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May 2016 – a time to be Meat Free!

May is the time to try a meat-free diet!

How will you promote meat free living to your friends and family this May?

The Vegetarian Society have teamed up with Tesco to promote National Veggie Week 16th – 22nd May.

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They are giving grants to people (I got £50!) who are promoting veggie food and you can download posters and resources.

Like last year…

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I’ll be promoting National Veggie week at work, click the image above to find out how you can do the same!

Friends of the Earth are promoting Meat Free May – check out their recipes and resources.

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Food tasting – More Than Meat

London Vegan Mums enjoyed a free tasting session courtesy of vegan food makers More Than Meat this month.Vegan mums

Mums and babies munched on delicious Lorne sausages, indulgent sausage rolls, meaty meat-free burgers and spicy jerk burgers at the event hosted by Aneto Cafe and The Flying Pig pub in East Dulwich.
More Than Meat’s chef Stefano and founder Barry Honeycombe joined the group to share their creations, all of which are high in plant protein, low in salt and have zero cholesterol.

The London Vegan Mums group has been going since the new year and now holds monthly lunches for vegan parents and children.

Find out more about London Vegan Mums

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London Vegan Mums

Are you a vegan parent (or want to be one!) in London? We are here to answer questions about life as vegan parents and run fun meet ups so you can meet other vegan parents too 🙂

We look forward to seeing you soon at our next meet-up..

Dates following soon…..

Previous mummy meet-ups…

October 2016 – Lola’s Vegan Cupcake taste test!! See what you missed..

April 14 2016 – Free food-tasting session at Aneto Café, East Dulwic

vegan mums tastingLondon Vegan Mums teamed up with plant-based food company More Than Meat for a delicious taste testing session.

 

 

Nuala, Abby, Clare and Laura

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Veganuary success! Veganism on the rise…

Veganuary was a great success this year.

Vegan food and healthy lifestyles have really taken off over the past 6 months with it featuring all over the mainstream press and a number of high profile celebrities giving it a go.

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People were made healthier, and animals were saved…

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Congrats to Team Veganuary – AKA Jane, Matthew, Clea and Sally  and best of luck with preparation for next year!

Spread the word to your friends by using these lovely buttons…

Meat Free at work!

shelter logoFrom Monday-Friday,a 1/3 of my time (about 40 hours) is spent with my wonderful colleagues at Shelter. 

That’s 55 people (on my floor alone) that I spend 40 hours with a week, that I can influence to be more sustainable and healthy – by eating plant Thomas Micklewright photobased food. Winning.

As an Environmental Champion (green scheme at work) I recently launched a Shelter-wide Meat-Free Monday.

Here is how I did it…

1. Plan. Visualise the event – Sharing food with colleagues and explaining how plant based food is healthier and more sustainable.

2. Recruit a team of helpers (depending on office size) – to promote the event, spread the word, and cook the food.

3. Promote. Promote. Promote. Emails, Intranet, posters, post it notes. Everywhere.

Now lets see that in pictures…

Plan & promote

Recruit cookers/ promoters from your office.

Prizes – befriend local veggie-friendly food stalls/shops and offer them free promotion in return for food.

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Go prepared with a voucher ready for the stall owner to sign as authentication.

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Write an article for your work blog or intranet page.
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Send out an event invite.

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Put up posters or write on white boards…

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in the toilets… where there is ‘dwell time’…

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and anywhere people will see, like the doors. Everyone walks through doors.

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Add a post-it note on the day to catch peoples eye…

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Track responses by getting people to pledge their meat-free day on a big poster..

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On the day

Cook food…

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Display food…

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Watch the tracker fill up!

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Email out to remind people to sign the tracker / comment on your blog post…

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Enjoy the comments

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Give out the prizes!

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with a happy email!

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Enjoy the lovely comments from your colleagues, asking for it to be set up as a monthly event…

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Set the next date.

Vegetarian Week starts on 18th May 2015 (my birthday), so maybe do it then?

