Monday, 19 June 2017

Catching Up On Foodie Finds - Trinity Kitchen

There have been a couple of vegan options at Trinity Kitchen over the past couple of months, and we've had fun trying some of them!


Pizza Loco provide wood-fired pizzas that are cooked in a funky train! We opted for the "Vegan Special", which was very tasty. However for £7 it would have been nice to have a few more toppings - it did feel a bit sparse. However, the base was lovely and the marinara sauce was great!


What The Truck had a menu option called "Vegans R Us", so of course we had to try it! It consisted of nachos, topped with veggie chilli and spring onions. This was really tasty, but again we felt like it was a little overpriced for the portion size.


I was pleasantly surprised to find that this cake stall had a vegan option! There was only one option, but it was a very tasty chocolate brownie - yum! (And this time, I'm not going to complain about it being overpriced - because it wasn't!)

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Vegan Life Magazine - June 2017

I really enjoyed reading the June issue of Vegan Life Magazine. I always look forward to the new issues, and download them as soon as possible. I usually read them pretty quickly too but it always takes a while to get around to writing the blog!

This month had some really interesting articles, ranging from information about bees and bird sanctuaries, through to a feature on a professional vegan photographer.

The cover story (with Evanna Lynch) was a really inspiring read. Her honesty about the struggles she has faced with food was refreshing, and I think she is a role model that a lot of people will get behind - especially Harry Potter fans! I can't wait to listen to her podcast!

I also really enjoyed the article "The Rise Of Conscious Brands". I find myself more and more these days trying to give my money to companies that I feel ethically aligned with and avoiding those I don't. It's still a difficult thing to do, as we don't really have any local greengrocers etc where I live - so the supermarkets are the most practical option for a weekly shop. However, I think this is definitely something that people are thinking about a lot more, and I hope to see more ethically minded companies rise in the near future.

As always, there were TONS of recipes that I want to try! These are a few of my favourites...

And of course, it wouldn't be Vegan Life if it didn't give me a bit of Wanderlust... This month's issue has added another couple of UK restaurants to the ever growing list of places I want to eat. It has also opened my eyes to Portugal as a holiday destination - not somewhere I had really thought about before!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Magic Rock Tap

I have so many outstanding blogs, I don't really know where to start - so I'm going to start with the most recent event we went to and go from there!

Last week, we went to the Vegan Street Food Festival hosted at Magic Rock Tap. Magic Rock are in the process of making all their beers vegan - I believe only the cask beers are not vegan. To celebrate, they hosted a vegan food festival on Saturday last week, and they have one vegan food trader each weekend for the rest of the month!

I'm not a beer drinker but Mr Hatter is, and I love food, so we thought we'd go down and see what we could get our hands on.

The brewery is based in Huddersfield, and they have a bar on site, with space outside for plenty of food vendors and seating. The whole place had a really nice atmosphere - very chilled. It is located away from the city centre, and we walked through a lovely cemetery to get there after getting off the bus. And look at the weather we had for the day!

The food line up for the day was:

Mother May I
Wah Wahs
Street Cleaver (who had to pull out due to van difficulties)
Honest Crust Wood Fired Pizza
Kind Cake Co

I must admit, I was initially disappointed to see that only one of the vendors (Mother May I) was a fully vegan company. (Note that on the day, two of the vendors were vegan companies and Kind Cake Co stepped in at the last moment.) However, all of the vendors put on a great vegan menu for the day, so I can't complain!

We had a wander around when we arrived, to make sure we didn't miss anything we really wanted to try, and then got some drinks in. Mr Hatter had some Common Grounds (coffee porter), while I opted for a (rather expensive) cider. It was nice, but at £4ish for a bottle smaller than 500ml, I wouldn't be buying it again.

My first stop for food came from Wah Wahs - their "Mexican Red Lentil Kofta Balls tucked into Tacos" sounded too good to resist! I chose the hot sauce to avoid the coriander and boy, it was hot! Not too hot though apparently, as I ate it all! This was a really tasty and interesting meal. It had lots of flavours, which combined to provide a meal that I would happily buy again.

Mr Hatter's first port of call was Mother May I, as her can't resist the lure of Mac 'n' Cheese. This was some gooooood mac 'n' cheese! The crispy onion & herb topping was awesome.

Here we have Mr Hatter sampling a couple of mini drinks (Cannonball and Dancing Bear) between food:

After all that hot sauce, I fancied something sweet so we shared an emapanada from Yakumama. I had always thought of empanadas being savoury but this one was a sweet corn dough pastry filled with plantain and dark chocolate. It was something completely new, I couldn't liken it to anything I've tried before - which is great!

Next up was another round of drinks. Mr Hatter went back for a pint of the Common Grounds, and I thought I'd try the vegan wine!

I then decided I wanted more sweet stuff, as the empanada wasn't overly sweet and I fancied shoving some sugar into my face. I headed over the Kind Cake Co to see what they had on offer, and came back with a scone with jam and cream. I am a sucker for things like this - I used to love thick cream in my pre-vegan days! This is actually the closest I've found to clotted cream since going vegan - I have no idea how she made it but it was fantastic!

Mr Hatter fancied some salt next to go with his beer, so we got a couple of hot dogs with all the trimmings from Mother May I. This was a really tasty hot dog, and the addition of sauerkraut was a great idea! (There is a hot dog under there, I promise!)

Followed by another pint of Common Grounds (definitely his favourite of the day!) and another wine for me - rose this time!

We were getting pretty full now (and pretty warm from being out in the sun all afternoon), so we thought we'd get one last thing before we headed home. And that thing was CHURROS!! These were from Wah Wahs, and were fantastic. It was great that the chocolate dipping sauce was suitable for vegans as well, because it often isn't when you buy churros!

I feel a bit bad that we didn't get around to trying the pizzas from Honest Crust, as they did look amazing! We were drooling every time someone walked past with one! But we were full and tired, and it was starting to get pretty busy - so we felt that was our cue to leave. If we had stayed another hour or two, we would probably have got one!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Vegan Life Magazine - Issue 26 (May 2017)

I read this whole issue of this month's Vegan Life Magazine cover to cover within a few days of downloading but am only just getting around to writing the blog post - oops!

I really enjoyed this issue. I found the new format for the April issue (which I never got around to blogging about...) a little awkward but it seems a lot better with the May issue. To be fair, it could just be that my phone didn't download it properly last month!

This month brought some really interesting articles, ranging from information about Britain's one of most endangered animals, the Hazel dormouse, to a big piece about how threatened the dairy industry feels by the vegan movement (yes!), to an article about living a zero-waste life, to an article about Simon Amstell's recent film, Carnage. I must admit, I didn't read the article about Carnage as I haven't seen it yet and don't want to spoil it!



My wanderlust has been ignited again by the article about the "Elephant Nature Park" in Thailand. I love visiting new places and would really like to go on an extended travelling adventure, but that's not currently practical. Maybe some years down the line we can have a "travelling phase" as our mid-life crisis!

This magazine also tends to highlight somewhere closer to home that I would like to visit - mainly for food! Waterside Cafe in Kendal is this month's feature, and it looks amazing. Mr Hatter and I were actually in the Lake District for a couple of nights over Easter but we stayed around the Ambleside area, and didn't venture over to Kendal. We would both love to go back though - it really is a beautiful part of the country. (Blog to follow soon... ish... about our trip to the lakes!)

The final place that this month's magazine has made me want to visit is the Philippines! It's not somewhere I would have imagined had a thriving vegan scene, but reading the article it sounds like you can find some great food out there!

As always, there was a whole host of mouthwatering recipes... These are just a few of the ones I've put on the list to try...