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May 07 2018


more Summer eatings

Linda’s Fish & Chip Shop in the coastal town of Cullen now has a vegan menu! And it’s really good!


Nae-Chick Nuggets and chips:

Then you can walk it all off on the beach!

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May 03 2018



It’s summer! Well, summery… sometimes. Along with the start of barefoot beach walks this means The Last Bus Canteen (totally vegan café near New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire) is open again at weekends:

Also of interest to local people: The Davron Hotel in Rosehearty has a new extensive vegan menu which boasts starters, mains and various puddings.

Book-wise we’ve been enjoying:

Philippa Gregory’s The Taming of the Queen and Deliciously Ella with Friends, a plant based cook book with lots of full colour photos.

And rainbows, we’ve been enjoying rainbows…

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March 07 2018


more Easter…

Montezuma’s vegan Easter range includes dark cheeky bunnies, a dark eco egg and this year they have a beautiful 100% cocoa egg with buttons and a large egg with peanut butter truffle mini eggs! See them here.

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March 03 2018


frozen day, frozen pizza

Goodfella's Vegan Pizza

Yes. Frozen vegan pizza from GoodFella’s. It’ll be on supermarket shelves in April, retailing at £2.50, Vegan Society trademarked, and we can verify that it is delicious!

It was perfect on a day like this, when there had been some trudging through snowdrifts.


Then the courier made it through with our pizzas!

Vegan Pizza!

The crumbled falafel topping makes the pizza dense and satisfying and goes so well with the spinach, always a sturdy inclusion to Italian food. The hummus drizzle is garlic-y and cheese-y and perfect too.

pizza slices

We paired it with leek and potato soup, and with each pizza serving two, that made a big and filling meal.

This will be a great dish to have on standby in the freezer for busy (or lazy!) days.

Okay snow, we’re ready for you again!

snowy path

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February 26 2018


Vegan Easter Approaches

Holland & Barrett have a ‘Buy One, Get One Half Price’ offer on many things including their large vegan Easter Range.

Don’t miss all the listings, recipes and books on our Vegan Easter page!

It’s still frosty though, it’s still cold, so here’s our soups too.

There is one delicious sign of Spring just appeared in the woods: wild garlic! See the recipes for soup and pesto over on Frugal Living in the UK

Frosty beach:

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January 07 2018


Chocolate Sales!

Vegan items in the Montezuma’s Sale!


Hotel Chocolat


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January 03 2018


New Vegan Books!

First up we have Fat Gay Vegan: Eat, Drink and Live Like You Give a Sh!t by Sean O’Callaghan of the well known Fat Gay Vegan blog.

We LOVE this book. It’s political but it’s also deeply personal, containing many stories from the lives of Sean and other contributors. The book is about how to be vegan, but it’s more about how to be a better vegan, and really it’s about how to be a better person. And we can all work on that.

It’s refreshing to read a vegan book that tackles how minorities and traditionally oppressed voices are treated, even within the vegan community. We have experienced and witnessed shocking able-ism and racism in our 21 years as vegans, and yes, sadly, sometimes from vegans. It weakens the movement. It weakens the world. It needs to end.

And we can all check our privilege. We can all watch our language. Some in this house have, upon occasion, described various unfortunate things as ‘crazy’. Not good, Vegan Family House, not good.

So it’s a challenging book, a personally challenging book, but it’s in no way downbeat or depressing. Although forthright, it’s written with a compassionate sense of humour. It’s empowering. Why should we shut up and put up about our veganism to please or appease non-vegan friends and relatives? At the end of each chapter there are little refuelling stops with delicious and simple recipes and food suggestions. And in the final chapter Sean predicts a world that continues to become more vegan, and perhaps more importantly, more kind.

Here it is on Amazon (out tomorrow Jan 4th).

And now, for a practical guide from Veganuary!

For those who don’t know, Veganuary is a charity that encourages people to go vegan for January and the rest of the year. And this is their compelling guide. It’s so persuasive that apparently the proof-reader went vegan!

The book has sections on why you should be vegan, with warnings of graphic content that you can choose to read or not, and then being vegan at home, when out, visiting friends, answering questions, and everyday foods you maybe didn’t know were vegan. It’s a very good starting point for anyone who is thinking of going vegan and wondering how to go about it and how hard/easy it will be.

And here it is on Amazon.

Enjoy your vegan reading!

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December 30 2017


hot chocolate

Winter sunrises.

And reading (review soon).

And hot chocolate (ginger and orange and on sale).

That’s us just now.

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December 09 2017


Carrot, Coriander and Ginger Soup

This is such a bright and flavourful recipe, it would make a good addition to a festive meal!

