Telegraph report on vegetarian supermarket products – what you need to know

VegSoc logoWhat was reported?
Over the weekend The Telegraph reported traces of animal DNA had been found in one Tesco vegan product and one Sainsbury’s vegetarian product. Sainsbury’s meat-free meatballs carry the Vegetarian Society Approved trademark.

What is a ‘trace’?
A trace is an amount so small that laboratories are unable to give an exact amount.

What are Sainsbury’s saying?
“We’d like to reassure customers that these products are produced at a meat-free factory. Sainsbury’s and the Vegetarian Society also carry out regular checks and no issues have been found.”

Can I still trust the trademark?
Yes. We have stringent criteria any product must meet in order to display one of our trademarks. We check ingredients and suggest alternatives where necessary, check production processes including possible cross-contamination points, offer advice on best practise, and assess risk.

We conduct site visits where needed. Where a facility manufactures exclusively vegetarian products, this would usually be considered unnecessary.

We’ve been in contact with Sainsbury’s since we were alerted to the story on Thursday. We are satisfied they’re doing everything possible to understand why The Telegraph’s results came out as they did.

Find out more about how products get our trademarks and read the statement we gave to the Telegraph.

Wellingborough Vegan Market on Saturday, I’ll be there…

Jonathan Hornett

Nton Vegan Fair HW Stall 080216Wellingborough is having its first ever vegan market on Saturday 24th June, at Tithe Barn in the town centre.  It’s being organised by V12, who are a vegan awareness raising group run by brother and sister Michelle and Alan Dove.  They are both long time vegans and are keen to show, in a compassionate and fun way, why veganism is a good idea.  The market is on from 11am till 3pm and costs just £1 to come in, with under 16s free.

There will be a large range of local and national vegan, and vegan friendly businesses to choose from, such as Hornett Wholefoods, Mex It Up (Mexican street food), Lunar Tree (bath bombs, candles, homewares etc) and plenty more!  There will also be animal charities to talk to, and an information stand about why and how to become vegan.

For more information and a full list of stallholders…

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Leicester Vegan Market – Part Deux!

LeicsVMLeicester Vegan Community are proud to reveal the full list of stall holders for their market on Sunday 4th September. There is a great mix of stalls, plenty of excellent food but also a chance to discover what else the Vegan/Veggie community has to offer. It’s a rather long list 🙂 . Feel free to share the list far and wide so everybody knows.

Ananda Foods – Marshmallows, Wagon wheels
Benevita – health weight management
Bonnie Leeman Art – t-shirts, candle holders, prints, art display
Black Star Printshop – T-shirts / clothing
Clean&Natural – Nut butters, creams, natural cosmetics
Currant Affairs – quiche, drinks
De Fruit Bar – juices
Evolve Personal Training – personal trainer
Farrinheight Foods – Compassionate Catering – Vegan caterers
Food for a Future – Cookery demos and vegan leaflets
Freet Footwear – Vegan footwear
Girl Against the Clones – Greetings cards & t-shirts
Hornett Wholefoods – food, drinks,
Iuvo Skincare – Skincare creams
Jack Holland Bartlet – photographs
Jonathon O’FarrelGood Moon – Cards, plants, prints, jewellery
Just Eat Natural – raw food and juices
Kira’s Krunchies – dog treats and info
Leicester Animal Rights – Animal welfare info & outreach
Lakeside Ethical Treats – Sweets & tuck shop
Leicester Bonsai Cacti And More – plants and seeds
Leicester Vegan Community – information stall
Leicestershire Vegan Families – crafts and activities for children
League Against Cruel Sports – information / campaigns
Lettices – Vegan cheese, meats & mayo
Lucy Andrews – Ceramics, illustrations
LuVegan – Home made cakes
@Manns Eco Garden – Eco products
Mex It Up – Mexican street food
Minkiemoo Bakery – Cakes
Mithaas Pure Vegetarian – Indian sweets, savouries & thali
Nima Gajjar – henna, gopi dots
The Naturally Vegan Food Company – Vegan Cheeses
No Baloney uk – cold foods
Oda Sønju Nutrition and Life Coach– nutrition and health coach
Pudz Animal Sanctuary – hot food and drinks
RawBite UK – Organic fruit and nut bars
Raw food Rosie’s – artisan tree-nut cheese & raw snacks
Raw Happy – Raw pizza, wraps, burgers, cakes
Skyflower Threads – handmade clothing
Snail and Rabbit Personal Training Studio & Loose Leaf Tea Shop – loose leaf tea and gifts
Sona Foods – indian snack food
Soul Alignment – Himalayan salts, incense, crystals
Tails of Joy – dog treats, pet care
Totally Vegan – Home made foods and cakes
Carib Vegan Catering – Caribbean food
V:GD – – Fresh raw vegan desserts
Vegan Deviantt – t-shirts, bags, condoms, badges
Vegan Pizza Co.. – Fresh pizzas
Veggies Catering Campaign – Vegan fast food caterers & outreach
Vieforvegan – Allergen free cakes
Vork pie – Savoury pies
We Love Pilates – pilates
Whipee Gelato – Gelato, sorbet, waffles and pancakes
Willow and Dove – Fresh sweet treats

