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Say no thanks to the non-vegan vol-au-vents and cheese twists this Christmas and try these 3 Vegan nibbles. Not only will you love these but so will the whole family! Ready in under 20 minutes they are moorish, flavoursome and a little bit naughty. Linda…

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My Top 10 Favourite Vegan Foods In 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, I am sharing with you My Top 10 Favourite Vegan Foods of the year. Whether found in the UK, whilst on holiday or at a Vegan market, here are 10 vegan foods you will wish you had tried!

10. Vegan Maple Glazed Doughnut

Eating Vegan In London: Hackney Downs Vegan Market

At the Hackney Downs Market my Vegan Krispy-Kreme dreams came true when I stumbled across the Dough Society’s Maple Glazed Brioche doughnut. If you love consuming all of your calories in one bite and still have room for more, this could be for you. They are heavenly with a crispy ‘fried’ outer, moist centre and sickly sweet glaze.

9. Vegan Cinnamon Swirl

Copenhagen’s Naturbageriet sold the most delicious fresh Vegan cinnamon swirl’s. Sticky and gooey with a crispy outer, I could have eaten these for days. There really is nothing like a freshly baked pastry straight outta the oven.

8. Happy Maki Sushi Roll

This sushi roll was sourced at this year’s London Vegfest from the Brighton based Happy Maki and the flavours blew me away. It’s an upgrade on your typical avocado maki with added roasted sweet potato, crispy ‘chicken’ chunks, veg, sesame seeds and teriyaki sauce. If only I was brave enough to try and recreate it!

7. Vegan Wagon Wheel

The wagon wheel shaped, marshmallow stuffed, jam filled void in my life was finally satisfied this year. Ananda’s Gourmet Round Ups were absolutely delicious in their variety of flavours with the firm favourite being the Caramel Crisp.

6. Tesco Finest Festive Sandwich

The winning Vegan Christmas sandwich award this year goes to the Tesco Finest Bubble & Squeak roll. It was bursting full of festive flavours with a spiced red cabbage sauce, crispy coconut ‘bacon’ flakes and lashings of vegan mayo. How I wish these would be around all year.

5. Vegan Pulled Chicken

Linda McCartney‘s created another banger with the Vegetarian (vegan-friendly) Pulled Chicken. What a way to switch up fajita night by seasoning this soya-based meat alternative and throwing it into a toasted wrap!

4. Vegan Big Mac At The Den At 23

If you find yourself craving a Big Mac or McChicken sandwich, The Den At 23 hold the answer. Their Vegan take on the Maccer’s best sellers brings together lashings of creamy sauce, crispy patties and fresh salad. The Big Mac burger sauce could have won awards – it was delicious!

3. Vegan Hot Dog

We couldn’t go to Copenhagen and not visit their award winning food stall, Dop. They sold a vegan version of their traditional sausage made from delicious tofu and topped it off with crispy onion flakes, mustard and ketchup. The soft grainy roll and sliced gherkins completed the set up and it was fantastic.

2. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s lover or not, you haven’t lived if you haven’t tried their new Non-Dairy range. The rich vanilla ice cream is layered with Peanut Butter swirls that grip the chunks of Oreo- style cookies making this the naughtiest treat yet.

1. One Planet Pizza

My favourite discovery this year was the wonderful One Planet Pizza. They are the first UK business to create frozen vegan pizzas that are owned entirely by their community. Their Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable pizza was delicious – oozing cheese, flavoursome vegetables and the crispiest crust – heavenly.

There we have it folks, there are my Top 10 Favourite Vegan Foods of 2017! 

I am now off to eat a salad or three.

Have you tried any of these?

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Eating Vegan In London: Hackney Downs Vegan Market

After months of waiting for the perfect weekend, I finally got my ass down to the Hackney Downs Vegan Market. It is situated in the courtyard of Hackney Downs Studios surrounded by Vintage record shops, clothing pop ups and contemporary ceramic stores. There were a variety of vendors fulfilling the desires of burger lovers, donut fiends, pie and mash obsessives and cookie enthusiasts. Read on to see what I sampled, tested and loved!

