Nic’s week begins!

NVW 2015My best friend Nichola is going meat-free for National Vegetarian Week, with the help of Northants Veggies (and the BBC Good Food website). She’s an avowed meat-eater, despite really enjoying all the food she eats at our house on a regular basis so going without meat is a big deal for her. I’m so impressed and happy that she’s accepted the challenge – it was at her suggestion, so maybe the time’s right for her to make it a permanent change???

Here’s a picture of her shopping in preparation for the week:

Nic's Veggie week goodiesShe says,

“I’ve got recipes from the BBC Good Food website and gone for meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes. I’m looking forward to it!”

I think she’s got a fantastic week ahead. She’ll be posting pictures, reviews and progress throughout the week – keep watching!

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Another event!

NVW 2015On Friday 22nd May, from 7.30, join us at The Hind Hotel in Wellingborough for what is always a fabulous event – the Taster Evening.  The chefs at The Hind always put on an amazing spread for us with vegan options clearly marked.  This is a free event, with donations to the Vegetarian Society more than welcome.  Come and join us for excellent food and company!

The Hind 2015

Eurovision Pizza Party!

NVW 2015Another event for National Vegetarian Week.

On Saturday 23rd May from 7.30, we’ll be sharing a love of Eurovision and a love of pizza – bring your favourite food and drink along too; if it has a link to a Eurovision country, all the better! We will be watching the entire Eurovision competition as we eat and drink so get ready to join in with the fun.

Please call 01933 741798 for address details – fancy dress is optional… 😉

National Vegetarian Week 2015 events

NVW 2015After a period of quiet, the group has lots of events planned for The Vegetarian Society’s National Vegetarian Week. This is an annual event and this year runs from 18th – 24th May with the theme of “Share”. Events planned are as follows; please call 07419 373596 if you want to confirm that outdoor events are still going on, bearing in mind the great British weather!

Monday 18th May – information displays in Wellingborough and Northampton libraries. If you want to have a display in your local library, contact Emma on the above number to get some posters and flyers; you can also order some free from the Vegetarian Society.

hwlogo2Tuesday 19th May – Craft day at Hornett Wholefoods, 48 Midland Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1LU. 9.30am – 1pm for the under 5s, 1pm till 5.00 for 5 – 10s. Parental attendance is vital please and there will be a small charge of £1 per child to cover the cost of materials and to donate to the Vegetarian Society. There will be painting, colouring in, junk modelling, snacks and drinks, all along a fruit and veg theme. There’s no need to book ahead, please just come along!  For more information, call the shop on 01933 741798.

Wednesday 20th May – Launch of the book sharing area at Hornett Wholefoods. There will be an area to the back of the shop where you can bring and swap books on the following subjects:

Meat-free cookery and lifestylebooks
Gardening
Ecological lifestyle and green politics
Quality fiction
Please bring along books you’d like to swap and see if you can find that long lost copy of something you’ve been looking for for years!

Saturday 23rd May – The group will have a stall in town from 11-3, giving information about the group, how to go and stay meat-free and ideas on what foods to eat.

veggie bbqThere will be a free meat-free BBQ outside Hornett Wholefoods as well; donations are welcome for VegSoc.

There are more events still in the pipeline for 23rd May – watch this space!

Sunday 24th May – Sharing BBQ picnic at Irchester Country Park, between 12 and 3pm. Come and join us for our final event for NVW – our traditional BBQ picnic at Irchester Country Park. As you’ll be aware, the theme for NVW is “Share”, so bring something along that we can all try and bring what you’d like to have cooked on the BBQ. This is a free event, although we will accept donations to give to VegSoc. There will also be a “Smoothie Bike” – selling bike-powered smoothies for which there will be a charge; this will be advertised on the day. Come along, meet some new people and have fun!
(In the event of the heavens opening, please call 07419 373596 to find out where we’ve moved to!)

All week – We have a non-vegetarian friend attempting to go meat-free for the whole week too – watch this site to see how she gets on and what she eats!  I really hope she sticks to it for more than a week; I’ve been trying to convince her for the past 18 years that it’s a good idea!

