Come to the Be The Future Healthy Market

Like Gandhi when he said “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, those behind the Be The Future Healthy Market are planning events to enable people to do just that.

The first is this Saturday, 30th March at Stoke Newington, London at

The Gallery
Stoke Newington
Edward Lane – N16 0JL

(Behind Stoke Newington’s Library at 182 Church St)

The market will be open from 11 ’til 4 (click here to find out how to get there) and there will be lots of wonderful stalls selling delicious and healthy foods, natural medicine, crafts, gifts, books and more. There will also be a puppet show for the kids and a yoga demonstration.

We will be there with a selection of our vegan children’s books on sale at the special price of only £2 each on the day and a chance for children to win a book by playing a dice-rolling game.

Go on – you know you want to 😀

Looking forward to seeing you there 🙂

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.  You can get it here for a mere £3 plus postage.

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 🙂