Sunday, 26 March 2017

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TheVeganKind. Amazing Subscription Boxes For Vegans And Vegetarians.

Another month, another great box from The Vegan Kind! This month's box was jam packed with tasty treats:

Terra Vegane Easy Cheezy Sauce Mix
Melting Pot Madagascar Vanilla Dairy Free Fudge
Sarelle Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Cream Filled Wafer Bar
Oatly Chocolate Milk Oat Drink
Faith In Nature Shower Gel And Foam Bath
Garbanzo Snacks Cajun Kick
Hoots Smoked Bacon Multigrain Snack
Clearspring Organic Seaveg Crispies Toasted Nori Snacks

Terra Vegane Easy Cheezy Sauce Mix

This was really tasty. We make a pasta bake and added a layer of this cheese sauce over the top for the last ten minutes for a nice cheesy topping. It came out beautifully! We're going to try it in mac n cheese next, but I think it would also make a nice pizza topping if you made it with quite a thick consistency.

Melting Pot Madagascar Vanilla Dairy Free Fudge

The vanilla flavour in this fudge was great! Just be warned that this fudge is very sweet!

Sarelle Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Cream Filled Wafer Bar

I'll never turn down one of these Sarelle bars. Wafer, chocolate, and hazelnuts? YES PLEASE!

Oatly Chocolate Milk Oat Drink

Oatly is great, we buy this on a semi-regular basis. This cute little carton is small enough to take with you on a day out!

Faith In Nature Shower Gel And Foam Bath

I'm a big fan of the Faith in Nature range, and I've had this before - it smells gorgeous. Handily, the shower gel I take to work with my gym kit has just run out and this is the perfect size to replace it!

Garbanzo Snacks Cajun Kick

We've not tried these yet but they sound delicious! We eat a lot of chickpeas, and I can see these being great as a snack on their own or as part of a lunch to take to work.

Hoots Smoked Bacon Multigrain Snack

These were lovely. The flavour was great and the "satisfying" description is spot on - the multigrains give these snacks a nice crunch.

Clearspring Organic Seaveg Crispies Toasted Nori Snacks

We used these in place of Nori sheets in a sushi salad bowl, and they brought a lovely flavour to the salad.

The charity of the month is Vegan Connections. They produce a free quarterly magazine in Scotland, aiming to enrich vegan culture in Glasgow. (Glasgow is on my to-visit list... it's apparently great for vegans at the moment!)

This month's recipe is from Ginger Vegan, and is for Superfood Falafels -yum!

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Vegan Life Magazine - March 2017

It's been a while since my last review of Vegan Life Magazine. Life got busy and I ran out of time to read magazines on a regular basis. However, I made time to read the most recent edition of Vegan Life and I'm very glad I did! (I mean, just look at what's on the front cover - how could I not read it?!)

Here's a sneak peek of what's inside...

Interesting Articles

If you somehow missed the viral vegan Thanksgiving rap video, go check it out - search YouTube for "Vegan Thanksgiving Freestyle" (channel - Grey Music). It's awesome, and Vegan Life have managed to get an interview with the man behind it!

Arm yourself with information about animal mothers, so you can spread the vegan word on the approach to Mother's Day!

A very interesting article about buying from non-vegan parent companies. I would love to be able to buy everything from purely vegan companies but on the whole, it's not practical for me at the moment. There are some that I actively avoid (I'm looking at you, Alpro, Unilever, etc), but on the whole if a company is offering vegan products it's a step in the right direction and I am happy to show that there is demand,

Inspiration for Going Out and About

We're only just over an hour's drive from Sheffield, and we have driven over for the purpose of finding vegan food before! (Make No Bones is fantastic by the way and you should all visit!) This article has given me some ideas for other places in Sheffield that we want to try - Burgerlolz was already on the list for their over-the-top freakshakes!

We've been meaning to visit MOD Pizza since they opened a branch in Leeds, and every time I read about it I just want to go right now! We will definitely be visiting soon, it sounds amazing!

