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Becoming Vegan

EIGHT years ago when I decided to become vegan, I was the only vegan I knew.

In fact I hadn’t even met a vegan! My aunty was vegetarian for six years, but that was back in her ‘uni days’ and so it was described as some sort of hippy phase.

I remember making the decision and friends actually betting on when I would crack! (My friend Rachel bet me twenty quid I would break by a week – a lot to a 17 year old!)

Well here I am, unbroken, unwavering, and gladly friends with a more vegans than ever before.

It got me thinking though, when I first began there was no ‘Fry’s Chicken Nuggets’ available at my local Tesco’s – you had to make do, find your own recipes and pray to god you could make Tofu taste like anything other than just tofu!

A lot of discussions on WordPress, Tumblr, Facebook and everywhere else about vegans – seems to be talking to VEGANS. Preaching to the converted if you wish.

So I thought for anyone you know out there who is thinking about being vegan, or anyone who wants to become one, here are some handy links.

After all, this is what we’re all here to do right?

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Check out my new Facebook page!

This year I’ve committed to go big or go home with my blog, so I’ve launched a FB site to help me align it all.

I’ll be doing giveaways, reviews and more in 2016 so please pop over and give me a like.

http://www.facebook.com/veganfriendlyfinds

Plus I promise more #VFF blog posts on a regular basis. 🙂

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Vegan Friendly Finds – Kosebasi Restaurant

Last week, whilst wondering around the new Gulf Mall in Qatar, I spotted a stylish looking restaurant on the corner.

Imagine Paul mixed with PF Chang’s meets the Middle East.

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I took a look at the menu and although at first the Turkish food seemed heavily to rely on meat I had an amazing meal and found a few great gems for you guys to try out at your local restaurants or make at home!

OBVIOUSLY I ate hummus. A lot of it.

But I also discovered :

Söğürme – Grilled eggplant, tomato and chilli green pepper mixed and roasted on the oven.

Fattuş Salata Fattush Salad – With Lettuce, tomatoes, green olive slices and parsley served with black olive paste dressing – TO DIE FOR.

Kısır Bulghur salad – with parsley, onion, mint and spices.

And a lot of other delicious things I’ve never tried before (one was this crazy white bean salad in a tomato sauce I can’t find the name of)

For my die hard vegans out there obviously the menu still has things like – Çiğ Köfte – Raw ground meat, pounded with onion and pepper; served with lettuce cups – on it (at least they’re eating lettuce hey?!) but I found it a great place to go with some omni friends and know my meal is vegan friendly.

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Unfortunately branches only seem to be out this way at the moment – but who knows, they might expand across to the US, Europe and beyond soon.

http://www.kosebasi.com/subeler

Anyone in Qatar I thoroughly recommend it – although I didn’t fancy shopping anymore after stuffing myself silly!


			
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Vegan Friendly Finds – Co-Op Dark Chocolate 

Okay UK people listen-up!
Get your butt to your nearest Co-operative shop and buy yourself a dark chocolate bar. Now!

   
 It’s 50% cocoa solids, dark, delightful and dreamy. 
Perfect for baking, scoffing or melting. Plus! While you’re there pick up co-ops awesome cruelty free washing powder, conditioner and soap.

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Vegan Friendly Finds – Tesco Produce

Sorry for those of you overseas, but for my British readers I’ve found the list (2015 updated and all!) of the produce in Tesco’s that’s Vegan!

Yes I know genius! Imagine going shopping with the list and never having to second guess hidden ingredients! Amazing, time saving and life changing news for my poor husband who spends half his life reading the ingredients of packets for me. 

Anyway – here’s the link, so save, print and share.

LINK HERE! – scroll to the end of the page and click the vegan PDF. 




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Today’s Vegan Friendly Find – Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie

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Today’s Vegan a Friendly Find is – Betty Crocker’s Fudge Brownie Mix

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Ok so Betty Crocker products are a bit of a staple for vegans…I’ve done a few on the blog before, but every time I find a new one I have to test and tell you all about it!

Betty Crocker Mixes are designed to just add milk, eggs and butter and bake, so when you’re trying to find out if this product, thats designed to be used with animal products is vegan, it can be tricky – however the Betty Crocker website was tres helpful:

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Basically just double up on oil, or use a banana as an egg substitute as we do.

For this one I added 3/4 a cup veg oil and one banana mushed. But I found that even after an hour, it wasn’t cooked and there was loads of yucky excess oil! So I whipped it out the oven and stirred in around 50gms plain flour and a tsp of baking soda. This seemed to firm it up and I cooked for another 40 mins.

Even after all that the brownie is gooey – but almost to the point of being raw! I’ve now microwaved it for 5 mins! (Desperate measures I know!)

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Would love to know how you guys get on and if you used a different technique that worked – let me know please!

Ingredients:

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After finding out that the folic acid used was from vegetable origin (it says suitable for vegetarians on the packet) it was just a case of a lot of googling! (Lots of long ingredient names I had to check to see where they derived from). But yes. I cant find anything that I wouldn’t class a s vegan – with possibly the exception of the sugar source (which I still have an ongoing reply waiting from the company for).

The Betty Crocker Cake Mixes that are vegan are:
Sunny Lemon Cake Mix With Glaze
Betty Crocker Maple Syrup Cookie
Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix
Betty Crocker Carrot Cake Mix

PLEASE NOTE: There are undoubtedly more options available out on the market that are vegan friendly, and as Betty’s range and flavours widen – its only good news for us! Just make sure you google the E numbers if the packet does not say vegetarian, or if theres a ingredient you haven’t heard of look it up!

Plus! Betty Crocker (or General Mills) are one of the first big commercial companies to cave into our demands and publicly address the issue of palm oil saying that:

“The company’s new policy respects Indigenous rights, protects rainforests and peatlands and sets a goal for sourcing 100 percent environmentally responsible palm oil by 2015.”

So no need to shy away from palm oil laced ingredients!