Friday, 15 May 2015

Vegan Life Issue 5

Issue 5 of Vegan Life has got one of the best covers so far in my opinion! It's an image of a delicious sandwich with lots more sandwich ideas inside. I've never been a big sandwich eater but I've been getting into them recently trying out things like Pulled Pork made with jack fruit and the amazing Tempeh Ruben from Vegan With A Vengeance. With the growing interest in veganism it's starting to feel like we're not too far away from some better vegan sandwich choices on the High Street too. Imagine the day when there's more on offer than boring hummus or roasted veg!

My favourite non food articles in the magazine were the interview with the band Martha and the £100 vegan city break. The writer of this article Liz Dodd has set herself a challenge to visit a different country for a weekend each month on a budget of £100. The article is about a trip to Sweden and I'm really hoping the magazine features more of her travels as this was a great read.

Of course an issue can't go by without me trying out a recipe and particularly a cake recipe. This Chocolate Courgette cake was a winner. It's easy to make and involves a large grated courgette. There's no frosting and the use of veg makes it sound a bit worthy but there's a fair wack of sugar and oil in this cake and it's pretty decadent tasting. The intense chocolately taste reminded me of the sort of dark chocolate flavour you get with Oreos. It barely lasted 24 hours in our house and went down well with our non vegan guest that weekend who asked for the recipe. The recipe is taken from a book called Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel. I've seen a sneak preview of the next issue and it looks like seitan will be involved. We've just started to make our own sausages and burgers using vital wheat gluten so I'm looking forward to learning more about this amazing 'wheat meat'.

As a Vegan Life blogger I get a free digital subscription but I actually like the magazine so much I've taken out a hard copy subscription. To find out more about various subscription packages or places you can buy the magazine have a look here. The current subscription offer gives you a free gift of three bottles of Choc Shot. I've just tried the new Coconut flavour one and it's excellent.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Vegan Burger Day - 28 May - Get Involved!

Much as I love a good 'meaty' vegan burger like those that Frys and Vegusto make I am also a big fan of the home made vegetable based veggie burgers. Last Summer Matt and I worked our way through the burger recipes in Isa Does It and they were all excellent. We even had a bit of a theme going with Burger, Beer and Bakeoff nights, enjoying our burgers during episodes of The Great British Bake Off. This first one is a Black Bean Burger topped with gucamole and crushed nachos.

Alongside this Bistro Beet Burger we also had the curry fries from the book.

I think these Olive, Lentil and Mushroom burgers were my absolute favourite. As burger season is coming round I've been looking at my copy of Lukas Volger's 'Veggie Burgers Every Which Way'. I bought this book on holiday in Portland a few years ago and I've never actually made anything from it. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Apparently 28 May is National Hamburger Day in the States. I was unaware of this until I got an email from Belgium vegan food blogger Kristel of Tofu Party blog. I came across Kristel's blog a few years ago through Vegan Mofo and I think it's one of the best vegan blog names ever! Kristel is working for the Belgium Vegan Society who have decided to start a Vegan Burger Day on the same date. There's a Facebook page for this here. So come on everyone, let's get involved. Dig out your BBQ and get a few non veggie mates round to show them that there are tasty alternatives