This Christmas I fully embraced the festive spirit! Firstly there was the homemade vegan mince pies and now there are these mincemeat crumble bars. I don’t wait until Christmas to make these crumble bars, but they do taste a little more festive in December! As with the mince pies, this is a very simple and quick recipe. It is suitable for vegans and ridiculously delicious.

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OH. MY. GOODNESS. Is there anything tastier than homemade vegan mince pies to feast on during a food lull on Christmas Day? Maybe opening presents but not much else. Yesterday Sister and I made mince pies so we could do just this. The mince and pastry for these pies are both vegan and they are delicious. Even if you are not vegan (I am not), I promise you will love these. They are flavourful, rich, and delicious.

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Her: ‘Why are you a vegetarian?’

Friend: ‘I was raised as a vegetarian.’

Her: ‘So you are a vegetarian because your parents made you one? I don’t want to offend you but that’s stupid.’

Friend: ‘Riiiight.’

I didn’t defend Friend in this conversation even though I was in the same boat. I was raised a vegetarian and decided to stay one. I should have defended her choices and my own but was too scared to inflict ‘her’ vegetarian loathing wrath on myself. I was young (but old enough to know better) and very scared that I would be judged for not eating meat. It should also be noted that this woman, the ‘her’ in the above conversation was and probably still is a complete idiot and someone I haven’t kept in touch with after university. She also did a lot of things because of her parents, like believe in organised religion and that white underwear was the only kind a ‘virtuous woman’ should wear, but of course, that was completely fine.

So far too many years after the fact I am going to say on record that I was raised a vegetarian because my parents are Hindus. I decided to stay vegetarian because I still like that aspect of Hinduism and because I want to. No, I do not think of it as a restrictive diet which potentially could be a gateway to eating disorders.

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I love how accessible the vegan and vegetarian life has become and nothing shows this off more than the VegFest2015 which took place last weekend. Showcasing some of the most innovative and exciting vegan brands around, VegFest2015 where all the cool kids were hanging out.

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