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  • 20
  • Oct

Áine Carlin’s Delicious, Gooey Chocolate Brownie Recipe Plus Chance to Win ‘Keep It Vegan’ Cookbook

áine carlin recipe and cookbook contestFood writer Áine Carlin used to be a dedicated meat-eater – until she began to learn about how animals suffer in the meat and dairy industries and knew she had to change her diet. She went vegan because, as she says, “[t]he most important thing to me was reducing any further suffering by my own hands”, and she’s never looked back, becoming so passionate about plant-based food that she decided to publish her own cookbook, Keep It Vegan!

We love her easy, inventive recipes so much that we’ve given her a … Read more.


  • 07
  • Oct

The Compassionate Knitter’s Guide to Vegan Yarns

Kelly Yarn StoreEveryone knows that knitting isn’t just for grannies anymore – since the crafting revolution hit these shores, the gentle click of knitting needles can be heard up and down the country, as people of all ages crochet, stitch and purl their way to beautiful handmade items.

But if you love knitting and animals, you’ll want to make sure that your hobby doesn’t come at someone else’s expense.

As PETA US’ shocking recent exposé highlighted, the worldwide wool industry cruelly abuses millions of sheep a year. Angora wool is often produced by ripping Read more.


  • 26
  • Sep

4 Reasons Why Soup Is a Vegan’s Best Friend

You can’t go wrong with soup. It’s one of those satisfying staple dishes that can be whatever you want it to be – from a quick snack to a hearty meal in itself. Most of us have fond memories of homemade soups that cured us of our sniffles or warmed us up on a cold, wet day – and vegan soup is considerably better for the soul than the chicken variety. Here are a few reasons why hearty soups should be a regular feature on your meat-free menu:

Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

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  • 14
  • Sep

This Kitten Maimed by a Mousetrap Wants You to Use Humane Rodent Control

Babybell proves the need to use humane rodent controlStarving stray kitten Babybell faced a terrifying near-death experience when she tried to swipe a piece of cheese from a mousetrap and ended up with her front paw trapped and crushed. Fortunately, she was found and rescued by a passer-by and taken in by the Blue Cross to recover, although her injured leg had to be amputated.

Babybell’s story highlights the indiscriminate suffering that can be caused by cruel mousetraps. Animals rarely survive an encounter with these vicious devices and may often be trapped and in pain for hours when one Read more.


  • 08
  • Sep

On the Menu – Vegan Options at Chain Restaurants

Unless you haven’t taken a stroll down a UK high street in quite some time, you can’t have failed to notice the plethora of animal-free food popping up at every turn. Increased demand for vegan options has opened up a whole new world of delicious, animal-friendly dishes appearing on menus at restaurants, pubs and fast-food chains alike that do not involve grinding animals’ bodies up into nuggets or burgers.

We’ve put together our ultimate list of high-street vegan eats in places that may surprise you  – all tried and tested by us, … Read more.


  • 03
  • Sep

How to Make the Perfect Vegan Packed Lunch

Lunchbox

So the summer holidays are over and it’s time to go back to school. But there’s one thing you don’t need to stress about – finding delicious vegan items to put in your child’s lunchbox!

Here’s our rundown of easy packed lunch ideas, which are sure to provoke envious looks in the playground or canteen. These cruelty-free lunchbox fillers are all great for grown-ups, too.

The Sandwich

Kirsty's Sandwich

Go for a classic with vegan cheese slices, tomato and salad, or get creative with hummus, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, falafel, smoked tofu, etc. … Read more.


  • 19
  • Aug

My Big Fat Vegan Wedding

I got married in Galway on the west coast of Ireland this summer, and it was the best day ever! And best of all, from the dress to the shoes to the food – no animals were harmed in the making of our big day. While the idea of planning a vegan wedding (or any wedding for that matter) initially seemed daunting, it actually turned out to be a piece of (non-dairy, egg-free) cake.

Vegan wedding in Galway

Walking down the aisle in style (and without harming animals) was no problem. I steered clear of leather … Read more.


  • 15
  • Aug

8 of the Best Barbecue-Worthy Vegan ‘Meats’

The best vegan bbq meat substitutesIt’s that time of year again! The sun has got its hat on, and it’s time to fire up the grill and gather everyone together for a slap-up summer barbecue. If you’re one of the ever-growing number of compassionate people for whom the idea of burning animal flesh doesn’t conjure up summer fun, there are many cruelty-free hot dogs, veggie burgers and vegan sausages crying out to be grilled, tossed into a bun and gobbled up!

Here are some of our favourite vegan ‘meat’ options:

  1. Sainsburys Meatfree Sausages: These are a no-fuss
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  • 25
  • Jul

10 Places to Find Delicious Vegan Food in Edinburgh

List of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Edinburgh Edinburgh has so much to offer this August – including the Fringe, Europe’s largest arts festival, where you can watch top-notch music and theatre performances and attend literally thousands of comedy shows. And of course, Edinburgh has a rich history that can be explored any time of the year. Luckily for compassionate folk, it’s also a great place to find vegan food!

Although its rival Glasgow may have won the title of the UK’s Most Vegan-Friendly City last year, Auld Reekie gives ethical eaters plenty to choose from. The following are some … Read more.


  • 24
  • Jul

Delicious Summer Recipe – Italian Stuffed Courgettes

Brit actor and singer Victoria Summer, who’s starred in films such as Saving Mr Banks and Dracula Reborn, recently invited us into her kitchen for a vegan cooking demonstration. When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than fresh, colourful veggies and aromatic herbs for creating a light, flavourful summer dish.

Victoria is a lifelong animal lover and is now also a vegan, refusing to contribute to the suffering and slaughter of animals after researching the cruelty of the meat and dairy industries for herself. Having been raised on a … Read more.