Plant Powered Expo

Last weekend I popped along to the first London Vegan expo of 2020. The Plant Powered Expo.

Although on a smaller scale than some of the other expo’s like Vegan Life Live, or Veg Fest, it’s timing was perfect for anyone who might have just completed Veganuary and decided to continue the plant based lifestyle.

Occupying one hall at Olympia, the expo had everything from vegan food tasting (I must have eaten my body weight in vegan cheese and chocolate), cookery classes, speakers, lectures, music and shopping to an art exhibition.

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I went first thing to avoid the rush and although it was quiet at that time, it still took me almost 2 hours to have a good look around, shop and of course eat!

Often you see the same exhibitors doing the shows, which is great because you can stock up on all your favourite vegan goodies under one roof but with the vegan boom, there were so many new and innovative companies and products on show too. I made a little Eden Perfumes purchase at the Viva La Vegan stand (Click for more on Eden Perfumes) and stocked up on pepperjack cheese from Follow Your Heart. 

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Just some of the new products I discovered are Veggie Sheet who provide Nori style sheets made from carrot, radish, tomato, pumpkin and spinach, tomato was my favourite, a great alternative for sushi making but also for spring rolls and samosas, they’re available on Amazon now and Unlimeat who are a Korean brand yet to launch in the UK but are a meat alternative made from brown rice, oat and nut, delicious!

I also managed to finally get my hands on some Marigold brand Tuno which I haven’t tried yet and a Mummy Meagz vegan creme egg from the Newcastle based Alternative Stores stand, I’ll definitely have to pay them a visit next time I’m in the toon and before you ask, I bit off the top and licked out the middle of course! How do you eat yours?

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After walking around the show and visiting the Art Of  Compassion exhibition where I bought no 1/250 of a limited print from the very talented Philip McCulloch, I’m going to frame it for my Mum for Mother’s Day, to go in her healing  hut (I’m banking on her not reading my blog and finding this out in advance . . . ) it was time for lunch and deciding what to have was tough. I really wanted to try a burger from The Green Grill and had worked up quite an appetite as, as well as walking around the show, I’d also been to the gym in the morning but as it was a bit early, I opted for what I thought would be a lighter option, a hot dog from Pig Out – well it didn’t turn out to be all that much lighter topped with mac n cheese, but it was worth it! 

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After consuming all of this, you’d think I wouldn’t to eat for the rest of the day but you’d be wrong, I went home and sat down with a cup of tea and cake, the Oggs chocolate fudge cupcakes that were in the goody bag – I did share though, I didn’t eat both!

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Hmmm, maybe I should sign myself up to that Vegan Runners group what were exhibiting . . .

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Win Tickets To Vegan Life Live

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It’s almost Time for Vegan Life Live again, it feels like I was only just running a competition for tickets for the 2019 show, how quickly that year flew by, and the lovely people over at the shows PR company have offered up 5 pairs of weekend tickets for my readers to win!

Vegan Life Live is one of the biggest Vegan shows to take placed every year, a firm favourite with not only the readers of Vegan Life magazine but vegans, vegetarians and the V curious.

Vegan Life Live is a weekend you won’t forget!

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It’s easy to think that being a vegan is all about what you can’t have, but Vegan Life Live, is here to show you just how much is on offer. Try pizza, kebabs, ice creams, pasta, curry, soul food – arrive early and with an empty stomach to take advantage of all the amazing food.

For those who want some ideas to take home to their own kitchens, learn from some amazing vegan chefs in our cookery demos. They’ll be whipping up quick family dinners to delicious desserts, and everything in between.

Each winner would receive a pair of weekend tickets worth £48.

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All you need to do to win is head over to one of my social media pages @veganvamplife on instagram, facebook or twitter, hit ‘like’ or ‘follow’ and comment ‘WIN’ on the corresponding thread (the main pic will be the one above)

Winners will be contacted by mid February.

Good luck!

Pumpkin Pie

Halloween is my favourite event on the calendar and Autumn for me in general is all about pumpkin spice and all things nice!

So of course it will come as no surprise when I tell you that pumpkin pie is one of my favourite things ever and it’s surprisingly easy to make!

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Serves 8

Ingredients

Pumpkin Spice

2tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp ground cloves

Crust

200g of plain flour

100g of dairy free butter

2 tbsps of cold water

Pie Filling

1 can of pumpkin puree (or 425g fresh pumpkin pureed)

1/2 can of coconut milk (use the full fat canned cooking variety rather than the cartoned)

50g corn flour

100g brown sugar

50ml maple syrup

1tsp vanilla extract

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Method

Crust

Put the flour, dairy free butter and water in to a food processor and mix until the dough gathers together.

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Sprinkle a little flour on your worktop and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough in to a circle a couple of inches bigger than your pie dish.

Place the rolled out crust in to your pie dish, pressing the edges with your fingers.

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Cut off any excess pastry and smooth the edges.

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Mix all the filling ingredients and pumpkin spice in a blender until smooth.

Assembly

Pour pie filling evenly in to the pastry lined pie dish.

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Place in oven for 1 hr.

Remove from oven and let cool. The filling might still seem a little runny but will start to set more as it cools.

Once cool, place in fridge for a minimum of 4 hours.

Serve with a squirt of vegan cream!