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How to make fried tofu :)

A number of people have asked, so here is my guide to making yummy fried tofu…

1. Ingredients…

  • ‘Firm’ Tofu (£1.20 from local Oriental Supermarket, but is sold in most supermarkets)
  • nuts and seeds – cashew, almond, sunflower, pumpkin (and maybe some diced spring onion)
  • vegetable oil
  • soy sauce
  • ginger + garlic + salt
  • non-stick pan

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2. Make it…

  • heat the pan (no oil at this point)
  • cut up the tofu into reasonably sized squares
  • whack em in, lay them flat
  • heat for 10 minutes turning regularly until they brown and crisp slightly
  • whack in the nuts and seeds, along with a splash of oil
  • fry until golden, splash on the soya sauce (not vital)
  • add the spring onions and crushed garlic and ginger for flavouring
  • keep stirring and give it a taste

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3. Eat it!

Tweet me a picture on @LondonVeganSoc and let me know how it goes!

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Tell your friends how tasty tofu can be by using these lovely buttons…

 

Gary Greens is looking for love

garygreenssquareHey, I’m Gary Green and I’m looking for love!

Find out why its healthier and more environmentally friendly to have a fling with me rather than meat below!

Find me on Tinder and win a meal for two in London!

Why should you have a fling with Gary?

earthGreens are better for the Environment: Meat is a high-energy product using large amounts of oil, land, fresh water and 90% of the crops grown to create meat are wasted in the process. The livestock sector is currently “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

healthheartGreens are better for your Health: Many of the world’s leading health organisations now encourage a reduction in the amount of meat people consume. Oxford University’s department of public health found that eating meat no more than three times a week couldprevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from stroke, as well as save the NHS £1.2 billion in costs each year.

pigletGreens are better for the Animals: Lets face it, killing is never pretty or humane. If you are able to live on healthy food that doesn’t destroy other creatures lives, why wouldn’t you?

 

 

Faith groups

All faith groups have a root belief in peace and respect – two qualities that are strengthened by not eating animals, respecting your body and not destroying our beautiful environment.

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Attend on Saturday 25th April from 10am to 2pm at Southwark Carers, Walworth Methodist Church, 54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EN – to learn more about plant based living.

Email southwarkvegans@gmail.com for more information.

Could you volunteer for this event? Find out more at here.

Other ways of getting involved

  • Promote Meat free mondays in your faith group, email southwarkvegans@gmail.com for more information
  • Feature Meat Free Monday on your website or your newsletter

Thank you to these groups…

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Christian Vegetarian Association UK – for featuring us in their recent newsletter.  Read it here: CVAUK Spring 2013 Newsletter John Ryder, of CVAUK says “It is well known that Jains, Buddhists and many Hindus are at least vegetarian, if not vegan. Most people (indeed most Jews and Christians) are ignorant of the fact that their Bible holds up veganism as the ideal. Which is a pity, as one of the most convincing proofs to modern man of the divine inspiration of the Bible is that science is now discovering the same truth from the other end – that meat production is one the greatest causes of starvation, water-shortage, soil and environmental degradation.”

2Eden – Christian Veggie Group – A church-based vegetarian group, meets for regular free monthly meals (vegetarian lunch, dessert and drinks) on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 2pm, at All Saints Church Halls, New Road, Hackbridge CR4 4JN. No charge, No sermon, No catch. Incredible. Paul McDonald, 07900990292, 0208 4051800, pa1mcd@yahoo.co.uk or http://2eden.blogspot.com/

When you search your soul for your deepest desires  you will surely find that you want to be peaceful like a Buddhist, you will want to be a warrior like St. Paul, kind and compassionate like Mother Theresa. You desire the best of health for your loved ones. Then you will want some thing to eat, will something die for your lunch? Your deepest disires are VEGAN.
Paul McDonald, 2EDEN.

St Stephen’s Church – Dulwich, Southwark, have featured us two years in a row in their magazine Spire and their weekly newsletter. Thank you to Revd Bernhard Schunemann, who is most welcoming and supportive of our cause.

Holy Trinity Brompton, Kensington & Chelsea,  – For creating a ‘How to go green book’. It needs some developing, so if you have any ideas on how to improve it please get in touch. We are currently in talks with HTB about how they can become greener and perhaps try a meat free day.