Vegan items in the Montezuma’s Sale!
First up we have Fat Gay Vegan: Eat, Drink and Live Like You Give a Sh!t by Sean O’Callaghan of the well known Fat Gay Vegan blog.
We LOVE this book. It’s political but it’s also deeply personal, containing many stories from the lives of Sean and other contributors. The book is about how to be vegan, but it’s more about how to be a better vegan, and really it’s about how to be a better person. And we can all work on that.
It’s refreshing to read a vegan book that tackles how minorities and traditionally oppressed voices are treated, even within the vegan community. We have experienced and witnessed shocking able-ism and racism in our 21 years as vegans, and yes, sadly, sometimes from vegans. It weakens the movement. It weakens the world. It needs to end.
And we can all check our privilege. We can all watch our language. Some in this house have, upon occasion, described various unfortunate things as ‘crazy’. Not good, Vegan Family House, not good.
So it’s a challenging book, a personally challenging book, but it’s in no way downbeat or depressing. Although forthright, it’s written with a compassionate sense of humour. It’s empowering. Why should we shut up and put up about our veganism to please or appease non-vegan friends and relatives? At the end of each chapter there are little refuelling stops with delicious and simple recipes and food suggestions. And in the final chapter Sean predicts a world that continues to become more vegan, and perhaps more importantly, more kind.
Here it is on Amazon (out tomorrow Jan 4th).
And now, for a practical guide from Veganuary!
For those who don’t know, Veganuary is a charity that encourages people to go vegan for January and the rest of the year. And this is their compelling guide. It’s so persuasive that apparently the proof-reader went vegan!
The book has sections on why you should be vegan, with warnings of graphic content that you can choose to read or not, and then being vegan at home, when out, visiting friends, answering questions, and everyday foods you maybe didn’t know were vegan. It’s a very good starting point for anyone who is thinking of going vegan and wondering how to go about it and how hard/easy it will be.
Enjoy your vegan reading!
This is such a bright and flavourful recipe, it would make a good addition to a festive meal!
Ingredients (for four):
a little olive oil
8 carrots, scraped and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 stick of celery, chopped
1 small potato, diced small
2 inch square of fresh ginger, peeled and cut up
1 tablespoon of dried coriander (you could use fresh but it will make the soup go a bit green/brown in colour)
6 or 7 cloves of garlic, crushed or sliced (or even thrown in whole)
a handful of cashew nuts
water as needed
seasalt to taste
In a large pan, fry off the onion, carrot and celery until softened. Add the potato, ginger, coriander, garlic and nuts and cover with water. Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until all vegetables are tender. Add salt to taste and then blend it all up! Delicious 🙂
Three exciting new vegan ice cream flavours from Ben and Jerry’s, though not cheap at £5.50 per tub (Tesco), so they’re being kept for Christmas!
Also new on the pudding/cake front from supermarkets are Morrison’s Salted Caramel Donuts, confirmed as suitable for vegans, and, in direct contrast to the above ice cream, only 50p per pack 🙂
For four people, blend up: 2 ripe avocados, 3 bananas, an inch or so block of fresh peeled ginger and 1 or 2 tablespoons of cocoa (or cacao if you would like to keep this totally raw).
That’s it! It’s rich and creamy and surprisingly good for you 🙂
Optional variants: add the grated rind of an orange, or exchange the ginger for a little chilli, fresh or dried.
Don’t miss our Vegan Christmas page!
Photo taken from this Guardian article: Tofu Turkey with all the Trimmings; Britain carves out a meat-free Christmas.
Don’t miss our own festive recipes on the Yule page!
Now… off to decorate the enormous tree that has come home this year…
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Well, not exactly baubles, but Christmas chocolate and treats! We have two new posts about them, that’s how excited we are getting this year…
See More Christmas Chocolate for a ready made chocolate Yule log, buttons, a wreath, Santa and even Cocoa Gin and Morello Cherry jam!
In A Little More Christmas we detail festive offerings from the Co-op and Plamil and Holland & Barrett and Choices.
And for those who are not ready for Christmas and are looking winter directly in the face, we have many many soup recipes and a nice Scotch Broth and a great bread sauce recipe to go with those hearty hot dinners that we need this time of year.
Also: a memory of snow in April and a banana muffin recipe.
Leaving these here for reference:
Holland and Barrett have a gorgeous selection of dairy free Christmas goodies in store and online here.
Cranberry & Orange Tiffin Mini Bites and Mini Iced Fruit Cake Bites from the Co-op (click photo for bigger image):