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These flapjacks are really good – and I found them for sale in my tesco local, which was nice!

Vegan Yum Yum has started blogging again after her hiatus! Hooray!

I went to Wilderness Festival last month and there was a wonderful van which served vegan buddha bowls (cococnutty thai curry, brown rice, veg, seeds etc), porridge with maple syrup and banana, and lovely cups of tea with soya milk. If you see them at a festival or anywhere else, check them out!

Anyone else noticed that Doves Farm have stopped labelling things as vegan? There’s an explanation on their FAQs page. All a bit confusing. Their apple flapjacks now say “may contain milk”, but the chocolate crispy rice bars, which I think were vegan before (?) now actually say they contain milk. Disappointing!

A while ago I went to Mango Restaurant in Wetherby, West Yorkshire (near Leeds). I failed to take any photos (I will next time we go), but it was wonderful so thought I’d mention it!

I plan to try making these vegan-nese whirls at some point

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Vegan Welsh Cakes

As I mentioned previously, my friend Becky made me welsh cakes for breakfast when I stayed at her house recently. The recipe would usually have one egg but she was confident it would be fine without (she added extra soya milk for moisture) and they were awesome! I have never had them before, and they were a wonderful treat for breakfast. Possibly the best breakfast anyone has ever made for me.

I’m not actually sure if I even really knew what they were before – they are like a cross between a scone and a pancake. She made making them look so easy, I am definitely going to make them myself sometime. I wish I’d taken a photo of her making them because she was wearing a lovely apron…

  • 8oz (225g) plain flour (I suspect self raising flour would be fine, just omit baking powder)
  • 4oz (115g) vegan margarine
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 4oz (115g) sultanas/currents/rasins/the like
  • 3oz (85g) sugar
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • nutmeg
  • 3-4tbsp soya/rice milk
  1. rub margarine into flour until you have breadcrumb consistency
  2. add all the other ingredients and mix together
  3. roll out on a floured side (quite thin – around half a cm thick)
  4. cut into circles and pop into the frying pan until nicely toasted on each side
  5. spread margarine on, scoff hot

If you have more mixture than you need, they keep in the fridge fine and just cook them when you’re ready.

Thanks Bex! 🙂

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Goji Cafe in York

In July I went to York and popped into Goji Cafe for cake. Me, my Mum and my Dad all had vegan cakes and I tried a bit of theirs. Delicious!

Firstly – my cake. And definitely one of the very best vegan cakes I have ever had:

Vegan Lemon and Poppyseed cake £2.50

I have to be honest – I can’t entirely remember what the cakes were my folks had (and I can’t see them listed on the website – but I do remember that they were really nice):

Some kind of strawberry and…passion fruit? Mango? Or something! cake.

I think this might have been a raspberry and chocolate cake? It was lovely.

So there you go. Not the most helpful review since we didn’t have any food other than cake, and I can’t really remember what they are. But if you’re in York – go there! Good cake 🙂

Here’s the useful info:

Website

Happy Cow reviews

Address: 36 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF, North Yorkshire

Tel: 01904 622614

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Manna in London

I have been to lots of wonderful vegetarian and vegan eateries recently, and at most of them I have even taken photos of my meals – I have just neglected to write about them. So I intend to do so, starting with my most recent awesome meal out…

My friend Becky booked us a table at Manna in Primrose Hill on saturday night. She’s the best kind of omnivorous friend; loves trying vegetarian and vegan food, and sees cooking for a vegan as a fun challenge (she made welsh cakes for breakfast the next day – recipe coming soon). And she’s generally awesome in a non-food related capacity 🙂

At first glance at the menu I wasn’t sure if it was a vegan or vegetarian restaurant, but then I noticed it just had the word vegan at the bottom of every page 🙂 So I had the choice of the whole menu – what a luxury!

For starters we shared two different things, a tofu satay thing and basil and cashew cheese croquets:

indonesian satay (v)(n)(gf) £8 baked marinated bean curd skewer, served with chinese coleslaw topped with a nest of crsip noodles


basil & cashew cheese croquettes (v)(n)(gf option) £8 served on a bed of watercress & pea sprouts with our homemade chilli jam

For our mains, Becky had the bangers and mash (we’ve been to Mildred’s twice and she has had it there both times, so this was a bit of a comparison):


organic bangers and mash (v) £14 organic fennel and pumpkin seed sausages on a bed of parsnip & carrot mash served with cavalo nero on a red wine, leek & thyme jus

I had one of those onion rings. Really really good!

I had the chef salad. I know it seems like a slightly boring choice but I wanted space for dessert, and I have had some amazing salads at vegan/vegetarian restaurants (222 and 1847 particularly).

chef salad (v)(gf) £14 a changing seasonal delight served with crispy marinated tofu, now featuring roasted beetroot, edamame, baby potato salad, cucumber, raw carrot, avocado, balsamic roasted onions, heritage tomatoes, green beans, caper berries, sugar snap peas, mixed leaves, toasted seeds

It might not looks that exciting, but trust me, there’s lots of exciting stuff hidden under there. Potato salad, amazing tofu, tons of edamame and loads else. Lovely. And massive! I didn’t manage to finish it (but I did take it away and have it on the train home the next day :)).

Part of the reason I didn’t finish it was that I definitely wanted space for dessert. And I’m glad I had space for this beauty:


banana split (v)(n)(gf) £8 3 scoops of vice cream or sorbet, your choice of flavors, topped with mixed berrie compote, toffee & chocolate sauces, whipped cream & nuts

It is a crap photo, but that was probably the best dessert I’ve ever had. Raspberry, vanilla and blueberry ice-cream, fresh fruit, rice milk cream, nuts, sauces. I ate all of it (with a little help from Bex). Amazing.

I took a photo of the inside of the restaurant before we left (it was very late – that’s why it’s empty!!):

As you can see the prices aren’t cheap but it was a lovely restaurant and definitely nice for a special occasion. I would certainly go there again! The website says reservations are recommended and I’m glad we had done that because it was pretty busy when we were there.

Useful info:

Website

Evening menu

Address: 4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, London NW3 3AJ (nearest tube station is Chalk Farm)

Phone: 020 7722 8028

Opening hours:

Dinner:
tuesday to sunday 6.30 – 10.30pm
Lunch
saturday & sunday – noon – 3.00pm

Happy Cow review

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