Review: Cardiff Viva! Vegan Festival @ City Hall

Saturday 4th January saw vegans, vegetarians and animal lovers alike all flock to Cardiff City Hall to check out Viva! Vegan Festival.  The event was hosted by the charity organisation, Viva, who campaigns for a vegan world.

I saw the Facebook event a few weeks in advance and decided to get my mother and I two VIP tickets so we could get a goody bag and jump the queue to get straight to the event. The event consisted of two floors dedicated to the festival. From stalls and talks, to a kids’ corner and cookery demonstrations – there was a lot going on around us.

Being a life-long Vegetarian and my mother one of 30 years, we were really looking forward to finding new things to our taste and catering needs. Our diet is mainly vegan and always felt as if we should give Veganism a try. It’s safe to say that this event definitely swayed us to that decision. There were countless stalls consisting of eateries along with cruelty free beauty, apparel, shops and organisations.

The food was absolutely delicious. For my lunch, I headed to the Mex It Up stall – which serves Tex-Mex street food – to try some BBQ Jackfruit, something I wasn’t entirely sure I’d like, but boy was I wrong. I loved it so much that I couldn’t help but sing its praises for a full 48 hours after consumption!

Despite feeling full from lunch, I did make sure I picked up different things to take home with me. There was so much for people to choose from across all cuisines. I bought two Sweedy Todd pies from a stall called Mr Nice Pie (the pun had me sold), which consisted of sundried tomatoes, lentils, roasted bell peppers, root vegetables and tomatoes in traditional Victorian herbs and spices.

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Pret Vegan menu

8 Vegan options from Pret A Manger you can pick up for lunch

Pret A Manger has a tasty new menu with a wider range for vegetarians and vegans after a high demand. With many people vowing to go Vegan as a New Year’s Resolution, not to mention the millions that already exist, I’ve picked out eight delicious Pret-A-Manger vegan dishes for you to try and even pick up for your lunch break.

Pret’s Coconut Porridge – £2.65

Contains gluten-free jumbo oats, red quinoa, coconut milk and coconut water. A naturally good start to your day. Also dairy free.

Pret’s Greens & Grains Soup – £3.45

Contains spinach, petit pois, onion, broccoli, leek, cavolo nero, garlic, brown rice coconut cream, quinoa, buckwheat pumpkin seeds, rapeseed oil, quinoa, vegetable, bouillon, salt, basil, lemon zest and black pepper. A vibrant soup packed with goodness and is also free of gluten and dairy.

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Blogmas Day 5: Mushroom Wellington Recipe

Whether you’re catering for a vegetarian or just like the sound of it, Mushroom Wellington is perfect to serve with a Christmas dinner, so today I’ll be giving you my family’s recipe on how to make it.

Ingredients

  • 2 onions (approx. 1/2 lb or 250g)
  • 400g/just under 1Ib of mushrooms (any – we have used white)
  •  1lbs or 500g of store bought or homemade pastry (a good recipe for pastry can be found here if you choose to do homemade)
  • 125ml  of fresh cream
  • Brandy or white wine
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Parsley
  • 1tbs of olive oil
  • 1tbs of milk

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My top 5 favourite vegan beauty products

 

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Did you know that November is ‘World Vegan Month’? Of course, veganism isn’t just about what you eat, but the whole practise of minimising harm that comes to animals. I myself am a life-long vegetarian and try to bring veganism into my life where possible. In celebration of this month, I’ve listed my top five fave vegan friendly beauty products for you to check out.

Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – £16.00

Kat Von D Lipstick

I had my first Kat Von D liquid lipstick as part of a limited edition set called ‘London Calling’ and it featured a mini size of the shade ‘Double Dare’. The formula feels amazing on your lips and isn’t too drying and it lasts for a fairly long time. It’s on the high end spectrum, but this is something I’d get on a special occasion or ask for as a present during Christmas or birthday.

Available from Debenhams

Barry M’s Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint – £2.99

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I don’t often paint my nails but when I do, I love to use Barry M. Their quality for nail paints is incredible and this quick dry collection really does dry quick. I had the colour ‘Kiss Me Quick’ and it’s such a cute pastel colour, I love it especially for Spring/Summer time when you want to bring some colour to your look.

Available from Boots

LUSH’s Decisive Lip Colour – £14.50

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I mentioned this in last month’s monthly favourites as I had it as birthday present from a friend and honestly, this is such a gorgeous shade! LUSH products never fail to amaze me and the quality is impeccable. I find this shade suits me for eveningwear and it does last for a good amount of time.

Available from LUSH

e.l.f’s Essential Little Black Beauty Book: Eye Edition – £9.00

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This is such a great little palette. It’s small in size but there’s a lot of shades for you to choose from, meaning you can create endless looks! I think the price is fab considering how many colours you get and they’re of a good pigment, too.

