Vegan Nights 2

I really enjoyed the first Vegan Nights event at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane which I wrote about here so I had to go back for part 2. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time as we were leaving for our weekend away straight after so I dashed in grabbed some food and dashed to the station to meet my Husband.

I had looked online as to who was going to be there and was glad to see there were some new additions. I’ve been wanting to try Shakey Shakey Fish Bar for a while but thought the chips would get cold on the walk back to the station so I’ll have to get down to the boilerhouse one weekend to try their deep fried Oreos!

I was excited to see the Japanese stall from Hai Dozo so I went for their okonomiyaki which is an omelette filled with vegetables. They also had lots of sweet treats which I’ll have to try next time.

I also had to get a Santa burger from Pomodoro e Basilico which came with mashed potato, Brussel sprouts and cranberry sauce. I didn’t get a good picture as my Husband had already taken a bite before I could snap it!

No vegan meal is complete without cake so returned to my faves Venezuelans Dani and Vane at Vida Bakery and got some peanut butter chocolate cake, caramel vanilla cake, pumpkin spice cupcake and chocolate orange cupcake. We enjoyed these once we arrived at our holiday cottage. I loved the pumpkin spice which reminded me of carrot cake.

So that was my whirlwind visit to vegan nights, I was in and out in 20 minutes. If you go to a future event I would recommend getting there as early as possibly as the queue to get in only gets longer!

Did you go to vegan nights 2? What did you eat? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Vegan Nights 2

Vegfest London 2017


I wasn’t planning on going to Vegfest London this year but when my Sister-in-law Gemma suggested we go I thought why not? Unfortunately we had missed the boat for the BOGOF tickets so after booking and transaction fees we paid about £14 each which I thought was a bit steep and more than I’ve paid for other vegan events. We’ll have to be more organised next time!

After the hour and half journey from East London to Kensington Olympia we arrived at 2pm and were very hungry! We headed to the food village and had a look around. There were quite a few stalls I have visited at past events but a couple caught my eye. I was interested in Dutch Weed Burger but as we’re off to Amsterdam next week I’ll save that for the authentic experience! The other stall that interested me that I hadn’t seen before was Greek Vegan Deli and their Halloumi wraps.



The Halloumi was made with tofu and the texture was spot on! I think it could have been a bit saltier but overall I was really impressed.


We stopped at the Essex Pig Save stand who are an organisation who organise vigils outside local slaughterhouses and are part of the global Save Movement which originated in Toronto. We also listened to a talk about the Save Movement later in the day.



I bought some pig earring to support the group so after my Hunt Sabatours pawprint earrings these are my second activist earrings!


I’ve featured Vida Bakery multiple times on this blog and that’s because they’re blooming amazing! This time I went for their Oreo brownie to take home and share with my Husband.



I also picked up a peanut butter mini loaf from Ruby’s of London for us to share which was gorgeous.


Another cake stall that looked fabulous was Cupcakes and Shhht and I look forward to trying their wares in the future.



My Sister-in-law picked up some Vegenaise from the Follow your heart stand and I went for their cheese shreds for pizza which were discounted from their RRP of £4.49 to £2, bargain! Our friends managed to snag the last Vegenaise and told us they had sold over 400 jars that day!


I picked up this peanut bar from Perkier after trying some tasty samples for 70p.


I wanted to buy some vegan clothing, but as I’m trying to buy as few brand new clothes as possible I wanted something that was really useful and I would get a lot of wear out of so I went for this sports bra and crop top for when I’m running from Vegan Rex.



When we entered we were given a copy of Vegan Life Magazine and I was pleased to see it was the current issue!


Lastly there was a display of vegan art which was really lovely to see.



Did you go to Vegfest London? What were your highlights? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegfest London 2017

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

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!