Ingredients (for four):
a little olive oil
8 carrots, scraped and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 stick of celery, chopped
1 small potato, diced small
2 inch square of fresh ginger, peeled and cut up
1 tablespoon of dried coriander (you could use fresh but it will make the soup go a bit green/brown in colour)
6 or 7 cloves of garlic, crushed or sliced (or even thrown in whole)
a handful of cashew nuts
water as needed
seasalt to taste

In a large pan, fry off the onion, carrot and celery until softened. Add the potato, ginger, coriander, garlic and nuts and cover with water. Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until all vegetables are tender. Add salt to taste and then blend it all up! Delicious 🙂

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December 08 2017


ice cream and doughnuts

Three exciting new vegan ice cream flavours from Ben and Jerry’s, though not cheap at £5.50 per tub (Tesco), so they’re being kept for Christmas!

Also new on the pudding/cake front from supermarkets are Morrison’s Salted Caramel Donuts, confirmed as suitable for vegans, and, in direct contrast to the above ice cream, only 50p per pack 🙂

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December 04 2017


Chocolate Ginger Mousse

For four people, blend up: 2 ripe avocados, 3 bananas, an inch or so block of fresh peeled ginger and 1 or 2 tablespoons of cocoa (or cacao if you would like to keep this totally raw).

That’s it! It’s rich and creamy and surprisingly good for you 🙂

Optional variants: add the grated rind of an orange, or exchange the ginger for a little chilli, fresh or dried.


Don’t miss our Vegan Christmas page!

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The All Dark Collection!

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December 03 2017


Tofurky Roast

Ocado are doing a gorgeous looking Tofurky Roast with herb gravy this year (plus a £20 off your first order offer).

Photo taken from this Guardian article: Tofu Turkey with all the Trimmings; Britain carves out a meat-free Christmas.

Don’t miss our own festive recipes on the Yule page!

Now… off to decorate the enormous tree that has come home this year…

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November 27 2017


A Library of Chocolate!

Montezuma’s, a company that has provided vegans with completely delicious chocolate since we went vegan over 20 years ago, has some lovely gift ideas this year! There’s truffles and buttons and gift bags and even a library, yes a library, of chocolate! Go see!

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November 24 2017


This One’s Got Baubles on!

This is the latest newsletter that recently went out to all the subscribers to our mailing list. Sign up here if you would like to receive them.

Well, not exactly baubles, but Christmas chocolate and treats! We have two new posts about them, that’s how excited we are getting this year…

See More Christmas Chocolate for a ready made chocolate Yule log, buttons, a wreath, Santa and even Cocoa Gin and Morello Cherry jam!

In A Little More Christmas we detail festive offerings from the Co-op and Plamil and Holland & Barrett and Choices.

And for those who are not ready for Christmas and are looking winter directly in the face, we have many many soup recipes and a nice Scotch Broth and a great bread sauce recipe to go with those hearty hot dinners that we need this time of year.

Also: a memory of snow in April and a banana muffin recipe.

Leaving these here for reference:

Vegan Advent

Vegan Christmas or Yule

Frugal Christmas

Keep cosy,cosy,cosy!

Davie, Lucy, Daniel and Charlotte
and on Twitter:
and now, Facebook!

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November 18 2017


a little more Christmas

Holland and Barrett have a gorgeous selection of dairy free Christmas goodies in store and online here.

Cranberry & Orange Tiffin Mini Bites and Mini Iced Fruit Cake Bites from the Co-op (click photo for bigger image):

Don’t miss our Vegan Advent Page and our main section of Christmas recipes and gifts!
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March 02 2017


Chick Peas, Potatoes & Mixed Veg in a Green Thai Curry Sauce


Can of chick peas, coconut milk, sachet Blue Dragon Thai green curry paste, medium potato, large onion, garlic paste, ginger paste, frozen mixed veg, coriander leaves.

Gently fry onion until translucent, add garlic and ginger paste, after a few minutes add coconut milk,  stir in curry paste and bring to the boil before adding chick peas, sliced potatoes, veg and coriander leaves. Season to taste.

Serve with rice or noodles

February 26 2017

Oh, it’s been a long, long time…

February 15 2017


Bonobo Kickstarter

Bonobo Cafe, a 100% vegan café in Aberdeen, also a worker co-operative, has just launched a Kickstarter campaign.

They started as a Saturday pop-up, ploughing all the takings back into the business and saving in order to open up full time. It’s been 18 months since then and now they’re almost there, having agreed a lease on a premises. They’re hoping to raise the funds for the fit out through this campaign.

Their reward structure includes the option to provide a vulnerable person in Aberdeen with a hot drink every day for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months of the year as well as some other nice gifts.