Available from e.l.f

LUSH’s Shimmy Shimmy Shimmer Bar – £5.50

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Another from LUSH and another I’ve mentioned in a monthly favourites. This is a great shimmer bar but I love the idea that you can use this as an actual highlight, since that’s all the trend right now! It gives you that shimmery glow which is perfect for a night out and if you like a shimmer bar anyway, then it’s really good quality.

Available from LUSH

What are your favourite vegan products? Did you know any of these were vegan?

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Questions vegetarians get asked way too many times

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I am a vegetarian. I have been all my life. My mother is also vegetarian and was a cook for around 15 years, so she brought me up as vegetarian and, when I was old enough to understand, she taught me more about meat and told me I could choose to stay vegetarian or eat meat and for many reasons, I just decided to stay as I am.

But, as many fellow veggies will know, there are a lot of questions out there from carnivores. Some a bit stupid and some, well, I guess not so stupid but really fricking annoying to answer like 100 times a year. So, instead of constantly answering them time after time, here is my FAQ as a vegetarian. Maybe I’ll make a QR code linking to this post and hand it out whenever people begin the “you’re a vegetarian?” conversation…

Have you ever eaten meat? 

Actually, yes, I have. Not by choice. There has been times where careless mistakes were made in public eateries and no I was not impressed.

Where do you get your protein from? 

I don’t know if you know this, but you can actually get protein from other foods besides meat and fish.

Do you eat fish? 

No. You’re thinking of a pescatarian. And before you ask, that’s someone who doesn’t eat meat excluding fish.

Why don’t you eat fish? 

Fish were alive. Then they died. Fish have bodies. Vegetarians don’t like eating dead bodies.

Why are you vegetarian? 

Because I want to be.

But don’t you feel like you’re missing out? 

Yeah, no. I really don’t.

Animals are going to die anyway, you aren’t saving them.

Really? Well, if that’s the case…

Can I eat this meat in front of you? 

Sure, knock yourself out. Just don’t throw it at me. Kids in school did that before and it was not pleasant and even if I was a total meat lover, I still don’t want your stinking food in my face.

You’re too fat to be vegetarian…

Sorry, I had no idea that vegetarians were all skinny and barely ate anything.

Why don’t you feed your dogs vegetarian food? 

Because they didn’t choose to become vegetarian.

What do you eat? 

Pasta, Pizza, Chips (fries for you Americans), chocolate, chilli, Sunday roast, lasagne… now I’m hungry.

Did you know Hitler was a vegetarian? 

Good for him.

Surely humans evolved to eat meat? You’re going against nature! 

Actually, we evolved to be omnivores. That means you have a choice. So, there’s a quick science fact for you.

What’s the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?

Vegans do not eat ANY animal based product- even eggs or any milk based product. Vegetarians can if they choose to.

How do you cope abroad?

True, times can get tough, but there’s usually somewhere that offers meatless meals and it’s just a case of looking a little more.

How come you can eat at McDonalds? I hear they fry their veggie food in meat fat

McDonalds have vegetarian options which are approved by the Vegetarian Society which means it’s okay to eat.

Plants get hurt, too!

Actually, no they don’t. Plants do not have a central nervous system and therefore cannot feel anything.

Is it hard being a vegetarian?

It’s harder when I have all these kind of questions thrown at me but other than that, no.

Are you a hippie?

No. But my dad was one of the first hippies in my county, if that’s interesting enough for you. He was born in the 50s, so.

Would you eat meat for a million pounds? 

I have no idea why you’re being so hypothetical and why you are trying to find a ‘breaking point’. You have no intention on giving me that amount of money so I don’t care. What if I were to trick you into being meat?  Then I have lost respect for you for disrespecting me and my choices and plan to cut you out of my life.   Have you ever asked/answered any of these questions? Know of any more classic questions? Leave a comment below!   Signature

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Main Course: Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese

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Last week, I posted my own recipe of carrot soup with cheese topped garlic bread which could be used for a starter of a 3 course meal. This week, I’ve decided to share my recipe of a vegetarian spaghetti bolognese sauce. I know a lot of people, who are also vegetarian such as myself, who aren’t sure on what to use as alternatives to meat, so I thought it could be useful to share what I use.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion
  • 2 mushrooms
  • 1 jar of passata
  • A clove of garlic
  • 1 packet of fresh pasta
  • A pinch of dried basic
  • Olive Oil
  • 100g Quorn mince
  • 100g of Quorn Swedish Style Balls

Equipment

  • Chopping knife
  • Chopping board
  • Sauté pan
  • Saucepan
  • Spatula/wooden spoon

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