World Vegan Day

On November 1st every year World Vegan Day opens World Vegan Month, commemorating the founding of The Vegan Society in November 1944.

See here for events in your country/region. (The German Vegan Society is staging its first food fair in Berlin on 26th November.)


After turning the clocks back at the weekend, dark evenings have really set in. Here is a perfect store-cupboard recipe for chilly November nights. It’s so simple, and goes wonderfully with salad or chips!

Beany Bangers


50g pine nuts

425g tin beans (eg white butter beans or cannellini)

1 small red onion, finely chopped

2tbsp (sundried) tomato paste

85g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs

1 tsp dried thyme or mixed herbs

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

sunflower oil for frying


Toast pine nuts for 2-3 minutes in a frying pan over a medium heat.

Mash beans well in a large bowl. Add pine nuts, onion, tomato paste, HALF the breadcrumbs and the thyme. Season and gently mix thoroughly.

With slightly wet hands, form into 8 sausage shapes. Coat with remaining breadcrumbs.

Cover and chill for at least 30 mins…. a couple of hours is even better.

Fry until golden.

By the way, it’s a bank holiday here in Bavaria (again!): All Saints’ Day.