Fed by Water Nov 2017

My friend Jo and I returned to Fed by Water after about 2 years when we first started our monthly dinners. (I have been in-between with others).

Fed by Water is a fully vegan Italian restaurant in Dalston, just a short bus ride from work. 

I remember last time being very full from a starter and main so as I wanted to try their dessert menu we skipped the selection of homemade cheeses and went straight for the pizzas.

I had a sempre verde (always green) which came with cashew mozzarella, olives, capers, smoked tofu, rocket and lemon. Jo went for the Vulcano which had soy mozzarella, walnuts and pears. We both went for the charcoal base which doesn’t taste any different but does look pretty! I was very happy with my pizza and the pear on Jo’s added a lovely sweetness without being overpowering as it just thinly shaved.

For dessert Jo chose the chocolate mousse and I went for the matcha and an espresso martini. It was all delicious!

I couldn’t leave without a little something for my Husband so I got him some garlic bread to take away.

I really enjoyed our visit, the staff were lovely and it was a really relaxed atmosphere. It was quite quiet when we arrived as we had come straight from work but it soon started filling up and was jam packed by the time we left at 7.40.

Have you been to Fed by Water? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Fed by Water Nov 2017

Vegan spam-like fritters

I must confess many moons ago in my pre-vegan days I was quite partial to a spam fritter from the chip shop so when we were coming up with dinner ideas using the Fry’s polony sausage we had bought it was no contest.

The frozen polony is quite large so you have to use it almost all at once or on consecutive days as you can’t re-freeze it. I think it would be worthwhile halving the size of this as 500g is quite a lot to get through.

I seasoned some self-raising flour with cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and added sparkling water to make the batter. Next time I would add more flour as I found it quite thin. I deep fried the slices of the polony and then kept warm in the oven while I fried the chips. Served with mushy peas and ketchup this was a great easy tea.

I’m going to use the rest of the polony to make pea and ham soup.

What is your guilty food pleasure? Have you managed to make a vegan version? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan spam-like fritters

Reducing plastic use

One of my goals for 2017 was to reduce my plastic use and it is one I have found very difficult as plastic is everywhere!

The thing I have most succeeded in is cutting my use full stop by taking my lunch into work most of the time so I am not buying any disposable packaging. I have also been using my re-usable travel mug as most disposable coffee cups aren’t recyclable due to their plastic lining to keep them water tight.

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One area I have really succeeded in sourcing alternatives is the bathroom. I have long used bar soap to wash my hands and now have forgone shower gel in plastic bottles for soap as well. My Mum bought me a pack of soap ends (so they are reducing waste as well) from Bomb Cosmetics once and I have been working my way through these at bath time.

For shampoo I was tempted by Lush’s bars but was put off by the Sodium Laureth Sulphates so I found this alternative bar which is also free from palm oil.

Then we have toilet paper. I saw adverts for this Australian company Who Gives A Crap online. They sell toilet paper and kitchen paper which is either made from recycled paper or sustainable bamboo. Each roll is wrapped in recycled paper in funky colours and half of all their profits go to Water Aid to build toilets in the developing world. When ordering your toilet paper online you have to keep track of your supplies before you run out, but as the smallest number you can buy is 24 rolls it’s pretty easy to keep well stocked.

In the kitchen we get most of our vegetables in a Riverford veg box so they are naked and we order our shopping from Ocado. The shopping is delivered in bags with where the food goes labelled on it (fridge/freezer/cupboard) for easy unloading and they collect the plastic bags back including non-Ocado ones and take 5p off your shopping for each bag.

I have seen articles online about Hackney’s Bulk Market which I am tempted to visit, my only reservation being how much I would be able to carry back on the train!

I am always looking for more tips and hints about reducing my plastic use so if you have any recommendations let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Reducing plastic use

Vegan Lunch for One

During the Canada Goose protest I had to take a break to get some food, refuel and rest my voice! I headed over to Wardour Street as I know they had lots of vegan options.

