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    • MSE Anthony S
    • By MSE Anthony S 8th Jan 19, 10:32 AM
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    After Greggs’ vegan sausage roll, what else would you veganise?
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    • 8th Jan 19, 10:32 AM
    After Greggs’ vegan sausage roll, what else would you veganise? 8th Jan 19 at 10:32 AM
    That's it for this week, but before we go... it’s Veganuary (pronounced vee-gan-uary) where people are encouraged to try eating vegan for the month.

    Some restaurants have announced a batch of new vegan-friendly food which has received a rather mixed response. Greggs last week released a vegan sausage roll, McDonald’s has announced a new vegan menu, while Pizza Hut has a new vegan pizza.

    Whether you’re vegan or not, what if anything would you like to see veganised? Or what’s the best vegan version you’ve seen or tasted? Let us know below.
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 08-01-2019 at 1:09 PM.
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    • happyinflorida
    • By happyinflorida 11th Jan 19, 5:49 PM
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    Completely agree..... was subjected to a hater when standing in line at my local McDonalds waiting to order my Vegan meal. Anyone would have thought I was supporting a mega corporation that slaughtered millions of animals a year when in fact I was just buying a heathy, cruelty free, good for the environment Vegan meal.

    What do you think?
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton

    Wish I'd been there - he'd have got it with both barrels from me and I'm not a vegan!! lol

    Every vegan I've ever known has always been a wonderfully, kind, caring and animal loving person - so I'd really go out of my way to help and stand up for anyone who was vegan who was being bad mouthed by some ignorant, selfish POS.
    • happyinflorida
    • By happyinflorida 11th Jan 19, 5:59 PM
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    One thing I found in Tesco's frozen vegetarian/vegan foods area was vegan bacon - it's really, really tasty - you can fry it soft or crispy, I like it both ways!

    I'd tried the Quorn bacon before and really didn't like it, so I was over the moon to find this one in Tesco. It was on offer this week too

    To all those wanting recipes - I've found a lot of good vegetarian/vegan recipes on Pinterest when looking at low carb recipes.

    I like to make a lot of my own stuff as it tastes so much better and I don't like to cook for hours, so find recipes that are quick.


    One new thing I tried recently - found in Waitrose was tumeric hummous, this was the best hummous I've ever had - I'm not a great fan of it usually, so now I've found a very quick recipe on Pinterest and will try making my own!
    • d0nna
    • By d0nna 11th Jan 19, 6:13 PM
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    Excellent thread and lots of useful info. I'm vegetarian but always on the lookout for other sound tasty recipies and to eat even less animal products.



    One thing I haven't tried yet is Jackfruit. Lots of info (sometimes contradictory!) on the internet - for instance, recipies with, drain pat dry and add to sauce kind of use, to other more complicated options. Does anyone have a tried and tested easy first recipe for say something mexican, enchilladas or burritos? Also, any tips on cooking with jackfruit for a beginner, e.g. the basics of preparation?




    Sorry to go back to basics especially when so many here have the Tshirt long ago on this thread



    Any help appreciated.
    Originally posted by Grouchy
    Hi, there's a recipe in the cookbook 'recipes for happiness' by the Happy Pear that I tried a few weeks ago, it was quite tasty and I would make them again. Easy to make too. https://www.shemazing.net/pulled-pork-for-dinner-tonight-you-have-to-try-this-vegan-recipe/
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 11th Jan 19, 6:26 PM
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    Excellent thread and lots of useful info. I'm vegetarian but always on the lookout for other sound tasty recipies and to eat even less animal products.



    One thing I haven't tried yet is Jackfruit. Lots of info (sometimes contradictory!) on the internet - for instance, recipies with, drain pat dry and add to sauce kind of use, to other more complicated options. Does anyone have a tried and tested easy first recipe for say something mexican, enchilladas or burritos? Also, any tips on cooking with jackfruit for a beginner, e.g. the basics of preparation?




    Sorry to go back to basics especially when so many here have the Tshirt long ago on this thread



    Any help appreciated.
    Originally posted by Grouchy
    I have never eaten tinned jack fruit, but fresh jack fruit has an almost identical taste and texture as lychee.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 11th Jan 19, 11:09 PM
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    fresh jack fruit has an almost identical taste and texture as lychee.
    Originally posted by GwylimT
    Is the taste the same?! How come I never knew that?

