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On the Christmas Dish today…

White chocolate coins, £1 from Asda. And beside them on the coffee table, bringing social justice to Pride and Prejudice: Longbourn.


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Christmas Donut, Winter Trees

From the Co-op ūüôā

We’re¬†eating lots of carrot soup¬†and reading The Telling.

And enjoying the beautiful low winter sun as it lights the trees…



Vegan Sugarfest Continues Apace…

Oh the products! Hardly a day goes by without us hearing of a new one or two or twenty-six ūüôā

Above is the Morrison’s Red Velvet Cupcake (they have chocolate ones too). Lebkuchen hearts and tarts from Aldi in the background.

Let’s all remember to eat some vegetables too.

And read books. Currently enjoying The Child

Also: Great Crowns of Stone.

And seriously: remember, remember, the broccoli of November!


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Summer?

It’s summer! Well, summery… sometimes. Along with the start of barefoot beach walks this means The Last Bus Canteen (totally vegan caf√© near New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire) is open again at weekends:

Also of interest to local people: The Davron Hotel in Rosehearty has a new extensive vegan menu which boasts starters, mains and various puddings.

Book-wise we’ve been enjoying:

Philippa Gregory’s The Taming of the Queen and Deliciously Ella with Friends,¬†a¬†plant¬†based¬†cook¬†book¬†with¬†lots¬†of¬†full¬†colour¬†photos.

And rainbows, we’ve been enjoying rainbows…

New Vegan Books!

First up we have Fat Gay Vegan: Eat, Drink and Live Like You Give a Sh!t by Sean O’Callaghan of the well known Fat Gay Vegan blog.

We LOVE this book. It’s political but it’s also deeply personal, containing many stories from the lives of Sean and other contributors. The book is about how to be vegan, but it’s more about how to be a better vegan, and really it’s about how to be a better person. And we can all work on that.

It’s refreshing to read a vegan book that tackles how minorities and traditionally oppressed voices are treated, even within the vegan community. We have experienced and witnessed shocking able-ism and racism in our 21 years as vegans, and yes, sadly, sometimes from vegans. It weakens the movement. It weakens the world. It needs to end.

And we can all check our privilege. We can all watch our language. Some in this house have, upon occasion, described various unfortunate things as ‘crazy’. Not good, Vegan Family House, not good.

So it’s a challenging book, a personally challenging book, but it’s in no way downbeat or depressing. Although forthright, it’s written with a compassionate sense of humour. It’s empowering. Why should we shut up and put up about our veganism to please or appease non-vegan friends and relatives? At the end of each chapter there are little refuelling stops with delicious¬†and simple¬†recipes and food suggestions. And in the final chapter Sean predicts a world that continues to become more vegan, and perhaps more importantly, more kind.

Here it is on Amazon (out tomorrow Jan 4th).

And now, for a practical guide from Veganuary!

For those who don’t know, Veganuary is a charity that encourages people to go vegan for January and the rest of the year. And this is their compelling guide. It’s so persuasive that apparently the proof-reader went vegan!

The book has sections on why you should be vegan, with warnings of graphic content that you can choose to read or not, and then being vegan at home, when out, visiting friends, answering questions, and everyday foods you maybe didn’t know were vegan. It’s a very good starting point for anyone who is thinking of going vegan and wondering how to go about it and how hard/easy it will be.

And here it is on Amazon.

Enjoy your vegan reading!



hot chocolate

Winter sunrises.

And reading (review soon).

And hot chocolate (ginger and orange and on sale).

That’s us just now.


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Eating, Reading, Looking

Eating:¬†a simple trifle made of bananas in vegan jelly, topped with thick custard and this rather nice provamel cream¬†(we were lucky enough to find a few of these cheaply¬†on Approved Food recently). There’s a more detailed trifle recipe on the¬† Vegan Christmas¬†page.

Reading: Manda Scott’s Boudica series.

Looking at: wintry sunsets.


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more and more vegan

When we first started this website and journey in 1998 veganism was quite a far throw from the mainstream. Vegan cheese was only to be found in health food shops and newspapers reported on the lifestyle as if it were something akin to a cult.

We remember the excitement when the first vegan white chocolate came out and the delight taken in a simple vegan sausage roll.

What changes there have been since then! And so many of them in the last couple of years.

You can now choose from a huge variety of vegan cheeses in most supermarkets. Tesco sells ready to eat vegan macaroni cheese. Both Asda and Tesco have a value garlic bread that is vegan. And Quorn – finally – have a few vegan products.

From The Telegraph: Number of Vegans in Britain Rises by 360% in 10 years

Since this article on restaurants missing out on half a million vegan diners¬†many chains have come out with vegan menus. MacDonald’s have removed that beef ingredient from their¬†fries (in the UK at least) and do a vegan burger. Wagamama, Costa, Pret, Starbucks, Handmade Burger Co., Las Iguanas, Yo Sushi, Zizzi: they all cater for us, and well. Ben and Jerry’s have three new vegan flavours of ice cream…

Yes. It’s wonderful! Long may it continue and grow!

But sometimes we still take delight in the smaller vegan moments. The latest River Cottage cookbook? Vegan.

And we remember the companies who have always served us well: the many eateries both local and distant, Pizza Express,¬†Lazy Day Foods, Linda McCartney Foods, Holland and Barrett, VBites (formerly Redwoods) and the online shops such as Ethical Superstore¬†(voucher code below), Montezuma’s¬†and Goodness Direct (now gone).

Long Live the Veganity!

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lazy day millionaires shortbread

Fascinating article on vegan health and fitness:

Macros for Dedicated Vegans

Eating and Reading in the Garden

Eating: porridge with Moo Free Baking drops. So like milk chocolate those wee drops! Amazon and Goodness Direct both have them.

Reading: The Cooking Gene. A journey through African American Culinary history in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty.

Was not expecting to find vegan recipes in this extremely informative title, in fact did not know it would contain recipes at all and bought it to learn about slavery, but African Soul Fried Rice sounds good! A great mix of autobiography and history.

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Welcome to the Vegan Family House

We’re Davie, Lucy, Daniel and Charlotte, a vegan family living in Northern Scotland.

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The Vegan Family House has been online since 1998 so the recipe collection has grown quite large. There’s lots of soups, mains, cakes, smoothies and¬†specific chocolate, Christmas and Easter pages. You’ll also find food related posts and extra recipes on the food category of the blog.

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We love books! See our recommendations for children and non-fiction titles for adults and we sometimes blog about fiction.

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The latest blog posts are below. We hope you enjoy your visit!

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