I had my main course at Banana Tree, I love that they automatically hand you a vegetarian menu with the main one to make things easier. I went for the tamarind aubergine combo which comes with rice, corn cakes, salad and a sesame cracker. The curry was the right level of spicy for me and I mixed in the rice to balance it out for me. The dressing on the salad was also really nice and I do love a good corn cake!

I headed over to Yorica (pronounced Eureka) for dessert and had waffles with mint choc chip and salted caramel topped with passionfruit and caramel sauce. I thought it was a little pricey but but it’s such a rare treat I didn’t mind so much. The flavours were fab and mint was a definite fave of mine pre-vegan and it’s so hard to get hold of a vegan version!

I know when I’m in the West End there’s always plenty of options for me down Wardour Street so I’ll return time and time again. 

Have you been? What would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan Lunch for One

Canada Goose = Animal Abuse

On Thursday Canada Goose opened their flagship London store on Regents Street so today about 400 of us showed them how welcome they are!

Photo credit – Vegan Blogger 78
Photo credit – Vegan Blogger 78

You can search the atrocities that go on to make these costs but it basically involves pulling feathers from live birds repeatedly and trapping cayotes for periods on time so they struggle and can become dehydrated before the hunters come and to shot them so their future can trim these fashion items.

It’s not fashion it’s violence.

Plumes x

Canada Goose = Animal Abuse

A Vegan Meal @ Zizzi’s

Zizzi’s were one of the first major chains to being out a vegan menu and living in a London suburb with no exclusively vegan or vegetarian restaurants you have to rely on the chains to get your vegan eats.

I went with my friend Louise who has a taste card so we got a main free which was nice.

We shared a bruschetta to start. This was really nice and it would good to have a vegan pesto and this was a tasty start to the meal.

For main I went for my favourite lentil ragu, this is another tasty well thought out dish which I return to time and time again.

I’d never had the praline torte before so I went with that along with my americano and soya milk. It was really rich and the ice cream was nice with it to cut through that richness. My friend tried a bit and enjoyed it too. The honeycomb was a great addition too.

There’s a Pizza Express very close to Zizzi’s in my town but they only have sorbets for dessert so the Zizzi menu pips it for me! With Pizza Hut trialling vegan cheese at the moment it might soon be difficult to find a chain pizza restaurant that doesn’t often a vegan menu! We’re taking over people!

What’s your favourite dish from Zizzi? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

A Vegan Meal @ Zizzi’s

What I eat and drink in a day

I thought I’d give you an insight into my daily diet and do one of these posts that I’ve seen on a few other blogs.

Breakfast on weekdays for me is prepared the night before – overnight oats. I have oats, a tablespoon of ground flaxseed (or chia seeds), unsweetened hemp milk and some frozen fruit – today’s was blueberries. In the autumn/winter I bring it in the microwave for a couple of minutes but in spring/summer I usually eat as is. The seeds and hemp milk give me a good dose of omega 3’s to set me up for the day and I like to get a portion of fruit in first thing.

I’ve started taking a hot drink when I leave the house in the morning in my re-usable cup. Today it was a good old cup of tea.

Mid morning snack is an apple. My team are all pretty good at eating out fruit for elevenses, I buy a bag of apples on a Monday to see me through the week.

For lunch today it’s cucumber soup which I made a few weeks ago and has been sitting in my freezer. I like to have a hot meal at lunch so it’s usually soup or leftovers from dinner. I bought a roll to make it a bit more substantial and I bring my own spread from home wrapped up in some foil.

At work I tend to drink peppermint tea and allow myself one post lunch coffee to see me through the afternoon.

For dinner today we have pesto pasta with basil tofu and vegetables. Sacla do a couple of pestos that are vegan (my Husband’s favourite is the aubergine). I had this red lentil pasta knocking about in the cupboard which is a compromise between my Husband and me as he prefers  white pasta and I prefer wholewheat. I added the last of my follow your heart vegan gourmet shreds I got at Vegfest  as well. This is an easy evening meal that is ready in under half an hour.

When I want a sweet treat post dinner but I don’t have anything already made you can always knock up a mug cake in a couple of minutes. I went for this peanut butter one tonight topped with cacao nibs. It really hits the spot!

So that was my food today, what do you think?

Plumes x

What I eat and drink in a day