The rise of the vegan takeaway?

Breakfast

Improvised cereal, soya milk

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When I went to make toast  this morning, I found that my bread had gone mouldy, probably as a result of the rare heatwave we’ve recently been having here in the UK. I didn’t have much else in the way of breakfast material, so just just combined some fresh fruit (mango and strawberries) with some dried fruit, seeds and chopped hazelnut pieces. Even if it lacked some of the most fundamental elements of a conventional breakfast cereal, it still tasted pretty nice combined with soya milk and was probably reasonably nutritious.

Lunch

Falafel and salad box

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This was the vegan takeaway. There’s a stall just outside Canary Wharf station (called Organic Chickpeas), which sells falafel, hummus and salad. The hummus, salad and falafel boxes cost about £5, which isn’t exactly something you’d want to spend on a daily basis, but is fairly cheap when you consider how substantial the boxes are (easily sufficient for the main meal of the day). I think this particular stall is independent, but there are definitely other falafel takeaways available. I’ve certainly seen a Just Falafel shop in Baker Street, (even if it looks as though you might have to watch out for cheese and yogurt dressings in there), and I’m sure there are others.

Falafel always makes a filling (but not overwhelming) meal, especially combined with hummus and some nice salad. It traveled fairly well, although the hummus did look a bit scraped about by the time I opened the box!

Tea

Wholemeal rolls with roasted pepper salad, crisps

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Unfortunately my toaster was a little over-enthusiastic tonight and the first of the rolls got rather burnt (hence the bit missing from the top)! They were still nice though, and I find that these roasted peppers (sold in a jar) make a great sandwich filling. The salt and vinegar kettle chips didn’t exactly add to the healthiness of the meal but they were very nice.

Dessert

Chocolate soya dessert,  strawberries

You can’t get more instant than one of these Alpro soya desserts, and they really are lovely. You can normally find them in the free from section of supermarkets.

 

Turkish food: putting the herb into herbivorous

Breakfast

Peach and apricot balance, chopped kiwi fruit, soya milk

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A repeat of yesterday, but I had a final kiwi that needed eating and thought it went well with this type of cereal (lucky really, as that was the only kind I had in the cupboard).

Lunch

Cranberry and watercress salad, french bread, vegan chocolate

Sainsbury’s seem to sell a nice par-bake bread that’s labelled as vegan. It’s the Basics range, but the packet boasts that it uses real French flour. Last night I’d thrown together a quick salad, and this morning I gave the par-bake loaf 10 mins in the oven. I had to pack it into my bag while still warm, but I don’t think it did any harm (and made my bag smell really nice). The salad was just watercress, cucumber, dried raisins/cranberries and a few stray pine nuts that were left over from a batch that I’d previously roasted. It made a filling but quite refreshing lunch, although some olive oil would definitely have benefited both the salad and the bread. I tend to avoid adding oil to packed lunches though, knowing my track record for spillages.

Dinner

My parents were up in London for the day so very kindly offered to take me out to dinner. I opted for Tas (a London chain of Turkish restaurants) as I’d been impressed by the vegan-friendliness of the menu when I went there for a drink a few months ago. It definitely lived up to my expectations, and the great food starts before you even order your meal. The pre-order appetisers include some lovely marinated olives, and after informing me that the bread contained milk, the waitress came straight back with a lovely plant based alternative in the form of hummus and cucumber/carrot batons. They had a great selection of vegetarian dishes, and were happy to omit the side serving of yogurt, as well as checking that there was no dairy in the veg dish I’d set my sights on. It was really delicious and included so many lovely herbs, as well as being piping hot and looking amazingly colorful. I’ve included the melon juice in the pictures as it looked so pretty.

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Dessert

Cherries, (later) some dark chocolate

I’d expected the ‘preserved cherries’ to be more like the glace variety, but these had stones and were probably closer to (but much nicer than) the ones you can get in a tin. They tasted great and made a really lovely dessert that was light and refreshing. There was no need for any chocolate after such a great meal, but I tend to be drawn to it when I open the kitchen cupboard.

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Snacks

Vegan chocolate

This was the other half of the bar I had at lunch. It was the Sainsbury’s free from brand, which includes lovely vegan chocolate made with rice milk, available in both bar and button form.