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Jul. 12th, 2009

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Compassionate Living Fayre 09

Compassionate Living Fayre 09

When? Sat 25th July 10.30am – 5.30pm

Where? St Augustine’s Church Hall, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

free sessions with herbalists | entertainment | learn to grow your own fruit and veg | face-painting | community stalls | craft stalls | hair-wraps | workshops | free films | talks | free food | free info on compassionate living | games and prizes | demonstrations | shopping

Following the success of last year's Compassionate Living Fayre we are organising another one this summer. Everyone had such a good time we simply could'nt wait a whole year before doing it again!

We are introducing a new Workshops Room this year, where you can get your hands dirty - workshops include activites for working with herbalists to making seed bombs and guerrilla gardening!

What? Free food, talks, cinema, workshops, community stalls, craft stalls face-painting, hair-wraps, shopping, activities for children, games and prizes, and sessions with herbalists and a whole lot of fun!!

* I will be there selling my handmade vegan chocolates. *


Jul. 10th, 2009

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Handmade Vegan Chocolates!

Hello everyone!

I would like to promote my new website if i may! First, let me tell you a bit of history about my business.
I have been handmaking chocolates for a little over 8 years now. I have held many a stall and have been lucky enough to have Robert Englund as one of my customers! I have supplied the Edinburgh Playhouse with some of my vegan creations on a few occasions and what with a new chapter in my life happening i have decided to put all my effort into making my chocolate business a complete success. So without further ado...may i present you with...

My new website.

Thanks for reading!

Aug. 15th, 2008

misc vegetarian


Review: Tesco Meat free Bacon-style rashers

Item: Bacon-style rashers
Purchased at: Tesco
Brand: Own brand, Meat free line
Availability: I'd expect throughout Scotland though perhaps not always in smaller stores
Suitable for vegans?: no, as contains egg

Description: 'Delicious streaky bacon style [sic] rashers made from soya and wheat proteins'

Comments: They can be cooked either under the grill or by shallow frying. I put them under the grill at first, but after I'd scrambled a couple of eggs I found that they weren't cooking quickly (supposed to be 2-3 minutes - though I hadn't pre-heated the grill) so I put the others in the frying pan and those really took off. They also got a lot crispier than the grilled ones did.

The cover photo of the rashers all curled up implies that they get as crispy as real bacon, which they just don't. I wouldn't go so far as to say they taste like cardboard, but they veer in that general direction. I enjoyed them as part of a fry-up breakfast but if given a choice I wouldn't choose these over veggie sausages.

I might buy them again but they are not going to be a regular food item.

Comparison to meat:

I figure that the real comparison to meat should be done by those who know meat, so:
Reaction of meat-eating boyfriend: took one bite, spit it out
Reaction of cat: sniffed once, refused to acknowledge it as a food item

[I realize that 'can it be mistaken for meat?' is not required, but I thought it would be interesting to include on the grounds that a non-meat item enjoyed by carnivores may make it onto the menus of mixed households; also, this product is deliberately playing up its status as a meat substitute]

Aug. 5th, 2008

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen [Edinburgh restaurant]

137 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 4JY
Telephone (0131) 260 9896
Fax (0131) 220 0617
Sunday to Thursday 12pm to 10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm to 11pm

Opened in January I think.

Part of a chain, but don't let that put you off!

Instead of Ye Olde Standard 'Veggie Burger' option, they have five different types of vegetarian burgers:

- Falafel (v) - Handmade falafels with homous, cucumber raita, fresh chilli sauce, salad & relish
- Puy Lentil Burger (v) - Puy lentils, potato, green curry, spring onion, salad, mayonnaise & relish
- Aubergine & Goat's Cheese (v) - Aubergine, goat's cheese, sun-blushed tomatoes, mixed leaf salad, mayonnaise & relish
- Veggie & Camembert (v) - Portobello mushroom, aubergine, red pepper, sweet potato, camembert, rocket, mayonnaise & onion jam
- Portabella (v) (n) - Whole portabella mushroom, sweet red peppers, rocket, mayonnaise, red onion & pesto

The other night I had the veggie & camembert, and I had the aubergine & goat's cheese in January, and both were excellent. The v&c did have way too much rocket but it was easily dumped on the side of the plate. In no way did I feel that the veg burgers were the token meal; they were stacked high - hang on, I have a picture of the v&c burger!

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I fully intend to work my way through the entire veggie menu, and then start again at the beginning.

I'm guessing that at least two of these could be made vegan by not adding the mayonnaise. [ETA: as noted in a comment, the bun and/or pesto could be problematic.]

Jul. 12th, 2008

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Lovely vegan-friendly pizza place in Edinburgh

I've just discovered a delightful Italian restaurant in Edinburgh which does yummy pizzas for delivery, and which can not only make them vegan, but put any veg you fancy on them, all for £6.20 per 12" pizza plus a pound delivery. I got them to tell me all the veg they have this time, wrote them down on the menu for future reference, thought it over, and got red onions, mushrooms, olives, aubergines, fresh tomatoes and courgettes. Very fresh veg, and fresh herbs sprinkled on top as well.

The place is called The Italian Connection, at 84 Bruntsfield Place, 229 0706. Delivery to Southside took 30-45 minutes.

Jul. 6th, 2008

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