It's still lockdown here. We've been in lockdown since Christmas. I was sure back then that restrictions would be relaxed in January. How wrong was I? We have had to cancel our April holiday. This is the same April holiday we cancelled last year in April - we moved it to this April. Now we've… Continue reading Pancake Sunday
Pies from The Vegan Skinhead
Someone came to the house this week to ask whether we're interested in getting milk delivered to our home. "I'm vegan", I said. He replied, "We also deliver eggs and orange juice. Would you be interested in either of those?" Vegans do not eat eggs and as a family, we don't buy orange juice because… Continue reading Pies from The Vegan Skinhead
On hating vegans and cyclists
There was a good article in the Guardian yesterday titled, Why do people hate vegans? It references a 2015 study that found vegans suffer from the same level of discrimination as ethnic and religious minorities. In 2015, a study conducted by Cara C MacInnis and Gordon Hodson for the journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations observed that vegetarians… Continue reading On hating vegans and cyclists
The perfect burger
One of my favourite meals to eat that's super easy to make, vegan, inexpensive, and anyone, even the most cooking-averse among us can easily create is the vegan burger. In my freezer, I have several packs of different types of burgers that I get from the supermarket. There are chickpea burgers, chilli bean burgers, parsnip… Continue reading The perfect burger
But where do you get your protein?
We tried to go and see The Game Changers at the cinema last weekend: we bought tickets, we bought popcorn, but at the last moment we got stopped because the documentary is rated 15+ and Daniel and Elizabeth are not 15. They gave us our money back but I was very disappointed and I felt… Continue reading But where do you get your protein?
A nutritious, cheap, and easy vegan meal that kids like and vegan bodybuilders
I made a delicious and disgustingly healthy meal tonight which was a hit with everyone, including the kids. It was also very simple, indeed half of it required no cooking at all. The cooked half was a recipe from Rukmini Iyer's The Green Roasting Tin which involved bunging orzo and tomatoes in the oven for… Continue reading A nutritious, cheap, and easy vegan meal that kids like and vegan bodybuilders
The Game Changers
I'm really looking forward to seeing The Game Changers, a documentary directed by Louis Psihoyos and produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, and Jackie Chan. If you're in Aberdeen it's on at the Belmont Filmhouse this evening at 6:30pm. It looks like it will be available on iTunes from early October. The movie challenges the… Continue reading The Game Changers
Fudgy no-bake brownies
Elizabeth made the fudgy no-bake brownies from Dr Gregor's How Not to Die cookbook yesterday. They're so easy to make even a kid can do it. I just helped her a bit with the food processor. They're delicious and healthy. There's no sugar in the recipe and they're gluten-free and vegan. Ingredients 1 cup walnuts… Continue reading Fudgy no-bake brownies
A plant-based diet and the protein myth
Some people have missed the memo because I still hear the myth that meat consumption is necessary for protein. It's like the myth that the MMR vaccine causes autism. Despite evidence to the contrary it continues to spread around the blogosphere, like a zombie that never dies. At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy… Continue reading A plant-based diet and the protein myth
Vegan junk food
It's easy to be an unhealthy vegan with more and more vegan junk food options to choose from at the supermarket. Recently Sainsbury's added Goodfella's vegan pizza and vegan Cornetto. The vegan pizza is so good. Even the very discerning Daniel likes it. It's probably reasonably healthy for a frozen pizza. The Cornetto was also… Continue reading Vegan junk food
Nutcrafter Creamery Vegan Cheese
Today I was feeling particularly decadent and bought myself some vegan cheese from Nutcrafter Creamery. Foodstory sell some of their artisan cheeses and I got the Aged Smoked Chipotle. It's not cheap at £8.50 for 190g but it was oh so worth it. The main ingredient is cashews. The nutrition information doesn't make much sense.… Continue reading Nutcrafter Creamery Vegan Cheese
VPud – vegan black pudding
I tried the world's first vegan black pudding this week. It's made by a firm in Lancashire called The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company. It was delicious! It's made mostly with oats and pearl barley, two of my favourite foods. They use beetroot to give it a deep red colour. It's very easy to make:… Continue reading VPud – vegan black pudding
Don’t eat my muffin!
Daniel left this note before going to school this morning: It says: Dear Dad and Mum and Elizabeth, make sure you save a muffin for Daniel. I have not had mine yet. That's not entirely true. I made a batch of twelve muffins yesterday and he's already eaten two of them. This will be his… Continue reading Don’t eat my muffin!
Vegan banana choc chip muffins
Is there anything more delicious than banana and chocolate mixed together? This has always been my favourite combination for a muffin. These are very quick and easy to make and they're also a great way to use up elderly bananas. Ingredients 2 ripe bananas 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed 6 tablespoons water 1/4 cup vegetable oil… Continue reading Vegan banana choc chip muffins
I'm a bit late with this post because it's already the 5th of January and Veganuary is upon us! If you're looking for a New Year's resolution then try going vegan for one month. It doesn't have to start on the 1st of January. You can start at any time. When you sign up on… Continue reading It’s Veganuary!
A merry vegan atheist Christmas
Things that make me happy: A green landscape. Old furniture. Victorian buildings. Snow. A good pale ale. Vegan food. Music. My family. I got all these things for Christmas except for number 4: snow. However snow and a green landscape are mutually exclusive so I'll accept that I can't have both. How does a vegan… Continue reading A merry vegan atheist Christmas
Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen
I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with Daniel. I never had to take insulin and it went away after his birth. Oddly, I didn't have it during my pregnancy with Elizabeth and I say oddly because usually it gets worse as you get older. Most women who have the disease during one pregnancy… Continue reading Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen
Recipe: Vegan Protein Balls
I made some more protein balls and this time I made a note of the ingredients. These make a really nice mid-morning or late-afternoon snack when you're hungry but don't want to spoil the next meal. The coconut condensed milk is something I've discovered recently and it's available at Ocado. If you're in Aberdeen you can… Continue reading Recipe: Vegan Protein Balls
Vegan protein balls
I got some pea protein powder at the SFN Expo in GlasgowSFN Expo in Glasgow. Don't ask me why. I guess I was inspired by the peanut butter balls they were making with it. They looked delicious. I've just made these: Ingredients: pea protein powder, cocoa, ground hazelnuts, sweetened condensed coconut milk, chia seeds, peanut… Continue reading Vegan protein balls
Apparently 26% of British meat-eaters claim the attitude of vegetarians and vegans has put them off considering a plant-based diet. I think that's a bit silly. I'm sure there are some aggressive vegans with a bad attitude just as there are some aggressive motorists with a bad attitude and some aggressive police officers with a… Continue reading Aggressive vegans