are lots of tables at conventional heights.

Click here to find out more about Greenway restaurants:

“Greenway Leuven
Parijsstraat 12
3000 Leuven
016/30.97.35
parijsstraat@greenway.be
Openingsuren: Ma tot za van 11u tot 22u.
Zondag en feestdagen gesloten”

Dear Giovanni

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“Dear Giovanni wouldn’t eat a bird.”

“He wouldn’t eat a bird?”

“No, haven’t you heard?

Lovely Giovanni wouldn’t eat a bird,

Because he loves them dearly.”

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“Dear Giovanni wouldn’t cook a bird.

He wouldn’t cook a bird

In his restaurant, take my word!

Kind-hearted Giovanni, beloved restauranteur,

Wouldn’t cook a bird, no sir!”

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“Giovanni has a motto,

I don’t know if you’ve heard it,

He says ‘Don’t hurt friends,

Or friends of friends,

Because none of them deserve it.'”

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I had fun painting this cityscape and the name for the restaurant, Giovanni’s, just popped into my head.  Then, because I wanted to make a post in keeping with this week’s theme – birds – I wrote a quirky poem to go with it.  Then I thought – wouldn’t it be great if there really was a vegan restaurant called Giovanni’s?  So I googled and, guess what – there is!  What are the chances???

Giovanni's Pizza Grill, Rock City Rd and Tinker St Woodstock, NY 12498 United States

Giovanni’s Pizza Grill, 100% Vegan Organic Restaurant, Rock City Rd and Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 12498, United States

The Margherita

The Margherita

The Benedetta

The Benedetta

Poppy’s Potato Croquettes

Poppy’s Potato Croquettes

"meatballs" (made with whole grains and seeds) covered in a flavourful tomato sauce with onions

“meatballs” (made with whole grains and seeds) covered in a flavourful tomato sauce with onions

Sausage with peppers and onions

Sausage with peppers and onions

Fantastic tantalising pictures pinched from The V Word.

Click here to read the full restaurant review.  Ooh, I wish I lived near Woodstock right now 😉

Thanks Rhea 🙂

STOP PRESS:

Since posting this, Rhea has been in touch (see comments below) and she, in turn, told Giovanni who also dropped us a line (see comments again).  Anyway, I thought you might be interested in Giovanni’s fascinating story about how he became a vegan chef  which is revealed in his interview with Green Door Magazine, so click here

Celebrate The Loving Hut and life in general

The Loving Hut in Brighton celebrated its 4th anniversary at the weekend and we were there!

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Before the festivities got under way, some people competed in a show of strength and stamina.  Who will be the last left standing?

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show of strength 3Then there were only 2 …

show of strength the winnerAnd we have a winner!!!!

Then came the Lion Dance (a form of traditional dance in Chinese and other Asian countries, in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume – so says Wikipedia.) There were 2 teams – from Brighton, in red, and from Crawley (including some of the Loving Hut staff) in white.

Lion Dance Brighton team

Lion Dance Crawley team

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And of course, in spite of the fact that we are now raw most of the time, how could we not enter into the spirit of things?  We had Loving Hut Burger and chips, chik’n burger and chips and Peking style with rice. Yum!

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vegan Peking style

Fantastic food! Fantastic place! Fantastic people!

Loving Hut Brighton, life-affirming vegan cafe, – Long May You Continue 🙂

Oh, and as we set off for home, sadly sooner than we would have liked, we couldn’t help noticing some of the participants of the Brighton Naked Bike Ride, celebrating life in their own way. (Look away now if you’re bashful)

Brighton Level pre naked bike ride 2014

Lucky at Loving Hut

We had to do some shopping in Brighton today so we indulged ourselves in a visit to the Loving Hut while we were there. Twice actually – once before we started shopping and again when we were finished.  On our second visit we were especially lucky because the lovely ladies at The Hut brought out two cupcakes on the house for me and Miranda while my husband waited for the dessert he’d ordered 😀

Love the Loving Hut

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Cakes at Loving Hut

 

There was cheesecake and victoria sandwich ….

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This was the victoria sandwich:

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And this was the cheesecake:

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There was also pineapple fritters with ice cream but the camera battery died before we could record their beauty.

Ah Loving Hut ….. you never disappoint

(NB there were 3 of us – not just me being greedy 🙂 )