Veganism Is On The Rise!

Hi Everyone,

Scientific research is providing hard facts that if everyone moderately reduced their consumption of meats and dairy products, this wold have a positive impact on global warming and reduce the need for mass farming of animals.

Okay going Vegan is the extreme end to make an immediate impact, below are some hard fact to consider:

source: https://www.vegansociety.com/news/media/statistics

Treatment of animals

Cows

  • Dairy cows have been modified to produce up to 10 times more milk than they naturally would.
  • Male calves are of no use to the dairy industry and are less suitable for beef production. This means that every year around 90,000 male dairy calves are shot soon after birth and discarded as a by-product.
  • Domesticated cows have an average lifespan of 20 years, but on dairy farms they are killed after 5-6 years on average.
  • 30% of UK dairy cows have mastitis, a bacterial infection of the udder. 

Chickens and other birds

  • Every year in the UK we slaughter around 950 million birds for food consumption, including chickens, ducks and turkeys.
  • 90% of chicken production in the UK is in intensive windowless sheds which house 20,000-50,000 chickens each. 
  • 51% of eggs produced come from chickens in battery cages.
  • 40 million day-old male chicks are killed in the UK by either being gassed or being thrown into a macerator – this practice occurs in all egg farming systems, including organic and free-range. 
  • Beak trimming is the permanent removal of part of the beak of a bird at a young age. This is standard industry practice in the UK despite being illegal in many European countries due to the pain it inflicts. 
  • A free-range egg farmer can legally house 16,000 birds in one building, meaning that they can house 9 birds per square metre of space. This means that free-range hens live out their entire lives in an overcrowded indoor farming unit.

Pigs

  • Less than 3% of UK pigs spend their entire lives outdoors. 
  • 1/3 of pigs in the UK are killed in gas chambers. 
  • Around half of all antibiotics sold in the UK are used on farmed animals, with 60% of these being used on pigs.
  • Most pigs are entitled to less than one square metre of space each and the majority of sows (female breeding pigs) are kept in farrowing crates. Farrowing crates were made illegal in several countries across Europe, but are still standard farming practice here in the UK.

Fish and other sea animals

  • 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are either exploited or depleted.
  • We kill between 1 and 2.8 trillion fish every year. This is 143-400x the amount of the entire human population. 
  • 308,000 cetaceans are unintentionally drowned each year after becoming entangled in fishing equipment. 
  • Farmed salmon has 10x the amount of cancer-causing organic pollutants than wild salmon. 
  • For every pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill. 
  • Sharks kill 12 people per year. People kill 11,414 sharks per hour. 

Sheep

  • Around 1.4 million sheep and goats are killed without being stunned each year in the UK using halal practices. Many people in the UK oppose this form of slaughter, yet purchase halal meat unknowingly, since it is sold in most major outlets, including supermarkets and takeaways, without always being labelled as halal. 
  • Every year around 4 million newborn lambs die within a few days of birth, mainly because of malnutrition, disease or exposure to cold weather. 
  • Male lambs are castrated using elastration, a technique that involves a thick rubber band being placed around the base of the infant’s scrotum, obstructing the blood supply and causing atrophy. This method causes severe pain to the lambs who are provided no pain relief during the process. Lambs also have their tails docked using the same method. 
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More Best London Vegan Restaurants

Have you ever wondered where to go to for a good Vegan restaurant in London, well here is another list of my top ones to choose from.

Source:
https://secretldn.com/vegan-restaurants-london/

1. Mildred’s, various locations

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Having graced Soho for almost thirty years, Mildred’s is one of the best-loved vegan restaurants in town. They can count Blue Ollis amongst their many fans, who have helped Mildred’s to spread to Camden, Dalston, and King’s Cross. Here, your plant-based food comes in the guise of Sri Lankan curries, halloumi burgers, and even peanut butter chocolate mousse cake. Whoever said eating clean was boring clearly never ate here…

Four locations across London, find your nearest one here.

