For the latest instalment in our series of vegan city guides, we head to the West Midlands to discover where compassionate Brummies go to find delicious meat-free food.
These are our top vegan picks in Britain’s second city:
- The Warehouse Café
Fresh, local and seasonal ingredients take centre stage at this longstanding eco-veggie restaurant located right in the city centre. There are many tempting vegan options available and clearly labelled – the dessert menu even includes vegan trifle! For groceries, check out the 100% Vegan shop in the same building.
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It’s been said that fashion is a reflection of your attitude and personality – that it can be a representation of your worldview. Wearing cruelty-free clothing is the fashion-forward way to show the world that you’re compassionate towards animals.
Many PETA-approved fashion labels have made the commitment to sell only clothes, shoes and accessories that contain no leather, fur, wool, skins, exotic skins or any other animal-derived fabric. But you don’t have to limit yourself to buying your threads from … Read more.
Last year’s Great Vegan Bake Off competition took egg- and butter-free baking to new heights! Check out the masterpieces that made it to the finals. Pancakes are easy to make vegan, too – and Shrove Tuesday is a good time for feasting on pancakes to your heart’s content!
This pancake recipe, adapted from The Everyday Veggie, has just three ingredients: flour, almond milk and coconut oil.
Sound too simple to be true? Try it for yourself – it really is that easy to produce delicious pancakes.
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Forget the detox. When the weather’s chilly, sometimes you need to indulge a little with hearty comforting meals that will warm you all the way through. Here are eight of our favourite nourishing wintertime recipes. Of course, they’re all vegan, too, so you can still feel vaguely virtuous while you chow down on mountains of soul-satisfying food! Let us know your top comfort food fixes in the comments.
- Mayim Bialik’s Winter Vegetable Risotto
A creamy dish of deliciousness from everyone’s favourite vegan nerd.
- Tofu Spinach Lasagne
So filling and so satisfying.
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Cheap, colourful and healthy, this easy dish should be a staple of any vegan’s repertoire. Feel free to add extra vegetables such as squash or sweet potatoes.
Warming Orange Spice and Lentil Soup
1–2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced into 1-cm cubes
2 carrots, diced into 1-cm cubes
2 celery stalks, diced into 1-cm pieces
1 litre water
2 bay leaves
200 g red lentils
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/4 tsp fenugreek
1/8 tsp asafoetida
60–80 ml orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
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This is a filling, creamy vegan version of the classic comforting dish. Claire suggests varying the dish by adding halved cherry tomatoes or sliced vegan hot dogs before baking/grilling or by sprinkling with flaxseeds and a couple of teaspoonfuls of paprika to create an extra-crunchy topping. Enjoy!
Claire’s Mac ‘n’ Cheeze
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1–2 chillies, finely chopped (optional)
3–4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 litre unsweetened soya milk
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Love is in the air – yes, in case you hadn’t noticed, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. But while you’re making plans for your hot date, show some love for animals, too, by keeping things vegan. After all, compassion is a great chat-up line, and it’s well known that, with their often fitter physique and increased stamina, plant-eaters make better lovers as well as kinder partners.
So here are six top tips to help you avoid making a cruelty faux pas during your romantic evening:
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More and more people are waking up to the cruel reality of the dairy industry, so the market for alternative non-dairy products is growing faster now than ever before. In the past two years alone, the non-dairy milk market has grown by a staggering 155 per cent in the UK! Producing plant-based milks takes a lot less water and land and results in much less carbon dioxide than producing dairy milks. We’ve put together a guide to some of the best vegan milks and how to use them.
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What’s your New Year’s resolution? Have you decided to go vegan in 2015? Or are you already vegan but have decided to commit to eating healthier in the new year after spending 2014 indulging in one too many delicious accidentally vegan snacks? Maybe you just want to read up on animal rights issues or are looking for a book to help a child you know understand why you don’t eat meat. Whatever your goal is, we’ve got a book that will help you get there. Check out our list of must-have … Read more.
This comforting vegan hot chocolate is a cut above your standard cocoa, and it’s perfect for warming you up on cold winter evenings.
Rich Hot Chocolate
2 cups sweetened soya or almond milk
8 squares dairy-free dark chocolate
Sugar or agave syrup, to taste
- Combine the soya milk and dark chocolate in a pan and heat gently while stirring until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth and thick.
- Add a little sugar or agave syrup if you prefer a sweeter drink.
- Pour into two mugs. Drink and enjoy!
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