Hackney Downs Vegan Market:Temple Of Seitan

www.templeofseitan.co.uk

Eating Vegan In London: Hackney Downs Vegan Market

There is no trip to Hackney without Temple of Seitan crossing my mind. I still have not made the time to visit their permanent base at the Temple Of Hackney so knew I couldn’t resist grabbing a bite. Unfortunately the famous breaded fried chick’n was not on offer but rather an alternative of a Festive Sub; roast chick’n, herb stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and crispy onion pieces or the Chick’n BLT; roast chick’n, ‘bacon’, ranch mayo, tomato and lettuce in a roll. I opted for the latter and enjoyed the lashings of ranch mayo with the soft sub roll and crunchy fake bacon strips. The roast chick’n was succulent and herby making this all round delicious choice!

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Hackney Downs Vegan Market: Big V London

www.bigvlondon.co.uk

Eating Vegan In London: Hackney Downs Vegan Market

After eyeing up the other vendors, Soph had her eye on The Big V London. I was in no way discouraging her choice as the burgers looked incredible. They had a few on offer to choose from such as the Classic, Classic Cheeseburger, Holy Smoke (ft. smoked cheese and bbq sauce), Classic Facon & a ‘halloumi’ kind too! We opted for the Classic V Facon Cheeseburger: a poppy seed bun with a seitan mushroom patty, slow roasted tomato relish, burger sauce, vegan cheese, maple facon and picked red onions. It was bursting with warm and sweet flavours from the relish and facon and the oozing melted vegan cheese topped off the delicious ingredients that made up the burger itself. I cannot wait to give these a try again!

Eating Vegan In London: Hackney Downs Vegan Market

Eating Vegan In Hackney: Coffee & Cake At Palm Vaults

Hackney Downs Vegan Market: Dough Society

www.doughsocietyldn.com

Eating Vegan In London: Hackney Downs Vegan Market

Did somebody say 100% Vegan fried brioche doughnuts? Dough Society are vegan because they give a shit and boy was the proof in the pudding (doughnuts). With 6 flavours to choose from and a peanut butter brownie I had my eyes upon, it took a while to make up my mind. As I miss Krispy Kreme donuts on a near weekly basis, I knew the Maple Doughnut could be the closest I would get to their Original glazed and hell yes I was right. I felt like I was consuming my 2000kcal allowance in one moment but my cares subsided – this was pure vegan heaven. The fried outer, gooey centre and sweet glaze was indulgent but wonderful.

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I took home the Chocolate Cookie Dough Doughnut for Chris (along with half of my maple glazed – I can share sometimes) had a few bites and enjoyed the chocolate which added depth and sweetness. I am not a huge fan of cookie dough, I was never a cake mix bowl licker either however I am pretty sure it was a damn good mixture with choc chip pieces to top it off!

Hackney Downs Vegan Market

Kinda Co. & Young Vegans

Aside from stuffing our faces with meat-free delights, we tried and tested some delicious samples. Kinda Co. an Artisan cheese company who sold a delicious cheesy nacho dip alongside dairy-free feta, cashew cheese and Greek style too. The dip was cheesy, smooth and light – a great addition to any nacho and guac dish you choose to make! Next stall along was Hell Yum a cookie vendor that had delicious samples of their chocolate chip kind, Matcha as well as an rosemary infused guy. We sampled a trial of their vegan marshmallow which was gooey, sticky and goddamn tasty, something we look forward to her making and selling! Alongside these stood the perfect winter warmers, Vegan Pie & Mash from Young Vegans. They were selling a choice of Seitan and ale pie, all day breakfast, curry or sweet potato – what a choice! They have been on my to-try list for a while now so a trip to Camden to their cafe is must needed!

Have you been to Hackney Downs Vegan Market? 

 

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Cruelty-Free Vegan Secret Santa Gifts

As a gift lover, this year I took part in Sarah Kirby’s Cruelty-Free Vegan Secret Santa. After sending off my gift in the post it sure wasn’t long until mine arrived on my doorstep. Here I share with you my Cruelty-Free Vegan Secret Santa gifts that were thoughtful, fantastic and beautifully wrapped as well as two more Vegan Secret Santa gifts I acquired along the way!

Travel Journal 

The first gift I opened was a beautiful travel journal from Paperchase with a rose gold pen to accompany. My Secret Santa must have scoured my social media channels as well as my blog to see that I love to travel and am keen to document my ideas and notes on the way. This faux leather blue book has sections for my itinerary (a must), photographs, places of interest along with a space to track travel spending. This will definitely appear in my hold luggage on my next trip abroad!