2. Pied a Terre, Fitzrovia

Vegan Dining Pied A Terre

This luxurious, Michelin-starred restaurant near Goodge Street is highly-regarded for its veggie-friendly haute cuisine. They offer both vegetarian and vegan five-course tasting menus, which are perfect for a fancy fine-dining date with the vegan in your life!

3. 222 Veggie Vegan, West Kensington

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This West Kensington joint was on our radar even before Vegan London kindly recommended it, and for good reason. Whilst everything is low-fat, low-salt, and non-GM, they don’t skimp on flavour. Prepare to waddle out of here, particularly if you choose the all-you-can-eat lunchtime buffet; more vegan food than you could possibly manage, all for £10.

222 North End Road, West Kensington, W14 9NU. Nearest station is West Brompton.

4. Comptoir V, Kensal Green

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Comptoir V aims to appeal to vegans and meat-eaters alike, and it’s fair to say the menu has us pretty much hooked. The food draws influences from all over the world, and features signature dishes with Middle Eastern and North African origins. Quite simply, Comptoir V is one of the best reasons to head to Kensal Green we’ve yet heard.

1 Keslake Mansions, 12 Station Terrace, NW10 5RU. Nearest station is Kensal Green.

5. Wildflower, Peckham

Vegan Restaurant Wildflower Peckham

An ascetic veggie and vegan canteen within the Peckham Levels complex, Wildflower offers a smashing ‘vegan full English’, tons of appetizing brunch, lunch and dinner options, and a six-course vegan tasting menu for just £25pp. Wild, man, wild. Level 5, Peckham Levels, 95a Rye Ln, SE15 4ST.

6. Fed By Water, Dalston

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Brought to our attention by Secret London’s resident vegan Asli, Fed By Water is a modern Italian restaurant specialising in clean eating. Their commitment runs so deep that they use only purified water during the cooking process. So when you leave this place, you’ll be extra healthy – and stuffed full of delicious pasta, of course.

64 Kingsland High St, Dalston, E8 2LX. Nearest station is Dalston Kingsland.

7. Rasa, Stoke Newington

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Another recommendation from inside Secret London HQ, this is where we’re heading next time we fancy a curry. Rasa serves up incredible vegetarian and vegan dishes from southern India, deservedly winning plaudits for doing so. A wide selection of curries forms the basis of the menu, and the battered banana boli with a peanut and ginger dip makes for a delicious starter. You won’t be able to walk past without being intrigued – particularly since the exterior is a vibrant shade of pink.

They have two restaurants, but the Stoke Newington one is more vegan-friendly. Find it at 55 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0AR. Nearest station is Stoke Newington.

8. Wulf & Lamb, Chelsea

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“Run with the wolves, eat with the lambs” is the ethos of Wulf & Lamb, and it seems like Not So Quiet Grrl (aka Nadia) has been running with the wolves. She was kind enough to tell us about this place, which offers smashing breakfasts as well as hearty mains. There also happens to be a mango and passionfruit cheesecake with our name written on it…

243 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0BP. Nearest station is Sloane Square.

9. Mooshies, Shoreditch

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This vegan burger joint is quickly becoming one of the darlings of Brick Lane. Choose one of the burgers, load up on some sides, and contemplate why you didn’t make the switch to veganism earlier. Hmm, it was probably bacon. It usually is…

104 Brick Lane, E1 6RL. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.

10. St Margaret’s House Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green

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Out in Bethnal Green, you’ll find the community and charity hub known as St Margaret’s House. Here, you can do yoga or take an art class, but we’d recommend heading straight to the cafe. Start with breakfast – either the vegan full English or a stack of American-style pancakes should do nicely – and watch it get better from there. Absolutely everything here is vegan, so kiss a not-so-fond goodbye to the days of going off-menu!

St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL. Nearest station is Bethnal Green.

Great Vegan Eat-Outs in London

Where can you go for some great Vegan eat outs?

Well in London there are actually some really great places which serve the best Vegan dishes.

I will share with below some of my most favourite’s from dirty burgers to pub grub…Go and check them out!