    My parents are familiar with jackfruit as they were both born in Africa, and they did occasionally reminisce about it on the 70s but never once has it graced their dinner table in the U.K. Had I known that it tastes like lychee but without the hassle of peeling individual tiny fruit I would have been able to treat myself when I lived in East London. Doh!

    I feel like the last 45 years have been wasted
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • Captain Bluebear
    • By Captain Bluebear 12th Jan 19, 1:34 AM
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    Tada! VfM4meplse! i love jackfruit! it also reminds me of lychee

    I hope it tastes the same for you too!
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    • timehastoldme
    • By timehastoldme 12th Jan 19, 8:53 AM
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    We've drained, patted dry, smothered in BBQ sauce and roasted jackfruit from a tin, texturally it's very like a shredded meat, flavour wise not much so the seasoning dominates.

    Aldi have new vegan soups for 1.75 400ml in the chiller (sweet potato with coconut and coriander or butternut, lentil and turmeric)
    • holidaysforme
    • By holidaysforme 12th Jan 19, 9:12 AM
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    I used to love peanut butter and coleslaw sandwiches. Don't laugh, despite sounding weird they really work as the peanut butter is dry and balances the wet coleslaw. The only problem is finding vegan coleslaw which is not sold by any of the supermarkets. Most recipes online call for vegan mayonnaise which is really not the same as the stuff that is used to make the kind of coleslaw sold in Tesco, Waitrose etc. If anyone can let me know where to buy this I would be eternally grateful, and if Tesco are listening I would buy it every week!
    Originally posted by adamandtania
    M&S are doing a vegan coleslaw as part of their plant kitchen range. I haven’t tried it, but the reviews are very good.
    • holidaysforme
    • By holidaysforme 12th Jan 19, 9:22 AM
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    Going for a meal in Zizzis tomorrow with some friends. There’s a mixture of veggies vegans and meat eaters. Although not vegan, or even vegetarian I will be having the new vegan pizza and vegan cheesecake
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    I eat practically no meat anymore and i’m Reducing my dairy consumption all the time.

    It’s wonderful to see the choice of vegan food becoming available and so mainstream.

    I’m using asda’s Own brand oatly in tea and coffee at the moment.
    It’s pretty good, as is their coconut milk which I use on cereal and fir hot chocolate.
    • chirpycheap
    • By chirpycheap 12th Jan 19, 1:56 PM
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    I've been vegan for three years now. I have given up on supermarket vegan cheese. To me it has an unpleasant aftertaste as do all non dairy milks if they are put in a warm drink. I don't particularly miss either and just have hot drinks black.

    I think dairy alternatives aren't quite there yet but hopefully as time goes on better choices will become available. We have a fancy vegan deli near to us but I just couldn't afford the Tyne cheeses they are selling.

    I have no regrets about changing my diet. My taste buds seem to have changed and if I smell cheese or yoghurt now I find it really unpleasant.

    The only two things that I have on occasion hankered after are Heinz Tomato soup. I do make my own but it's not quite the same. I also miss coffee whitener. I have tried several vegan versions and nothing is available that both tastes pleasant or is affordable and doesn't need to be ordered online.

    I know that I have a fussy palate. I'm the equivalent of the Princess and the Pea when it comes to non dairy alternatives! So for now I just go without and that's fine. I don't miss dairy enough to stop following a vegan diet!
    • holidaysforme
    • By holidaysforme 13th Jan 19, 5:02 PM
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    I had some M&S vouchers for a Christmas present. I thought i’d treat us to some of the plant kitchen range. We had the sausages this morning for breakfast, and the coleslaw with a JP yesterday for lunch. Both were absoloutely delicious. Have the pizza and the Mac and ‘cheese’ in the freezer to try at a later date.
    • mumf
    • By mumf 13th Jan 19, 8:08 PM
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    So I read about Vegan bacon and cheese.Vegans get evangelical about animal based foods.Fine.But why do they want looky - likey- meat- but - vegan food? I get vegetarianism, but Veganism? Only a well fed first world society can support such beliefs.If that is how you want to fill your belly,that is fine,but don't snipe at meat and then eat lookalike foods!
    • adamandtania
    • By adamandtania 14th Jan 19, 10:41 AM
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    M&S here I come
    M&S have just launchged a vegan coleslaw as part of their Plant Kitchen range. Very nice it is too!

