Guest post – Fab Fudge 

It was my (vegan) Sister-in-law Gemma’s birthday in the week and after getting a great discount on her main present I thought I’d top it up with some fudge from Fab Fudge. They produce dairy fudge but also have an extensive dairy-free range. 

So over to Gemma to see what she thought…

“It was a nice surprise to get something I hadn’t tried before for my birthday from Plumes.

I had never actually heard of fab fudge before so I was intrigued to try there “luxurious artrtisan fudge”.

I got two flavours, chocolate orange and creme egg.


I must say the choclate orange was my favourite, the fudge was soft and creamy and I had devoured that pot within two days.


It was a lot softer in texture than I was expecting but I actually prefer it over regular fudge. You could still taste a subtle coconut flavour in the background of the fudge but who doesn’t love coconut based foods!

The pots had nice packaging and clear labelling. They were packed with a generous amount of fudge inside and the right sized pieces.


This is a pretty luxuriously product so ideal as a nice gift for birthdays and Christmas.”

Thanks Gemma!

I was also impressed with the price of these pots, which were £2.99 each and with postage at just over £2 this is a really affordable gift or treat for yourself!

Have you tried Fab Fudge? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Guest post – Fab Fudge 

90 Degree Melt

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This week my friend Jo and I went out for our monthly dinner to 90° Melt in Stepney which has been on my “to do” list for a while.

They describe themselves on their website as a vegan and vegetarian restaurant serving American comfort food.

At 90° MELT, we have combined TAPAS style dining with AMAZING Grilled Cheese sandwiches, (or as we call them – MELTs) so our customers don’t have to choose!

But it does not end with Grilled Cheese, that is just a start!


We chose the Waldorf and the Mexican for our sandwiches, as these are tapas they are slightly smaller than regular ones but just as tasty.

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We also chose the buffalo cauliflower wings and potato wedges. The cauliflower was really good but the sauce on top was a bit spicy for me. The wedges were from massive baking potatoes and both these dishes were bigger than I was expecting.

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We went for the lentil salad to add a bit of greenery. When we first arrived I asked that we had the “vegan version” of everything. When this arrived it came covered in feta so it went back to the kitchen to have the feta replaced with extra lentils.

At this point I was well and truly stuffed but Jo soldiered on and ordered a vegan brownie with (non-vegan) mascapone. I tried a bit from the mascapone free end and it was rich and gorgeous tasting packed with walnuts.

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I went for a ginger masala chai made with soya milk which had a great kick and wasn’t too sweet.

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All in all I was really impressed with 90° Melt and thought it was great value for money. I’ll definitely be returning!

Have you been to 90° Melt? What did you think? Or if not what would be in your ultimate vegan cheese toastie? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

90 Degree Melt

Wagamama’s new vegan menu

I was really pleased when I saw Wagamama were introducing a vegan menu and my Husband and I decided to visit the Stratford Westfield branch for lunch on our way home from my in-laws this weekend.

Wagamama have always been quite good with vegan options if you knew what you were doing, some dishes you need to remove the egg or change the noodles so it’s nice to see them put together a full menu suitable for vegans.

I’ve already tried most of the dishes on the menu so I was excited to try the new kare burosu ramen. 

When the dish arrived (sooner than our drinks) I thought it looked really nice and tasty but we were soon disappointed. The fried tofu was really cold in the middle and when I say cold it was refrigerator cold! We called over our waitress who apologised and took it back to the kitchen. Then another member of staff returned to our table with our food and said the tofu was prepared in advance and then added to the broth to warm through, we were asked if we wanted to order a different dish as if they re-did the ramen it may come out the same. 

We thought this was a bit odd and would not expect a dish that contained fried tofu to be this cold. We went with the same dish but the results were the same which was a shame as the rest of this dish was really nice. We weren’t asked whether the second dishes were ok and by this time we really hungry so we just ate, paid and left. 

This was not what I usually expect from Wagamama and I do think this was a one off so I would return. I would be interested if anyone else has had the same experience with this dish and have fedback to Wagamama via their website that if this is how they intend to serve the dish the tofu definitely needs to be in smaller pieces so actually warms through to the middle.

