Palm Oil

This is an update on our use of palm oil.

But first a few points:

1. Palm oil is from a plant. It is vegan.

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Southwest Christmas Without Cruelty Festival

Animal Aid’s Southwest Christmas Without Cruelty Festival is coming up on Saturday 21 November in Exeter. It “combines a serious message with an enjoyable and fun day out, offering its popular mix of ethical Christmas shopping, good food, entertainment and a warm and friendly atmosphere”

Cruelty Free/Vegan Festival in Exeter on Saturday 21 November at Exeter Corn Exchange, EX1 1BW from 10am till 4.15pm.

We are excited to be doing the main catering in the food hall. Rolanda has always done an amazing job with the catering, in turn we are really looking forward to it.

Here is our menu for the day.

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Frys’ Soy and Quinoa Country Roast

Frys Soy and Quinoa Country Roast

A Review

Cost: About £5.60
Serves: generous 3
The roast is vegan, as are all Frys products.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this roast, but don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with a Frys product so decided to give it a try.
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Inside Look – Vegan Cheese

Inside Look Intro

Here is a run down of the vegan cheeses we use (and a couple that we don’t use) at Fairfoods.

Vegan Cream Cheese

In cheesecakes, our favourite vegan cream cheese is Tofutti Creamy Smooth Original for the incredible taste and the texture it gives to cheesecakes. We use it in our passion fruit cheesecake and chocolate caramel cheesecake.

Toffuti Creamy Smooth Original

Bute Island Original Creamy Sheese

For stuffed cherry tomatoes, the following vegan cream cheeses work well:

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Film Review – Cowspiracy

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Produced and directed by Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn (2014)

My star rating: 5 stars

What the film is about
Cowspiracy looks at the environmental impact of animal agriculture and presents the case strongly with statistics, graphics, interviews and some humour thrown in.

cowspiracy graphic

Kip Anderson is the main narrator and the film features Howard Lyman (former cattle rancher), Michael Pollen and Michael Klaper among others.

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Vegan Pea and Paneer Curry

“I recently attended my friend Lotje’s wedding and sampled some of your super delicious food. I was bowled over by your amazing red vegetable curry and I wondered if there was any way you might share your recipe? Your curry was the talk of the wedding!

Kathleen Fournier, Barcelona”

A cornerstone of Fairfoods is that we like to share stuff – recipes, resources, knowledge – so here it is. The combination of creamy (vegan) cheese, tangy tomato and lots of fresh spices and herbs packs a real flavour punch. It is adapted from a recipe in Prashad: Indian Vegetarian Cooking. The vegan cheese does tend to melt so it’s not exactly the same as paneer which stays firm, but it still works really well.

vegan pea and paneer curry

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Book review – Prashad Indian Vegetarian Cooking

Prashad: Indian Vegetarian Cooking

We’ve tried out nearly 20 recipes from Prashad: Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Kaushy Patel, and it gave us lots of inspiration when we were planning an Indian pop up night.

Listed below are all the recipes we’ve made from the book, with notes and a star rating from 1-5. As you can see from the number of recipes made, I really liked this book, more about that at the end.

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