    Aldi is currently selling vegan Hellmann's mayo.

    Follow Your Heart vegenaise (my favourite) is available from some Sainsburys and online from The Vegan Kind
    Originally posted by cod3

    Thanks a million - I will go to M&S tomorrow to try it out!
    • MSE Rhiannon
    • By MSE Rhiannon 14th Jan 19, 11:05 AM
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    I've been vegan for three years now. I have given up on supermarket vegan cheese.
    Originally posted by chirpycheap
    Have you tried making your own cashew cheese? It's mainly nooch (Aldi are selling cheap nutritional yeast at the moment!) for flavour, some use agar which is hard to find (I've seen it in Asda, though!) but I made a version with cornstarch to thicken and it was like a slightly more robust soft cheese. Pretty tasty!

    Not identical to dairy cheese, but as you say, we're not trying to replicate anything, we just want something to eat with crackers

    I've been vegan 12 years. Trust me when I say you're spoiled for choice re dairy alternatives that don't taste like these days compared to back then!
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    • cod3
    • By cod3 14th Jan 19, 11:36 AM
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    So I read about Vegan bacon and cheese.Vegans get evangelical about animal based foods.Fine.But why do they want looky - likey- meat- but - vegan food? I get vegetarianism, but Veganism? Only a well fed first world society can support such beliefs.If that is how you want to fill your belly,that is fine,but don't snipe at meat and then eat lookalike foods!
    Originally posted by mumf
    Looky-likey-meat - Most meat doesn't look like dead animals. Sausages and burgers are not body parts. They are abstract shapes and the flavouring comes mainly from plant based herbs and spices. I don't see a problem with so-called looky-likeys. It helps many people transition away from animal based foods. This is better for the animals and the environment.

    Only a well fed first world society can support such beliefs. This statement is untrue. Before you made this comment you should have googled two phrases:

    "Which countries eat the most meat"
    "Which countries eat the least meat"
    • Maat
    • By Maat 14th Jan 19, 2:05 PM
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    So I read about Vegan bacon and cheese.Vegans get evangelical about animal based foods.Fine.But why do they want looky - likey- meat- but - vegan food? I get vegetarianism, but Veganism? Only a well fed first world society can support such beliefs.If that is how you want to fill your belly,that is fine,but don't snipe at meat and then eat lookalike foods!
    Originally posted by mumf

    Cod3 has already given an excellent and accurate reply to this. I have only to add that most vegans become so because they don't want to pay for animals to be hurt and killed on their behalf. It doesn't mean they don't like the taste of the foods made from their bodies, merely that they no longer wish to consume them. So for some it's easier to make the transition if they can enjoy cruelty-free versions of their 'traditional' dishes.

    Curious actually as to why it matters to you whether vegans enjoy realistic meat substitutes or not.
    • cod3
    • By cod3 14th Jan 19, 2:39 PM
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    I have only to add that most vegans become so because they don't want to pay for animals to be hurt and killed on their behalf. It doesn't mean they don't like the taste of the foods made from their bodies, merely that they no longer wish to consume them. So for some it's easier to make the transition if they can enjoy cruelty-free versions of their 'traditional' dishes.
    Originally posted by Maat
    Also adding that some people just like the taste, texture and nutritional value of the likes of seitan, tempeh, tvp, Quorn. My own children are young adults now and have never eaten meat so to them they are not "substitutes." They cannot compare these foods to meat as they have no points of reference. They just like to eat them so I get confused why people take exception to this.
    • cod3
    • By cod3 14th Jan 19, 2:47 PM
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    In other news, Sainsburys has today launched vegan-friendly croissants and pains au chocolat
    • K80 Black
    • By K80 Black 14th Jan 19, 4:05 PM
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    In other news, Sainsburys has today launched vegan-friendly croissants and pains au chocolat
    Originally posted by cod3

    Oooh, brilliant! I'm just a veggie, but I've been leaning more vegan lately. Not going to get rid of my (second hand) leather sofa anytime soon, but soy milk in my coffee is now a staple, and I'm 'veganising' whenever I can. (Though not if it means palm oil instead, as that's just a big an issue to me)
    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 14th Jan 19, 4:25 PM
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    Sainsburys has today launched vegan-friendly croissants and pains au chocolat
    Originally posted by cod3
    I am rapt with excitement! croissants & pains au chocolat made with that wonder food...... margarine!
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