***UPDATE***

Wagamama got in touch with me and stated the following –

We have passed your feedback to our food development team,about the warmth of the tofu and the size of it.

I can confirm the fact that the tofu,is indeed, prepared first thing in the morning,in fresh oil,because otherwise we would risk cross contamination and the dish wouldn’t be 100% vegan as we are not a completely vegan restaurant. This is something we are working on developing, and we do apologise again that your meal was not the usual standard we expect from us.

They also gave me a £20 gift card to make up for it.

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Have you tried Wagamama’s new vegan menu? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Wagamama’s new vegan menu

Happy World Vegetarian Day!

October 1st marks World Vegetarian Day and the start of World Vegetarian month. I became vegetarian nearly 8 years ago after a period of reducing my meat consumption and two and half years before I transitioned to vegan in May 2012.

There is sometimes hostility between vegans and vegetarians but I just wanted to use this short post to say thank you to all the vegetarians who have made a connection and to continue their great work. If you decide to make the transition to veganism or are thinking about it, I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

Plumes x

Happy World Vegetarian Day!

Vegan Chalk Bomb & Broadway Vegan Market

Today I took part in the Worldwide Vegan Chalk Bomb with my Sister-in-law and our new friend Meredith from Vegans of East London. People took part in events all across the world to spread the vegan message. You can check out everyone’s work by searching the hashtags #veganchalkbomb and #veganchalkchallenge on Twitter and Instagram. We set up camp outside Shoreditch High Street Overground Station and got to work. A fellow vegan who was working so couldn’t join us brought us cupcakes from Vida Bakery to spur us on!

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After all that chalking we were getting hungry so we decided to head over to Broadway Vegan Market which was holding its first event. We decided to walk and had a lovely time nosing in the cute little shops along the way and even got chatting to another vegan lady who was working in one of the shops.

It’s seems like it’s another day another vegan market at the moment and I’m definitely not complaining! Every Saturday you can choose between Broadway Vegan Market and Hackney Downs Vegan Market (or go to both if you’re being greedy!) and tomorrow (1st October) sees the launch of Walthamstow Vegan Market.

Many of the traders were also at Vegan Nights a couple of days previously (which I wrote about here) so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to try.

I chose a noodle salad from Eat Chay which came with Korean barbecue pieces and chick’n and lemongrass pieces. It was really great and the vegetables made it really fresh tasting.

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My Sister-in-law chose to order from Spice Box (after much deliberation!) and got this box of tandoori cauliflower, jackfruit tikka masala and sweet potato curry. I tried a little bit of each (of course!) and it was damn tasty!

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I couldn’t go home without getting something for my Husband so I picked him up a pizza slice and a chocolate walnut brownie from Vegan Sweet Tooth.

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There were loads of other lovely looking stalls and I hope to make my way round a few of them at upcoming events!

Have you taken part in any vegan chalking? Or did you attend a delicious vegan food event this weekend? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan Chalk Bomb & Broadway Vegan Market

Vegan Nights at The Truman Brewery

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This week I was lucky enough to attend the first Vegan Nights market at The Boiler House, Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

I had looked up which traders were going to be there and planned which food I definitely wanted to eat!

I started off with the Father Jack burger from Biff’s Jack Shack. It had a jackfruit burger with onion rings, smoked cheese and bourbon barbecue sauce, the container even had a sticker with Father Jack (from Father Ted) on it! This burger was so tasty and I’ll definitely be seeking out Biff’s Jack Shack again!

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Next on my hit list were Pomodoro e Basilico where I grabbed a slice of Cisa pizza which came with pesto and chorizo. I’ve tried this before and it was definitely as good as I remember!

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Next I was ready to move on to the sweet stuff and when I saw the Freakshakes Mylkman were producing I knew I had to try one! I went for the Top banana which consisted of frozen banana, peanut butter and loads of goodies on top all served in a hollowed out pineapple!

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I had strict instructions to bring home a treat for Husband so I headed over to Vida Bakery’s stall. I went for this peanut and chocolate for him which I knew wouldn’t disappoint.

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Taking a break from the food I headed over to the Bright Zine stall. I had already read their first zine so I was looking forward to picking up the next couple of issues, I also got this great stickers!

