A Veggie and Vegan thread

A Veggie and Vegan thread

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DDg

1,384 posts

153 months

Sunday 18th October 2020
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rasto said:
Just had a very nice Fry Family meat free sausage roll, nice flavours and indistinguishable from the real thing smile
The industry's really nailed veggie sausage rolls - the Gregg's one's good too.

DDg

1,384 posts

153 months

Sunday 18th October 2020
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geeks said:
Homemade English muffins, isn’t bacon, egg and plastic cheese. Delicious! yum

< adds plastic cheese to shopping list for next weekend >

Puggit

44,023 posts

211 months

Monday 19th October 2020
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As a family we've lurched towards vegan as my wife is diary intolerant, and in the process of finding out what was wrong dropped meat. Our son is also an ethical veggie.

We've found these 2 books very helpful:

Jack Monroe, Veganish: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vegan-ish-simple-budget-r...

Bosh, Healthy vegan: https://www.amazon.co.uk/BOSH-Healthy-Vegan-Henry-...

DDg

1,384 posts

153 months

Monday 19th October 2020
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Plus one for the Bosh books. I also like Meera Sodha's 'East', or just hitting up the Guardian online.

Anyhoo, here's my collection...

SamR380

610 posts

83 months

Monday 19th October 2020
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I'm not a mega 'foodie' but I just can't get on with the Bosh stuff. I always seem to have three pans, the oven, two mixing bowls and a couple of 'storage' bowls for 'add one third of the mix to two thirds of the mushrooms' etc... way too much faff and the end result of buying specialist ingredients, covering your whole kitchen worktop and over an hour of your time is food that is 'ok'. I don't get the appeal? There seems to be a lot of these colourful 'personality' books available and so far I couldn't recommend any (Bosh, Feed me Vegan, Dirty Vegan etc...)

One thing I will recommend is getting a proper deep fat fryer (with adequate local extraction). Falafels, crispy battered tofu or just brilliant chips. They're not expensive if you already have a decent extractor and they open up a lot of options.

ZedLeg

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2,549 posts

71 months

Monday 19th October 2020
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DDg said:
rasto said:
Just had a very nice Fry Family meat free sausage roll, nice flavours and indistinguishable from the real thing smile
The industry's really nailed veggie sausage rolls - the Gregg's one's good too.
Morrison's has just started selling frozen pies from a company called Naughty Vegan. I've had the sausage rolls and the cheese and onion pasties. They're both pretty good, best pastry I've had on a vegan pie.

twing

2,768 posts

94 months

Tuesday 20th October 2020
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SamR380 said:
I'm not a mega 'foodie' but I just can't get on with the Bosh stuff. I always seem to have three pans, the oven, two mixing bowls and a couple of 'storage' bowls for 'add one third of the mix to two thirds of the mushrooms' etc... way too much faff and the end result of buying specialist ingredients, covering your whole kitchen worktop and over an hour of your time is food that is 'ok'. I don't get the appeal? There seems to be a lot of these colourful 'personality' books available and so far I couldn't recommend any (Bosh, Feed me Vegan, Dirty Vegan etc...)

One thing I will recommend is getting a proper deep fat fryer (with adequate local extraction). Falafels, crispy battered tofu or just brilliant chips. They're not expensive if you already have a decent extractor and they open up a lot of options.
The Bosh chilli is amazing! An absolute faff and you'll probably use every utensil and container you own but it's incrdible. A food processor is a must unless you want to spend all day chopping.


SamR380

610 posts

83 months

Tuesday 20th October 2020
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twing said:
The Bosh chilli is amazing! An absolute faff and you'll probably use every utensil and container you own but it's incrdible. A food processor is a must unless you want to spend all day chopping.
Interesting you chose that one, it's the one that sticks in my mind as being the most disappointing for the effort involved! Making a tasty veg chilli isn't difficult.

I am kinda glad to hear someone likes it though.

Output Flange

16,409 posts

174 months

Tuesday 20th October 2020
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I *think* it's a Bosh recipe, but there's one for a lasagne that's got butternut squash and spinach in it that is, without doubt, the best lasagne I've eaten.

geeks

6,672 posts

102 months

Tuesday 20th October 2020
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I am not full on vegan and mainly vegetarian so I do a lot of mix and match. Recipes are guides and should be treated as such. If I look at a recipe that seems like a significant amount of faff the first thing I do is start to try and find ways of shortcutting or consolidating, either by buying a cheat ingredient or my switching out the method.

twing

2,768 posts

94 months

Tuesday 20th October 2020
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SamR380 said:
Interesting you chose that one, it's the one that sticks in my mind as being the most disappointing for the effort involved! Making a tasty veg chilli isn't difficult.

I am kinda glad to hear someone likes it though.
I’d read about it a while ago, the article said you need to follow the recipe to the letter to layer the flavours properly. Granted it took me hours but I absolutely loved it. Some of the Bosh stuff is just common sense cooking but there are a few bits I think are worth the effort.
On another note the Aldi mushroom “not sausage” rolls are really nice although pastry and trying to eat healthily is a bit of a quandary

rasto

2,044 posts

200 months

Friday 23rd October 2020
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Finally managed to make my first "It's not bacon" bacon sandwich today. Quite impressed with the end result, it had the right smell and taste and the texture wasn't bad either.

