Today’s prompt – Birthday Bash
I was planning on writing about these foods after Vegan MoFo but when I saw this prompt I thought they would fit in well.
In my heart I am a minimalist and I don’t like too many “things” so for my birthday I prefer to be bought consumables and try out some fancy vegan foods I wouldn’t buy on a weekly basis.
I have been volunteering with The Humane League for a little while now, they are a vegan charity who work to reduce the most suffering to the most number of animals. They were established in the US in 2005 and have been operational in the UK since 2016 and have just received their UK charity status. They have a fast action network where members can take part in micro-actions such as commenting on a company’s Facebook post or emailing them to help the cause. This is a great way to get involved if you aren’t able to take part in street activism or other forms of activism.
Recently the data privacy laws changed in the UK which you’ll be aware of if you received all the emails asking you to re-sign up for your mailing list. Unfortunately The Humane League lost two thirds of their fast action network due to people not re-signing up. There was a drive for the volunteers to sign up new members and the volunteer with the most sign ups would win a prize.
Well I was that lucky volunteer and I won a £50 voucher from the vegan supermarket Greenbay. I’ve been to Greenbay a couple of times before and knew they had a great range of products so I was excited to get my mits on some!
First up the savoury stuff! I love a good posh vegan cheese! Some of these are only available at vegan shops or at fairs or via the company’s website. These are artisanal products so can be pricey so I reserve them for a special occasion. I have tried Nutcraft Creamery cheeses before but not The Volcanic so I’m really looking forward to trying this. I have met New Roots at vegan fairs and had a little of taster of their cheeses so I had to buy their camembert. I think I’m going to heat this one up and enjoy with some crusty french bread. The other cheese we have here is an aged smoked cheese from Essential Vegan. I love smokey flavours so this was a must.
The other two items here are pates which my Husband picked out.
Sweet-wise we have Monsters from German company Vantastic. This are similar to UK smarties (I know in the US Smarties are a different kind of sweet altogether. These are like M&M’s) Two Twilight bars which are akin to a Mars Bar. My Husband and I are going to batter these and deep fry them like the Scottish delicacy. I have had the pleasure of trying this before but my Husband hasn’t so I’m looking forward to that. As I have posted before (and I encourage you to go back and find those posts) Solkiki are my fave chocolate so I had to pick up a bar of their salted caramel. Lastly we have some dog treats for our dog-niece Poppy, we recently looked after her for a week and gave her some of these treats which she loved.
Lastly we have a product which I have seen everyone go nuts for on the internet. The vego chocolate hazelnut spread.
This spread just tastes like a melted version of the Vego chocolate hazelnut bar with crushed hazelnut pieces inside. I was discussing the uses of this with my friend Mitsu and we came up with pancakes, ice cream and of course straight from the jar with a spoon or a finger.
These foods are more than enough of a “birthday” treat for me! What foods do you like to eat on your birthday? Let me know in the comments below.