Temple of Seitan – Hackney. Best for Vegan burgers, Fillet of Chicken, Pop Corn Chick and amazing dips.

Temple of Hackney 10 Morning Lane
E9 6NA

All made from Seitan. Seitan is a fantastic meat alternative. Made from protein-rich wheat gluten, it is both tasty and nutritious.

Sutton And Sons – Fish and Chips
240 Graham Road, London E8 1BP

Fish and chips chain Sutton and Sons the first completely vegan chippy in London.

The best Vegan Fish and Chips in London, plus Vegan pies…Check it out!

Best vegan pizza at Purezza
Camden: 43 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PN

Everything is plant based in this pizzeria: Dough balls full of delicious (homemade) ‘Vegan cheese’, pizzas of every variety and taste, full of stringy ‘Vegan mozzarella’ 

Best vegan pub The Spread Eagle
​141 Albert Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7NB


The food offering is headed up by Meriel Armitage from Club Mexicana, without a doubt one of the best vegan street food trucks around. The Spread Eagle.

Biff Jack’s shack inside the Eat 17 Spar on Orford Road, Biff’s x Eat 17

Signature ‘crispy fried jackfruit’ is totally unique, and totally filthy ‘Jackfruit’ My favorite is the ‘Samuel Jackson’ burger

One of the best places for Vegan burgers


Crosstown Vegan Doughnuts 9b Cullum St, EC3M 7JJ

A selection of the best vegan doughnuts in London. All doughnuts are made fresh every day.

What’s Really In Meat?

Hi Everyone,

The next time you tuck into your Burger or Sunday Roast, stop for a minute to think about what you are actually eating, especially if it’s not 100% organic.

Below is a list of ten products you will find in all Supermarket meats and regulations allow it to happen.

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  1. Arsenic
    Farms feed chickens and pigs arsenic to help ward off infections in their filthy living conditions and to turn the animals’ flesh the pink shade that is considered appetising – because nothing says “appetising” like poison.
  2. Poo
    When animals’ intestines are torn open during slaughter, faeces spill out onto their flesh. So when people buy meat, they’re getting – well, sorry – crappy food.
  3. Industrial runoffWho would head down to the local river, whip out a glass and gulp down some river water? No one? Well, then people might want to avoid eating fish, who are contaminated with the pollutants that run into waterways from our tanneries, factories and industrial plants as well as manure runoff from pastures.
  4. Hormones                                                                                                                                 Did you want a side of HRT with your fish and chips? How about a splash of oestrogen in your milk? Traces of contraceptives and other chemicals in the water supply have led to fish becoming “feminised”, with male fish laying eggs, and cows’ milk comes with an added dose of sex hormones.
  5. Calf-stomach lining

    Many cheeses are made with rennet, an enzyme taken from calves’ stomach lining. Does eating babies’ stomachs make you sick to yours?

    6. Pus

    Cows on dairy farm often suffer from mastitis, a painful inflammation of the udders caused by bacteria. Their bodies try to fight off the infection by producing pus. And guess where the pus goes – into the milk and into the milk-drinker’s mouth.

    7. Parts of a totally different animal

    There could be a horse in your lasagne or a pig in your “beef” meatballs. Given all the recent scandals, we’re just wondering what “surprise” ingredient is going to turn up next.

    8. Drugs

    Lots and lots of drugs. Animals on farms are routinely fed massive doses of antibiotics (even if they’re not sick) with alarming consequences for antibiotic resistance and the emergence of dangerous “superbugs”.

    9. Diseased organs
    If you’ve ever eaten foie gras, you should know that the diabolical “delicacy” is made from the livers of ducks and geese who have been force-fed until they’re desperately ill.                                                                                                                      10. Pink slime

This nauseating paste is made by sending animals’ bones through a machine that                scrapes off the last bits of flesh and blood then treating the resulting mass with                    ammonia and dyes. The “mechanically recovered meat” is the main ingredient of chicken nuggets and other processed meats.

Top Vegan Restaurants

Hi Everyone,

Eating out can be challenging at the best of times for Vegans, however, more and more restaurants and pop-up Vegan chains are opening. As well as established restaurants expanding their menus for Vegans.

