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Wednesday 27 April 2016

Some recent weekend foods

I decided to show you some of the food we've eaten over the last couple of weekends, as there's been some good stuff!

We decided to make pizza! After unsuccessful trips to 2 supermarkets looking for dough or pizza bases that didn't look total crap, we settled for ciabatta for the bases. Which I love, Simon's not so keen. I added tofurky italian sausage, peppers, mushrooms, sweetcorn and a mixture of Follow Your Heart cheddar shreds and Daiya mozzarella shreds (the daiya is still in my freezer from New York!)

Last weekend we took my parents to see our wedding venue (it's booked you guys and it's soooooo pretty!) and afterwards we went over to the Golden Lion in Winchester for a roast. It's a lovely pub that has a vegan menu! (I've blogged about it before if you want to see the non-Sunday menu!) It's a bit of a trek for us but totally worth it.

They do desserts too. I'm 99.9% sure these are Lazy Days millionaire's shortbreads, which I suspected before I ordered it, because the other option was tiffin! When I tasted it my mind was made up. However, I'm a fan of the Lazy Days products so I enjoyed this. It was served with soy cream.

I bought this the other week from a store in Portsmouth and it had been in the fridge a while. I'd sneaked a few bits. But I took it out and ate it at room temperature and OH EM GEE it's amazing (totally better at room temp than cold too and I normally like my choccy chilled!) This is too dangerous to buy often because it's really really good. I've also tried their white nougat crisp variety which is also excellent!

On Friday I saw on Instagram that Lola's Cupcakes (stalls/stores dotted around London) do vegan options. I casually mentioned it to Simon and he brought me cupcakes home from work with him to cheer me up after putting my stupid back out. What a winner.

Obviously these are chocolate flavour and they were excellent. The frosting was fluffy and delicious and not so dense with sugar that I wanted to collapse into a sugar coma afterwards. The sponge was delicious too and not in any way dry!

Then on Sunday, as my back was still out and Simon wasn't feeling great either, we were lazy and ordered pizza. We usually order from Pizza Hut but we decided to give Papa Johns a go after looking at their allergen menu. We are so glad we did because this kicked Pizza Hut's butt!

We got wedges and dips. All those dips are great, especially that garlic dip (there's 2 garlic dips, one is vegan and one isn't so check the allergen menu) - it is DIRTY! Dirty good though.

I got the regular veggie pizza and when it arrived we sprinkled on some grated violife and let it melt in the oven for a bit. I don't normally bother adding vegan cheese, but that day I was feeling it and it was SO GOOD!

There was dessert too. The cinnamon bun things which do seem to be vegan from reading the allergen menu! These are basically croissanty shaped dough covered in a tonne of gooey cinnamon icing and they are dirty amazeballs. 

So that's that for some weekend eats.

Anyone going to the new Forest Vegan Fayre this weekend? If my back is up to it, I'll be there to sample some delights!

Happy humpday all

Friday 15 April 2016

Mildred's Kings Cross

On Tuesday I found myself in London for work - it doesn't happen often but as it did, Simon and I decided to meet for dinner after he was finished too.

So a quick tube trip from my office to Kings Cross and we made our way to Mildred's. I have been to the Soho one a couple of times, but hadn't yet been to either of the new locations (they also have one in Camden).

A quick scan of the menu showed that a lot of the options are vegan (it's a totally vegetarian place in case you've never heard of it). I started with a glass of Cava, as the prosecco wasn't marked vegan and Simon had a virgin mule cocktail, which was VERY gingery.

We shared a starter of the buffalo tofu with ranch dressing. It was super spicy and delicious and the ranch was amazing! I've never tasted ranch before so no idea what it's meant to taste like but it was great.(Follow your heart do one, so I'll be picking that up when I see it!)

For the main, I had the mushroom and ale pie, which I'm pretty sure I've had all 3 times I've been to Mildred's haha. It's soooo good! Perfect chips and mushy peas went alongside it.

I didn't take a pic of Simon's main as it wasn't vegan. But for dessert he picked the Pavlova so I could try it. It was marked vegan but when I tried it I was sooo suspicious, because it was exactly how I remember egg meringue tasting! OK it's been a while, but I was still unsure. (By the way, I emailed them the next day and asked if they used aquafaba and they confirmed that they do - definitely need to do some experiments with it now!!)

This was seriously, soooo good. In fact, I don't normally go for fruity desserts (as shown by my choice of a chocolate brownie) but I'd definitely pick this next time over the brownie, even though the brownie was also excellent! It was topped with coconut cream and raspberry sauce. It was brilliant.

As I mentioned, I picked the peanut butter brownie which was delicious! It came with vanilla ice cream too. If you're a chocolate/pb fan, you will love this!

All in all, the food was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate going back. in fact I'd really like to go back soon for more buffalo tofu and pavlova funtimes!

Sorry for being a bit absent on the blog the last couple of weeks. I'm trying to get back into a regular posting schedule.

If you are subscribed to my youtube channel, you will have seen there was a new video yesterday; it was a get ready with me with my current skincare and a few makeup favourites. Go check it....

Have an awesome weekend!
Sal xXx 

Saturday 2 April 2016

Experiments with the Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that I got some the Follow Your Heart vegan egg to try out and try it out I did! I spent a day in the kitchen trying out some recipes, to see how well this egg replacer functions.

I am going to say upfront, I'm excited about it! It is brilliant to just scramble up to have on toast, for breakfast. With ketchup of course....

But I also made:

Veggie frittatas (so good!)

'Duck & Egg' Fried Rice

And a bakewell tart. This wasn't a 100% success but it was suuuuuper tasty!

If you want a more in-depth review, check out my video that I made by clicking HERE, or the video below the jump. The video also details instructions on how to make the recipes shown in this post too! Win. Recipes for the fried rice and the frittatas are also below, along with a link to the bakewell tart recipe that I used.

Have you tried the FYH Egg yet? Let me know what you think of it if you have. I am really excited about trying more experiments with this product and would love to hear what everyone's been baking up!