A Veggie and Vegan thread

A Veggie and Vegan thread

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C70R

7,390 posts

65 months

Tuesday 10th November 2020
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devnull said:
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.
Following this with interest. I spotted a couple of interesting looking options in WholeFoods in Kensington a couple of weeks ago, but not sure whether they are just expensive/well-marketed or actually any good (or available in normal shops).

ZedLeg

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2,538 posts

69 months

Tuesday 10th November 2020
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There are some nice ones but they’re usually quite pricey. It’s violife I used on that and it works ok in toasties but I do miss decent cheese.

The Vegan Applewood smoked cheese is decent. Still not a patch on actual cheese though.

Output Flange

16,396 posts

172 months

Tuesday 10th November 2020
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There's a vegan version of German smoked cheese I picked up in Waitrose which is on par with the Applewood, but I'm still yet to find something that matches proper cheese.

C70R

7,390 posts

65 months

Wednesday 11th November 2020
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That's a shame, because I'm not a fan of the artificial taste of that smoked cheese (vegan or otherwise). I suspect it's probably the easiest flavour to replicate, and masks the fact that the vegan cheese doesn't taste of cheese.

Puggit

43,708 posts

209 months

Wednesday 11th November 2020
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Wife is diary intolerant, but a cheese lover. I can confirm that nothing comes close to the taste, texture, or melting ability of real cheese.

Output Flange

16,396 posts

172 months

Wednesday 11th November 2020
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Coincidentally, my wife ordered a delivery from https://shop.lafauxmagerie.com/ which arrived yesterday. Have yet to try any of them, but will report back once I do.

C70R

7,390 posts

65 months

Wednesday 11th November 2020
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Output Flange said:
Coincidentally, my wife ordered a delivery from https://shop.lafauxmagerie.com/ which arrived yesterday. Have yet to try any of them, but will report back once I do.
VERY interested.

Output Flange

16,396 posts

172 months

Thursday 12th November 2020
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This is going to come piecemeal I'm afraid, but I can confirm that the Shamembert is very nice.

It has the same texture as a well-rested Camembert, even down to the rind. The difference is the flavour - I don't think it's really aiming to taste the same, as the predominant flavour is truffle.

Can also be baked, apparently.

SamR380

598 posts

81 months

Thursday 12th November 2020
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People need to stop buying Violife, it really is terrible and the sooner they stop making it the sooner pubs with a 'vegan pizza' will stop using it.

I've found the supermarket's own 'cheddar style block' to be as good as any other and better than Violife. Tesco, Morrisons and Asda at least all sell the same product with their own label.

Phil.

2,682 posts

211 months

Thursday 12th November 2020
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SamR380 said:
People need to stop buying Violife, it really is terrible and the sooner they stop making it the sooner pubs with a 'vegan pizza' will stop using it.

I've found the supermarket's own 'cheddar style block' to be as good as any other and better than Violife. Tesco, Morrisons and Asda at least all sell the same product with their own label.
This is excellent, can’t recommend it highly enough. We use it on pizza. I don’t like their other cheeses. Is this what you are buying?

https://violifefoods.com/us/product/just-like-feta...


SamR380

598 posts

81 months

Thursday 12th November 2020
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Phil. said:
This is excellent, can’t recommend it highly enough. We use it on pizza. I don’t like their other cheeses. Is this what you are buying?
Looking at their product lineup on the website it looks like they might not do it any more. It was a pale yellow rubbery block and it put me off anything with Violife written on it. I might give the feta stuff a try if I see it on offer.

sbarclay62

211 posts

18 months

Saturday 5th December 2020
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A vegan alternative for a cheeseboard folks, any recommendations? Thinking some hummus and guacamole would go well with crackers. Anything else? Vegan cheeses are ok melted on a burger or pizza but not overly fond of them cold.

I've given up dairy for 3 months now and feel great for it. Will be going fully vegan Jan 2nd once festivities are over.

DDg

1,340 posts

151 months

Saturday 5th December 2020
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Meera Sodha's Sprout Nasi Goreng

A ricey, sprouty, street-foody delight! Looked just like the pic below, which proves anyone can do it. I'd up the amount of sprouts though, as the topping was a bit sparse the first time.




Sorry sbarclay62, I struggle with vegan cheese too and have no suggestions. I guess you've seen the link a couple of posts up (La Fauxmagerie). I'm yet to try them.

geeks

6,646 posts

100 months

Saturday 5th December 2020
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DDg said:
Meera Sodha's Sprout Nasi Goreng

A ricey, sprouty, street-foody delight! Looked just like the pic below, which proves anyone can do it. I'd up the amount of sprouts though, as the topping was a bit sparse the first time.




Sorry sbarclay62, I struggle with vegan cheese too and have no suggestions. I guess you've seen the link a couple of posts up (La Fauxmagerie). I'm yet to try them.
Looks great. Will do a simplified version I think. Faffing will sesame oil and rapeseed oil etc

DDg

1,340 posts

151 months

Saturday 5th December 2020
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geeks said:
Looks great. Will do a simplified version I think. Faffing will sesame oil and rapeseed oil etc
I'd get hold of some sesame oil if you can - it really adds something.

btw, see if your local Chinese supermarket has these...



Had them as a side to the Sprout Nasi Goreng - makes a change to the usual spring rolls...

sbarclay62

211 posts

18 months

Saturday 2nd January
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I'm now vegan (well plant-based diet, still got leather items and goose down jackets etc etc).

Anyhoo, any hidden items in the ingredients on the packets of stuff i should keep my eye out for that sound fancy that no-one knows what they are?


Look out for whey, gelatine and milk. Any others?

petemurphy

8,585 posts

144 months

Saturday 2nd January
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sbarclay62 said:
I'm now vegan (well plant-based diet, still got leather items and goose down jackets etc etc).

Anyhoo, any hidden items in the ingredients on the packets of stuff i should keep my eye out for that sound fancy that no-one knows what they are?


Look out for whey, gelatine and milk. Any others?
if you're plant based the golden rule to me is if you dont know what the ingredient is its prob not natural and you shouldnt be eating it

sbarclay62

211 posts

18 months

Thursday 7th January
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petemurphy said:
if you're plant based the golden rule to me is if you dont know what the ingredient is its prob not natural and you shouldnt be eating it
Not overly fussed if its not natural or not. I drink enough ste (Tennants and Glens for example) to stop worrying about that haha. More bothered about if its an animal product over if its a chemical. You pick up a bag of nuts or crisps and there are about 3 dozen things listed for what is a simple product!

DDg

1,340 posts

151 months

Tuesday 12th January
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These are £1 at Sainsbury's at the mo'. Maybe not for everyone, but if you want a break from the tofu, seitan and tempeh, then I can recommend chips, beans and...



I can't tell the difference with the real thing, although that was a long time ago.

geeks

6,646 posts

100 months

Tuesday 12th January
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DDg said:
These are £1 at Sainsbury's at the mo'. Maybe not for everyone, but if you want a break from the tofu, seitan and tempeh, then I can recommend chips, beans and...



I can't tell the difference with the real thing, although that was a long time ago.
I didn't know they were doing a beef and onion one, the "chicken" and mushroom one isnt bad the pastry is a bit dry but the filling is nice enough.