The vegan market returns to Leicester

Leicester Vegan

As you know, the first ever vegan market came to Leicester back in June and was a huge success. So much so that the Leicester Vegan Community have organized another vegan market for September!

Similar to the last event, this second market will take place on a Sunday at the Leicester covered market in the city center, from 11am to 3pm on the 4th of September.

Once again the event will support businesses, traders, artists, makers, charities, projects and community groups who have a strong vegan ethos. Offering food, drink, clothing, arts, crafts, cosmetics, gifts, entertainment and much more. It is an outdoor covered venue, so whatever the weather, you can come and enjoy a great day in the fantastic market place, right at the heart of Leicester City.

Here is a rundown of the vendors currently signed up for the September market. Be sure to check back frequently as I’ll continue to…

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More events for Northants Veggies!

We have a couple of lovely meals coming up in October and November –

Le Spice Merchant logo24th October at 7.30pm – Le Spice Merchant, Red Hill Farm (near the ‘Ock n Dough), Wellingborough

spice merchant curryThis is very popular restaurant, where all the food is made to order so they can cater very well for special diets, such as gluten free or vegan.  There is a link on the website with allergy information, and they are happy to modify dishes where they can to accomodate.  They also have regular vouchers on Groupon, so watch out for them to make the evening even more special! Please call 01933 741798 (Hornett Wholefoods) to book your place or visit our Facebook page to book.   Please mention when you book if you have any special arrangements or if you have a voucher.


22nd November at 1.00pm – Sunday lunch at Karmana, Broadmead Avenue, Northampton

Karmana buffetAnother popular destination, this is a 100% meat free restaurant in Northampton, the one and only venue in the whole county – can you believe that?!  Again, all the food is freshly prepared with daily specials; it’s all really delicious!  Please book as above and advise if anything special needs to be arranged for you.  This is not a licenced premises, so you will have to bring your own alcohol if you fancy it on a Sunday afternoon; they also have their own superb drinks and smoothies.

Northants Veggies in The Vegetarian magazine!

VegSoc mag summerYou can see above a fairly low quality picture of almost a whole page of our activities for National Vegetarian Week in VegSoc’s membership magazine, The Vegetarian!  As you know, we had a very busy week with BBQs, craft days, taster events and a visit to Hornett Wholefoods from the main sponsor of the week – Nothing But.  It’s always pleasing to see that VegSoc appreciate the efforts we put into it – well done everyone who took part, whether you helped out anywhere or came along to something.

The blurb accompanying the pictures reads:

“Northants Veggies are another active group who usually like organising social evenings in and around the county.  For National Vegetarian Week, however, they had bigger plans…

“They arranged for a poster display at Northampton Library, and held a craft day at local shop, Hornett Wholefoods.  The craft day even had a special guest to entertain the children – sponsor of National Vegetarian Week 2015, Nothing But’s macscot: Straw Barry!

