Tag: Vegan

  • Scottish vegan cookbook and lebkuchen

    Scottish vegan cookbook and lebkuchen

    It’s lebkuchen time of year which means it’s time to share my recipe. It has become a tradition in our family to make numerous batches of lebkuchen every December. Lebkuchen is a German Christmas dish which translates to “ginger bread” but there’s no ginger in the recipe. I got the recipe from a German friend […]

  • A vegan’s blood test results

    A vegan’s blood test results

    I recently had the Well Woman blood tests done by Medichecks. There’s nothing wrong with me but now that I’m 44 I thought it would be good to start monitoring things like cholesterol since there’s a family history of it. I also like to check my HbA1c regularly for diabetes. Since I don’t have any […]

  • Pies from The Vegan Skinhead

    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 […]

  • Where’s my 8-pack?

    Where’s my 8-pack?

    I’ve been doing the baby shark abs challenge for more than 30 days now (32 days to be exact). It has got much easier, so much so, that now I think I could go on doing the exercises for longer than 1 minute 33 seconds. I feel stronger too and notice my new strength in […]

  • Pickings from my allotment and buffet breakfasts

    Pickings from my allotment and buffet breakfasts

    I got a funny mix of summer and winter veg at the plot today. The tomatoes in the glasshouse are still fruiting, although more slowly now, and I harvested the first of my leeks. I also harvested my one and only pumpkin. It has been small and green for several weeks now so I decided […]

  • Love your greens

    Love your greens

    I had an epiphany this week. When suggesting a vegan diet to someone to reverse heart disease they responded by saying my vegan diet is more to do with animal rights than cholesterol, therefore, it’s not relevant to them. However, my motives are irrelevant especially since I don’t have heart disease. It’s like refusing morphine after […]

  • On hating vegans and cyclists

    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 […]

  • The perfect burger

    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 […]

  • But where do you get your protein?

    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 […]

  • A nutritious, cheap, and easy vegan meal that kids like and vegan bodybuilders

    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 […]

  • The Game Changers

    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 […]

  • You don’t need to eat fish to get DHA omega-3s

    You don’t need to eat fish to get DHA omega-3s

    Tell someone you’re vegan and suddenly they become an expert dietitian and will start listing nutrients they think you’re deficient in. Often the suggestions are silly, like protein, but someone who has done their homework will list something valid like B12. Vegans do need to take regular supplements of B12 or eat fortified foods. So […]

  • What to do with a glut of courgettes?

    What to do with a glut of courgettes?

    It has been a day of cooking. It’s that time of year when my allotment is producing way more courgettes (zucchinis) than we can eat so I had to take desperate measures. I took the advice of an old friend from Christchurch and made chutney. This is my first attempt and I didn’t make a […]

  • If I ruled the world …

    If I ruled the world …

    If I ruled the world … everyone would become vegan. Let me explain why. The fires in the Amazon rainforest are tragic but this is the cost of livestock farming. The fires were deliberately lit to clear the land for crops and cattle grazing. Most of the crops grown on the planet are used to […]

  • New vegetarian restaurant in Aberdeen

    New vegetarian restaurant in Aberdeen

    Inn at the Park hotel near Duthie Park now has a vegetarian restaurant. It’s a hotel/pub/restaurant all in one and the restaurant part of it has gone all vegetarian as of 1st August 2019. I don’t know the particulars of the change – it never used to be veggie – but I suspect it’s just […]

  • Moroccan lentil soup with stinging nettles

    Moroccan lentil soup with stinging nettles

    Nothing beats a good soup. They’re a great way to use up vegetables and to warm the body on a cold day. They’re also an effective method for getting vegetables into children. They’re cheap to make and can be beefed up by adding in some legumes like lentils or chick peas (not beef). On Saturday […]

  • Willows Animal Sanctuary

    Willows Animal Sanctuary

    It has been a while since we went out into the country for a Sunday outing because our weekends have been full of gardening, allotmenting, and kid activities. Today we had a free day and I decided to skip the allotment this weekend. I have had a helper sharing my plot and although she’s done […]

  • Decadent choc marshmallow biscuits

    Decadent choc marshmallow biscuits

    We saw a video online the other day about making your own chocolate marshmallow biscuits and we decided to give it a try today. It’s very easy and requires only digestive biscuits, jam, marshmallows, and chocolate. Take two digestive biscuits.  Spread one biscuit with jam then put some marshmallows on top. Put the other digestive […]

  • Vegan scones and cream

    Vegan scones and cream

    The Brits are known for their scones but unless you go to a vegan cafe they’re always packed full of butter and cream. It’s a shame because vegan ones are easy to make and delicious. You can even make the whipped cream without using any cow’s milk. I used coconut cream. Here’s the recipe: 2 […]

  • Living a low carbon life

    Living a low carbon life

    Last week the BBC came to our house and filmed us for a story on a low carbon family that aired on the news last night. It also went on the web at The Aberdeen family embracing a low-carbon lifestyle. In some ways I feel like a bit of a fraud because I feel there’s […]