Vegan food in Greenwich market

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After a trip to a £1 vintage market in Mile End, then searching for some vegan lunch in Greenwich, I am very aware I suddenly fit into a niche. I have never been part of a niche, nor sounded like ‘that person’ before.

But here. I. am.

And it was great fun.

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So three of us went on a trip to get food. A real vegan human, a veggie/vegan human and a full on meat eating/banterful/but isn’t against eating vegan food human.

We bought pizzas from a place called Little Leaf Food. It was only £6 per pizza, then 50p per extra topping – which I thought was a wicked price. We also bought vegan cookies which were £2.20 each, so you know which one is better for money.

I forgot to document my pizza before eating it, because it was THAT DAMN GOOD, but I had a ‘red pizza’ which was a tomato base with cheese. Then I had sun dried tomatoes on top – YUMYUM – then pesto and chili oil. £6.50.

My friend, Rods, had the same base with onion and pepperoni. MY GOD, the pepperoni was sooo good! How do they do it?! Mine was also amazing. Nice crispy base, all deliciousness and moreish.

They do two other bases too and other than pesto being part of one, I can’t remember anything else. They all looked the bomb though. (Do people say ‘the bomb’ anymore?)

The lady and gentleman cooking the pizzas were really nice, James asked them all sorts of questions – because he enjoys talking to strangers – while I just threw in awkward remarks that I think are funny. The usual.

I will go back. Just for the pizza. (James will go back just to talk to them probably.)

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Rubys of London was the vegan patisserie. Like I said, the vegan cookies were pretty pricey in my opinion. We turned up to the stall at about.. say, 2/3pm and everything had pretty much gone. So their food must be good.

(My God I just went on their website and their donuts look like heaven…)

There was some bounty cupcakes left, and three types of cookies. We bought the chocolate one and peanut butter and raspberry one.

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I wasn’t too keen on the chocolate one but thought the peanut butter one was delicious! James’s opinion was exactly the opposite. It must be our personal preferences – we think the peanut butter one must have been made with coconut flour, James hates coconut, and I get bored with just chocolate.

So I really, REALLY want to try some of their other goodies. It’s just a shame I’m poor. I mean, I shouldn’t even be buying these bits – I should just be living on tinned beans and any markdowns supermarkets have on the day.

Anyway, that’s my brief and ill-educated review of my vegan goodies from Greenwich market. I recommend if you’re in the area.

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the cheese is nice if I can’t see it

While this is going on outside

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and I look like this on the outside

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this is what I’ve been feeding my insides.

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I will share a surprising triumph – Quorn vegan burgers with vegan cheese is really nice!

I was once a picky eater, and while getting these items out of the packaging that 12 year old girl reared her ugly head and was retching in her mouth. They don’t look good. At all. Or at least, they don’t look like what we’ve been taught ‘good’ is.

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FYI, smart price ketchup is delicious.

In fear of it tasting like cardboard, I (vegan) buttered my bread, then sprinkled on a bit of salt and pepper and then covered each side with mustard and ketchup. I was scared. Scared of the cheese.

The first test passed though. It does melt.

(The burger was cut in half, hence the weird melting.)

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And the most important test.

It was good. Reeaaal good.

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Such a shock. The vegan burger was good and the cheese tasted like cheese! I concluded that vegan cheese is nice if I can’t see it. Same with a lot of foods really. I should always eat blind.

Vegan toad in the hole with a moat of baked beans

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*you don’t need the moat of baked beans*
*though it may do what moats do, and keep out others from stealing your delicious toad in the hole*

While shopping for dinner, and finding it difficult (I always find it difficult) James suggested toad in the hole – which is, for those who haven’t been graced with this heaven, sausages cooked in like a giant Yorkshire pudding.

What’s a Yorkshire pudding?! Well.. I’ll ask Google. A baked batter pudding typically eaten with roast beef. What a weird discription. Anyway…

Yes, toad in the hole. James said quickly Google it, and me being me, Googled ‘vegan toad in the hole’ and because it didn’t come up it the first three links, I went with a Yorkshire pudding recipe instead. A NORMAL Yorkshire pudding recipe. I could have just Googled a normal toad in the hole recipe and just swapped out the milk and meat!

Regardless, it was lovely jubbly. Only negative was it was a little stodgy but we may have added too much milk, and we used self raising flour rather than normal – because we went for the Yorkshire recipe.

for the batter we used 

225g self raising flour/normal flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
300ml coconut milk/any milk alternative
100ml warm water
Pinch of salt

Once that was all mixed together – in any order – we let it rest in the fridge
We heated the oven to 200C
Linda McCartney sausages were popped in the dish the batter will cook in, drizzled all over with oil
then in oven for 10 minutes
Once they’ve browned a little, make sure the hot oil touched all the sides of the dish and pour in the batter
Cook for 30-40 minutes
DELICIOUS!

And please remember when I say ‘we’, it was all James. I just watch.

Then eat.

