Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 25

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.

Plumes x

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Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 25

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 24

Today’s prompt – Pot Luck Perfection

I have dinner at my Mum’s usually once a week after swimming and this is one of her recipes. It is quick to make with easy ingredients and freezes well too!

For a pot luck this can be heated up quickly in the microwave or on the stove or can be eaten cold.

What are your go to pot luck meals? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 24

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 23

Today’s prompt – Sunday Dinner

Today’s dinner isn’t the most interesting. I was planning to make a a courgette and carrot bake but I just didn’t have the energy.

I’m happy enough with a roast with stuffing I don’t need a main or meat replacement.

I love roasted carrots and these baby button mushrooms were so cute. I’m also not fond of gravy and my Husband tends to have it as thick as soup so I just leave it to him!

What’s your favourite Sunday dinner? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 23

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 22

Today’s prompt – Fancy but frugal

Today I made a lovely fancy but frugal brunch for myself of homemade houmous stuffed aubergine.

I pricked the aubergine with a fork and placed it in the oven straight onto the shelf for 30 minutes at 180°C and made my houmous in the food processor.

I used a tin of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), garlic powder, tahini, salt, lemon juice, liquid smoke and a little of the the left over chickpea water (aquafaba) from the tin in place of oil.

I don’t follow any amounts I just put in everything and then taste and add a little more of something if it needs ramping up a bit. After that I cut the aubergine in half add the houmous and a little smoked paprika on too and enjoy!

What are your favourite homemade dishes on a budget? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 22

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 21

Today’s prompt – Scratch and Dent

I buy the majority of my groceries online so I don’t root through the reduced section very often. In anticipation of this prompt I have been popping into the supermarkets on my way home and having a little look to no avail.

There wasn’t much that was vegan in either the fresh or the dry reduced section, which in a way is very positive that all the vegan food is being bought up at full price.

I managed to nab a couple of these strawberry oat bars from Pulsin for 20p each which I was not able to make a meal from!

I thought these would be a bit flapjacky because of the oats but they are more like a dry nakd bar as the oats have been blitzed. I can understand why these were reduced! Although they had all natural ingredients it tasted very synthetic.

So this was a complete failure, have you had any great successes with reduced section finds? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 21

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 20

Today’s prompt – Four for £4

When I saw this prompt I knew where I had to head. Jack Monroe is a cook, poverty and trans campaigner and an all round great person. They also happen to be vegan and price up all their recipes on their website http://www.cookingonabootstrap.com.

All their recipes are free in order to help the poorest people but you can contribute to their patreon, make a one PayPal donation or buy one of their cookbooks including the new Cooking on a Bootstrap where about 70% of the recipes are vegan.

I chose this White Bean, White Wine and Garlic Risotto recipe which comes in at a purse preserving 29p a portion!

This was easy to make and I had all the ingredients at home apart from the white wine which I picked up in Sainsbury’s and was clearly marked vegan.

Again it was very warm this evening but this would be a great meal to cosy up with on a winter’s evening.

It is very white so red onion does give it a bit of colour.

What are your go to cheap meals? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 20

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 19

Today’s prompt – Leftovers, day 2

I rarely have leftovers. I may batch cool and freeze some portions to take to work for lunch but I don’t really ever make a different meal from what’s left over so I had to purposefully cook extra for this meal.

Did you guess what I made?

It was the British classic of bubble and squeak!

I chopped up the remaining cabbage and sausages and mixed them up with the onions and mash and formed into patties. If I had had more time I would have put them in the fridge for half an hour before frying.

You could serve these with more vegetables but I just had them as is for lunch.

What’s your favourite meal to make with leftovers? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan MoFo 18 – Day 19