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.

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.

Veganuary summary – vegan doesn’t mean bad food

So here I am (and my partner, he made it too!) at the end of being vegan for January.

Neither of us had done it before – we once tried it for a week to find out if James might be lactose intolerant but it only lasted two days after having major panic attacks and blaming it on that. So first thing first, did being vegan for the month heighten my anxiety?? No, of course not. I was just being silly, that scallywag anxiety tricking me all the time.

The most important thing I learnt is how delicious the food can be. That’s the one thing I will go on and share about being vegan.

It made me consciously eat and I naturally enjoyed food so much more.

The trick must be because you’re trying new things, you pay more attention to the flavours and texture, but also because you don’t want to eat any any byproducts, and the act of actually checking the ingredients makes you more aware of what you’re shovelling in. Checking ingredients was actually James’s favourite bit of this month. Strange that it’s actually fun.

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Unrelated to being vegan, I realised how important it is to try new things. At work, say the 3rd of Jan, someone said to me ‘Christmas and New Year went so quickly, now we are on the 3rd!’ and in the past I’ve said things like this hundreds of times – it can wiz by. And all the bloody memes going around at the moment about wishing January will end, so literally the opposite. Never satisfied.

I haven’t felt like this at all. I’ve had highs and lows, of course, but it’s clearly so important to try new things so you don’t end up just existing, life flying by and wishing constantly. Imagine trying new things every month?? It’s exciting.

I haven’t got much more to say that I haven’t already. I’ve learnt a lot about myself and how I want to live. It’s been a natural progression to go down this route.

To conclude: I’m still a foodie and I’ve decided to go vegan for February.

I won’t be be as strict, if I don’t want to keep to it I won’t but I may decide to stay at it forever (I have been veggie for 4 years, I won’t be going back to meat). So I don’t know. I currently don’t crave anything – apart from sunshine but that’s unrelated.

Whatever I decide, I will keep to a lot of vegan foods. I will also keep documenting the foods I’m trying on here and I definitely want to go back to Hackney Downs vegan market. Like, every weekend please.

My favourite, laziest dish – Veganuary

I’m a lazy cook…

Are you ready for one of my ‘a bit of this, a bit of that’ recipes?!

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Sausages and Noodles

Original title. Sounds scrumptious.

I have made this meal for ages, usually with Quorn chicken pieces BUT of course they have egg in, so this month I adapted it to Quorn vegan chicken (I’m still trying to like it) or Linda McCartney sausages.

Like I’ve said with other recipes I’ve posted, you can (I do) add other spices and flavours but I’m keeping it reaaaal simple and reaaaal lazy today.

Probably not good for you at all, but there are not many ‘quick vegan meals’ so this is my go to.

Also, whenever I make it I have to make extra as my 4 year old brother always asks for it – whether he has eaten or not.

You Need

Vegetable oil
Linda McCartney sausages
EITHER lazy garlic and lazy chilli (also good with ginger), or real garlic and chilli
Soy sauce
Straight to wok medium noodles

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Throw some oil in a pan, followed by the sausages
Then clean up the mess from the oil you threw
Add a teaspoon of garlic and chilli and cook till the sausages are browning
Cut the sausages up
Add a little dash of soy sauce

After a while chuck the noodles in
Add a lot more soy sauce
Keep trying it and adding more till it tastes wonderful
Cook for a few minutes for the noodles to soak up the flavours and get hot

Then voila!

I’ve even done this for my family when camping but with rice, not noodles.

The easiest, laziest and delicious-iest dish.

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Being poor and what to eat – Veganuary

As I sit staring out my window, unfocused through the rain drop marks and hoping the wind won’t snap the open window (which nelly has a window open when its windy and raining AND IN WINTER?) (side note: me), I’m contemplating my almost empty bank account.

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It’s fine, it is what it is, and James is the same, my friends are the same, my siblings are the same, strangers are the same. I also booked a holiday to Morocco so there’s really no complaining (it was only £294 per person).

PLUS, excitedly being vegan, James and I didn’t hold back on what to buy and although I’ve lost a lot of weight this month I haven’t stopped eating.

I haven’t done research into why eating healthier costs more, I only know from first hand experience that when I lived alone most meals were processed meat and chips – and one really sad time when I just dipped bread into gravy for dinner. To be fair, I really enjoyed it.

BUT the shining light is to obviously NOT be lazy and make dinner from scratch – don’t just have a bag of chilli heat wave Doritos (or bread and gravy again). And when you have a shared fridge filled of food you can’t eat, and also no room for you to buy anything anyway, the answer is canned food.

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I’ve always made my own pasta sauce, it’s easy. I add whatever, there’s no structure or instructions, but if you are stuck for an simple, cheap dinner here is Emily’s Simple Sauce. (Terms and conditions may apply.)

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Two onions, two garlic cloves and a teaspoon of Lazy chopped chillies. (See, I’m still lazy)
Drizzle some vegetable oil into a pan and fry the onions for a minute or two
Add the garlic and chilli and keep on stirring for a bit

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Smart Price chopped tomatoes (29p)
Add the chopped tomatoes and do a bit more stirry stirry
Let it boil and add salt, pepper and basil to taste
Then let it simmer, pop a lid on and cook for 5-10 minutes
Stir every once in a while

(Everything is give or take, it’s hard to go wrong, just be generous with flavours is my tip)
After ten minutes (or whatever) I usually start cooking my pasta, so the sauce cooks for that whole amount of time too.
I don’t rinse the pasta, just drain it and add it to the sauce so it clings to it like a cuddle.

To top it off you could add vegan cheese, but I regret that, It’s not the same.
Something I’m going to do with the left overs is add some crispy onions which are DELICIOUS.

So you still may be poor, like me, buuuttt your tummy is full of goodness.