The Vegan Pound
I had a lovely long walk around Edinburgh in glorious sunshine on Friday afternoon. I was pretty tired afterwards and decided to have a hotel room picnic for my evening meal and an early night before the workshops the next day. I was hoping to come across a lovely deli on my wanders but I hadn't looked anywhere up and none were forthcoming. I was getting a bit worried that I was going to have to settle for my second Boots meal deal of the day when I came spotted the huge Marks and Spencers food hall on Princess Street. So, tea was lovely roasted veg with couscous and a lemon and basil dressing, Peach Melba jelly and a box of toffee, chocolate covered Amandas from the French foods section.
Marks and Spencers has really upped their vegan offer recently. They have a list on their website which they say they update monthly and I was excited to see things like iced baked donuts on there! At the workshops the following day we got onto talking about what we could do to get companies to increase their vegan offer in the UK. Amanda from the Vegan Society talked about what the society does but stressed how it is us as individuals that the companies will really sit up and take notice of and that the more of us who contact them with requests and feedback then the more power the 'vegan pound' will have. I have pledged to myself to start taking a few minutes to do this and have emailed Lidl to find out if their prosecco is vegan and to ask if they have a vegan list and I've emailed M & S to thank them for the development of their range and to offer my services for feedback on any future product development should they want to consult any vegans!