Monday, 28 October 2013

The Vegg: vegan egg yolk

Does the idea of a vegan egg yolk freak you out? Yeah, it kind of freaked me out at first. But worry not, the Vegg is simply a mix of natural ingredients (like nutritional yeast and black salt) to which you add water. It then becomes very similar to egg yolk, in a space food magic kind of way. It's tasty and useful.

A couple of weeks ago, the lovely people behind the Vegg sent me a fabulous parcel containing a sachet of their very exciting vegan egg yolk, as well as the nifty cookbook that provides plenty of ideas and recipes for what to do with this great new product.


I didn't waste long in getting started. I decided to begin at the beginning, by just making up a couple of yolks' worth of the product. All you do is use an immersion blender to combine a teaspoon of Vegg with a quarter cup of water. Whizz, and you have something very very closely resembling egg yolk, but without harming any chickens. Marmite soldiers made a perfect dipping accompaniment.


Then this got me craving scrambled eggs: my favourite way to eat the things back in my pregan days. So I made a super simple tofu scramble, adding a quarter cup of prepared Vegg. Very much like scrambled eggs indeed! It doesn't look it, but it tastes it.


Most recently, I added Vegg to a pasta carbonara made with oat cream and a touch of nutritional yeast, with tempeh bacon crumbles standing in for the lardons.


This is the very best Vegg use I've found so far. Creamy, rich, delicious, and with that very special mouth-feel that I thought only egg could add. Success!

Tempted? If you're in France, you can get hold of the Vegg through Un Monde Vegan. If you're elsewhere in the world you have a load of options.

This post was brought to you by the colour yellow.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Vegan Prague

Oh my God, Prague is great. And despite it being a land swimming in butter and pork, eating vegan in Prague is actually quite easy, and often quite delicious.

Our first meal was at Country Life, a vegetarian buffet place near the Old Town Square (address: Melantrichova 463/15). The sauerkraut and potatoes were both amazing, but some of the protein patty things were a bit odd/unexpectedly cold.

My plate:


Omni's plate. Omni loves potatoes more than anyone else on earth:


The restaurant itself is nice, clean, and airy. Free water too!

Next up, Beas vegetarian Indian buffet. This was my favourite meal in Prague. We went to the branch at Tynska 19, which is located in a little courtyard. The vegan options were clearly labelled, and everything we tried was delicious. Free water here, also! Amazingly tasty samosa, great curries, and perfect pickles and chutneys.


Loveg only opened this summer, but seems to be doing good business already. It also happens to be located just a few doors down from our hotel (the Golden Star) at Nerudova 36, so it would have been rude not to pay them a visit.

I started with the quesadilla: garlicky aubergine, vegan cheese, and a tasty salsa all grilled to perfection and served with good guacamole and a nice side salad:


Omni had a momentary lapse and ordered a raw soup. We're not sure what flavour it was. He liked it, I thought it tasted like liquid dust:


Then I had the 'vegan sirloin', which was advertised as coming with a cream sauce and dumplings. In fact it was just strips of tempeh (delicious! There's a tempeh famine going on in Paris and I haven't been able to find any for months), sitting on what tasted like reduced carrot soup. The dumplings looked exactly like those I'd seen at meaty restaurants. And there was jam. Czech food seems to like mixing sweet and savoury. I wasn't a huge fan:


Omni had some broccoli patty things, served with great black beans and awful mash which managed to be everything you don't want from mash: cold, gluey, AND lumpy all at once. The beer was delicious.


We didn't just eat at vegan/vegetarian restaurants. Getting hold of animal-friendly food at 'normal' Prague restaurants wasn't as difficult as I'd feared, and I enjoyed the following:

Crispy fried cauliflower at a tiny one-man, one-woman operation:


Spaghetti aglio-olio. This is actually on the menu at quite a few (non-Italian) restaurants, and I had it twice. This was the better version:


And some simple, tasty grilled vegetables enjoyed on a reverside terrace in the sunshine.


Bonus beasties spotted as we walked about. This guy was tootling along on his way home after a night on the tiles:


If the male is a peacock and the female is a peahen, what is the baby? A peachick?

Monday, 7 October 2013

Sojabio - Tartine & Moi - A new French vegan cheese

New cheese, new cheese! This spreadable, Boursin-style vegan cheese is very similar to Tartimi by Sojami. In fact, it's pretty much identical. In fact, it could be the same product with a new name.


It's made with organic fermented soya grown in South-West France, so no need to worry about rainforest destruction. The five-pepper flavour reminds me very much of the peppery Boursin that I loved so much in my pregan days.

Sojabio Tartine & Moi is great spread on bread.


Sadly it doesn't react well to heat: it's more of a spread than something you'd eat hot. But hey, I love spreading things on bread.

So far, I've only found this delicious stuff in the fantastic, Whole Foods-esque, Carrefour Bio, which just so happens to be round the corner from my house.


Omni says: "It tastes like cheese!".

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A few of my favourite blogs (Vegan mofo 2013 XXIII and final)


It's been a busy blogging month. In case you haven't gathered by now, Vegan mofo is a month in which loads and loads of vegan bloggers go all out and write at least 20 posts on their blogs. There's a small but wonderful team behind the vegan month of food, who have organised giveaways as well as creating roundups of some of the best posts.

I chose a theme of French foods for this, my first vegan mofo. I've eaten some really delicious things like this plum tart wot I made up, and these creamy tomatoes courtesy of Elizabeth David. I'm also now thoroughly sick of French food. I want spice. I want coconut milk. I want tempeh. And I want them all now.

One of the best parts of mofo has been discovering a whole load of great blogs that I didn't know about. Today, for your reading pleasure, here are some of my favourites, which I know I'll be returning to again and again.

VegFusion

Wonderful recipes for 'world cuisine' dishes, with a special focus on Mediterranean (and especially Turkish) food this month.

Vegan miam

Beautiful photography used to document the adventures of a pair of world travellers. Insanely useful if you're planning a trip!

Spicebox of Earth

Reviews, recipes, slices of life, horror films, and a beautiful doggy to boot!

Vegtastic

Super original recipes, with a theme of Russian foods this month. PLUS VODKA.

Seitan is my Motor

Beautiful photos of beautiful vegan German food. This month, a special focus on German desserts. Effin' lecker.

The Vegan Word

Inventive, delicious-looking food with the great mofo theme of 'also suitable for non-vegans'.

Tea and Sympatico

Great guide to vegan Manchester. Amazing exploration of the Northern Quarter this month.

Leaves and flours

Stunning vegan baked goods and sweet treats. You will drool.

Interprétations Culinaires

Delightful bilingual blog full of pretty pictures. Also, a vegan croissant recipe!

There are lots and lots more great blogs out there of course. Congratulations to one and all on your fabulous blogging this month!