National Vegetarian Week 2015

NVW 2015There’s a small gathering at Hornett Wholefoods to talk about what Northants Veggies wants to do for The Vegetarian Society‘s National Vegetarian Week in May.  It runs from 18th to 24th May and is the annual celebration of all that is vegetarian – it also wants to educate people as to what being vegetarian actually means and shows how easy it is!

hwlogo2Please come to Hornett Wholefoods at 48 Midland Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1LU for 2.30 on Saturday 11th April for a very informal get together – there are lots of things we could be doing and everyone has lots of ideas!  There will be drinks and nibbles available and of course the shop is open for you. Once we know what events we will be having, they’ll be advertised on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/northantsveggies) and on this website. There is parking at the front of the shop and the 45 and X1 buses stop right outside the shop.

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Did you knVegSoc logoow that Vegetarian Society members get 10% off all purchases at Hornett Wholefoods? Just show us your valid membership card and your whole shopping basket will be reduced by 10%.

What is a Vegetarian?

According to the Vegetarian Society, a vegetarian is:

“Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or by-products of slaughter.” 

Put simply, a vegetarian is someone who chooses not to eat or use anything that has to be killed in order for it to be used, either as food, clothes or for any other purpose.

Lisa Simpson veggieWhy be a vegetarian?

Ethical – people are aware of how animals are farmed and killed for meat and they don’t want to be a part of that. Farm animals aren’t allowed to roam free as they would in the wild and are kept indoors for all of their lives. Their food is full of growth hormones to make them grow faster – chickens grow three times faster now than they did 50 years ago. Animals aren’t allowed to care for their young and babies of the wrong sex are put down at birth. Animal production (including fish) is cramped and stressful; their lives are barely worth living before they are murdered for their meat.

cow fartsEnvironmentally-friendly – basically, animal pooh and farts are responsible for almost 20% of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Methane and nitrous oxide are produced by cow and sheep waste – a single cow can produce 500 litres of methane a day! Carbon dioxide is emitted when forests are cleared for grazing or for growing grain to feed animals.  Fossil fuels are used to transport animals and to power the production of their feed.

Estimates of the water required to produce a kilo of beef vary, from 13,000 litres up to 100,000 litres. The water required to produce a kilo of wheat is somewhere between 1,000-2,000 litres.

30% of the earth’s land mass is used to rear farm animals and this is responsible for 70% of the removal of the Amazon rainforest.

fish farms19% of major commercial marine fish stocks monitored by the FAO (a UN organisation) are overexploited, 8% are depleted and 1% ranked as recovering from depletion. 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises are killed every year as ‘by-catch’ of the fishing industries.

Healthy – as long as you eat a well balanced, nutritious diet, a vegetarian one can be extremely beneficial. Vegetarians are more likely than meat-eaters to eat their recommended five fruit and veg a day. As a result of this, vegetarians are less likely to suffer from all sorts of heart conditions, diabetes and bowel disorders.

Meat takes much longer to digest than a plant-based meal – it can sit in the gut for up to 48 hours under normal circumstances, whereas a meat-free diet will move much faster through the gut. Vegetarians and vegans rarely have digestive issues. Love us not eat us

Can you have vegetarian pets?

Yes you can! There are plenty of vegetarian dog foods available, usually through websites like Veggiepets.com. You can also buy vegetarian cat food from there; these are fortified with taurine, an essential nutrient for cats. We’ve had cats and dogs for years and our vet has told us on a number of occasions that ours are so much healthier than meat-eating pets.

For full information on vegetarian diets, visit The Vegetarian Society.

VIVA – Tell Iceland supermarkets to end the slaughter of kangaroo Mums!

Mother’s Day in the Australian outback is brutal and bloody – but then so is every day. Away from questioning eyes, in the dead of the night, millions of kangaroos are slaughtered every year, including mothers and their babies.

There is no scientific justification for Australia’s mass slaughter of its unique wildlife. It cynically denigrates kangaroos as ‘pests’ simply to earn foreign exchange from their body parts.

And now, in an attempt to boost falling sales, budget chain Iceland has started selling kangaroo and other so-called ‘exotic’ meats. We have been here before! Many years ago we ended this barbarism – and we’re determined to do it again. 