Moon faces

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Clay seems to be the one at the moment and I’m trying something that normal people naturally do – which is sticking to one thing. Clay. Clay is a’callin’.

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I’m into my Moon Faces right now. I have six drying from today and six all ready to be hung up. It started when I was playing with a face on a house, Mr above, and I fell in love. I then broke his chimney and felt terrible, so made a plaster out of fabric and fixed him up.

He’s mine, Mr. But these others will eventually be up for sale. Like, I have to name them first.

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My big Moon Faces will be varnished and left as they are, but the little ones will all have painted lips and little details. They’ve got attitude, what can I say.

They’re ridiculous. I love them.

 

Vegan KFC

A lady said to me recently that the thing she doesn’t understand about veggies/vegans is that they want meat substitutes… The only fitting answer is ignoring it and then sharing my vegan KFC my boyfriend and I made at the weekend!

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When James and I started dating I was already 2 1/2 years vegetarian. We must have had a conversation about what I miss and of course KFC was in the list (pretty high up too), and so he quickly went about at recreating it with Quorn chicken. It won me over, what can I say – our relationship has strong foundations. It was so delicious that I had it as often as possible. The memories of our first year together are shrouded in fake KFC. (We do actually like each other too).

I’ll always prefer Quorn chicken, but the vegan sh*t is growing on me, and to be honest, I couldn’t really tell the difference. It was wonderful.

(Please remember I’m not a measurement person).

First things first,

KFC’s spices

There’s a lot of different recipes on the internet, I will tell you the one we always use.
Pour some flour in a bowl and add;
oregano
chilli powder
ground sage
dried basil
dried marjoram
pepper
salt
paprika
onion salt
garlic powder

Be generous, the recipe online says a teaspoon of each, but doesn’t say how much flour so.. I’m down with guessing anyway. A tip, vegan chicken isn’t as nice so I recon you wouldn’t need as much flavour with real chicken, or wouldn’t matter if you didn’t add loads. But you vegans out there, go to town with the spices. You can do it.

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Get another bowl with a milk alternative – I used rice milk
Throw the frozen vegan chicken in the milk
Then throw it into your flour and make sure it’s completely covered and coated

Cooking

With your boiling oil that I forgot to mention earlier, so better make sure you do that, deep fry your chicken for a few minutes
You could completely cook your chicken this way, but after maybe 3 minutes for each one we popped it into the oven for 20 minutes (again could probably do less but James was cooking real chicken too)

Done and dusted. Gobble it up.

The one negative is that it is dryer than normal KFC (regardless of how long you cook it), and I have nooo idea how you make it less dry other than eat it with ketchup. So working that out will be our next step and if I find out I’ll let you know. It is an important experiment after all. My life’s mission.

Nah only joking. Everyone knows veggies/vegans life mission is to find a perfect substitute bacon.

A fashion shoot on my scooter

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I’m back on my scooter. I thought it’ll break after the summer but I’m still living my best life.

I’ve never been shy from buying bits and bobs in charity shops, two years ago I bought all Christmas presents from them. For a while I’ve naturally been going into the direction of buying less and making more conscious decisions. I turned veggie 4 years ago, couple years after I went all cruelty free with make up and now I want to stop buying from unethical shops.

This time last year I actually read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and went through my entire wardrobe and got rid of anything that didn’t give me ‘joy’. Unfortunately, it turned out, clothes don’t generally bring me joy, so I didn’t have much of anything left.

I got by though, wasn’t naked the entire time. No arrests for public nudity.

 

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This year I’ve made a personal goal to only buy clothes from charity shops or ethical brands. Not to purposely go and buy loads of clothes, but when for when I do (hence why I haven’t mentioned it before now). I have my reasons, but I haven’t worked out these conflicting thoughts in my brain yet. Haven’t worked out the right balance between my own consumption and helping the planet. I’ve just decided to start. I know how distracting buying more and more can be to the important things in life though and I’m sure over time, and with some research, it’ll all become clear.

I also think I function better living more simply and having less options. After being vegan for January I became healthier and enjoyed food more and I honestly believe it’s because I just couldn’t eat the junk – the choice wasn’t there. I put that label ‘vegan’ on my diet and so I couldn’t have the non-vegan foods. Simple.

I don’t want all the glittery and shiny brand new clothes from Topshop or Zara when I just simply can’t have them.

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So after the vegan market in London I convinced James and Roxanne to go charity shop shopping – in the cold, wet and grizzly weather. ‘It’s an adventure’ I say.

I picked up a few bits, including this dress, originally from H&M, and this denim jacket, originally from BSCO Dockhand… after a lot of research I can confidently say I still know nothing about this brand other than it may have existed in the 90s. And that it’s mens.

That’s another pointer to add actually, I generally don’t look at size or gender (other than if it’s too small).

 

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I’ll share more bits when I buy or wear them.

Meanwhile, others are celebrating that we are finally out of January, I am celebrating that I am finally out on my scooter again. It is pure freedom.

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