Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Vertigo Plantbased Eatery Cross Street Manchester 23rd December 2018

Vertigo Plantbased Eatery is the latest vegan restaurant to open in the city and I was dying to visit and the Sunday before Christmas was the perfect opportunity.

Vertigo's interior is warm, inviting, with lots of recycled wood and I especially love the lighting, but as there were lots of people eating I did not take too many interior shots, not wanting to impinge on their dining experience.


Vertigo fully open on the 3rd January, but had a soft launch just before Christmas to find their feet, so offer a small menu and specials board.

I chose a falafel, spinach and chilli jam sandwich and Steven ordered roast tomato soup, both served with Trove sourdough the best in Manchester in my opinion, its heavenly bread.

The sandwich was scrumptious, with plenty filling, great texture, lovely and moist with the chilli jam and wolfed down with a pot of peppermint tea, I loved the cute teapot.

The roast tomato soup was equally good, rich, delicious and thick and mopped up the sourdough bread, it made for a perfect lunch.

We had a chat with owner Michael and General Manager Dillon, who are enthusiastic about the new venture and I look forward to visiting in the New Year, to see what else is on the menu.   Vertigo is situated near the Royal Exchange Theatre and it is great to find a vegan eatery over that side of the city, as normally I would have to head over to the Northern Quarter, noted for its vegan scene.  Highly recommended.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Peaberry Coffee House Albert Dock 16th December 2018

Peaberry Coffee House has two Liverpool locations Waterloo and one at Albert Dock, which was just round the corner from our hotel.   Peaberry Coffee House  is a family owned business who cater for vegans, so we called for breakfast on the last morning of our Liverpool weekend away.

I really liked the inside, with its exposed brickwork, comfy seating, wooden tables and chairs and the living garden on the wall.

They offer interesting and satisfying sounding vegan breakfast choices and three kinds of plant milks, as well as lunch and dinner options.

I ordered a cafetiere of decaf coffee, as if I order just a cup of coffee, I have always drunk it before my food arrives.

Steven chose vegan baked sausage and tofu, which I would love, except I had to forego it with my soya allergy, so they kindly put together mushrooms, asparagus, spinach, red pepper and avocado on toast for me.

The food was excellent and so delicious, it is the little things that finish a dish, like the fabulous tomato sauce on the sausage and tofu, which brought the dish together.   Although mine was simply vegetables, it is how you cook and season them, in the wrong hands this would be an awful dish, but it was so delicious I left not a scrap.

I had a chat with owner Clare on social media prior to our visit, about soya free options and their policy is to look after all dietary requirements, so she is looking at offering a soya free sausage in the future, you really cannot say fairer than that.   I would definitely return to Peaberry Coffee House, when we next visit Liverpool.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Malmo Mat Kaffe Hanover Street Liverpool 15th December 2018

Malmo is a Scandinavian inspired cafe, offering lots of vegan options, so was a perfect stop for breakfast on our second day in Liverpool.

I loved the Scandinavian decor, with lots of wood and clean lines and we were the first ones in, on an extremely windy rainy Saturday morning.

I ordered a large decaf Americano and the aubergine, beans and beets with avocado, served on a toasted bagel.

This was a substantial dish and it beat me, but it was not for the want of trying, as it was so scrumptious and moreish to leave any.   I loved the flavour combinations, aubergine being one of my favourite vegetables and the tahini sauce brought it all together perfectly.

I loved Malmo and would visit in a flash when next in Liverpool.   Highly recommended.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Sticky Shitake Mushrooms

This is a Bosh recipe which I tweaked, due to lack of certain ingredients and to accommodate my allergies and I have to say I was impressed.

240 g shitake mushrooms sliced
3 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp caster sugar
4 tbsp coconut aminos (original recipe uses soy sauce)
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp chilli sauce (or less depending on preference)
1 tbsp sesame seeds toasted

Serves 2

Put 2 tbsp cornflour and ground ginger in a bowl, add the mushrooms and mix thoroughly to coat them with the flour mixture.

Heat the oil in a pan, add the mushrooms and fry for 4-5 mins until cooked through and slightly brown on the outside, remove from the pan and return to the bowl.

Mix the remaining cornflour with 2 tbsp water to make a thin paste, add the rice wine vinegar, chilli sauce and coconut aminos and mix well.

Cook the garlic in the pan for a few minutes, being careful not to burn it, then sprinkle over the sugar and stir until caramelised, add the cornflour mixture and cook until the sauce thickens slightly.

Tip the mushrooms back into the pan and cook for another few minutes, until the sauce reduces and thickens and coats the mushrooms.

I served with the sesame seeds sprinkled over the top, with basmati rice, fried seitan and smoky sprouts, peas and courgettes.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Vegums Gummy Vitamins

Vegums were created by two pharmacists, whose aim was to make a multi vitamin with only the specific vitamins vegans need like B12, iodine and selenium.   The other aims were they should be easy to take for adults and children, be made from natural ingredients and low in sugar and be eco friendly too.

Vegums are registered with The Vegan Society trademark, which gives vegans comfort that the product is wholly vegan, from the core ingredients through the manufacturing process, to the end product.

The Vegums are sold in a starter pack of sixty, with a convenient portable tin which holds thirty Vegums, with a refill box of one hundred and twenty available, all packaged in cardboard for easy recycling.   You can buy online as well as subscribe and save, with a regular delivery made to your home, so you never run out, great for the absent minded amongst us.

I love the biodegradable and compostable bags the Vegums are packed in, made from vegetable starch, fitting right in with my efforts to massively reduce my plastic usage.

The Vegums are so cute, in fact they are the nicest multi vitamin I have seen, you just want to eat them.   The red colour is derived from black carrot, with the flavour from strawberries and have a sweet chewy texture, yet only a sixth of a teaspoon of sugar each.

I struggle to swallow tablets and capsules, and have wasted and choked on so many, but with Vegums no glasses of water are required or throwing my head back trying to help them down, just pop one in your mouth and enjoy.   It is so easy to get all these important vegan vitamins in the recommended daily dose, but in such a pleasant way, I love them.

I tend not to supplement personally, only on holiday and especially on long cruises when I am not in control of my nutritional needs, so Vegums will be my vitamin of choice in future.

Disclaimer:  I received free samples of this product and have not been paid for this review and all opinions are my own.