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Below, is a top list of 22 Vegan-friendly restaurants to explore.

1  Wagamama

Wagamama are doing a Vegan Katsu Curry! “The rumours are true. vegan katsu curry has arrived.

Byron

The Beetnik, which they say “comprises a beautifully flavor some beetroot falafel patty, freshly made to Byron’s own recipe and topped with baby kale, smashed avocado, tomato, pickled red onions, red pepper ketchup and a lime-dressed rainbow slaw.”

3  The Real Greek

Dedicated Vegan Menu, packed with thirty, flavor some vegan dishes that pay homage to Greece’s rich heritage of vegan cooking including Jackfruit Stifado and Vegan Moussaka.

4  By Chloe

Vegan fast food chain with several restaurants across the US. Their burgers have previously named the best veggie burgers in New York, and by the look of the Instagram feed, we’ll be queueing round the block for them.

5  Zizzi

Vegan zucca pizza (tomato, mozzarella alternative, roasted butternut squash, caramelised balsamic onions & spinach) and the vegan pepperonata pizza (Tomato, mozzarella alternative, fire-roasted peppers, sunblush tomatoes, hot roquito chillies & pea shoots).

6  Itsu

Itsu have just launched a new hot food menu which features some delicious new vegan options including: Quinoa falafef & veg rice bowl, Veggie gyoza noodles and detox miso!

7  Carluccio’s

The menu at Carluccio’s clearly outlines their vegan options, including a tomato and basil spaghetti, sautéed mushrooms, Carluccio’s salad and a Sicilian aubergine stew.

8  The Diner

The Diner is launching their first all vegan/vegetarian menu, serving everything from vegan pancakes to a dirty burrito and dairy-free mac ‘n’ cheese.

Following the launch at The Strand on the 4th October the exclusive menu will debut at the Islington site from the 10th October.

9  Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut are trialling a vegan cheese option throughout the UK for an eight week period, to see if the meat-free alternative is popular.

10  Firezza

Firezza’s vegan range is a must-taste for anyone lookig to indulge in delicious crispy pizzas topped with vegan cheese and range of animal-free toppings of your choice

11  Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas have a whole menu dedicated to their vegan dishes, including portobello mushroom fajitas, a fiesta ensalada and veggie chilli.

12  Giraffe

Vegan stuff at Giraffe includes the Indo-Coco Curry, the super San Fran salad and edamame tapas – made with soybean pods with chilli, garlic, ginger and soy sauce.

13  Leon

Leon offer the best selection of vegan boxes and sides, as well as sauces, including the quinoa salad shown here, a sweet potato and okra stew and a Brazilian black bean box. The dream.

14 Yo! Sushi

You might think all sushi is raw fish, but that’s definitely not the case at Yo! Sushi – think vegetable tempura, yakisoba and inari and kaiso sushi.

15 Ask Italian

Not only can you make your own vegan pizza at Ask Italian, but they have three pasta options, a salad, starters and desserts that don’t use animal products.

16 Toby Carvery

We’re not joking when we say Toby Carvery offer a seeeeriously good vegan Sunday lunch: lentil cottage pie, butternut squash crumble and spiced chickpea wellington with all the trimmings.

17 Bella Italia

The range at Bella Italia might not be huge, but there’s a vegan salad/pasta/and pasta classico to get your teeth into.

18  Pizza Express

Pizza Express offer various options to make a three-course vegan menu: olivers for starter, the Pianta pizza and the new Coconut Delight pudding – made with coconut shavings and coconut milk.

19 Wetherspoons

On Wetherspoons’ vegan menu, they state that you can ask for loads of their dishes without animal product on. Other vegan dishes include the onion Bhajis, samosas, pomodoro pasta and the hash browns (all you need really).

20  Nando’s

There are quite a lot of options at Nando’s, providing you specify what you do and don’t want. Order the veggie wrap/burger/pitta without the mayo, the quinoa salad without the feta cheese or the portobello mushroom without the halloumi.

