RECIPE: Apple cinnamon sugar cookies


These are not just any vegan cookies, these are apple cinnamon sugar cookies.



– 1 1/4 cup flour
– 1/2 cup sugar
– Pinch baking soda
– 1/2 cup vegan butter (look for cheap brands like 99p sunflower spread vitalite)
– 2 tablespoons apple juice/water
– 1 teapsoon vanilla extract
(for icing)
– 1 apple
– 1 cup icing sugar
– three tablespoons apple juice

1. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add vanilla essence. Slowly sieve in the flour, along with the baking soda. Start to beat the mixture and add a tablespoon of apple juice at a time until the dough is soft but stiff: two is normally enough.
2. Roll cookie dough onto baking paper until it is the thickness of a one pound coin. Cut circles into the dough using a small glass (or proper cookie cutters if you use something other than a student kitchen)
3. Cook at 200 degrees, for about 10 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Leave to cool.
4. While the cookies cool, prepare the icing sugar by mixing it with three tablespoons of apple juice, adding more juice or icing sugar until the consistency is spreadable but not runny. Spread the icing onto the cookies evenly and, as it sets, embed thin slithers of apple into the icing. Add a generous sprinkling of cinnamon on top as the icing sets and voila!


“Monsanto broccoli” lands Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in trouble

Waitrose and Sainsbury’s are facing opposition from customers over their decision to stock broccoli supplied by contentious bio-tech company Monsanto.
The GM giant has avoided UK links until recently due to Britain’s apprehension over GMO foods and the EU regulation which bans the crop.
A petition contesting the use of Monsanto products in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s has now gained over 10,000 signatures.
The protest is “one against the company’s ethics”, rather than the nature of the food as Bellaverde broccoli is not genetically modified, said eco-activist Shazzie Love, who spear-headed the campaign.
Monsanto have courted controversy in the US, after hundreds have sued the company over their waste disposal, which has allegedly caused cancer and infertility in thousands of people. The company have also left a legacy in the UK after it hired a contractor to fill an unlined quarry in Cardiff, Wales, with thousands of tonnes of chemicals in the early 1970’s. The waste included dangerous elements of Agent Orange, the compound used in chemical warfare against Vietnam.
The critical campaign began with a facebook photo of the broccoli, warning people that it was produced by Monsanto. It has now been shared 22,302 times. Waitrose’s facebook page has been “inundated” with comments, according to the supermarket’s spokesperson, some of which “had to be deleted for breaching site rules”.
Both Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have refused to comment on whether the broccoli will be discontinued in their stores.

Waitrose and Sainsbury's decision to stock Monsanto's "Bellaverde" broccoli has proved unpopular