Monday, 29 April 2013

The Weekend in Food!

Saturday morning breakfast was coffee and delicious scones from The Lonely Scone, a fab local company that also offer vegan, gluten free and diabetic friendly scones and are at the Glossop Farmers market each month. We usually stock up and freeze some.

Followed by a little snack of Cremisso on ricecakes. This yummy spread tastes of apple and horseradish and is part of the brilliant stash of vegan friendly goodies Matt brought back from his Dutch tour last week.

Big salads with oatcakes for lunch followed by these delicious hazelnut chocolate dips I found in V Revolution.

For tea it was homemade pizza with double cheese (Vegusto Picante and MozzaRisella) and double meat (Fry's Polony and Wheaty Salami slices).

We went on a little walk up a hill to check out a pub we'd not been to before and were gobsmacked to discover this! We will be back to check out the vegan menu at the Hare and Hounds.

With nights out to live music events on both Friday and Saturday we needed a bit of a lie-in on Sunday and a BIG brunch. Black pudding, polony slicing sausage, tomato, beans, tempeh bacon, tofu scramble with added Vegg and a Derbyshire oatcake.

To walk it off we went to check out the Medieval Fair and rededication of the cross in the square in Old Glossop. If you've been watching The Village you might recognise the location, it's where a lot of it was filmed. The cross was damaged by a car recently but has been fully restored. One of the locals told us how there is now a time capsule under it created by current residents.

We were delighted that one of the stalls in the market was Missy's Vegan Cupcakes! We devoured the Chocolate Cake infused with Old Tom beer on the spot but the Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Split cupcakes managed to make it back to the house to have with a brew. These were seriously good cakes. If you're in the North West area I'd suggest checking out the Facebook page to see where they are appearing next!

Sunday tea was hotdogs, with fried onions, mustard and ketchup and a bottle of wine.

And one last treat with a bit of Sunday night telly. I picked this up form the Secret Society of Vegans stall at the Northern Vegan Festival. We were promised that it would be good and it was fantastic. Hope I spot it somewhere else soon.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Northern Vegan Festival

This last Saturday was the Northern Vegan Festival which was held in Manchester city centre. It was an amazing day! Over 2,500 people turned up and there were long queues to get in for much of the day. Next year they are going to need a much bigger venue. I'd been ill for a week and half beforehand with a horrible chest infection/ suspected whooping cough and wasn't sure if I would make it. I was pretty shaky on the day but managed a good few hours and I'm so glad I did! Here's Lynnmarie and Jen of Manchester Vegans at the start of the day with a stall full of fantastic food donations and baked goods. £250 was collected in donations to be split between 3 charities which was great going.

I also got to meet one of my favourite bloggers - Jojo of Vegan in Brighton. We got to hang out a bit over the weekend, in V Revolution, at the after party and Jojo also came to Meat Free Monday. I hope she makes it up to visit us again soon!

I'd had a really poor appetite all week so it was great to get it back and tuck into some delicious vegan goodies. For lunch I had an amazing pulled pork roll from the V Revolution stall. Hats off to V Rev, those guys are amazing. There was a major fire in the building next door to them the day before and they couldn't get into the shop to get supplies out until late on Friday night then they worked through the night prepping to feed all us hungry vegans.

I constantly drool over pictures of cake from the Cat and the Cream in the VX Facebook news feed so I was delighted to see them at the festival and to be able to purchase one of their boobie cakes where the proceeds go to Sarah Kramer who's had to close her shop whilst she recovers from surgery.

And finally one of my favourite things from Saturday and a genius idea from Tams at Manchester Vegan Society. She made vegan Pengiun biscuits and they tasted just like how I remembered the real thing. They consist of Aldi bourbon biscuits dipped in melted Aldi chocolate! A great fundraiser idea.