Established in 1993
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Another busy and international day here today! A pair of our Ladies Practice Dance shoes went off to a customer in Germany, a pair of our Weald 2 walking boots were sent out to Australia and a pair of our lovely Ladies Jazz shoes went out to the USA.
We always enjoy reaching out to compassionate consumers across the world.
Veganism is on the rise in the UK, but have your heard of vegan gardening? Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at, is here to explain more.
The vegan lifestyle is a growing movement, and it shows no signs of slowing down. But it's not just about avoiding the consumption of animal products, it's also about keeping animal wellbeing in mind in everything you do. An example of this is vegan gardening, which avoids not only the use of toxic sprays and chemicals, but also manures and animal remains.
Instead of some of the typical products you might use in gardening, vegan gardening involves growing plants using plant-based compost, green manures, crop rotation, mulching, and sustainable pest control through the use of companion planting. This article offers a brief introduction to vegan gardening, so you can start incorporating some of these ideas into the way you operate.
Composting is a practice that is often championed by avid gardeners, and it's a great way to condition your soil without using products that harm animals. If you want good growth, you want good soil, and using organic compost is a great way to add nutrients back into the soil between growing seasons. Composting is essentially a form of recycling: taking organic waste and allowing it to decompose to help feed other plants.
Compost can come from a range of sources, including lawnmower waste, plant scraps, leaves, leftover food, as well as cardboard and paper. You'll typically want a 50/50 mix between greens and browns. For more information on composting, read our guide to composting. You can pick up a compost bin fairly cheaply and begin the process right now. You can generally leave the bin alone, but it's wise to turn it at least every month or so as air helps the composting process.
You can also increase the nutrients in your soil by making green manure. To do this, you need a plant that grows quickly and is nitrogen-fixing, meaning it takes nitrogen out of the air and turns it into ammonia. Examples of this are clover, sweet peas and lupins. Nitrogen is important for quick growth and also increases seed and fruit production. If you plant these crops between seasons, you will bring nitrogen back into the soil ready for the next set of crops.
If you don’t have time for this, you can simply buy vegan fertiliser. There are many on the market that are used for different purposes, but you'll want to look out for the N-P-K symbols, which tell you how much nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium is in the fertiliser. These nutrients are macro-nutrients, which are required for plant growth. Nitrogen is important for leaf development, phosphorous is important for bulb and flower development, and potassium is necessary for overall plant health and disease resistance.
Ensuring that pests don't destroy your plants without harming them is a key part of vegan gardening. As you can't use pesticides, you'll need to get a little more creative. Crop rotation — planting different crops in different seasons — can help to control pests, as a change of crop makes it harder for them to propagate. Keeping your vegetable patch nice and tidy will make it harder for animals like slugs to hide, and they'll be easier to keep on top of. You might also consider using copper tape, bran, and sharp stones to deter them.
You can plant a few trap crops that are used specifically to attract pests away from your main crops. What you choose will depend on which pests you are trying to trap, and this largely comes down to a lot of trial and error. What quantity you need will also depend on the specific pest you're trying to control. Most gardeners using this technique tend to make sure about that trap crops make up around 20% of their overall crop. For a list of which plants can help each other, find out more on Wikipedia.
Get rid of the animal
products, scrap the pesticides, and incorporate some of these vegan gardening
tips into your repertoire. Follow this guide and you'll be able to grow
everything in a cruelty-free way.
See our range of Vegan, UK made Gardening Pouches here
And food wall charts here
How about this delish vegan delight for someone special this Valentine’s Day from the famous Our Lizzy Cookery School here
Our Lizzy’s Chocolate Brownies
• 150g plain flour
• 50g cocoa powder
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 150g soft brown sugar
• ¾ cup soya milk
• ¼ cup sunflower oil
• ½ cup of water or cold strong black coffee
• 50g chopped walnuts/sultanas
• 100g chocolate chips
1 - Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4. Grease and line a brownie tin (20cm/8 inch square).
2 - Sift and mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl.
3 - Combine the liquid ingredients in another bowl or jug. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
4 - Add some the walnuts or sultanas if using along with the chocolate chunks. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
5 - Bake for about 25 minutes. Take care not to over cook them, so, unlike cakes; you don’t want a skewer to come out clean. The brownies should be springy on top, but slightly gooey in the middle.
6 - Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Cut into quarters, then cut each quarter into four squares. Dust with cocoa powder or icing sugar and serve.
I expect many people reading this post will have been following Chris Packham and his vlog posts on Veganuary
While we all of course love Chris, we must say we were slightly disappointed that, when talking about changing his leather creepers to non leather when the leather ones wear out, he recommended a company (whose name will remain unsaid here) he was going to purchase a new Vegan pair from.
All well and good Chris, but the said (or rather unsaid here) company makes mainly leather footwear, and has been doing so for years. So their more limited non leather range is there rather for them to cash in on compassionate consumers rather than for any ethical motive.
At ethical WARES all our footwear is, of course, Vegan and always will be and we’ve been offering our range of (UK made) Vegan creepers for years now.
Perhaps some credit where it’s due Chris?
