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.
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.
A couple of weeks ago I went for my weekly swimming session with my Mum and she fancied trying the new vegan options at Pizza Express so we picked up her Husband on the way from the pool and headed to our local branch.
I had already looked at the options when they were announced and knew I wanted to try the Puttanesca pizza which came with jackfruit, capers and olives.
It was tasty but the jackfruit wasn’t as flavoursome as I would have liked. I think I would go back to the vegan giardinera next time.
My mum enjoyed the leggera version of the giardinera which has a hole in the middle filled with salad.
There are also a couple of desserts available including a mini carrot cake which comes with a hot drink, unfortunately I was too full from the pizza to try but it’s definitely on my hit list. (I’ll have to have the leggera next time!)
Have you tried any of the new options in Pizza Express? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
All Bar One on Houndsditch in London is becoming one of my fave places for a mid-week lunch with one of my work friends. It’s quiet enough to have a proper chat, the service is friendly and fast, and there are lots of vegan options, what’s not to love?
This time I decided to go for the vegan burger. It had a patty and some roasted pepper in an ancient grain bin and came with chips.
The burger patty had a nice flavour but broke up a lot and was a bit difficult to eat. The bun was really nice too and the chips were adequate.
I’ll definitely be heading back to try some of the other vegan options.
Have you eaten at All Bar One? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – Prep ahead Picnic
This dish I made for today’s prompt is so easy and one of the things I get complimented the most for – sausage rolls!
Nowadays you can buy frozen vegan sausage rolls in lots of places which you just pop in the oven but the joy of making your own is that you can add your own flavours and twists.
I use two products to help me along the way. Granose sausage mix and jus-rol puff pastry.
Make up the sausage mix as per the packet, for these ones I added a little garlic powder and oregano to the mix. Then wrap in the puff pastry sheet, add a few sesame seeds and bake in the oven for 20 mins at 180°C. They keep well in an airtight container. I always bring these to work when I am celebrating and they go down a treat!
What are you favourite snacks to make in advance? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s prompt – TV Trays
If I’ve had a long day at work and just want something quick it will be something from the oven with beans. Fry’s nuggets are our favourite and it’s always very disappointing when I get to the freezer and see my Husband has finished the packet!
Also beans cannot touch other things on the plate, hence their own little ramakin!
What are your favourite TV dinners? Let me know in the comments below.
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.