Saturday, 27 June 2009

Secret Society of Vegans Shop in Camden

Sorry it's been a while. I'm visiting a good friend of mine in Liverpool (or 'The Wirral' as she always likes to rudely correct me everysinglesecondoftheday) and haven't had much of a chance to update. She also just SABOTAGED this blog post, thank goodness for auto save.

I wanted to introduce my friend to a few vegan delights so I decided it was about time to check out the Secret Society of Vegans shop that opened a wee while ago in Camden. If ever you're in need of tasty animal free junk food or vegan clothes and accessories that actually look ace, this is the place to go. There is also a sale on vegetarian shoes at the moment, so get yourselves down there before they all sell out.

I stocked up on, and have now taste tested two packets of cookies and some awesome smartie type sweets called dragee (I think). So good! Wishing I'd bought a lot more now. They also have t-shirts, buttons, aprons and posters amongst other things. If I had more money with me I would probably have got me a poster too :D

The staff are nice and friendly and it's just ace to be able to go into a shop and know that everything is animal free. The shop is really easy to find, just cross the road to Market Hall from Camden tube station and it's in there. It is small but full of stuffs.

If you don't know about The Secret Society of Vegans then check out their site here and if you're near the Camden area, go and check out this shop (except on Mondays, as I found out the first time I tried to visit). You won't find most of the food stuff in there anywhere else, so it's definitely worth a trip for that alone.


Monday, 22 June 2009

Review: Redwoods Cheatin' Chorizo

Ohmygosh, this stuff is freakishly like the real thing. I tried some at the Brighton Vegan Fayre, loved it but was unsure how to use it. It's taken me months to find the stuff, but I finally managed to grab some in Holland and Barretts in Uxbridge and also came across it at the weekend in Whole Foods (so I got more...obviously!)

Anyway, I made pitta pizzas with it and also a tasty pasta recipe that is on the Redwoods website (made a few wee adjustments), so here they are..with photos!

Pitta Pizza's

  • Pitta Bread
  • Tomato puree
  • Veggies of your choice: I used mushrooms, leek and peppers)
  • Garlic, finely chopped
  • Cheatin' Chorizo
  1. Very simple. Heat the oven to 200C
  2. Spread the tomato puree onto the pitta breads
  3. Fry up the veggies with the garlic, put on the pitta breads, top with chorizo and then cook in the oven for 10 minutes

l like to make big batches of these and freeze them for when I'm short on time and need something quick. I tried these again and added some tofutti cream cheese on top, which was ace. I've also done these with sheese on top too

Chorizo and Butter Bean Pasta

  • Enough pasta for 2
  • 1/2-3/4 pack cheatin' chorizo
  • 1 small tin of butter beans, drained
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 handful of Parsley, chopped
  1. Cook the pasta
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat up the olive oil and fry the garlic and chorizo together for 2 minutes. Add the lemon, butter beans, salt, pepper and parsley and set to one side.
  3. Drain the pasta and stir through the butter bean and chorizo mixture
Very easy and delicious too.

Definitely reccommend trying this stuff.

Monday, 15 June 2009

An Afternoon With Jeffrey Masson

Just got this email through from Animal Aid:

Saturday 20 June – An afternoon with Jeffrey Masson, sponsored by The Vegan Society.

Jeffrey Masson is the bestselling author of Why Elephants Weep. His new book, The Face On Your Plate: The Truth About Food, is published this month by Norton, and it brings together Masson’s intellectual, psychological and emotional expertise over the last twenty years into a pivotal work of the food revolution. Jeffrey will be talking about his new book and taking questions.

Saturday 20 June
2.30pm -5pm
Dragon Hall, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5LT.
Refreshments will be served and there will be a book signing following the talk. All welcome.

Really exciting. I'll definitely be there. Please come if you can make it and are interested. Also reccommend 'The Pig Who Sang To The Moon' for anyone who hasn't read it. Great book, one of my favourites and really changed my way of thinking. I thank that book for getting me onto the path of Animal Rights.

Hope you can make it!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Played around with a basic cookie recipe today and came up with these tasty treats. So good, can't stop eating them! Nomnomnom...

  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp apple sauce
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C
  2. Mix together the soy milk, flax and apple sauce in a jug and set aside
  3. In a mixing bowl cream together the sugars, margarine and coconut oil.
  4. Add the vanilla and soymilk mixture and mix until smooth.
  5. Sift in the flour and bicarb and mix together.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and pecans and mix with your hands.

  7. Use a spoon to help roll the dough into small ball shapes, they will expand in the oven! Put onto a baking tray and bake for 15-18 minutes.

These are delicious with a glass of chocolate oatly :)

Monday, 8 June 2009

Super Quick Red Pepper Pesto

I'm quite a bad vegan when it comes to the omega 3 department. Flax oil is rank, I'm too lazy to do breakfast (which is a great opportunity to sprinkle flax meal on whatever you're having) and I freakin' hate walnuts. Or so I thought. So if you're like me this is a great recipe to get them into your diet...and you can't even taste them, promise!

...yes I am aware I can't eat this pesto every day but it's a start :D

I got this recipe from La Dolce Vegan but added something of my own for extra flavour. It's an awesome pesto without any of my audjustments but I had some of this leftover that wasn't enough for the amount of pasta I cooked. Give it a go anyway, it's extremely quick.

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup roasted red peppers (I used the jarred kind)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • wee bit of salt and pepper
  • 1 small jar of salsa (optional but awesome)
  1. Put the walnuts, red peppers, garlic, basil and parsley in a food processor and blitz until a paste is formed.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil between blitzes.
  3. Add the salsa and blitz until mixed.
  4. Add to cooked pasta.
To make mine extra filling I cooked some Linda McCartney Sausages and chopped them up. I also fried some mushrooms with a wee bit of garlic, some jalapeno, coriander and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Worked really nicely.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Beans and Rice

A vegan classic! Cheap, easy and very tasty.

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced jalapeno
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin of kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 handful of coriander, chopped
  1. Put the rice on to boil and drain when ready.
  2. While the rice is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large pan and fry the onion, pepper, celery and jalapenos until the onions are soft and translucent.
  3. Add the garlic cumin, chilli, salt and pepper and saute for a further 2 minutes
  4. Add the kidney beans, tinned tomatoes, puree and stock. I also added a squeeze of agave at this point to sweeten up all that tomato. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Stir in the coriander and the rice and serve!