Saturday, 25 October 2014

TVK12

Wow. I can't believe we're up to box 12 of The Vegan Kind's monthly subscription boxes already! (I also can't believe how long it's taken me to getting around to writing this blog post.. it's nearly time for the next box!)

This month's box was another good one:


1. Angelic Gluten Free Double  Chocolate Cookies
2. Howdah Onion Bhajis
3. Premae Skincare Triumph Creme Balm
4. Landgarten Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Raspberries
5. Nom Organic Oat Bar

1. Angelic Gluten Free Double  Chocolate Cookies

These cookies are vegan and gluten free - but they don't taste gluten free! Even Mr Hatter approved (and he can be picky about things like that). Very tasty!

2. Howdah Onion Bhajis


Howdah produce tasty snacks using locally sourced ingredients - and I must say these were very tasty! These are the second snacks I've tried from Howdah (I got the Bombay Puri from Vegan Tuck Box) and they were both great!

3. Premae Skincare Triumph Creme Balm

This little sample is a vitamin enriched moisturiser which is fragranced with Frankincense. The full sized product costs £51 ! I must admit, I'm skeptical when it comes to expensive moisturisers but this little pot has left my skin feeling lovely and smooth - and it smells lush!

4. Landgarten Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Raspberries


I am a huge fan of Landgarten snacks but I was hesitant to try these as I have a bit of a thing about freeze-dried fruit. I think it's the texture I don't get on with. However, I was pleasantly surprised by these. They had a lovely sharp taste which distracted me from the texture, and Landgarten's chocolate coating is always so smooth. Yum!

5. Nom Organic Oat Bar


This was beautiful. It was just the right level of coconut vs oat, and was a great filling snack. I would definitely buy this if I was out and about and in need of a pick-me-up.

The charity of the month was Manchester & Cheshire Dogs' Home, after the tragic fire that happened there recently.

And this month's recipe is from Little Miss Meat Free and is for "Ombre Vanilla Dream Cake". It looks so beautiful - I think I'm going to have to have a go at making it. It even won this year's Great Vegan Bake Off that was hosted by PETA!

If you like what you've seen, you can subscribe to your own monthly box here for a cost of £10 per month plus shipping.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

National Chocolate Week - The Final Day!

It's the last day of National Chocolate Week, so I thought I would leave you with a lovely chocolatey recipe!


Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

Serves 12 (it is pretty rich, so you only need small slices)

BASE
1 cup dates
1 cup flaked almonds
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

FILLING
200g creamed coconut
1 tbsp coconut oil
60g dark chocolate
1 cup frozen raspberries
100g ground hazelnuts
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp agave syrup

1. In a food processor, pulse the dates and almonds together until all the pieces are small. Drizzle in the melted coconut oil and pulse again. The mixture is ready when it sticks together when pressed between your fingers.

2. Press the date and almond mixture into a 9-inch loose-bottomed cake tin. Put this in the fridge to set while you make the filling.

3. Heat the creamed coconut over a low heat until melted. Add the coconut oil and dark chocolate, and stir with a rubber spatula until everything has melted and is combined. Add the vanilla and agave syrup.

4. In a food processor, blend the raspberries and hazelnuts until there are no large lumps left. Add the chocolately mixture and blend until smooth. Pour into the cake tin.

5. Pop in the freezer for a couple of hours until solid. This makes it much easier to get out of the cake tin! Once solid, you can remove it from the cake tin and place it on a serving plate then let it thaw in the fridge - I left it overnight which resulted in a lovely smooth mousse texture the next day.

(I made the mistake of trying to cut it while still frozen, hence the slightly rough edge in the photo!)

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Vegan Tuck Box - September

As part of Vegan MoFo, I wrote a blog post about the various subscription boxes available to vegans in the UK. At the time I had never tried a box from Vegan Tuck Shop, so I decided I was going to try one! I ordered a Single Vegan Tuck Box which costs £22 and contains 10-12 products.

Unfortunately, I've been having a few problems with the camera on my phone and it has deleted most of the photos I took of my box and its contents - I'm gutted! So I'm sorry this post doesn't have as many photos as it usually would...