The stall I was most interesting in visiting weren’t there when I first turned up and I was worried they might have had to cancel but I had no need to worry as I soon saw Vegan Delice bringing in their wares. I first tried their cakes when I visited Hackney Downs Vegan Market which I wrote about here. This time I was after their hot donuts which they didn’t have at Hackney and I wasn’t disappointed! It’s been a long time since I’ve had a donut like this and it was very tasty!

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Here’s a selection of the other options available on the night.

There were so many people there and I was lucky to get there as early as I did. When I left I saw the queue to get in which had well over 100 people in it and they were operating a one out, one in policy! I hope this becomes a regular event as there is definitely the demand for it!

Did you attend Vegan Nights? If not which stalls would you be most excited to try? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan Nights at The Truman Brewery

Quarter 3 2017 Goals Review

I missed out on my half year update so I thought I better make sure I did my quarter 3 one, so let’s get right in!

1. Continue to jog/run

I have done really well on this one and am currently running 5k three times a week. I have completed 14 parkruns this year including one when I was away visiting family and last weekend I beat my personal best time from when I did parkrun 5 years ago and was two stone lighter!

2. Take up yoga again

I started off well with this one but it has fallen by the wayside in the second half of the year. With running three times a week and swimming once a week there hasn’t been much time for it. Next year our new leisure centre is opening so I’m hoping I’ll be able to fit in a class there.

3. Eat more wholefoods

I have also been doing pretty well with this. I have been getting a UK organic veg box and doing more cooking from scratch. I think I’ll get even more into this as it gets more into Autumn and Winter and I can be making pies and stews.

4. Use less plastic

The way I have been achieving this is by buying less overall. I have also been bringing my own lunch into work and this morning I got my Pumpkin Spice Flat White from Pret in my own bamboo cup. The veg box mentioned above  I had also helped. I have struggled to find alternatives to plastics but by consuming less I am contributing less plastic to landfill and the ocean.

5. Be more politically active

I think I have really come into my own in the second half of the year on this one. I attended a few events at the beginning of the year but it was hearing activists talk at the Vegan Camp Out in July that really inspired me to get more involved. I have attended events in London with The Earthlings Experience as well as regularly attending local Earthlings events in my home town. I took part in Surge’s Down with Dairy event and matched with them as part of the Animal Rights March which saw 5,000 vegans take to the streets of London. I have made some fab friends through activism and hope to continue standing up for what I believe in.

6. Support more independent shops and traders

I am very proud to say I haven’t bought myself a coffee from Starbucks this whole year, and if you knew me last year you’d be very surprised by this! When I do occasionally buy lunch at work there are plenty of great independent food places about. I have also been attending vegan markets and finding out about vegan traders I wasn’t previously aware of.

7. Continue “No New Clothes” and expand on this

I am very happy to say I have been taking part in this challenge for 21 months now. I have bought a couple of items I needed, like a new zip up hoody but I am working on fixing the zip on my coat and stitching up are few bits that have come loose in time for winter. I recently had another little clear out for the charity shop of clothes that I still haven’t really worn in that time. In terms of other items I have managed to keep buying new things to a minimum as I don’t have much room in my flat!

8. Attend Church more regularly

This is another one that I was good at at the beginning of the year but I have let slide a bit over the summer. I have decided to start visiting my local church which is a 25 minute walk away rather than the church I grew up in which is 45 minutes away. The early service at my local church is also a solemn service so I will be home earlier as well.

9. Watch less television

With two evening a week (plus Saturday mornings) being dedicated to running and many Friday evenings doing activism this hasn’t been difficult at all! There are a few shows we regularly watch but it is far less than I used to. We even managed to catch up on BBC Hollow Crown second series (Shakespeare’s Henry VI part one and two and Richard III) which had been sitting on our planner for over a year as we had fewer and fewer regular programmes we were watching.

10. Continue to Blog

I did have a few week gap at the beginning of the summer, but apart from that I’ve blogged pretty regularly throughout the year. As long as things continue to inspire me I’ll continue to blog about them!

So that’s it! I don’t think I’ve done too badly, so I’m pretty proud of myself! Are you still working on your 2017 goals or were they forgotten around about February? Have you started thinking about your 2018 goals yet? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x


Quarter 3 2017 Goals Review