Pre veganism my favourite brownie to bake (and eat) used @paul_a_young recipe. I also rarely passed his store without buying one, or two, which perhaps explains why I was 8 stone heavier a year ago 😆
Obviously now I cannot have his original brownies BUT on Monday Paul launches his vegan brownie to the world and good god doesn’t it look AMAZING. Thank goodness my trousers have some stretch in them.
Not gonna lie I popped into the Islington store today just incase they had them early 😆
This right here is a dreadful pic of something truly amazing that I ate on Sunday.
This is a carrot lox bagel. Yep...CARROTS taking the place of smoked salmon. I hear y’all saying ‘carrots’ and thinking I’ve lost my mind being excited by them but this was some kinda wizardry as they tasted like salmon but weren’t 🤷🏼♀️
If you wanna try and make them at home you can pop into the @leles_london website where they tell you how to, but why bother when you can visit their gorgeous cafe and eat it and the best vegan bakewell in town?
After experiencing my worst vegan meal to date in a pizza place in London I finally got round to making my own .... and it was delicious .
Ok I didn’t make the base...they’re by @crostamollica ... and they’re really good. And who has time to make pizza based? 🤷🏼♀️
My toppings were mushrooms, chargrilled peppers, tomatoes, chilli, onion, home grown basil and PINEAPPLE cuz what’s a pizza without pineapple. Oh and @tescofood vegan mozerella which melted well but didn’t colour. It did taste great tho so YAY 🙌🏻
Perfect. Didn’t cost £40 or require special flour. #nopestillnotoverit#crostamollica#veganpizza#whatveganseat#whatbakerseat#pineapplepizza
Last weekend we finally made it to @zionlymanna in Peckham. It’s just down the road from us and I’m kicking myself we’ve not been sooner.
The food is all vegan and it is what I would call proper home style cooking. Lots of flavour, lots of veg and lots of love.
This is the full works box, where you get a bit of everything plus dumplings for £10. Absolute bargain. We had dahl, spicy stew, quinoa salad, slaw, stir fry pasta, spinach and squash and spicy rice. An amazing meal.
They’re also opening a vegan ice cream place next door.
This kinda place is what Peckham is about. Long may it remain. Too much of it is getting gentrified now.
If Manny has his way we’ll be here most weekends after his boxing class.
This hazelnut ‘milk’ from @innocent is my new absolute favourite. I use it daily in my porridge and it tastes amazing as a drink too. It’s kind of like drinking liquid Nutella. I bought loads of it via @ocadouk last week as it was on offer as it is a little expensive (£1.99 for 750ml) but the ingredient list makes me happy (swipe ➡️ to see). I’ve not tried it in hot drinks (I’m still team @oatly for my tea) but I reckon this would taste fab in coffee. Also gonna try it in an iced latte.
Anyone else tried it?
Today my feed was full of joy that @wagamama_uk was introducing its vegan Seitan Katsu into all stores this week so of course I had to go to #noodlelab and have it for dinner as I love it and I’m easily suggestible.
We also had my favourite aubergine and mushroom buns. And peanut chocolate tart with coconut ice cream. This was a bit rich for me but Manny ate half of mine too. He didn’t even wait for me to take pics before tucking in 😆
If you’ve not been to Wagamamas Noodle Lab I highly recommend it. It’s where they test new dishes and you give feedback. It’s a great way to try new things, although this time they’d very little vegan choice on the testing menu. I’m really hoping they veganise their banana katsu desert as I want it.
The best thing about being unemployed is that I’m able to have days out with my husband and go to places that have been on our list for ages.
On Friday we lunched @blackcathackney before heading to Walthamstow Wetlands.
Black Cat is fully vegan and is the kind of place I love. Proper ‘home cooked’ style food. Not fancy or fussy, just tasty and value for money. My chickpea and spinach curry with onion Bhaji was pure comfort food. Manny’s burger was delicious. its actually the kind of vegan burger I prefer. Not pretending to be meat.
I can’t wait to go back and eat everything else on their menu. Definitely in my top 5 vegan places in London. You can see why it’s a favourite vegan choice
Today I finally made it to @fieldsbeneath for lunch and was lucky as I got the second last sweet potato burger 🙌🏻
Everything there is vegan and it’s refreshing not to have to double check everything ...twice recently I’ve been given milk instead of oat but thankfully I ALWAYS ask.