The kickstarter campaign link is:é

You can also visit them on Facebook or Instagram

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January 23 2017


Fitness, Mountain Peaks and Cake

Bennachie in the mist

It’s a new year, a good time to get fit and healthy, so let’s climb a mountain! Up we go into the mist…

Bennachie in Aberdeenshire has several peaks. We’re going to visit four. Firstly the Mither Tap, then Craig Shannoch then onto the Little Oxen Crag and the Oxen Crag. The Little one is somehow the toughest, you’ll be peching as we say up here, Fitbit lighting up with joy at the raised heart rate.

path on Bennachie

Keep going! Keep going! Think about the healthy chocolate protein shake you’re going to have when you get home!

Purition Protein Shake

Purition‘s Raw Vegan Chocolate Hemp Mix blended in soya milk with some added banana and avocado. Yum, yum, yum.

But we’re not there yet, we’re circling back to cover more of the hill.

mist and sun

And down we go.

And it snows.

So we’re inside.

On YouTube.

And dancing.

Sweaty Betty Ballet Bootcamp Encore is a great cardio and core workout from the ladies at Sleek Technique (lots of nice DVDs available too), no dance training required.

And now, a smoothie made with frozen blackberries, bananas, orange juice and a sachet of Purition‘s Raw Vegan Hemp Mix.

berry smoothie

For simpler and (sometimes) shorter routines try Lazy Dancer Tips or some Pilates workouts or, if you’re hardcore, you could go for a full class from The Royal Ballet.

And after all that, how about some fortified cake? Yes, cake. It’s doesn’t have to be (that) unhealthy. This one’s made with 3 large mashed bananas mixed into a cup of gluten free self raising flour, a packet of Purition‘s Vegan Vanilla Hemp mix, a little sunflower oil and enough soya milk to make a nice thick batter. Pour into a greased square cake tin and bake for about half an hour at 200c/400F.


Cut into pieces and cover with dark chocolate, chopped pecan nuts and fresh blueberries. Happy Eating!

sugar free banana cake

The Purition mixes mentioned in this post are their three vegan products, all made with nuts and seeds, all natural, nothing nasty, and over 14g of protein per 40g serving! See them all on their site here.

chocolate protein mix

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January 12 2017


Veganized Lashes: The Ultimate Vegan Mascara Guide

My daily makeup routine consists of clear glowing skin, eyebrows on fleek, winged eye liner, and long healthy thick eye lashes. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, many commercial makeup brands still use animal based ingredients in their products and test on animals.

Luckily for us, other makeup brands are stepping up and producing high quality mascaras that are great for your lashes and kind to animals.

Here is my review of 10 fashionable vegan mascaras that will have your eye lashes looking completely fabulous!

Va-Va-Voom: Mascaras that are Dressed to Impress


Arbonne is a vegan certified, non-toxic, beauty company. I mentioned Arbonne before in my article about the 5 must try vegan cosmetic brands, so of course their “It’s a Long Story” mascara would end up on my list.

Consistency and suitability: Definitely not for the “natural look” type of girl – but if you love a black dramatic eyelashes look, then “It’s a Long Story” mascara is for you! The wand is almost rectangular shape so getting those smaller lashes could be tricky, but it is wash resistant and long wearing, so it is defiantly worth trying.

Arbone is made in the USA, but ships worldwide.

Too Faced cosmetics

Too Faced cosmetics is a cruelty free makeup brand that is “unabashedly pink and feminine with a playful wink”.

Consistency and suitability: Too Faced cosmetics aims to put the fun factor in their makeup, and with their top selling mascara named “Better than Sex” it is definitely on the right path. Their mascara box is hourglass shaped just like the wand, and every part of the experience of using this mascara reminds me why I love being a woman! The formula is thick and I found that it did everything it says that it will. Define, lengthen, and add volume. “Better than sex” I’m not quite sure, but one of the best mascaras I tried? Definitely!

The company ships in the US and internationally to selected countries. To shop at the Too Faced Amazon store, click here.

Lily Lolo mineral cosmetics

Lily Lolo is an award winning natural vegan cosmetic line. Their “Best Natural Mascara” won the 2015 Natural Health International Beauty Awards, and it is one of Petit Vour’s best sellers; after trying their new vegan formula I can see why!

Consistency and suitability: Lily Lolo’s mascara has a tapered wand, doesn’t clump, and gives me that bold dramatic look that I love.  The fact that the line is vegan and natural is a wonderful added bonus. Plus this mascara is organic. If you love Too Faced “Better than Sex”, but want a natural all vegan brand, Lili Lolo is for you!

Natural Beauties: Natural Look Mascaras

Ecco Bella 

Ecco Bella is a cruelty free organic makeup and skin care line and their mascara is made with natural clay and flower wax, hence its name, “FlowerColor”. Their mascara comes in black and brown, is water resistant, and has a handy mirror in the container.