“To round off the week, they held a BBQ picnic – complete with gazebos and a bike-powered smoothie maker!”

Nic’s Meat-Free week

Nic’s Veggie Week: Birthday Thursday
Pesto pasta There was a birthday in da house today and I am so lucky that the Birthday Boy’s favourite meal is pasta and pesto. Brilliant-then I remembered that pesto is made with parmesan-it’s not veggie! Off I went to Hornett Wholefoods who stock 4 different varieties (I wasn’t expecting that) so chose Suma Pesto Alla Genovese. There was absolutely no difference to this and ‘normal’ pesto-the comment I got was “It tastes like pesto”
I also made a cake. It was his birthday after all…

Nic’s Veggie Week: Freaky Friday
OK, it wasn’t freaky. I was out all day again so I had lunch on the go. Having seen the Nothing But… range I opted for a bag of Pineapple and Grape-tasted great and one of your five a day. I am looking forward to trying some of the savoury ones.
For dinner I wanted to use up some bits and bobs that I had in the fridge. I simply chopped up some courgette, pepper, mushrooms and red onion and roasted them in the oven then popped them in a pitta bread.
Emma shared a healthy version of chips on one of our film nights and these were the perfect side. I used a sweet potato. I don’t have a proper recipe for these so here is my version:
• Chop the potato into chip shapes (skins on)
• Parboil until soft-ish
• Pop onto a baking tray with some low-calorie oil spray and seasoning
• Cook for about 15/20 mins

Roast Veg in pitta

Nic’s Veggie Week: Lazy SaturdayEggs benedict
This morning I met some friends for breakfast in Buddies-an American style diner. They had steak on the menu for breakfast-whaaaaatt??!!! There was a pretty good veggie selection so opted for eggs benedict with mushrooms and hash browns. OMG-it was huge! So huge in fact I did not have lunch or dinner!

Nic’s Veggie Week-Sunday
I joined Emma and a group from Northants Veggies at Irchester Country Park for a sharing BBQ. The weather held out for us (it had been forecast rain all day) and there were about 50 people there, all having brought meat-free BBQ food, salad, cakes, home-made bhajis and drinks. Emma fired up the barby and had a steady rotation of sausages, burgers and koftas. Sarah had brought aubergine so I had an aubergine and mushroom ‘burger’, which was a first. I’ve been to loads of BBQs at Emma’s house so I was aware that there’s no need to worry about what a meat-free BBQ looks like! A couple of people who were also in the park came across out of curiosity and were relieved that the burgers tasted ‘normal’ and that they actually would go to a supermarket and buy the Linda McCartney mozzarella burgers they’d had.

So that’s Veggie Week all done and dusted! Was it hard to do? No. Did I crave meat? Not really although I really fancied a burger of all things on Friday but got over that as quickly as it arrived.
Would I go veggie full time? Yes and no. I have decided to be mainly veggie when I cook for myself but if I go out to eat or have friends over then I will eat as I have done before (and I still have meat in the freezer and I am not going to chuck it out) I will investigate meat alternatives such as Quorn, Linda M and VBites as I did not eat these on veggie week-I may transition over slowly so you never know….
I liked having a meal plan each day so I only buy what I need and I will certainly be doing this each week and I have enjoyed making something different each day so I will carry on doing this.

Nic’s Meat-Free Wednesday!

Nic’s Vegetarian Week: Happy Wednesday

I am half-way through my adventure and I have to say that I am not missing meat that much. Hmmm….. (Ed – yay! It’s working…)
I was in the office today and had to leave the house earlier than normal. I am not really human until about 10am so I was a bit discombobulated and not organised enough to make lunch so the pitta bread/falafel idea did not happen so when I got home I put them in the freezer (not sure what they will be like when they defrost).
What I am finding useful this week is having a meal plan and everything that I have cooked has been bought already so there have been no last minute trips to the shops to get something for dinner. I am not chucking away food either which I am a devil for.
So, here is what I had today:
Breakfast: I wasn’t hungry at all this morning so I had a bowl of cereal when I got to work.
Lunch: As I had a late breakfast I didn’t bother with lunch although there some Pear Drops knocking about the office. I have a ‘the palette of a 6 year old’ according to the man in my life and these were hard to resist. I was not sure whether they would be veggie as they were red (cochineal?) so I didn’t have any. Yes, Emma-I turned down sweets! (Ed – Yay again! Well done on both counts – cochineal definitely not veggie!)
Dinner: Of course when I got home I was pretty peckish so I had a handful of Lentil Chips from Hornett Wholefoods and got dinner on straight away.

