Ruby and Pickles 1st Birthday

On Saturday I attended Ruby and Pickles 1st Birthday Supperclub with my Sister-in-law. I first attended one of their supperclubs last June which I wrote about here.

Ruby and Pickles have had supperclubs all over London, for their birthday celebration they had chosen to host at Blank 100 in Dalston which was great for us East London vegans!

We had a little trouble finding the industrial style unit and could have done with a board outside or a balloon! The space was gorgeous inside and there were a few benches to sit on. 

We started with a rajma masala (kidney beam curry) taco with pickled cabbage and cashew cream. This was mildly spiced and really tasty. Everything was homemade including the tacos themselves and the cream. This definitely added to the experience. I had read about this family recipe on Sareta’s blog and I’d definitely like to recreate this at home.

Our next dish was biryani another family recipe, this time from Jasel’s family. This was again nicely spiced for my mild palette. We had this with carrot and chilli pickle (which was too hot for me!) and a raita with pomegranate seeds. There was a vegetarian raita and a vegan raita but I’m not sure if any vegetarian would object to a vegan version and I would of thought it would have made sense to make just one.

For dessert we had chocolate and chilli truffles which were coated in crushed pistachios. This were very decadent and fudgey and little bit of heat at the end was nice. 


We were also lucky enough to receive a goody bag which included this cute ceramic and mango burfi. I couldn’t resist eating the burfi straight away and it delicious.

As always the hosts were very attentive, I couldn’t believe Jasel remembered that it had been my Mum’s birthday when we had been a year previously. 

I think this meal was great value for money at £12.50 and I look forward to seeing what Ruby and Pickles have in store for the future and recommend you try it out!

Plumes x

Ruby and Pickles 1st Birthday

Review – Temple of Seitan

I first tried Temple of Seitan’s fried vegan chicken at the Just V Show last July so when I heard they were opening a permanent shop in Hackney I knew I had to go and get my fill!

They opened in January to massive queues as reported in the mainstream press and quickly had to recruit more staff and upscale their production.

I met up with my Sister-in-law and my Husband so we could share in this junk food feast!

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We each went for the burger which came with vegan bacon, lettuce and mayo. They also have various sauces you can add yourself. The seitan is really crispy and chewy and the bun was lovely and soft.

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I went for some coleslaw with mine, which was a huge pot. I think it could have done with been smaller and having more mayo in it!

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My Sister-in-law went for some mac and cheese. I had a little nibble and really like it. I wasn’t too saucey which is my kind of mac and cheese.

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My Husband got a “two piece” as well although there were three pieces in the container – bonus! I really liked the taste of the strips on their own as well.

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They were also selling peanut butter, chocolate mud pies so we had to get some to take home. These were soft gooey and delicious.

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I will definitely be going back to Temple of Seitan hopefully in the not too distant future.

Have you been? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

Plumes x

Review – Temple of Seitan

March Round Up

How have I felt?

I went and had some blood tests for the fatigue I’ve been experiencing and I’ve started to receive treatment and will continue to be monitored. I have had an appointment with a herbalist student at the College of Natural Medicine to do all that I can be to be helping myself.

What new foods have I been trying?

I picked up some new products in Sainsburys, the Quorn nuggets and the Cauldron burgers and sausages. I had the nuggets with curry udon that my Husband made. They are nice to have in the freezer for emergencies but I think I need to do a taste test to see whether I prefer these or the Fry’s ones!

I had the sausages which are tomatoey and beany with mash and veg. They are nice and a bit different to other sausages and because of the flavour not the most versatile. I haven’t tried the burgers yet.

We went down to Ramsgate for the weekend so I marinated some tempeh to have with breakfast. This was from the cookbook Baconish, I really liked the flavour but I think I’ll need to try and get the tempeh thinner next time!

I had a great lunch which I blogged about here.

I had some lemon and blackcurrant sorbet at a parlour on the front.

I completely stuffed my face at Seaside Cake Parlour in Margate and brought home some cakes too!

I went to Glasgow for work and ate dinner at Mono with my friend Christine which I wrote about here.

I went to The Gate in Hammersmith and had a fabulous meal which I wrote about here.

What have I been enjoying?

I started off the month with a bang and went to see Cabaret vs Cancer Ashes II Ashes David Bowie tribute with my Mum. There were singers, dancers and all sorts of performers. It was like nothing I’ve seen before!

As I’ve previously mentioned we had a lovely weekend away in Ramsgate and stayed at a lovely cottage available to rent here.

