This traditional dish from Belgium takes an unusual – but delicious – vegetable, the endive, and places it centre stage. Our veganised recipe shows you don’t need dairy products or meat to make a hearty, rich and deliciously creamy version of this classic.
Belgian ‘Chicon Au Gratin’
4 heads Belgian endive, trimmed
1 Tbsp vegan margarine
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup soya milk
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup grated vegan cheese
4 slices deli-style vegan ham
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
… Read more.
A victory for compassion in Belgium came this week, as the government ratified a law to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. This milestone for animals comes after a 10-year campaign by animal rights groups such as Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA).
This excellent new law will save many animals in Belgium from the stress of constant travelling and transport in extremes of temperature, being kept in restricted living quarters, and being confined for their entire lives to an environment in which they cannot express natural behaviour … Read more.
It’s all well and good to talk about a weekly meat-free day, but what’s it like in practice for a hotel, restaurant or school – or an entire city? How would Meat-Free Monday work in a UK city? I went to Ghent, Belgium, to learn more.
My first stop is breakfast at one of Ghent’s most prestigious hotels – NH Gent Belfort, which was the first hotel to implement “Donderdag Veggiedag”. The meat-free programme has been going strong there for two months. “It was a marketing decision”, explains Mauro Desogus… Read more.