Bird’s Eye Review: Vegan Life Magazine March/April 15

z04eanoT The March/April issue of Vegan Life magazine comes with news and treats a plenty. My boyfriend was happy to see the article on Vegan beers and I will most definitely be trying out the recipe for the Portobello burger (as shown on the cover above). Here are a few of my other favourite articles from the issue:

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We love a good Indian in our household and I have recently been experimenting with making Indian starters and accompaniments as well as the traditional curries. (Do you realise how easy chipati’s are to make?). I will definitely be trying out this recipe for Indian style pancakes. They look delicious.

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I also loved the article about Vegan cosmetics. As someone who initially found it difficult to find make-up that was cruelty-free and contained no animal derivatives, this feature is super helpful for anyone beginning their vegan journey or transitioning their beauty products. A lot of the brands mentioned were new to me so I will be checking these out (and of course, bringing you reviews).

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I read with interest the feature on the link between Yoga and Veganism as it is something that I have practised on and off for years. The article suggests that yoga makes us more aware of our bodies, thoughts and actions and this is definitely something us vegans can relate to.

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If you haven’t bought a copy of this month’s Vegan Life magazine, you can enter the competition to win a fabulous Suma hamper here: http://veganlifemag.co.uk/category/competitions/

Check out where you can find the mag here: http://veganlifemag.co.uk

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Bird’s Eye Review: The Vegan Kind Box February 15

IMG_1259 Superfoods, nostalgic snacks, mystery powders and cruelty-free skincare are the name of the game in the February Vegan Kind box. Here is my review of what was inside.

Freedom Mallows Choc Dip 62g (RRP £2.49)

IMG_1270Yum Yum Yum. This reminded me of the old school KP Choc dips that came in those little blue pots and contained some little biscuits and a rather synthetic tasting chocolate sauce. These Freedom Mallow Choc dips were far superior.  My only complaint would be not enough marshmallows. www.freedommallows.com  | @freedommallows

Supernutrients Banana Powder 150g (RRP £4)

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Slightly confused about how to use this banana powder but upon further investigation, it is used to add to meals and drinks such as smoothies, porridge, cereals etc to gain extra benefits. However, I’m not sure the difference between this and eating a banana. Will need to investigate some more. www.supernutrients.co.uk  | @super_nutrients

FitBites 50g (RRP £2.30)

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Wasn’t expecting to like these as much as I did but thought they were pretty yummy. Nice clean ingredients with just dried fruit, nuts, seeds and maca powder. They tasted really satisfying.

www.fitbites.co.uk  | @fitbitesuk

CoFresh Sour Cream and Chive Quinoa Chips 80g (RRP £1.79)

IMG_1264I love the Eat Real CoFresh Crisps range and these Sour Cream and Chive Quinoa chips are another triumph. The perfect accompaniment to our Sunday Toasted Violife Cheese sandwiches. www.cofresh.co.uk | www.facebook.com/CofreshSnackFoods

White Rabbit Skincare Toning Eye Cream 15ml (RRP £8.00)

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I have been keen to try White Rabbit products ever since I had first heard about them and as I am always on the look out for a good eye cream, I was happy to see this in the February box.  The consistency is smooth and creamy and it had a barely there delicate smell. It’s a bit soon to see the benefits but so far it has been nice to use. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/WhiteRabbitSkincare | @whiterabbitsc

I would love to hear if you have a Vegan Kind subscription and what your favourite products have been so far.

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London Vegan Bird Food: Butternut squash and Chick Pea Curry

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Another week, another curry and this time it’s for one of my favourite’s – Butternut Squash and Chickpea. Sounds like a strange combination but actually works very well.  Here’s the recipe for this great weeknight dinner:

Ingredients

Brown Rice, Quinoa or Courgette Noodles

1 tbsp Coconut Oil/Olive Oil

1 Butternut Squash, diced

2-3 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped or pressed

1 Red Onion, diced

2 tbsp Thai Curry paste

1/2 cup – 3/4 cup Coconut Milk

300ml Vegetable Stock

4 large Tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 Can Chickpeas

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Tumeric

small handful coriander, chopped

Method

Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan and cook the butternut squash for 2-3 mins until lightly browned. Add the onion, garlic and the curry paste and fry for 3-4 more minutes.

Pour over the stock, then cover and simmer for 15-20 mins, or until the butternut squash is tender. Add the tomatoes and chickpeas, then gently cook for 3-4 mins.

Take off the heat and stir through the coriander.

Serve with rice, quinoa or my fave at the moment – courgette noodles and your choice of veggies. You could also make some wholemeal (homemade) chapattis if you like.

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London Vegan Bird Food: Thai Satay Vegetable Curry

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This is my favourite type of recipe – all in one pot. It’s super easy and tasty.  I always make enough for leftovers the next day.  Feel free to add in any more spices or added curry paste for a spicier curry.
Ingredients : Serves 2-3

1 Cup Broccoli

1/2 Red Onion, chopped

1/2 Cup Mange Tout

1/2 cup Beansprouts

Baby Sweetcorn

1 Red Pepper, diced

1/2 Cup Mushrooms, sliced

1 Tbs Cornflour

1 Cup Vegetable Stock – I used Bouillon Powder

1/4 Cup natural Peanut butter

1-2 Tsp Red Curry Paste (or you can use Green – just check it is vegan)

2 Tsp Coconut Sugar

1 Tbs Soy Sauce

1/2 Tbs Ginger

2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced

3/4 Cup Coconut milk

1/2 Fresh Lime

1 fresh Red Chilli,  chopped

1 Tsp Tumeric

2 Tsp Coriander

1 Cup Quinoa or Rice

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Method

Add Coconut Milk, Vegetable Stock and Peanut Butter to large wok and heat for 5 minutes

Add in Chopped onion and fresh chilli and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Then add remaining ingredients and cook until vegetables are to taste (I like my broccoli on the crunchy side).  Finish with a squeeze of lime and some fresh coriander to taste.

Serve with Quinoa or Brown Rice

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London Protest March against Taiji Dolphin Slaughter

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Have you seen the documentary The Cove? If not, you need to stop what you’re doing right now and go watch it.  It’s a difficult watch. It’s emotional, thought-provoking and eye opening but it’s important.  If you don’t know what this Oscar-winning film is about, it focuses on the mindless, pointless, barbaric dolphin massacres that happen every year in Taiji, Japan.

From 1st September 2014, the start of the hunting season, to 8th February 2015, there have been 654 dolphins slaughtered in the cove, according to data compiled by the website Ceta-Base, from estimates given by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Japanese Fisheries Ministry. Last season, 831 dolphins were killed. These dolphins are being sold for meat (which is ridiculous due to the high mercury content) as well as being sold on to theme parks across the world for a large sum. Disgraceful!

Ric O’ Barry is spearheading the campaign. He started his career in dolphin training, most famously for training Flipper in the highly acclaimed TV series. But since then, he has dedicated his life to saving these beautiful creatures.

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I have attended a few protest marches against this massacre and the biggest of which was most definitely the march in central London on 17th January.  We started at Hanover Square and accompanied by signs, banners and whistles paraded down Oxford Street and into Soho finishing in the grandeur of Trafalgar Square,  where several speeches took place.  All inspiring and touching.  I was personally excited to see Will Travers , CEO of the Born Free Foundation who gave an empowering and empassioned speech about the battle against captivity across the world.  He remains positive about the ‘inevitability of change’ that will come.

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Please check out the following websites for further information and dates for the next event.

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-against-the-Dolphin-Massacre-Taiji-Japan/212520505611738?sk=events
 http://dolphinproject.net
 http://www.seashepherd.org
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