I love this kinda vegan burger...it doesn’t try to mimic meat ...it’s vegetables and proud. It was super tasty too.
It’s a tiny cafe so I imagine it gets very busy on weekends as its very near Camden, but I’ll definitely be back.
Great coffee too 🤘🏻
This time last week we were in Amsterdam rubbing our bellies after an epic feast @veganjunkfoodbar
This was my MUST visit destination in Holland and we walked about 25,000 steps in anticipation of a huge feast. (We actually got lost as I decided to follow the wrong canal 😝)
I opted for the Sumo burger, (double plant-based beef, cheddar, fried onion rings, lettuce, tomato, red, spring & fried onion mix, pickles, jalapeños, VJFB sauce), and @mannyowar had been looking forward to his shawarma ever since he saw it on instagram. We couldn’t resist the loaded fries, again after we saw them on instagram.
The fries have ruined all other loaded fries for me. The Dutch really know their chips. They were loaded with shawarma, cheese, jalapeños, red, spring & fried onion mix, garlic & spicy VJFB sauces and every single part of it was amazing. And the fries were still crispy underneath Loadsa loaded fries are soggy.
The burgers were totally fabulous and went straight to the top of my favourite burger ever list.
We are already planning to go back next year after the festival. Unless they answer my prayers and open in London first 🤞🏻
A MUST VISIT if you’re in Amsterdam. Make sure you’re hungry 😋
#veganamsterdam#whatveganseat#veganjunkfoodbaramsterdam annecupcakedoesholland #veganjunkfood#anythingyoucaneaticaneatvegan#whatbakerseat
Peanut soup isn’t the most photogenic thing you’ll ever eat, BUT it is one of the best things you’ll shovel into your face when it’s -17 outside.
This soup was from @eatonomy in Tilburg and set us up perfectly for a day of metal at #netherlandsdeathfest .
The cafe is above a lovely home wares shop where I had to resist buying EVERYTHING and eat my feelings in vegan cake instead. And OH THE CAKE...we went twice just to ensure we could try the different options. Except Manny who opted for the choc tart twice
A week ago we were in Holland and I was eating some of the best vegan foods.
Our festival was in Tilburg but we went to Amsterdam briefly on Thursday to make sure we could eat @thedutchweedburger.
It was -20 when we got there and our faces HURT from the cold but the lovely staff there kept filling us with warm tea and great food.
So what is a weed burger? The patties are made from soy shreds and Royal Kombu, a tasty and healthy winter weed, sustainably cultivated in the Dutch region of Zeeland. The crispy O-mega bun colours bright green, due to the superfood chlorella, a microalgae packed with nutritious proteins and Omega acids
We had the weed burger and the sumo. The burgers were amazing...great texture and fabulous flavour. The weed sauces are so good. Very moreish. And those fries are possibly the best I’ve eaten in my life ❤️❤️. This is also where I ate my first ever Tompouce 💓💓💓
And now I’ll never be skinny 😆
Monday’s are my day off. I often spend the morning watching crappy tv deciding what to do.
I was meant to have a lunch date but it was snowed off, thankfully I spotted @cupcakejemma call for vegans to assemble @crumbsanddoilies as yesterday was VEGAN BISCOFF day.
As I read it it was snowing outside, the news was telling us we’d best be home by 6 or face north of the wall style doom, but I thought fork it and got my intrepid cupcake hunter shoes on and ventured out.
So...the cupcake. Crumbs and Doilies were my go to cupcake for a long time and now I’m vegan they still are. I said before that Jemma is a wizard with cake and I don’t exaggerate. Some other vegan cupcakes I’ve had have a sweaty quality to them, and are often overly sweet. This was just perfect. To be honest I’d not have known it was vegan. Which is the dream yeah? (Pic stolen from Jemma as mine got squished on my epic adventure)
Everyone knows how much I love a cupcake, and that my favourite spot for a cupcake and coffee is @crumbsanddoilies. Since going vegan I worried I’d have to miss out, but praise be, @cupcakejemma has worked her magic and made my favourite vegan cupcakes so far...AND one of the best oat milk flat whites in London.
Currently they have a vegan cupcake option on Thursday and Saturday but I’m told that exciting things are happening and soon we’ll have lots more choice there ❤️❤️
Yesterday we spent the day at @veganlife_live and ate ALL the foods.
It was nice opportunity to try some new food vendors and some we already love (hello @eatspicebox 👋🏼).