Consistency and suitability: The “FlowerColor” Mascara has a standard wand with wide bristles so that it holds just enough to layer on a hint of color. Perfect if you like the natural look! The formula is thinner so it won’t clump after several layers and would work well for sensitive eyes or for young girls who are first getting into wearing makeup.

Ecco Bella is made in the USA, but will ship worldwide and offers a 100% money back policy. Their mascara is also available on the Ecco Bella Amazon store

e.l.f. cosmetics 

e.l.f cosmetics is an affordable vegan cosmetics line with products at around $5 – perfect for the cost conscious vegan.

Consistency and suitability: e.l.f makes several types of mascara, but the one I tried was their “Volumizing and Defining Mascara” which only costs $2 and happens to be their best seller. The formula of this mascara is thin so it goes on clump free even after several layers, but I wouldn’t call it volumizing. Also their packaging is not durable, so I would be mindful of that if you are prone to dropping your makeup. I do love how black their Jet Black color goes on and if you like black without a dramatic effect, this would be great for you.

e.l.f cosmetics are made in the US, but will also ship to Canada and the UK, and has an Amazon store.

Flirty Girls: Mascara for Flirty Lashes

Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics

Ere Perez is a cruelty free Australian owned cosmetics company that offers natural makeup, which is great for people with sensitive skin. They carry three types of mascaras, and I was able to try their “Volumizing Waterproof Mascara” (the only natural water proof mascara on the market according to their website).  

Consistency and suitability: The Ere Perez “Volumizing Waterproof Mascara” has a tapered wand for those perfectionists out there who like to make sure they are able to coat ALL of their lashes. And yes, it is indeed waterproof, so make sure you are stocked with a natural oil (such as coconut, almond, or jojoba oil) to help with removal. I do have to mention that this mascara seemed to dry out faster than the other brands, so clumping could be an issue if you like to use multiple layers.

This brand has an international Amazon shop and storefronts across the Australian continent. It offers free shipping within Australia, and also ships abroad.

Marks & Spencers 

In many ways, Marks & Spencers is to the UK what Target is to the US, the place to shop! They carry everything from clothes and food to home goods and they also carry their own line of cruelty free make up. Although their total makeup is not vegan, M&S do carry four mascaras that are: “Autograph Neverending Lashes Lengthening Mascara”,” Autograph Amplified Lashes Volumizing Mascara”, “Autograph  Aqua Proof Water Resistant Mascara”, and their “Autograph High Definition Lashes”.

Consistency and suitability: I tried their “Neverending Lashes Mascara” and I have never tried a mascara brush of this type before. It is so thin and long, and because of this it is able to coat every single one of your lashes. This mascara is perfect for those of us with naturally thick lashes, as it looked great on my top lashes, but clumped up on my bottom ones.

This company does not ship to the US, so if you live in the UK or are visiting there, be sure to stop by.

Cate McNabb

Cate McNabb is another great cruelty free natural cosmetics company. They offer mascara in regular and mini size, which is great for traveling or if you are the type whose makeup expires before you are able to use it all.

Consistency and suitability: Like Ere Perez, the Cate McNabb “Volumizing Mascara” also comes with a tapered wand and a thicker consistency which is perfect to add volume and color. However, despite its thick consistency, this mascara does not clump easily, as I was able to put on several layers without clumping lushes.

Cate McNabb products are made in the USA (free shipping on all US order!), and ships internationally.


Antonym Cosmetics is a cruelty-free eco-luxe makeup line that offers certified natural and organic makeup and vegan makeup brushes. They carry one mascara, called “Lola Lash”.

Consistency and suitability:  This mascara has a curved wand with wider bristles so it is perfect for those with straight lashes. It will definitely give you volume, but easily comes off with water so be careful if you plan on running in the rain or crying at a really good movie. On a side note, I love that their compacts cases are made from sustainable bamboo. So chic and environmental friendly!

Antonym is developed in the US, manufactured in the EU, and ships internationally.


I can’t talk about vegan makeup without talking about Beauty without Cruelty. Per their website, BWC was founded “in 1963 in England by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization. Its goal was to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were NOT tested on animals (as was the norm) and did NOT contain any animal ingredients.”

Consistency and suitability: I was able to try out their “Full Volume Mascara“, however, they also sell “Ultimate Natural” and “Waterproof brands”. Their “Full Volume Mascara” has a standard wand and does add some thickness and volume, but it is very wet so make sure you leave time between coats to allow it to dry properly to prevent clumping.

BWC products are available on their US website, their UK website, and on Amazon.

I love that more cosmetics brands are realizing that beauty doesn’t have to hurt animals and I am looking forward to the day when all makeup brands are vegan. Until then I’m happy to support these vegan and vegan-friendly brands, and I invite you to support them as well.

We hope you found our vegan mascara guide helpful. Here’s to long and luscious, cruelty-free lashes!


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