Struggling to figure out what to cook for a vegan at Christmas? I’ve collected together some of the best recipes to show-off vegan food in all it’s glory over the festive period. Read on to find out how to make vegan-friendly smoked salmon, yule logs and yorkshire puds.
There’s chill in the air, twinkling lights are being lit and the streets start to smell of cinnamon and baileys – we must be in the run up to Christmas. One of the best things about the festive season is the deliciously sweet hot drinks that start to hit the market. Read on to find which coffee shops have vegan-friendly options to ease you into the holiday spirit.
Vegfest came to London on the 20-21 October and it did not disappoint. It’s crazy how busy these things get now that vegan has hit the mainstream. There were so many stalls covering beauty, food, health, clothes, accessories, art work and more. It was a big celebration of veganism and compassion. With many vegan celebs in attendance (Fat Gay Vegan, Earthling Ed, Evanna Lynch, King Cook Daily) I was absolutely ecstatic when I bumped into Tim Shieff, the vegan free runner that’s done recipes with Jamie Oliver, has had huge achievements on Ninja Warrior and has had his bum on the cover of Viva! magazine.
Keep on reading below to see what I blew my money on at London Vegfest 2017.
Mooshies is the burger bar you’ve been waiting for. With four delicious burgers on the menu, a good selection of sides and vegan booze available this place has found it’s space in London’s famous Brick Lane. Roughly half of the menu is available as gluten free, appealing to the GF vegans. Whilst the burgers are incredible, it’s the guilty-pleasure vegan cheese sticks which will keep me coming back.
Nothing gets me in the mood for sweet potatoes quite like the start of Autumn. Sweet potatoes are great because they are cheap, easily available, tasty and really good for you. They’re great for your immune system as they contain good amounts of vitamin A, iron and potassium. They’re high in dietary fibre which aids digestion and can help with weight loss. I’ve sourced together some of my favourite recipes which will hopefully inspire you to cook more with sweet potato.
Curries are one of the easiest ways to introduce sweet potatoes into your diet. This one pot curry is nice and simple yet full of flavour. This recipe is totally popular with omnivores as well as vegans – great for impressing friends!
The Viva! Vegan Festival London had it all: great vegan food, clothes, beauty and homeware. I’d always recommend going to these vegan events as you get tonnes of vegan retailers under one roof where you can sample their products and nab a bargain.
Livin on the Veg was a vegan street food battle presented by KERB in the heart of London. With tickets at £25-£30 per person including eight of the best vegan dishes London has to offer this event sold-out easily and united veggies, vegans and omnivores with amazing food. The portion sizes were perfect, allowing you to get a great taste for the food without filling you up too much. With entrants receiving a voting token upon entry, all the food stalls present one dish to battle it out to receive the golden carrot award. Below I’ll be giving you the low-down of the best stalls.
Whilst Ben & Jerry still haven’t confirmed when we’ll be receiving their dairy-free delights, July was the month they announced their intention to release these to the UK. Their suitable for vegans flavours have been on sale for a while in the US and we’ve been jealously observing these on instagram for months – fingers crossed the chocolate fudge brownie flavour crosses the pond!
I’ve put my bucket list together for dining out in London as a vegan. Some of these are tried and tested must-eats, others are ones I’ve been pining over for far too long and need to get out and taste!
Last weekend Kensington Olympia hosted the Just V and Love Natural Love You show. I went on the Saturday and had the best time wolfing down free samples and trying out so many new cruelty free, vegan brands. Below I’m going to share my highlights and hopefully convince you to go next year!