And of course, the FOOD!



Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Food Round-Up

We discovered lots of lovely food in February - have you tried any of these yet?


Quorn Fish Fingers

These were very convincing! I wasn't a huge fish fan in my pre-vegan days but Mr Hatter really enjoyed them. I thought they were okay, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to find them again. I think they're great if you're looking for a fish finger substitute though!

Good 4 U Super Bites

I spotted these in ASDA when doing the weekly shop and thought they were worth trying. They were quite nice, but I would probably stick the Nakd Nibbles in the future.

Co-op Spicy BBQ Lentil Ridges

These were really tasty, I would definitely buy them again if we lived near a co op! They are also very clearly labelled as vegan, which is always a bonus.

Sainsbury's Free From Macaroni Cheese

Sainsbury's have been doing really well with labelling the vegan items in their new Free From range. We've tried the lasagne and enjoyed it, so when I spotted this in our local store I thought we may as well give it a go! You are meant to microwave it (whereas the lasagne also has an oven option) and we don't have a microwave, so we split a tray between us and cooked it onto some baked potatoes! I also threw some pizza-esque sauce underneath to round out the flavours. It was yummy! We had bought two trays, intending to have one each, so with the other one we tipped it out into a pan to heat up and had mac 'n' cheese burgers! I'm not sure I'd be bothered about buying this again to have on its own but it was great as an addition to the meals we had.

Mac 'n' Cheese Pizza Potato
Mac 'n' Cheese Burger


Pret A Manger, Leeds

I had to grab breakfast on the way to work one day this month, and this dairy free bircher muesli from Pret really hit the spot!

Dairy Free Bircher Muesli

V Rev, Manchester

We had such a great time at V Rev last month, we thought we'd have a "date day" and go over to Manchester for another round of vegan food. It was as good as expected - and they now have the option to upgrade your fries for loaded fries!! We were a little disappointed with last month's cakes but this time around they were much better. We both picked the donut, and they were huge! Super fluffy and tasty!

Milkshakes! Cookies 'n' Creem in the front and Vanilla in the back
Pizza My Heart burger with upgraded loaded Chilli Cheez fries

Buffalo The Vampire Slayer burger with upgraded loaded Pizza fries

Marshmallow Donut

I also picked up this sassy pin!
The Allotment, Leeds Trinity Kitchen

Leeds Trinity Kitchen had tons of vegan options on this rotation - it's great! I still haven't got around to trying everything yet... I have tried a couple of things from The Allotment though and they have both been super tasty. If you order a burger, just make sure you let them know that you want it vegan as they will use a separate fryer (the standard one is used for the halloumi fries!)

Earth Strong Stew

Allotment Burger

Nelly's Barn, Leeds Trinity Kitchen

This vendor advertises "West Country Street Food", so I was surprised to see a vegan section on their menu! Mr Hatter and I both ordered the Almighty Vegan Burger, and boy was it huge! I think it was a quarter pound burger, topped with chorizo, roasted pepper, and salad. I think the meat substitutes were the VBites ones - which was a little disappointing given the price - but it was a great junk food treat!

The Almighty Vegan Burger
Global Tribe Cafe, Leeds

Usually when I grab a sandwich from Global Tribe, I go for the TLT (Tofu, Lettuce, Tomato) but this time I tried the BLT (Aubergine Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato) and it was fantastic! It's definitely going to be a tough choice next time I buy a sandwich!


Roots And Fruits, Leeds

We've been to Roots and Fruits a few times, as it's a lovely place. It's hidden away in one of the  arcades in Leeds but is well worth seeking out. Their menu is completely vegetarian, with many vegan options - and the specials are always vegan. All the food pictured below was fantastic!

Roots and Fruits Jerk Jamaican Jackfruit (with extra Guacamole)
Indian Black Bean and Kidney Bean Burger (Special)
Triple Chocolate Cake (That Old Chestnut) and almond milk hot chocolate