It’s Meatless Monday! As we continue to campaign for a ban on farmed animal cages, live exports, and the salmon farm expansion, we’re always thinking about how to promote a more animal-friendly lifestyle that we can all incorporate into our busy lives. On the first Monday of every month, we’re going to collaborate with a Scottish business to share with you some of their plant-based products, as well as reveal one of their speciality recipes that you can try at home!
Meatless Monday with Black Rabbit
Located just beside the Meadows in Edinburgh’s Tollcross area, Black Rabbit is a vegan deli and coffee shop, offering an array of delicious food and drink free from animal ingredients. They also use entirely green electricity to power their shop, use compostable packaging and offer a discount if you bring your own coffee cups – animal-friendly and environmentally-friendly!
I headed down to Black Rabbit a couple of weeks ago, and believe me, it’s not the type of shop you can leave without buying food! Black Rabbit have an excellent selection of cakes, pastries, vegan cheeses and meat alternatives to fill your bag with, as well as some seriously good, fresh sandwiches for you to take-away. They also boast a range of creative, vegan alternatives to classic breakfast items such as Tofu Benedict and a Vegan Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
The talented crew at Black Rabbit have kindly shared with us their special recipe for vegan pesto, which you can all try at home!
Black Rabbit’s Vegan Pesto
-50/60g fresh basil
-25g pine nuts
– 25g vegan Parmesan (we use Gondino)
-1 small or 3/4 of a garlic
-2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
-100ml light olive oil
-25ml extra virgin olive oil
-salt and pepper to taste
- In a food processor blend the pine nuts with the garlic and salt
- Add the basil leaves, but leave the stems out. Add the rest of the ingredients, leaving the olive oils last.
- Adjust the salt and oil level to your liking .
I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my animal-friendly favourites. If you’d like to visit Black Rabbit and sample more of their delicious menu, you can find them at 33 Brougham Street in Edinburgh. Alternatively, head over to their website where you can order some of their vegan deli items.
If you’re trying to lead a more animal-friendly lifestyle, join our Animal-friendly Finds group on Facebook to find out more about plant-based and cruelty-free products near you.