25 VEGAN & CRUELTY-FREE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

Wax Melts, Lip Balm & Hand Soap

The next few items I unwrapped smelt incredible! The first almost edible item was the The Wright Gift Chocolate Orange Lip Balm which tastes exactly like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange – festive indeed. The Wright Gift company are organic, vegan and handmade which makes the gifts unique and thoughtful. Another product from The Wright Gift was a Passionfruit & Pink Grapefruit Hand Soap which is made from she butter, cocoa butter & mango butter to nourish and cleanse my skin. This will be great to have alongside the bathroom sink when guests come over making me appear more adult than ever!

Alongside this was a small drawstring bag of Elixir Apothecary All Natural Wax Melts in the flavours Sweet Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vanilla & Sage, Eucalyptus and a Mandarin, Lime & Grapefruit. I cannot wait to use these in my burner and make the house smell fresh, fruity and homely.

Dark Chocolate Drops & Vegan Truffles

The final gift from my#cfvsecretsanta was a Hotel Chocolat Dark Chocolate Santa Tiddly Pot full of dark chocolate drops made from 70% cocoa. I cannot wait to dig into these on Christmas day and share with friends and family. From another Secret Santa I took part in at work, I was gifted a box of the Booja Booja Almond & Sea Salt Caramel Truffles. It was as if they had read my mind having only tried these truffles for the first time last week and fell in love with them. They are so dark, salty and creamy with a rich fondant texture. My final gift is pictured below, my Reindeer Stripey Socks which are festive and will keep my little feet warm!

See more of the cruelty-free vegan Secret Santa gift exchange by searching the hashtag #cfvsecretsanta on Twitter and Instagram.

Did you take part in a Secret Santa gift exchange this year? What did you get?

 

 

 

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Accidentally Vegan Christmas Products You Must Try

Christmas is less than a month away and the accidentally Vegan Christmas foods* are slowly appearing. Here I share with you 10 vegan-friendly products that just so happen to be suitable for us plant-based foodies to eat and share with our friends and family.

Mince Pies

It wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies would it? Every year it is a struggle to find milk-free mince pies thankfully Waitrose Essential 6 Shortcrust Mince Pies are accidentally vegan! Alongside Waitrose, Co-op’s Puff Pastry Mince Pies in the bakery section and ASDA Mince Pies are too.

 

 

Christmas Pudding 

If you love Christmas pudding, Waitrose offer two accidentally vegan options for you to try. The first being from the Essentials range flavoured with Cider & Sherry and the second a Duchy Originals Organic variety made with Cognac and vine fruits.

Stollen

If you love the cake-like fruity bread get your fix with Kuchenmeister luxury Marzipan Stollen. This is available in Iceland, some Tesco stores as well as online.

Bubble And Squeak Bites

You no longer have to miss out on the leftover fry up on Boxing day with these Bubble & Squeak Bites from Tesco. Carrot, onion, cabbage and potato all mushed into little patties and ready to lightly fry. These are devoid of the goose fat and meat juices the traditional variety may contain.

Chocolate And Hazelnut Churros

Churros may not be the most festive party treat, but they sure are delicious. Tesco have launched a pack of 12, filled with a nutty chocolate sauce and coated in cinnamon sugar. Accidentally vegan means they must be heavenly!

Gingerbread Men 

Munch on or decorate these little Gingerbread men that are milk and egg free. Tesco offer 30 mini gingerbread biscuits that are crunchy and moorish and Asda stock a Gingerbread House ready to decorate.

 

Candy Cane Crisps

If you love candy canes are addicted to crisps, then Tesco have the answer to your prayers. These limited edition candy cane hand cooked potato crisps are minty, sugary and crunchy – a bizarre combo yet very festive.

Maple Bacon Tortilla Rolls

Satisfy your Maple Bacon cravings with Marks & Spencer’s rolled tortilla crisps. They would work as a great replacement to the pigs in blanket shaped hole in your life yet with added sweetness and crunch.

Mint Chocolate Collection

No longer will you have to miss out on the After Eight after dinner feeling with this alternative from Bendicks. Their Bittermint biscuits and mint crisps will leave your breath smelling fresh and tummy satisifed after Christmas dinner and can also make a great gift!

Jus Rol Croissants

Although these have always been Vegan and are available all year round, they can often be overlooked! Join in with the freshly baked pastries on Christmas morning and share with the family. Also Vegan from Jus Rol are the Cinnamon Swirls and Pan Au Chocolat.

What accidentally vegan foods are your favourite?

*Accidentally vegan products may contain traces of animal derived ingredients however do not contain them in the product itself. Be sure to check ingredients before buying as this may differ outside of the UK.

 

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