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A new group to support and encourage a compassionate, cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle. We hold cooking sessions, tasting sessions, information sessions on everything from cruelty-free moisurisers to leather-free walking boots; vegan textiles to the best dairy-free cheese for cheese sauce!

Review of Folk music night for #WorldVeganDay 2017 in #Todmorden

What a fun night we had! Over 70 people filled the Fielden Centre in Todmorden to watch and dance to the energetic Lazlo Baby, headlining our celebration of World Vegan Month 2017!

World Vegan Month support acts
Video and photography by Harriet and Ronan Quilty

We opened the evening with Raw Rob and Clem Fandango (vegan musicians from our group), then moving deftly into the country blues part of the evening with the meticulous vocals and guitar playing of Steve ‘Manifold’ Anderson, decorated with blues harmonica melodies.

World Vegan Month crowd
Video and photography by Harriet and Ronan Quilty

Dinner was served in the form of home-made tater pie and mushy peas, followed by a variety of cakes made by some of the group’s generous volunteers and Kind Cake Co. (thank you again!). Although the food was all vegan, many of the people who attended were not, and it was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy plant-based food without drawing direct attention to our principal topics of being healthier and kinder to the world and those who live in it.

World Vegan Month lead acts
Video and photography by Harriet and Ronan Quilty

Back to the live folk music! As we graced into the Irish section, we were serenaded by the haunting singer Trixxi Corish. Shortly after, our very own Phil Reed delighted us with his use of a loop pedal with bodhrán and whistle development. Finally, we reached the dizzy heights of the night and danced the last hour away to the energetic and addictive five-piece experience that is Lazlo Baby.

Once again, we would like to extend our enormous gratitude to the people who donated their time and effort to making this event possible.

YouTubeSee video of Folk music night for World Vegan Month 2017


West Yorkshire Animal Protection events up to Christmas 2017

Copied directly from a West Yorkshire Animal Protection email.  We have removed the events that have already passed.

Hello Everyone,
I hope you are all enjoying the weekend, West Yorkshire Animal Protection have some events between now and Christmas as follows:
Saturday 25th November  10-4pm
General Animal Rights stall at the Bradford Peace Fair – helpers are needed! If you can spare an hour or two please let me know – this is a fantastic event, with craft stalls, campaign stalls and amazing vegan food available.
Sunday 26th November 11-5pm
Two stalls at Leeds Winterfest – on for our group and general animal rights, and one for Animal Free Research UK. Helpers are also needed – please let me know if you would like to attend
Veganuary promotion
We recently handed out leaflets to students at Huddersfield University to promote the Vegan Month, and received a very good response. We are also planning to hand out leaflets at local universities to promote Veganuary before the end of term – details will be confirmed soon
Demos at Belle Vue to be arranged in December – details to follow
Best wishes,

Favourite Cheese Sauce Recipe (vg, gf, oil-free option, nut-free option, customisable)

If you enjoyed eating mac and cheese at the vegan cheese cookery demo last week, here is the recipe for the sauce.

Mac and cheese

Adventure and Cake

The other night I did my first ever cookery demo, and I loved it.  Probably mainly because I managed to crowbar in some cheese jokes.

When I became vegan, I accepted the ‘truth’ that I would never enjoy mac n cheese again, never again make cheese jokes… How wrong I was. This is my favourite comfort food which also doubles as a carb-loading meal the night before a race, but isn’t as stodgy as a non-vegan version, plus you get one of your five-a-day!

Q: “How does Spanish vegan cheese introduce itself?” A: “Soy cheeze!” 

This recipe is completely flexible; you can use pumpkin or potatoes and carrots instead of the squash, or miss out literally any of the ingredients (although not all!) and it’ll still work – you can even substitute the mylk for water. So don’t worry if you’re missing an item or two from the list…

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Cheese and onion pasties, as shown at Vegan cheese cookery demo


  • Jus-Rol puff pastry – cut to saucer size
  • Cashews – 2 cups presoaked.
  • Lemon juice – 1/4 cup.
  • Water – 1/4 cup.
  • Nutritional yeast – 1/2 cup.
  • Garlic powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
  • Diced onion – 1 large onion.
  • Diced potato – 1 large potato (cut small)
  • Black pepper
  • Salt


  1. Soak cashews over night or for a few hours.
  2. Cut puff pastry sheets using a small saucer.
  3. Blend all the cheese ingredients together in blender. Add the potatoes and onion, salt and black pepper and mix put 1 to 2 tbs of cheese filling into centre of pastry. Use soya milk or water to wet the edge of pastry. Fold and pinch the pastry to seal.
  4.  Bake in oven for 20 minutes (or until golden brown) gas mark 5.


Raw vegan cheesecake, as shown at Vegan cheese cookery demo


  • Walnuts – 1 cup.
  • Dates – 1 cup.
  • Almonds -1/4 cup
  • Presoaked Cashews – 2 cups.
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk – 1/2 cup.
  • Maple syrup – 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 2 tsp
  • Coconut oil – 1/3 cup
  • Fruit – (frozen or fresh)
  • Coconut oil -1/4 cup
  • Maple syrup – 1/4 cup


  1. Soak cashews over night or for a few hours.
  2. Blitz base ingredients in food processor. Press into a spring form tin. Add a little water or melted coconut oil if necessary to help the base come together. Put in freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. In blender blend cheesecake ingredients together. Remove base from freezer and spread the cheesecake filling onto base. Freeze until firm (half hour).
  4. Blend the fruit topping and pour on top. Back in freezer for half hour.

cheesecake chocolate cheesecake fruit