Honest Burger – January 2019

Neither my friend Mitsu or I had visited Honest Burgers before so we thought we’d meet up for lunch to try their vegan offerings.

They currently offer two vegan burgers both using the Beyond Meat burger.

We both chose the Plant which came with rosemary fries for £11.50 which I think was pretty reasonable.

The burger was great and not one of these full of toppings can’t get your mouth round it situations! The rosemary was a nice addition to the chips but they were quite salty.

I’m not sure whether I would run back to Honest as there as so many options these days but it looks like a great place to go with meat-eating friends or if you just really fancy a really good burger.

Have you tried Honest or the Beyond Burger at another place? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Honest Burger – January 2019

New Vegan Foods

Aren’t we so lucky with all the new foods coming out? I’ve tried a few things that are new or new to me over the past couple of weeks that I thought I’d share with you.

First up my fave! The M&S Plant Kitchen coleslaw. I have always loved coleslaw and now I can easily get my hands on some! Perfect on a jacket potato with vegan cheese.

Likewise the potato salad! Lovely and creamy and perfect for a vegan spread.

The last item I’ve tried from the Plant Kitchen M&S range is their spaghetti Bolognese ready meal. This is great to pick up on the way home when I’ve had a busy day and don’t want to cook.

I added some of my own vegan cheese to this and I would definitely buy it again.

I picked up these bars from Rhythm 108 in my small Sainsbury’s shop. I’ve tried their biscuits before which are available in Costa so I was looking forward to trying these.

These are proper tasty but a little pricy at £1.40 for a fun size bar. Definitely an occasional treat.

Lastly we have another product I’ve been excited about. The Naturli spread this is one of the only vegan spreads on the market that is free from palm oil. I asked my local big Sainsbury’s to stock this and luckily they now are. It is currently in the Veganuary area so hopefully this will be stocked beyond January.

I’ve only tried this on a jacket potato with lots of different flavours so I need to try it on toast to experience the full flavour.

What foods have you been trying this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

New Vegan Foods

Vegan finds in Aldi

I think today will go down in Vegan history, I’ve never seen so much in my timelines in social media about one product! Today was the day the vegan sausage roll was released in Gregg’s. I pass a Gregg’s on my way to the station in the morning so it would have been rude not to pop in!

It was delicious and I will now have to avert my eyes as I scurry past to get my train in the morning!

The other good news is that Aldi are doing some vegan items – thanks Emma for the info! This was in their special buys section so I’m not sure how long they’ll be there. I assume for the whole of Veganuary but it may be a when they’re gone they’re gone situation so I’d head to your local one sharpish!

I was out of nutritional yeast so I was glad to see that there and with jackfruit for £1 you can’t go wrong! I’ve tried the jerky and it was quite nice but you didn’t get much in a packet. I’m looking forward to enjoying the shortbread with a cuppa! I’ve got a jar of Vegenaise in the fridge else I would have tried out the Hellman’s one.

So there you have it! Have you already been to Aldi? What did you pick up? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan finds in Aldi

The Star, Lingfield

On Saturday we went out for dinner to celebrate my Mother-in-law’s birthday. We decided on The Star at Lingfield as it caters well to children as well as having a vegan menu.

Although I am thankful for a vegan menu I would like a hearty traditional dish featured such as pie or sausages with mash which wouldn’t be too hard to do.

It is however, great to see desserts and dairy free milk there for teas and coffees.

I decided on the Thai burger and went for regular fries rather than sweet potato. The burger patty was quite soft and I had to fight to keep it in the bun. The flavour was nice and quite spicy.

For dessert I had to go for the brownie with vanilla ice cream. The brownie was warm and gooey against the cold ice cream.

The only disappointment we had was that there had been races at the local horse track and the pub was very crowded with people standing in the restaurant area talking very loudly as well as frequently going outside for cigarettes causing a draft.

If you’re in need of a vegan meal in the area this is one of your only options so luckily the food was nice, but try to go on a non-race day if possible!

Plumes x

The Star, Lingfield

What I Eat In A Day Autumn 2018

As it’s getting colder I thought it would be a good time to do another “what I eat in a day” post. Autumn is a time for comfort food and snuggling down under the duvet on the sofa bingeing Netflix.