September Vegan Tuck Box (List taken from the Vegan Tuck Box website)

  1. Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup
  2. Braw blackcurrant oat bar
  3. Go Max Go Foods Cleo’s peanut butter cups
  4. Howdah Snacks Bombay Puri
  5. Meridian Almond Bar
  6. Moo Free Mini Moo Orange
  7. Nothing But grape and pineapple
  8. Premium Chocolatiers No No’s
  9. Provamel coconut and rice drink
  10. Rawlicious pizza crackers
  11. Retrocorn Strawberries and Cream popcorn
  12. 9 Bar Thai sprinkles
1. Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup



This is a natural sweetener made from the blossoms of coconut trees, without harming the tree or affecting its ability to produce coconuts. I'm looking forward to trying this. The coconut sugar I've tried before has been gorgeous, so I'm expecting good things from this little bottle!

2. Braw Blackcurrant Oat Bar

This little bar was lovely - full of flavour and packed with a whopping 60% fruit!

3. Go Max Go Foods Cleo's Peanut Butter Cups



I love Go Max Go chocolate bars. It's like vegan versions of all my favourite chocolate bars when I was a kid - Mars, Bounty, Milky Way (sort of - the Go Max Go version isn't quite the same). I hadn't tried the peanut butter cups before, but I had heard a lot of praise for them. To be fair, I had never had a peanut butter cup at all before so I had nothing to compare it to anyway! But I did really enjoy these. The peanut butter was creamy and encased in a lovely sweet chocolate.

4. Howdah Snacks Bombay Puri

Howdah offer a range of Indian inspired snacks that are suitable for vegans. The Bombay Puri are mini Indian flatbreads, which I used as a salad topping on a samosa salad from Salad Samurai (yup, still can't get enough of that book...). They were great, and brought an excellent flavour and crunch to the salad.

5. Meridian Almond Bar

I have seen a lot of love online for Meridian snack bars but never got around to trying one before now. I must admit, I've been missing out. The almond bar is packed full of 55% almonds! Great as a post-workout snack.

6. Moo Free Mini Moo Mint

Now, the website says that the Moo Free bar for September was orange flavoured but I got a mint one. I would have preferred the orange one, as I don't like mint chocolate (and I love orange chocolate!) but my loss was Mr Hatter's gain. He enjoyed this little minty bar, which was quite a surprise as he usually isn't too keen on vegan chocolate.

7. Nothing But Grape and Pineapple

This was the same flavour I got in my last box from The Vegan Kind, so I won't go into detail here. I still can't quite get my head around freeze-dried fruit and veg, so I have put it with my other packet awaiting the day when I turn it into granola.

8. Premium Chocolatiers No No's

This was the one product I was most excited about. I've seen these sweeties all over the internet recently, and I can see why. They are vegan marshmallows coated in chocolate, which is then encased in a sweet candy shell. From the pictures I've seen online (and the picture on the front of the bag), I was expecting these to be small - like mini marshmallow size. But when I opened the packet, they were huge! Think peanut M&M's sort of size. (Or at least, the size I remember them being... I was never a huge fan of the peanut ones so it's a vague comparison...) Did they live up to the hype? OH YES! I wasn't expecting to enjoy them as much as I did. I would definitely recomment trying these if you get chance.

9. Provamel Coconut and Rice Drink



As this came in a handy drinks carton, I decided I would just drink it as is and see what it was like. I was pleasantly surprised. The coconut gave the milk a nice flavour and smooth texture, which made is very pleasant to drink.

10. Rawlicious Pizza Crackers



I've not tried these yet but they sound interesting! I love pizza, so if they really taste like pizza I will be happy!

11. Retrocorn Strawberries and Cream Popcorn

This popcorn was literally popcorn covered in crushed sweets. It was quite strange, as it's not something I've heard of before and the crushed sweets gave the popcorn a very different texture. It was probably a bit too sweet for me (which is saying something), although it did taste nice. I did manage to eat the whole bag!

12. 9 Bar Thai Sprinkles



Another item that I've not yet tried, but I am thinking they would be lovely on top of a salad. I love Thai flavours, and enjoy sprinkling seeds over salads so this sounds like a great combination to me!

I really enjoyed my Vegan Tuck Box! Also, I really like the fact that they have a shop on their website so that you can re-order more of a certain item if there was something you really liked.

If you fancy trying one of these boxes you can take a look at your options hereThey offer a range of boxes: Vegan Starter Box (£17.50 one-off), Mini Vegan Tuck Box (5-6 items, £10 subscription / £11 one-off), Subscription Box (10-12 items £20 p/month / £57 for 3 months / £108 for 6 months), Single Vegan Tuck Box (10-12 items, £22 one-off).