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

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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

New Vegan Options at Pizza Express

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.

Plumes x

New Vegan Options at Pizza Express

Another vegan lunch at All Bar One

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.

Plumes x

Another vegan lunch at All Bar One