Every night, large trucks career through the outback looking for kangaroos. The shooters are not interested in baby joeys, so when the rifles crack it is the adults who are shot. They may be killed instantly or their jaws or limbs shattered by the bullets. Imagine the helplessness of a dying mother unable to protect her young. She will watch as the hunter pulls her baby from her pouch and decapitates or beats him to death… > Read the full report

Please take part in our National Weekend of Action (14-15 March) for Mother’s Day. You can order FREE materials to hold a demo outside Iceland, which include leaflets and postcards for people to sign. If you can’t hold a demo, you can send a complaint to Iceland online – using our webform. And you can order leaflets for door-dropping! 
Whatever you do, it will help us to stop kangaroo Mums going to Iceland.

If you can, please donate to this campaign – we are completely donations funded, and couldn’t achieve any of the successes we have without your valued and life-saving support. With your help we’ve kept kangaroo and ‘exotic’ meats from supermarket shelves for many, many years – and we don’t want it to come back now!

Yours for the mothers

Smoked Quorn Tacos

To round the Unstuffed month of tasty meat-free recipes, here’s the recipe for Smoked Quorn Tacos. We hope you enjoy it!

Smoked Quorn Tacos

Fills 4 taco shells
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

175g Quorn mince
1 tbsp olive oil
½ medium onion, very finely chopped
1 – 2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
1 pinch of cumin
1 tsp dried thyme
200ml light vegetable stock
1 small red chilli, very finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

To Serve:
Taco shells
Lettuce, shredded
Tomatoes, sliced
Mild cheese, grated

Method

1 Sauté onion in a little olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, then add minced Quorn, smoked paprika, cumin, and thyme. Stir for 1 minute.

2 Add a little stock. Stir and cook until the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock a little at a time, each time stirring and cooking until the liquid has been absorbed. The process will take about 10 minutes.

3 Add the chilli and coriander and stir through. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more smoked paprika as desired. Go easy on it though, as the flavour can be over-dominant. The mixture should be quite dry.

4 Serve in crisp taco shells with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and a mild grated cheese.

© The Vegetarian Society

Broccoli salad with spiralized vegetables

This recipe is a fresh and tasty spiralized salad packed with broccoli and cous cous, amongst other things.

Broccoli salad with spiralized vegetables 

Packed with vitamin C and iron, broccoli is a versatile vegetable that’s also perfect in salads – don’t overcook it though!

Serves 4 (as a side)

Preparation time 10 minutes

Cooking time 15 minutes

Vegan

Ingredients

For the main salad:

500g broccoli, cut into very small florets

100g plain couscous

200ml vegan stock

50g frozen peas, defrosted

2 red peppers, cut into strips

20g cashew nuts, toasted

2 courgettes, *spiralized

1 carrot, *spiralized

20g pumpkin seeds  toasted

For the dressing:

1 chilli, finely sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tsp tamari

1 tsp olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

For the garnish:

Edible flowers such as nasturtium, rosemary, chives etc (optional)

*If you don’t have a spiralizer, peel ribbons with a potato peeler then cut into thin strips.

Method

1 Place the broccoli into a large pan of boiling water for 2 minutes, then plunge into cold water. This will prevent the broccoli from over cooking and will retain the colour. Drain thoroughly.

2 Put the couscous into a bowl and pour over 200ml stock to rehydrate, leaving for 5 minutes. Add the peas.

3 Place the sliced peppers onto a hot griddle pan. Cook for between 3 and 5 minutes, or until sear lines are formed.

4 Place all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl.

5 Mix the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad.

6 Allow to stand for a moment and then carefully toss the salad.

7 Transfer to a serving dish.

Unstuffed!

© The Vegetarian Society

Hornett Wholefoods Wellingborough

hwflyerA new whole food shop has opened and they have lots of sustainable ethically made practical healthy options that are suitable for everyone.

If you are looking to be healthier, to lose some weight, are on a gluten free diet or a dairy free diet, they are here for you.

Vegetarians and vegans can feast because they will not sell meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or any by-products of slaughter.  They’re 100% meat free!

There’s a large range of healthy and environmentally friendly alternatives, including food and drinks, toiletries, cleaning products and gifts.

46Located centrally in Wellingborough at 48 Midland Road, the shop is within three minutes walk of Wellingboroughs’ Swansgate Shopping Centre and just a minute away from the Aldi supermarket.  The X1 and 45 buses stop outside the door and the train at the end of the road; plus there is free parking.  Pop in for some friendly service and some fantastic food.