Vegan Life Magazine: August 2019

Vegan Life is a great magazine – written by vegans for vegans 😀 and this month they put us in it!!!!!

We are so excited to show you – a feature all about Violet’s Vegan Comics!!! – two full pages of writing, plus a couple of illustrations!  If you’ve already read it you might have thought it was just one long waffle from me talking about our stuff but I was actually answering questions posed by the magazine interviewer, they just didn’t print the questions 😀

Miranda was so excited she posed for a picture with the mag as soon as she saw it, but now that we’re famous I thought it would be a good idea to give her a disguise so that she doesn’t get mobbed by fans 😀

Of course it’s not all about us 😉  There are loads of scrumptious recipes, interviews with activists and animal advocates, news about the rise of veganism in the mainstream and tons of positive vegan lifestyle inspiration.  There’s loads more on their blog too 😀

And if you like the mag – which I know you will – you’re gonna love their live event!

Vegan Life LIVE takes place on the 14th and 15th of March 2020 at Alexandra Palace in London.  There’ll be talks and cookery demonstrations and so many stalls full of yummy vegan products.  Check out some of the highlights of their event in 2017 to get an idea of what to expect 😀

14-15 of March.

Be there! ❤

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This Week’s Giveaway: The Princess Who Liked To Be Popular

vegan book for children

This week we are giving away a copy of The Princess Who Liked To Be Popular which is a fairy tale about a princess who, when her parents go on holiday and she is left in charge of the kingdom, makes the mistake of trying to increase her popularity by giving the people whatever they ask for.

You can find the story on our Fairy Tales page, and the paperback is available on Amazon, but if you’d like to win a free copy just comment on this post to be entered into the draw.

We will draw a winner from the hat on Friday.

Good Luck 😀

Miranda out and about

I have been on holiday to Leuven in Belgium!  I chose to visit Leuven because I discovered that they have a Loving Hut.  After arriving I was ecstatic to find that they also have Vegaverso a vegan cafe, Greenway a vegetarian cafe, and Shavt which is a vegan food shop!

Here I am at Vegaverso, vegan cafe in Leuven, Belgium!

where it is with card

This is a wonderful cafe which serves a delicious and tasty selection of vegan sandwiches and cakes!

More interiors at Vegaverso, with books and comfy chairs

What you might have for lunch...

It took me a while to decide what to have, there is so much to choose from!

Inside Vegaverso, taarts and cupcakes

I had a peanut butter and jelly cupcake, a vanilla cupcake and a chocolate cupcake, on different visits!  They were all delicious and beautiful!

More cake selection

I also tried a chocolate coconut macaroon, and an oat cake, which were fantastic!

More cake selection!

This is what I had on my first visit to Vegaverso!  It was the most scrumptious food you will ever taste!  I had vegan cheese with vegenaise and a blueberry cupcake!  It was wonderful!

Cheese sandwich roll.  Yum!

Lunch with card Vegaverso

The menus there all have different, individually embroidered fabric covers!  They are so special and lovely 😀
Beautiful Vegaverso menu

Vegaverso menu

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If you live anywhere nearby, and even if you don’t, I strongly recommend you make a visit to Vegaverso.

Blueberry cupcake!

They are open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm.  You could go now!

Vegaverso opening timesI had a wonderful time at this cafe, it is run by friendly people and has a relaxing, happy atmosphere.  Brilliant 🙂 Try the chocolate coconut macaroon.

New Music Page

music page

I’m so grateful to Eva Xanthopoulos for introducing me to vegan music – I had no idea there was so much out there!  So now we just have to have a music page 🙂  Click on the link in the sidebar on the right to see a whole bunch of happy vegan music videos, and/or watch this space every day this week where we will post one of them, starting with the hilarious parody of Psy’s hit “Gangnam Style” by Henya Perez and friends.

Here is Vegan Style:

Well Fed Not An Animal Dead

Well Fed Not an Animal Dead

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 I bought this little book about 4 or 5 years ago at VegFest in Hove and it is the best, most useful little book I’ve got.  You can see from how grubby my copy is that it has been well used!  It’s only 50 pages long and has everything from vegan lifestyle tips, to recipes, to how to grow your own food and brew your own booze.  It also lists vegan sources of essential nutrients (as you can see above), contains advice for mothers and infants and includes addresses of many other vegan resources.  Whether you’re an experienced vegan or just embarking on this journey, this book will definitely be a valuable addition to your reading material.  [Sadly this book is now out of print but maybe the people at Spiralseed, who made it, might have something else just as good].

Well Fed Not an Animal Dead

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Well Fed Not an Animal Dead

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Above is one of my favourite recipes – Lentil Pie – absolutely delicious!  I make the pastry with organic spelt to avoid the unpleasant side effects triggered by modern wheat which has been so manipulated since the middle of last century that it bears little resemblance to its natural ancestor and causes negative health affects on the bodies of many people.  We’ve found through trial and error that the ancient relative of wheat, spelt, does not cause the headaches, heartburn or back-pain triggered in us by wheat.  Which is great news because now we can have our cake and eat it!

Well Fed Not an Animal Dead

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And the recipe above is a great favourite with all the family – Lentil Burgers – or as they call them here, The Big Anti-Mac!  These are so utterly delicious you’ll really feel like you’re indulging in naughty fast food but it’s full of nothing but good stuff.  This recipe makes about 12 burgers for us which means we freeze most of them for several quick, healthy, delicious meals in the future.  They can also be baked instead of fried and are just as scrummy! See here

Well Fed Not an Animal Dead

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Last but absolutely not least, I wanted to share with you the simplest, most delicious cake recipe I’ve ever found.  Again we make it with spelt (this time with baking powder added to make it rise).  The cupcake/muffin recipe can be adapted to make one large cake by cooking it slightly cooler for slightly longer than the several small cakes.  You can add chocolate chips and/or cocoa to make a chocolate version.  Whatever you like.  Just use the recipe as a basic template.  Mind you, the recipe is perfect just the way it is anyway.  My husband especially loves these and always wants me to make more when he’s finishing his last one.

I just love this book and I think you’ll love it too 🙂