I took part in the UN day against racism by marching in London and I shared some photos of the day here.

We went and saw the fabulous Postmodern Jukebox and I was amazed at the skills of the performers.

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I can’t believe I’ve done so much in March. It’s definitely been a busy month!

Plans for April

April will be a quieter month. I did have plans to go on holiday but unfortunately those had to be cancelled. I plan on doing some vegan activism and hopefully will spend some time with my cousin and his wife. We haven’t got any plans for Easter yet but it should be a nice break.

How has your March been? Let me know in the comments.

Plumes x

March Round Up

Review – The Gate Hammersmith 23rd March 2017

On Thursday my Husband and I had tickets to see Postmodern Jukebox at Hammersmith Apollo so we booked in for dinner at The Gate.

I haven’t been to the Gate in Hammersmith for a while, I usually go to their branch in Islington when seeing shows at Sadlers Wells.

For starters I went for the miso glazed aubergine. The sticky glaze was gorgeous and so flavourful. I’ve made this dish at home before and it’s one of my favourites.

There were a couple of vegan mains on the menu but I didn’t fancy either of them. I think they could easily make some of their vegetarian dishes vegan by tweaking a few ingredients. I went for the dragon salad. The marinated smoked tofu on top was amazing and I could have done with a bit more of it!

I suggested to my Husband that we have the coffee cheesecake to share but he was adamant of having his own so we got one each! This was tasty but I felt it could have had a thicker base and not so much mousse on top.

All the food was fantastic but I feel they could have had a couple of extra staff on for the number of covers there were. You have to book to get a table so they were aware of how busy they were going to be. We had to wait quite a while to place our orders for both starter/main and dessert and it’s not nice feeling edgy when you have somewhere to be afterwards.

There is currently an offer in Timeout to have a three course meal with a glass of Prosecco at their Marylebone branch for £24 if you want to check it out.

Have you been to The Gate? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Review – The Gate Hammersmith 23rd March 2017

Review – Banana Tree

I usually go to The Sadlers Wells theatre at least once a year for a show and will always have a meal at The Gate vegetarian restaurant. To get to the restaurant (and to the theatre) I always pass by a branch of Banana Tree and think I must come here when I’m in the area doing something else, well about 6 years later that time came!

My Sister-in-law and I were going to a vintage sale (more of that in a separate post!) so I suggested we go to Banana Tree before hand for some lunch. I looked on the website and they had a separate vegetarian menu and even specified which dishes could be veganised.

The labelling on the full menu was also clear when we were in the restaurant.

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I decided to have some Jasmine Silver Needle tea and it came in this really cute teapot.

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We decided to get the crispy dough to start. It came with a satay dipping sauce and was perfectly pleasant but I don’t think I would get it again. I think I would have preferred a sweet chilli sauce but my Sister-in-law was loving the satay!

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I went for the blackened monk’s vegetables for main. This had vegetables and tofu with soy rice noodles and it came with corn cakes and a sesame cracker. It was really tasty and so filling!

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My Sister-in-law went for the tamarind aubergine combo (which comes with savoury rice, corn cakes and a cracker). I had a little taste and I could definitely go for this!

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The food was great and I thought it was good value for money but now onto the service.

My tea came first, then our shared starter with my main, then five minutes later my Sister-in-law’s main but we had to wait even longer and then ended up having to ask for our cold drinks. The menu did state starters, it wasn’t like Wagamama where everything comes out when it comes out. When we got the bill my Sister-in-law’s juice wasn’t on it so we didn’t let them know as it had taken so long to come out we were happy they had either forgotten or taken it off! When we had paid and were waiting for change we saw the server who had taken our money serving other customers. We thought this was odd and were going to try to get his attention but a couple of minutes later another staff member brought it to us. The restaurant was not busy so I’m not sure why the service was so erratic. Maybe I’d try a different branch next time to see if the service was any better.

Have you been to Banana Tree? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

Plumes x

Review – Banana Tree

Vida Bakery

When I heard there was a new vegan bakery opening within walking distance of my workplace I was overjoyed! (Ms Cupcake I love you, but Brixton/Wholefoods is a mission  for me!)

I followed Vida Bakery on instagram and liked what I saw they had planned to sell in the bakery.

I popped into the bakery on Cheshire Street (off Brick Lane at the Shoreditch end) at Friday lunchtime and had a lovely chat with one of the owners – Dani.