Thanks for the recommendations thumbup

DDg

1,384 posts

153 months

Friday 23rd October 2020
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twing said:
The Bosh chilli is amazing! An absolute faff and you'll probably use every utensil and container you own but it's incrdible. A food processor is a must unless you want to spend all day chopping.
Which one are you referring to? I'm seeing a 'high-protein' tofu recipe, a jackfruit one and an quick to make smoky one? Thx.

btw - glad you enjoyed the bacon, Rasto!

twing

2,768 posts

94 months

Saturday 24th October 2020
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DDg said:
Which one are you referring to? I'm seeing a 'high-protein' tofu recipe, a jackfruit one and an quick to make smoky one? Thx.

btw - glad you enjoyed the bacon, Rasto!
I’d have to hunt for the recipe but it’s the one with 400g of mushrooms ,no tofu

Prohibiting

1,213 posts

81 months

Sunday 25th October 2020
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New to this thread. I have a couple of close vegan friends and after watching the David Attenborough "my witness" documentary it has really made me think.

Thankfully I'm conscious of what I eat and I like to eat healthy home cooked meals. I can't remember the last time I ate pork, however, I eat a lot of chicken but minimal beef. 2 of my meals a week are vegetarian but I've added 2 vegan meals into the mix.

Last night I made vegan ramen and I was very pleased with it. Another vegan meal I can recommend his satay sweet potato curry- both are easy to follow.

Satay sweet potatoe curry (vegan- just make sure the curry paste doesn't have fish sauce if you're strict. I also add peas and lentils towards the end):
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/satay-sweet-po...


Vegan ramen:
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/vegan-ramen



Edited by Prohibiting on Sunday 25th October 12:25

C70R

7,660 posts

67 months

Monday 26th October 2020
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Prohibiting said:
New to this thread. I have a couple of close vegan friends and after watching the David Attenborough "my witness" documentary it has really made me think.

Thankfully I'm conscious of what I eat and I like to eat healthy home cooked meals. I can't remember the last time I ate pork, however, I eat a lot of chicken but minimal beef. 2 of my meals a week are vegetarian but I've added 2 vegan meals into the mix.

Last night I made vegan ramen and I was very pleased with it. Another vegan meal I can recommend his satay sweet potato curry- both are easy to follow.

Satay sweet potatoe curry (vegan- just make sure the curry paste doesn't have fish sauce if you're strict. I also add peas and lentils towards the end):
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/satay-sweet-po...


Vegan ramen:
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/vegan-ramen



Edited by Prohibiting on Sunday 25th October 12:25
MrsC is a very principled vegetarian, and will probably eat less than one meal a week with meat in on average. Since we moved in together, I have become a lot more aware of the source of meat that I eat.

I've stopped buying cheap supermarket meat products, and eating meat without really thinking (in pre-prepped meals, and takeaways). Now on the rarer occasions that I do eat meat (3 meals a week maybe), I make sure it's free-range and responsibly-sourced, and almost all of my meat is bought direct from nice butchers.

petemurphy

8,873 posts

146 months

Monday 26th October 2020
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C70R said:
MrsC is a very principled vegetarian, and will probably eat less than one meal a week with meat in on average. Since we moved in together, I have become a lot more aware of the source of meat that I eat.

I've stopped buying cheap supermarket meat products, and eating meat without really thinking (in pre-prepped meals, and takeaways). Now on the rarer occasions that I do eat meat (3 meals a week maybe), I make sure it's free-range and responsibly-sourced, and almost all of my meat is bought direct from nice butchers.
Pretty much the same here I try and be vegan / veggie but on the odd slip ups am very fussy where the meat comes from

C70R

7,660 posts

67 months

Monday 26th October 2020
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petemurphy said:
C70R said:
MrsC is a very principled vegetarian, and will probably eat less than one meal a week with meat in on average. Since we moved in together, I have become a lot more aware of the source of meat that I eat.

I've stopped buying cheap supermarket meat products, and eating meat without really thinking (in pre-prepped meals, and takeaways). Now on the rarer occasions that I do eat meat (3 meals a week maybe), I make sure it's free-range and responsibly-sourced, and almost all of my meat is bought direct from nice butchers.
Pretty much the same here I try and be vegan / veggie but on the odd slip ups am very fussy where the meat comes from
I've tried veganism, and it really doesn't work for me at all. I like food too much to deal with the alternatives for eggs and cheese (we only have oat milk in the house, because it's fabulous).

I'm not trying to be a martyr. I'm just doing a little bit.

ZedLeg

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2,549 posts

71 months

Monday 9th November 2020
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I’ve got really into making my own baked beans recently so decided to up the game and get some Greggs inspiration.

Vegan sausage, bean and cheese pasta bake. Looks like a crime scene but it was delicious laugh

Also excuse the mess on the cooker, I had a ground coffee mishap.


devnull

2,805 posts

120 months

Tuesday 10th November 2020
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Genuine question: has vegan cheese advanced on from the utter crap that is violife? I swear the makers have a small chuckle amongst themselves with every packet that is sold. It tastes like edible plastic. I have a couple of vegan relatives who I am more than happy to accommodate, but the lack of a proper cheese substitute - i.e. tasty, melty is lacking.