Accidentally Vegan

So it’s Friday night, you’ve eaten well all week but now you’re in need for some serious, not-nessassarily-good-for-you-but-you-don’t-care, treats. Well I thought my store bought treat days were over when I became vegan nearly 2 months ago but I’m pleased to share just some of my findings above. For those of you who are just starting out like me, you might find these discoveries very comforting indeed – I know I did!

There are lots of snacks available that are labelled vegan, which is great, but sometimes discovering a snack which is accidentally vegan is the best feeling! It took a little time to get used to checking the labels of things but once we realised that everything to watch out for as a vegan i.e. eggs and milk is in bold, you can quickly scan for these ingredients (NB Gelatine and meat are not usually in bold so look out for this!). Don’t be put off by the name of some products, for instance Prawn Cocktail Skips do not contain prawns and Smokey Bacon Pringles do not contain Bacon – hurrah!

We have eaten out a lot since becoming vegan so I thought it might be useful to list the choices we made in the following  chain restaurants.

  • Nandos – veggie burgers *ask for no mayo* with chips
  • Handmade Burger Co. – Tex Mex Burger, Thai Burger, chips and Oreo Milkshake *ask for vegan ice cream and milk* This restaurant has amazing choice for vegans!
  • Las Igunas – Three Mushroom Fajita and Tembleque for dessert.
  • Leon – Sweet Potato Falafel Wrap *no non-vegan sauce* hummus on the side.
  • Wetherspoons – Pasta Pomodoro

So far we haven’t found it difficult due to the surprising amount of choice and options available in restaurants these days. The only thing that I miss and haven’t been able to find a substitute for is Pain au Chocolat, ahh man the M&S freshly baked ones were my weakness! If anyone knows any vegan versions please let me know!

 

 

 

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Can’t Get Enough, Raw Brownies

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I just can’t get enough of these raw chocolate brownies from Deliciously Ella’s first book. As I’ve mentioned before I have a sweet tooth, especially on a morning, so I have been loving having these for breakfast! With the brownie tin I use, the recipe makes 9 large brownies which will last me and my husband the working week (we take it in turns who gets to have the last one on a Friday morning!).

These brownies are moist, sweet and nutty with a hint of chocolate running through. They are satisfying and filling and will keep your energy levels up due to the natural, unrefined ingredients used – but by no means do these brownies taste ‘healthy’.

Since becoming vegan 5 weeks ago I have been really enjoying raw desserts and have found that my taste buds and cravings have changed considerably. It’s been really surprising to find that I’ve not been craving the dairy milk chocolate and cakes I’ve been used to all these years. I think because I know I can’t have most cake and desserts that’s available in the supermarket it takes all of the temptation away in a,’that’s not mine to take’ kind of way.  I will be making lots more vegan desserts and I currently have my eye on a Key Lime Pie Cheese Cake that I would like to recreate so watch this space for that one!

 

 

 

 

The Mae Deli

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While we were in London last week for an ACDC concert we visited The Mae Deli and it was definitely one of the best cafes I have ever been in. Deliciously Ella is one of my favourite food bloggers and I cook from her books regularly so I was really excited to check the cafe out. With its clean and bright interior and relaxed atmosphere it really is the perfect place to visit if it’s a healthy breakfast or lunch you’re after.

We visited the cafe around 9pm on the Saturday morning, there were a few people already seated having breakfast and we were welcomed by a friendly face. There was so much choice and the presentation of the food behind the counter was beautiful. Some of the options included porridge with compote and lots of toppings, avocado on toast and lots of cake and desserts. We decided to go for two different cakes to share and iced coffee. The service was quick at the counter and we then made our way downstairs to a lovely homely room which could probably seat around 20 people. The decor is fresh and minamilist but at the same time very personal and well thought out. The cakes we tried were out of this world – sweet, filling and nutritious. Washed down with the iced coffee, it was the perfect Saturday morning breakfast!

We would have loved to go back for lunch during our stay, I have seen amazing pictures on Instagram of the options available but unfortunately it was just a fleeting visit. We will definitely be returning here (multiple times) on our next trip to London, I think we may need to stay in a hotel nearby! 😉