Mornings I’m still in smoothie mode. I think this is the easiest way to get loads of nutrition in one fell swoop. I might start heating up my smoothies as it gets colder. Does anyone else do this?

My smoothie is made the night before by soaking 25g of oats with a tablespoon each of cacao nibs and milled flax seed, a handful of frozen blueberries and some unsweetened hemp milk. In the morning I add a banana and whizz it up in my bullet blender. I then eat it once I get to work and this helps me last until lunch.

For lunch I had a channa roti from Baygo (I did a full review for them here) I got this free as my colleague had meal pal (an app that get you cheap meals) and couldn’t get in due to train strikes.

This wasn’t too spicy and filled me up for lunch. It did get a bit messy as the filling was quite wet. I’d definitely get this again.

For dinner it had to be a cosy meal of sausage and mash. I used Fry’s fresh sausages which are new to Sainsbury’s with mustard mash, roasted cauliflower, cabbage, mushrooms, onions and gravy.

You can’t go wrong with that really, now can you?

Recently I’ve been having a hot chocolate before bed but I was so full up from dinner I skipped that today!

What are you favourite mid-week autumn meals? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

What I Eat In A Day Autumn 2018

A Vegan Lunch at Temple Goods

I jumped at the chance to revisit Temple Goods with Maxine after we had enjoyed breakfast there a few months ago.

It was a drizzly day and the café was very full. We managed to find a spot on the end of a sharing table which had another group of people dining.

I was hungry after having no breakfast so I had to go for the full English.

The beans were smoky the bacon was crisp but the star of the shoe has to be the fried “egg” I don’t know what it is made of but it so realistic tasting, the yolk pops and oozes gorgeously onto the sourdough toast.

Maxine went for a toasted sandwich of bacon and cheese with a coffee.

The Hackney Downs Vegan Market went from a one-off seasonal event, to monthly, then weekly and now demand has meant it is on both Saturday and Sunday each week!

The only disappointment came in the bathroom where the soap wasn’t vegan, I have contacted Temple Goods and will update when I receive a response.

Maxine picked up some vegan cheeses from New Roots as well as some pastries from Temple Goods and some spray cream from Vegan HQ.

If the weather had been nicer it would have been lovely to sit on the Downs with Maxine’s beautiful dogs, (who have featured on the blog previously) but we may have to wait for the spring to do that!

Have you eaten at Temple Goods? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

A Vegan Lunch at Temple Goods

A Vegan Dinner at The Real Greek

It was my friend, Jo’s birthday in September which meant she got to choose our monthly dining spot so we headed back to the The Real Greek at Westfield Stratford.

The Real Greek launched an impressive vegan menu last year so it’s a great spot to grab some dinner. All the dishes are small plates so you get to try many different dishes which is all part of the fun.

We went for houmous, vine leaves, falafel and jackfruit stifado. I had chips on the side and Jo enjoyed some spinach and feta parcels.

Everything is well cooked and tasted great. i was especially impressed with the jackfruit. It’s great that they’ve taken this non-native meat alternative and infused it with Greek flavours.

My only slight bugbear is that you have to pay separately for bread if you order a dip type dish like houmous. In no other Greek or Turkish restaurant have I experienced this and the bread is usually free flowing!

There are also multiple dessert options in Westfield so we decided to skip the ones The Real Greek had to offer and shopped around.

I went for a doughnut from Doughnut Time who conveniently have a van parked just outside the Real Greek. I chose a “Liam Hemsworthy” which is a smaller version of the giant “Chris Hemsworthy” and comes topped with cookies and cream frosting.

Jo was after some ice cream so we headed to Amorino. She picked three of their sorbet flavoured which all carry the Vegan Society trademark. Chocolate, mandarin and raspberry and she thoroughly enjoyed it!

It’s great to see so many options in a shopping centre I remember a time not so long ago where your only option would have been a jacket potato!

Have you tried out the Real Greek? What were your favourite dishes? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

A Vegan Dinner at The Real Greek