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Tofoie Gras

I love a delicious vegetable pâté

Serve up this light, cruelty free parfait with toasted rye or crispbreads as a starter or indulge as a snack.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

1 small onion, peeled and chopped

1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped

200g chestnut mushrooms, sliced

100ml white wine (I use a cooking wine)

1 tsp vegan bouillon

1 tsp dried thyme

Salt

Pepper

200g firm tofu (about 1/2 a normal sized block)

1tbsp vegan butter

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C

Melt butter in a pan

Fry garlic and onion for around 5 minutes or until the onion starts to become transparent.

Add the wine, mushrooms, bouillon, thyme and salt and pepper to taste and sauté until the wine is almost evaporated.

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Remove from heat and let cool.

Using a blender, blend with the tofu until smooth.

Divide in to 4 small ramekins.

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Bake in oven to set for 30 minutes. Top will brown slightly.

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Let cool before serving. 

Vegan Card

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Attention all vegans.

As if the knowledge that you’re not contributing to animal cruelty in any way wasn’t enough, the people over at Vegan Card have decided it’s about time you were rewarded for your compassion and kindness.

Free to join if you sign up right now at www.vegancard.co.uk and you can enjoy discounts, perks and deals on everything vegan, that’s food, drinks, beauty, fashion, free samples, first tastes, competitions and more.

Members will be able to show their digital card or exclusive discount codes on their phone so there’s no need for a physical card meaning no plastic waste and a reduced carbon footprint.

What are you waiting for?

Sign up now, you’ll be able to unsubscribe at any time.

Follow @vegan_card on instagram

 

 

 

 

Fly Vegan

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It’s certainly much easier to be vegan now than it ever has been before but travelling can still sometimes be tricky.

Not only the cuisines in the different countries you travel to but also when you’re in flight.

I recently went to Mexico and flew with United and although the in flight main meal vegetarian option was luckily vegan, they didn’t actually offer specifically vegan meals and the snack options later in the flight were not vegan so had I not been prepared and stocked up on expensive airport snacks after going through security, I’d have been one hangry traveller! 

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Well now The Vegan Society and The Humane Society have joined forces and launched a brilliant website called Fly Ve where you can go and rate your in flight vegan meals and read other peoples reviews.

Basically like trip advisor but for plant based meals. 

With such a recent rise in people switching to vegan diets, it’s really important that they’re catered for and it’s not only vegans who enjoy vegan food, I know that through my experience, since becoming vegan, many of my non vegan friends have gone for vegan options when we’ve been out together and when you’re on a long flight and you’re not actively burning calories, vegan or not, it makes sense to go for a healthy vegan option.

At the time of writing this post, the stats show that Turkish Airlines and Air New Zealand provide the best food for vegan travellers and the more people that contribute to the site, the more accurate the stats will be although in flight meals might not be the only factor to consider when booking flights, it’s definitely one to consider when deciding which airlines to fly with.

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www.flyvegan.org

Win Tickets – Vegan Life Live 2019

Back with a Bang! – Vegan Life Live 2019

It’s just over a month until Vegan Life Live makes it’s way back to Alexandra Palace, one of the biggest and in my opinion the best Vegan lifestyle shows on the calendar.

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2018 will go down in history as the year of the vegan. With numbers sky rocketing to an estimated all new high of 3.5 million vegans in the UK alone, this figure is only set to rise in 2019.

The future is bright, the future is vegan and Vegan Life Live is at the heart of the vegan revolution and courtesy of Vegan Life Live, I have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to my readers!

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All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning a pair is follow and DM me on and of my social media pages, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – @veganvamplife by 22nd of February and I’ll pick 5 winners out of a hat!

You will be informed if you win by 24th February.

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Veganism is not just about the food we eat but the choices we make every day. It is a lifestyle encompassing everything from the clothes we wear and the cosmetics we use  to the products we use to clean our houses, and excluding anything that has been involved in the exploitation and unnecessary suffering of animals. This is a celebration of the vegan journey, whether you are a long time vegan or just starting out on your vegan journey, there’s something for everyone!

This year there will be over 200 exhibitors, providing everything from vegan cheese, burgers and brownies, to handbags, supplements and spices. There will be cooking demonstrations from leading vegan chefs and bloggers, inspiring visitors to take new ideas home to their own kitchens.

This will be the 3rd year running visiting the show myself and every year I’m been excited by all the new foods to try, I even had a unicorn burger back in 2017 – obviously no unicorns were harmed in the making of that one.

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New this year too is the EcoLiving zone. As a society, we are gradually waking up to the damage that the human race has wreaked on the planet and are keen to make changes. The EcoLiving zone brings over 40 exhibitors focusing on how to live an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

There is also a full schedule of lectures and seminars, allowing visitors to hear from experts about the ethical, environmental and compassionate effects of living a vegan lifestyle.

It’s impossible not to go home laden with shopping, best to empty your cupboards before you go!

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Vegan Life Live will return to the beautiful venue of Alexandra Palace in the north of London on March 9th & 10th 2019.

Vegan Life Live
9th & 10th March

Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY

Opening Times
Saturday 10am – 6pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm

Admission Costs
Online: Adults £12 | Concessions £10
On the door: Adults £15 | Concessions £12
Two day tickets are also available

Free show guide
Register for your free show guide at http://www.veganlifelive.com