1 Nov 2010

World Vegan Day 2010

The 1st of November is World Vegan Day and is the first day of the World Vegan Awareness Month. World Vegan Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis of The Vegan Society U.K., to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Vegan Society in 1944 by Donald Watson. He coined the name Vegan for non-dairy vegetarians.

It is a great delusion to suppose that flesh of any kind is essential to health. 
William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army

There are many reasons that people become Vegan. The main reason being the barbaric cruelty to animals, whether farmed or wild, for our food and clothing, product testing, and sport. What gives us the right to torture and kill animals? Nature provides us with many alternatives to eat and wear. Other reasons people become Vegan include the impact of factory farming on the environment and our health, and in some cases for religious reasons. We are all Earthlings and one species should have no more rights than another.

We all love animals. Why do we call some 'pets' and others 'dinner' ?   K. D. Lang  Singer

Many non-Vegans ask what we eat. A simple Google search will show millions of tasty and nutritious Vegan recipes on the Web. In my right side panel you will find many Vegan blogs who provide some wonderful recipes plus a visit to Vegan MoFo (meals for a month) will give you a list of over 240 bloggers who will be posting daily Vegan recipes for the whole of November. Your only problem will be deciding on which delicious dishes to choose! 

Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of 
compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count. 
Rue McClanahan Actress

Have a wonderful World Vegan Day.


Raw Apple Crumble
From the Dr McDougall October Newsletter Created by Guest Chef Cathy Fisher
This is a great dessert because it’s easier and faster to make than an apple pie or crisp, and requires no baking. Instead of refined sugars, this recipe uses dates for sweetness, and lemon juice and nutmeg for that extra zing.

1 cup walnuts
4 pitted dates
Apple filling:
3 apples, peeled, sliced and large diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 apples, peeled, sliced and large diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
6 pitted Medjool dates
¼ cup raisins
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Topping: Blend the walnuts and 4 dates in a food processor until the texture is a little smaller than Grape Nuts. Spoon into a small bowl and set aside.
Filling: Toss the 3 peeled, sliced and diced apples with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and set aside in a bowl. Next, in the food processor, blend the remaining 2 apples, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 6 pitted dates, raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss this mixture with the sliced apples.
Serve: Place one-fourth of the apple filling into a small dessert dish and sprinkle with date-nut topping. Serves 4. Preparation: 15 minutes; cooking time: 0 minutes; serves: 4
Notes: Use a good eating apple, such as a Gala, Fuji or Pink Lady in this recipe.


Anji said...

I was vegetarian for a year when I was young. I still like to have meat free days. I'll definitely be checking out the recipes and suggestions.

Have a good month.

Greenearth said...

That sounds so delicious.

Aspire to vegan eating but still have the occasional egg or fish.

Keep food raw where able.

Brooklyn said...

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Chow and Chatter said...

oh yum love apple crumble thanks so much for visiting my blog Rebecca

Kay said...

Wow! This was an awesome article. I love couscous - I don't cook it very often; but it's good to know that there are so many ways to cook and add flavor to it.