While everything was really tasty there were a couple of issues.
I LOVED the Hawaiian pizza by @oneplanetpizza but £5 for a slice was quite harsh. And I was a big fan of @jakesvegansteaks but the ‘steak’ needed to be seared more I’d say. It was great value tho and I’d definitely eat it again.
Everything else was faultless.
The Nanaimo bar from @mscupcakeuk was so very good I regretted saying I’d share it with Manny 😆
It’s Wednesday. I’m cold and sat in a coffee shop listening to a racist white woman chomping her way through a pack of Weight Watchers crisps 🙄 while shouting loudly how shocked she is that Lewisham is full of ‘foreigners’, and all I can think is, I wish I’d gone to #templeofcamden for lunch.
We went to the new @templeofseitan location on Sunday, it’s 5th day of trading and the queue was out the door. It was TOTALLY worth queuing in the cold for.
I had the new Temple Hot with fries and Manny had the (also new) BBQ bacon. And we made the mistake of sharing a Mac and cheese, should’ve got one each 😆. Definitely one of my favourite vegan food places.
Can’t wait to go back and have @youngvegans Mud pie for pudding as well
#babyvegan#whatbakerseat#templeofseitan#veganjunkfood#londonveganjunkfood#londonvegancheapeats#whatveganseat 🌱 #hailseitan
Yesterday I finally made it to @cookdailylondon and it was worth the wait.
The meal deal jungle curry and spring rolls was one of the best £10 I’ve ever spent on food. I opted for the ‘chicken’ and my bowl was stuffed full of veg and so much chicken that I had to walk around town rubbing my belly as I ate too much.
I urge all those who said me going vegan meant I’d only eat boring food to go check out @kingcookdaily food. You won’t regret it
Ps I should’ve gone outside to take a pic. The lighting was a bit green 😆
So veganuary is over and it’s now time for februdairy or whatever they’re calling it 🙄....except for me veganuary was the final kick for me to go fully vegan.
This wasn’t a decision taken lightly ...last year I decided to sort out my health. I was massively overweight and so unhealthy. First I dealt with my addiction to fizzy drinks and choc.
Then I slowly sorted out my diet cutting out meat slowly and only having dairy when out. As you can see I still eat out and scoff the occasional doughnut ...just not ALL the time.
I know people hate diet talk but well I actually don’t care...I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. Going vegan led me to lose 1stone 4 lbs in a month taking my total weight loss to 8stone 8 since March 🙌🏻
Sitting dreaming about this amazing curry pie and mash from @youngvegans that I had for lunch yesterday. As a professional baker I was honestly blown away at how good the vegan pastry was. And THAT gravy...could’ve drunk it by the cup (like I used to as a weird child). We opted for the £10 meal deal...pie, mash and all the bits, a drink AND a desert. The cookie from @hell.yum was perhaps my favourite cookie ever. Salty, chocolaty and nice and chewy. I was sad all day that I didn’t buy more for my pudding at home 😆
Day 1 of #veganuary2018 done.
While everyone on my timeline seemed to be eating burgers or pizza we pootled to our local cafe @greenhousedeptford and I had the full vegan for lunch.
Avocado, roast vegetables, mushrooms, homemade hummus, yachini (a potato dish from the Middle East) and sourdough toast drizzled with olive oil served with a salad and fresh tomato salsa. All washed down with a couple of oat milk flat whites. Oh and a chocolate nut traybake slice which was delish. I feel so lucky this is nearby. So much choice and everything was absolutely perfect.
Dinner tonight was spiced mushroom rice, falafel, hummus, tomatoes and some seedy pita bread.
I’m full of veg and hummus 🙌🏻 #whatbakerseat#annecupcakegoesvegan#newcrosscafe#deptfordcafe#newcrossvegan#deptfordvegan#londonvegan
And so it begins.
I’m not sure if I’ll last the month, or keep it up forever ...I just want to try.
Over the years I’ve tried to eat ‘better’ quality food. No supermarket meat...only from high welfare butchers that are traceable etc. Eggs from Clarence court only.
But over the years I’ve also found myself more and more upset by the use of high intensity egg and meat production and I’ve cut back a lot on all meat and eggs.
We’ve not bought milk or dairy all year. Milk in my flat white when Oatly wasn’t available in cafes made me really ill. So it’s time for change.
Finally no chicks were harmed in the making of this pic ...I know it looks a bit dodgy 😆