Well Fed Not An Animal Dead

Well Fed Not an Animal Dead

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 I bought this little book about 4 or 5 years ago at VegFest in Hove and it is the best, most useful little book I’ve got.  You can see from how grubby my copy is that it has been well used!  It’s only 50 pages long and has everything from vegan lifestyle tips, to recipes, to how to grow your own food and brew your own booze.  It also lists vegan sources of essential nutrients (as you can see above), contains advice for mothers and infants and includes addresses of many other vegan resources.  Whether you’re an experienced vegan or just embarking on this journey, this book will definitely be a valuable addition to your reading material.  You can get it here for a mere £3 plus postage.

Well Fed Not an Animal Dead

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Well Fed Not an Animal Dead

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Above is one of my favourite recipes – Lentil Pie – absolutely delicious!  I make the pastry with organic spelt to avoid the unpleasant side effects triggered by modern wheat which has been so manipulated since the middle of last century that it bears little resemblance to its natural ancestor and causes negative health affects on the bodies of many people.  We’ve found through trial and error that the ancient relative of wheat, spelt, does not cause the headaches, heartburn or back-pain triggered in us by wheat.  Which is great news because now we can have our cake and eat it!

Well Fed Not an Animal Dead

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And the recipe above is a great favourite with all the family – Lentil Burgers – or as they call them here, The Big Anti-Mac!  These are so utterly delicious you’ll really feel like you’re indulging in naughty fast food but it’s full of nothing but good stuff.  This recipe makes about 12 burgers for us which means we freeze most of them for several quick, healthy, delicious meals in the future.  They can also be baked instead of fried and are just as scrummy! See here

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Last but absolutely not least, I wanted to share with you the simplest, most delicious cake recipe I’ve ever found.  Again we make it with spelt (this time with baking powder added to make it rise).  The cupcake/muffin recipe can be adapted to make one large cake by cooking it slightly cooler for slightly longer than the several small cakes.  You can add chocolate chips and/or cocoa to make a chocolate version.  Whatever you like.  Just use the recipe as a basic template.  Mind you, the recipe is perfect just the way it is anyway.  My husband especially loves these and always wants me to make more when he’s finishing his last one.

I just love this book and I think you’ll love it too 🙂

18 thoughts on “Well Fed Not An Animal Dead

  1. Pingback: Well Fed, Not An Animal Dead (1985 edition) - Spiralseed

  2. Hi there – I just found your blog post on my booklet ‘Well Fed’ whilst doing a bit of research putting together my own blog post to mark my 30th Veganniversary with a copy of the original 1985 A6 16 page edition, great post many thanks, and love the hand written annotations in the margins, which what I always hoped people would do! Well Fed has now unfortaunately been superseeded by the Vegan Book of Permaculture, but I thought you might like to have a look at my blog, and check out the ORIGINAL version of Well Fed!!! http://www.spiralseed.co.uk/grahamwp/?p=613

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    • Wow – the real Graham Burnett writing to lil’ ol’ me! 😀 Thanks so much for getting in touch Graham, I love your work and your positive activism. I’m delighted you like this post, I’m going to have a giveaway this week of the extra copy of Well Fed you sent me last week. Keep up the great work, you are an inspiration 🙂

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    • ps have just read your blog post – it’s great to learn about how it all started for you. I have previously read that the spiral seed journey began for you when you had protest burnout and realised you needed to do something positive. I can totally relate and that is exactly what we are trying to do here. It’s so much better than anything I’ve done before and reaching so many more people with friendly, happy, positive veganism. So thank you so much for linking to this post! Best vegan wishes Graham x

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  3. Perfect timing. 🙂 Yesterday I was searching for a vegan fritter recipe that I could make with easily-available ingredients. I hadn’t found one but this burger recipe looks great. I can’t wait to try it out. The lentil pie looks good too. I make one with breadcrumbs in the filling and shop-bought flaky pastry so it will be good try one without all that wheat.
    Thanks for sharing. 😀

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