21 Prezzo

Vegan at Prezzo? Go for the penne arrabbiata, pappardelle (pictures) or a pizza bjase, which is vegan, without cheese.

22 Wahaca

Although the menu doesn’t specify are things are vegan – but rather says vegetarian – Wahaca’s offerings include plantain tacos, the summer vegetable enchilladas (without cheese) and the cactus/courgette burrito.

 

(KFV) Kentucky Fried Vegan!

Hi Everyone,

Yes, you can enjoy your fried food as a Vegan, having your style KFC foods without harming any chickens.

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Check out this delicious recipe:

Kentucky Fried Jackfruit

Ingredients

  • 2 14 oz. Cans Jackfruit in Brine (or better yet, water if you can find it)

FOR THE VEGAN BUTTERMILK MIXTURE:

  • 1 c Almond Milk
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar let sit for 5 minutes
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce OPTIONAL

FOR THE BATTER:

  • 3/4 c All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 c Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Your favorite SALT-FREE seasoning blend (if you are using Jackfruit in WATER, feel free to use Season Salt)

FOR FRYING:

  • Any oil suitable for frying at high temperatures

FOR THE VEGAN HONEE-MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:

  • 1/2 c Vegan Mayonnaise or more to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Yellow Mustard or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar or more to taste

Instructions

TO PREPARE THE JACKFRUIT:

  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit pieces taking care not to break them up.

TO PREPARE THE VEGAN BUTTERMILK MIXTURE:

  1. Combine 1 cup of almond milk with 1-1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, add the jackfruit pieces.  Set aside.

TO MAKE THE BATTER:

  1. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

TO MAKE THE VEGAN HONEE MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:

  1. Whisk together the ingredients and set aside.

FOR FRYING:

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat.  Test with a pinch of flour and if it sizzles, it’s ready.  Food will absorb more oil if it is too cool. Too hot and it will scorch.

     

  2. Take a few pieces at a time from the buttermilk mixture and drop in the flour. Coat completely.  Quickly coat in the buttermilk again and thoroughly coat in the flour mixture.

     

  3. Gently place into the oil, toss occasionally and remove with a strainer when golden brown to paper towels to drain any excess oil.

 

(KFV) Kentucky Fried Vegan

Hi Everyone,

Yes, you can enjoy your fried food as a Vegan, having your style KFC foods without harming any chickens.

PicMonkey-Image@

Check out this delicious recipe:

Kentucky Fried Jackfruit

Ingredients

  • 2 14 oz. Cans Jackfruit in Brine (or better yet, water if you can find it)

FOR THE VEGAN BUTTERMILK MIXTURE:

  • 1 c Almond Milk
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar let sit for 5 minutes
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce OPTIONAL

FOR THE BATTER:

  • 3/4 c All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 c Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Your favorite SALT-FREE seasoning blend (if you are using Jackfruit in WATER, feel free to use Season Salt)

FOR FRYING:

  • Any oil suitable for frying at high temperatures

FOR THE VEGAN HONEE-MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:

  • 1/2 c Vegan Mayonnaise or more to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp Yellow Mustard or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar or more to taste

Instructions

TO PREPARE THE JACKFRUIT:

  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit pieces taking care not to break them up.

TO PREPARE THE VEGAN BUTTERMILK MIXTURE:

  1. Combine 1 cup of almond milk with 1-1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, add the jackfruit pieces.  Set aside.

TO MAKE THE BATTER:

  1. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

TO MAKE THE VEGAN HONEE MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE:

  1. Whisk together the ingredients and set aside.

FOR FRYING:

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat.  Test with a pinch of flour and if it sizzles, it’s ready.  Food will absorb more oil if it is too cool. Too hot and it will scorch.

     

  2. Take a few pieces at a time from the buttermilk mixture and drop in the flour. Coat completely.  Quickly coat in the buttermilk again and thoroughly coat in the flour mixture.

     

  3. Gently place into the oil, toss occasionally and remove with a strainer when golden brown to paper towels to drain any excess oil.