A Vegan Bake Off - what do we think, a sign of the times or just cashing in? Answers on a virtual post card.
Tofu is such an awesome vegan staple that its true potential can sometimes be overlooked. It has become almost a cliché, but its popularity is well-deserved. Many people underestimate just how much you can do with tofu. If you use it right, you can end up with an array of foods so varied and flavorful that even your non-vegan friends will be begging you for recipes.
Here are some delicious ways to use tofu that you may not have thought about. Try tofu in a new way tonight and expand your meal options!
1. Tofu Scramble
The tofu scramble is a must-have staple. Not only does it offer you the chance to replicate a breakfast classic, but it also gives you a platform for a wide variety of flavors and the chance to experiment with whatever vegetables you have on hand, making it an excellent way to clear your fridge.
One example is this simple but scrumptious Southwest Tofu Scramble . With just some simple ingredients (many you probably have on hand already), you can whip up a savory dish that is packed with flavor. Red peppers add both color and taste, and kale packs a nutritious punch as well. The standout of this dish is the pourable sauce, allowing you to customize your level of spice. It can be a great breakfast or brunch dish or even a quick weeknight dinner.
2. Stir Fry
Stir fry is a delicious way to combine vegetable flavor profiles and tofu is the perfect ingredient to add some varied texture.
This Teriyaki Peanut Stir Fry is a great starting place for using tofu in this way. The mix of ginger and sweet and spicy peanut sauce provides a satisfying, tangy flavor. A combination of carrots, red pepper, and zucchini comes together to offer a hearty, tasty dish that’s perfect to pack for lunch.
3. Smoothie (with Silken Tofu)
Smoothies are a wonderful, portable meal that are great for on-the-go nutrition. Making them at home before you head out the door helps ward off temptation to stop by the drive thru and gives you the energy boost to start your day off right.
4. Tofu Jerky
Did you know that tofu can provide a delicious vegan version of jerky that delivers the same salty satisfaction?
Give this Spicy Siracha Tofu Jerky a try for a treat with a tangy zing. This simple recipe only requires five ingredients, and the resulting jerky makes for an excellent on-the-go snack that can be packed in a lunch box or carried along for a hike. When you’re making any tofu jerky, it helps to use a tofu press so that it more easily sucks up all the marinade.
A good chili needs to be hearty, filling, and robust, and sometimes it can be boring eating the typical vegan chili with only beans, peppers, and onions. Tofu can be used to add texture and heft to a delicious chili that makes a tasty dinner with leftovers that can easily become lunch the next day.
This Mushroom Tofu Chili is packed with hearty ingredients to make for a filling dish, and the flavors of cumin, chili powder, and even a little cacao powder make for a smoky flavor that is quite satisfying. Give it a try on its own or with a sliced French loaf.
6. Spring Rolls
Spring rolls can be an excellent side dish for Asian cuisine. They’re also great on their own as a light lunch. The pop of color from vibrant veggies and the invigorating taste of a well-seasoned sauce make this a full sensory pleaser.
These Purple Cabbage Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce deliver on both the pleasing appearance and the flavor-packed sauce. Stuffed with sweet potatoes, crispy tofu, and black rice, these rolls are hearty enough to serve on their own.
Kebabs are an excellent summer food that are perfect for tossing on the grill. They are also very versatile and can be created with different flavors to match any palate.
As the BBQ season ramps up, try out this Mediterranean-Spiced Tofu Kebab . Fresh zucchini and crisp red peppers join tofu to make for a great grilled treat. Flavors of turmeric, paprika, and cayenne pepper let you make this dish as mild or spicy as you’d like.
8. Tofu Feta Cheese
We often think of tofu as a meat substitute, but it can also serve as a cheese substitute. It truly is that versatile! In just 15 minutes and with a simple marinade, tofu can provide both the flavor and texture of a crumbly feta to add to salads.
Try this Vegan Tofu Feta Cheese recipe that uses apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and oregano to provide a flavorful cheese replacement.
9. Ricotta Cheese
Vegan ricottas can be made with nut blends, but if you find yourself without the ingredients on hand (or prefer to skip the nuts for other reasons), tofu is a great substitute.
This Quick Vegan Tofu Ricotta takes only 11 minutes and a food processor to create a delicious “cheese” ready for use in lasagna or wherever else you’d usually throw in some ricotta.
10. Alfredo Sauce
One last cheesy substitute that tofu can provide is a creamy, mouthwatering alfredo sauce. Serve it over pasta for comfort food at its finest.
This Tofu Alfredo Sauce recipe come together in just a few minutes with a few staple ingredients including Italian seasoning and vegetable broth.
Tofu is truly a
star in the kitchen. It can serve as a substitute for eggs, meat, and cheese
and provide protein and texture in a wide range of dishes. With all these
possibilities at hand, tofu should be on every everyone’s list and kept on hand
when quick meals or last-minute changes are required. Many of these recipes are
adaptable and ready for your personal touches, so get in the kitchen and get
Joey Bruno runs the blog ThriveCuisine.com a website dedicated to making vegan eating simple. You can also find him on YouTube
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