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 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

FRIEND Farmed Animal Rescue

I first visited FRIEND Animal Rescue last year on one of their open days (which I blogged about here). They have a lovely site near Maidstone in Kent which just happens to be about half way between my house and my relatives on the South Coast, so Mama Plumes and I met up with my Cousins and their 10 week old baby son.

Here’s an excerpt from FRIENDS website about what they do (as I couldn’t say it better myself)

WHAT WE DO

Today, FRIEND is a working animal sanctuary with around 100 farm animals and companion animals. Animals find their way here in all sorts of ways. Some are rescued from places of abuse, some arrive following the death of their guardian. Some despicable people abandon their animals by throwing them over the fence. No matter how they get here, they are all welcome to live the rest of their lives as naturally as possible with little human interaction.

We offer a no kill, free roaming (as far as possible and safe) home to cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Our 30+ pigs live in their own paddock with wallows. Some of our cats are feral and some are house dwellers. All our dogs love their walks in our meadow.

It was lovely to see these animals roaming free and getting so close to them. Some of the pigs were very friendly and came up for a stroke and a nuzzle. I particularly love cows, so I was glad to be able to go in the field with them as this wasn’t possible last year.

Some of the animals are shyer, like the sheep and the llama so we just let them do their thing and admired them from afar. Some, like the goats, enjoyed very much getting in everybody’s business especially if you had some food on you!

We also enjoyed some fab vegan food, Mum and I had bean stew and potato and I had a piece of gorgeous carrot cake with a mug of tea.

Spending time with animals really re-iterates to me why I’m vegan and inspires me to continue participating in vegan activism events.

FRIEND have open days and volunteer days throughout the year so check out their Facebook page to keep up with events. If you aren’t able to visit you can donate to FRIEND via their website.

Here’s a few photos of our day.

Plumes x

FRIEND Farmed Animal Rescue

Leon Vegan Milkshakes

When I saw Fat Gay Vegan’s blog saying Leon were trialling vegan milkshakes in their Spitalfields store I was over the moon as this is practically on my way home from the office! 

Unfortunately they were out of salted caramel so I went for the chocolate. It was really rich and chocolatey. The texture reminded me of a Starbucks frappaccino. 

I hope the trial goes well and they roll these out to all stores. I look forward to trying the different flavours.

Leon have a few savoury options so I went for a falafel wrap to eat on the way home before I was due to do a couple of hours activism. It was really tasty with peppers, houmous and lovely big pickles. Leon is definitely my go to when I need to get some food on the go.

Have you been to Leon? What did you think of their vegan options? Would you like to try their milkshakes and see them rolled out? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Leon Vegan Milkshakes