One-pot mushroom & potato curry
• 1 tbsp oil
• 1 onion, roughly chopped
• 1 large potato, chopped into small chunks
• 1 aubergine, trimmed and chopped into chunks
• 250g button mushrooms
• 2-4 tbsp curry paste (depending on how hot you like it)
• 150ml vegetable stock
• 400ml can reduced-fat coconut milk
• chopped coriander, to serve
Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and potato. Cover, then cook over a low heat for 5 minutes until the potatoes start to soften. Throw in the aubergine and mushrooms, then cook for a few more minutes.
Stir in the curry paste, pour over the stock and coconut milk. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes or until the potato is tender. Stir through the coriander and serve with rice or naan bread.

NVW Wednesday BBC pic

Nic’s day two – Electric Boogaloo

Day Two of Veggie Week – Tuesday

Breakfast: I am a creature of habit so the day was off to a cracking start with me poached eggs (cracking geddit….Sorry)

Lunch: I wasn’t that hungry so I just had some yogurt with some chopped fruit. Emma has trained me well over the 18 years we have been friends so I know that gelatine can often be an ingredient in yogurt-none of that malarkey here!

Dinner: Not out tonight so I had more time to prepare something. Thanks to the BBC Good Food website I made Spicy Falafels. This was dead easy to prepare but when I tasted the mixture it wasn’t spicy enough for me so I freestyled and added some Harissa Rub blend from Hornett Wholefoods and this gave it the kick I needed. Ironically I bought this so I could marinate chicken…

I had some cous cous knocking about so served it with that and another salad. I think that you could also pop them in a pitta bread with some hummus for lunch. Now there is an idea for tomorrow….

NVW Tuesday - NicIngredients:

  • 2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can chickpeas, washed and drained
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander (or use more cumin)
  • Handful parsley, chopped, or 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 egg, beaten


Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan, then fry the onion and garlic over a low heat for 5 mins until softened. Tip into a large mixing bowl with the chickpeas and spices, then mash together with a fork or potato masher until the chickpeas are totally broken down. Stir in the parsley or dried herbs, with seasoning to taste. Add the egg, then squish the mixture together with your hands.

Mould the mix into 6 balls, then flatten into patties. Heat the remaining oil in the pan, then fry the falafels on a medium heat for 3 mins on each side, until golden brown and firm.

Nic’s Vegetarian Week – Monday

NVW 2015
Day One of Veggie Week
Well, here we go! The first day of being vegetarian and I did not burst into flames!
 Breakfast: Nice and easy as I always have poached eggs on toast (I consider myself to be an expert in this field…)
Lunch: I am not a big lunch eater and because of the job that I do I am not desk-bound so I chucked a Nakd Bar from Hornett Wholefoods in my handbag along with a banana and that did the job. Nakd bars are a recent discovery for me and come in all sorts of yummy flavours. I am a massive chocolate fan so for me I get all the taste and none of the guilt that I get from eating a Dairy Milk-ace!
Dinner: As I was going out this evening (Ralph McTell at The Stables in Wavendon-amazing) I wanted to have something quick so it was a no-brainer to have a Replete Flatbread again from my friends at Hornett Wholefoods. The filling was the Gluten Free with 3 cheese and wild mushroom. This was the first time I have had this flavour and it won’t be the last-it was delicious. I warmed the flatbread in the oven for about 15 minutes and just had a salad on the side. Easy-peasy!
Normally I would have the salad and some ham and if I am going to be totally honest this was a lot nicer and I did not miss the meat… Emma will be pleased!…..…
Nic goes veggie - Monday pic