The space is lovely, there’s a small counter with a long bench table and cool lighting. A bookshelf with loads of vegan & gluten free books and magazines and entire blackboard wall featuring the menu.

Now onto the cakes! There was a wide selection of cupcakes, a chocolate and orange loaf cake, some cookies and some cinnamon buns. I enquired about savoury options but Dani said they had some earlier in the week and they hadn’t sold very well but they may try again.

I bought 4 cupcakes for £10 for my Husband, Brother, Sister-in-law and me as well as a matcha latte.

I went for mocha, double choc (the signature), peanut butter and jelly and salted caramel. I had the double choc and it was delicious the chocolate frosting was really thick like a peanut butter cup but a lot richer. The others all said they really enjoyed theirs too.

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I’ll definitely be back for some loaf cake and I’ve already discussed with Dani ordering my birthday cake from them!

If you’re in he area should definitely head down there, if you’ve already been let me know what you thought in the comments.

Plumes x

Vida Bakery

New Year, New Food!

I’ve tried some new dishes recently and wanted to share them with you.

I made tofush and chips on NYE by seasoning and wrapping some tofu in nori seaweed  (the kind you get on sushi rolls) and then dipping in batter and frying. The batter was a bit thin and the tofu a bit too thick but the flavour was definitely there!

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We spent the evening with my Brother and Sister-in-law playing board games and my Sister-in-law cooked these Indian snacks from Tesco. I think they were in the Christmas range so may not longer be available but they were a bit different to your usual samosas and bhajis.

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I made a dhal using Jack Monroe’s recipe on their budget recipe site Cooking on a Bootstrap and some dried split fava (broad) beans I had in the cupboard. I also made some spiced roasted cauliflower and some sag aloo using some Oatly cream I had. It’s is so good in curries!

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I also wanted to use the Oatly cream to make some pasta sauce. I blitzed some silken tofu I had in the cupboard with the cream and added mustard, I used Sainsburys dijon mustard which is actually quite hot. I served the pasta with roasted cauliflower and cabbage and topped with Tesco smoked soya cheese.

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Marks and Spencer are good for lunch for vegans if you want salad. They do loads of mini salads with all sorts of ingredients that are usually two for £3. Now after years of pestering and I think in line with Veganuary they have launched two vegan sandwiches. I bought the supergreens one the other day. It has crushed peas and edemame beans with some salady greens on a multiseed bread. It was nice but could of had more filling. I wouldn’t rush back to buy one but it’s nice to know there’s an option as there is an m&s in most big train stations.

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I grabbed some lunch from Spitalfields market on Friday and went for this Ethiopian stall. Ethiopian is one of my fave cuisines and if you haven’t tried it you must! Lots of beans, lentils, veg and a pancake type bread called injera which is made from the flour of a seed called teff. It has quite a sour flavour and is high in iron.

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I also got my first veg box delivered from Riverford on Friday. This supports two of my goals from my Goals for 2017 post, reducing plastic and supporting independent, local suppliers. The box I have gone for is the grown in the UK only veg box, so this will also help us eat more seasonally. I’m really looking forward to using my veg!

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I bought some cupcakes from a new bakery which has opened up off Brick Lane called Vida. They were delicious and I’m going to write a separate blog post going into more detail about them.

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I made this dish only for the second time this week so I’m including it under new food! I made veggie meatballs and gravy with mash potato and cabbage. I didn’t realise I didn’t have any gravy granules in so I had to improvise with a stock cube and some arrowroot to thicken. These meatballs are from Sainsburys and they’ve recently changed the recipe to remove the egg so now vegan friendly! These are soya based and I prefer them to the Ikea ones which a more vegetable based.

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Yesterday I went to the theatre to see “An Inspector Calls” with my Brother and Sister-in-law, we had a fabulous time and headed out for food afterwards as we had been to the matinee. All Bar One are doing a vegan menu in collaboration with Veganuary so we thought we would head there.

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I went for the kale and houmous flatbread which was delicious although the flatbread was a bit crispy so you couldn’t really fold it. I was planning on having the rice pudding for dessert but I didn’t realise the flatbread came with chips and I was too full by the end. Oh well that’s an excuse to go back!

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I’m thinking of doing food posts more like this, showcasing new dishes I have tried rather than weekly round ups where you may see the same staple dishes I eat. What do you think?

Have you tried any new foods recently? Or taken advantage of any Veganuary offers? Let me know in the comments.

Plumes x

New Year, New Food!