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.

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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Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes stuffed with pesto

These are great on a buffet, they look cute and have lots of flavour. Use the best quality cherry tomatoes you can find, cheaper ones tend to be lacking in flavour.

Equipment and ingredients for stuffed cherry tomatoes

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Inside Look – Frylight

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Frylight

Frylight is a low-fat cooking spray which also happens to be very non-stick, more so than regular vegetable oil. So we spray it on baking trays sometimes before adding pizza, cookies or whatever it is we are baking. It is especially good with pizzas – we make our own bread – if the bread dough sticks to the tray it rips the pizza and ruins it. Frylight seems to solve this problem. We also use it for baking sausage rolls and other pastries, and focaccia bread.

Frylight

Plus points

  • Very non-stick
  • All the flavours we have seen are registered as vegan with The Vegan Society

Minus points

  • More expensive than using regular vegetable oil

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Our Vegan Sausage Rolls

Fairfoods' vegan sausage rolls

This is the recipe for our sausage roll filling. Before it came about, we’d use a packet mix filling and jazz it up with some lovely flavours. It was time for an update, so we did a fair bit of testing and came up with these. Sausage rolls can be bland so we like to add plenty of different flavourings. Oats and breadcrumbs bind the filling. The onions, carrots and garlic lighten it up a bit, as well as adding more flavour. And it’s nice to get some veg in there.

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Vegan Wedding Food

Five weddings, five menus and five testimonials

We’ve been busy with weddings this summer.. The menus of some of these are shared below, together with the feedback received. We appreciate the feedback and it helps make it all worthwhile.

Wedding buffet for 120 people with hot and cold food

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