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Important announcement: proceed immediately to anywhere that sells Vivera Veggie Shawarma Kebab and buy all of it. Shallow fry at a good heat in plenty of oil. It’s fucking delicious.

 

Bought some for my daughter and was genuinely disappointed with the real actual chicken I was serving for the meat eaters.

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On 06/02/2019 at 21:46, MemoryLeak said:

Important announcement: proceed immediately to anywhere that sells Vivera Veggie Shawarma Kebab and buy all of it. Shallow fry at a good heat in plenty of oil. It’s fucking delicious.

 

Bought some for my daughter and was genuinely disappointed with the real actual chicken I was serving for the meat eaters.

 

I had some in a wrap today, love it!

 

On 08/02/2019 at 11:38, Strategos said:

just tried the Beyond Burger, bloomin delicious, my carnivore GF said it's the best burger she's had in years meat or veggie. It's certainly the best I've tasted.

 

https://www.beyondmeat.com/products/view/beyond-burger

 

And bought some of these, can’t see them beating an actual burger but maybe I’ll be surprised....

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On 06/02/2019 at 21:46, MemoryLeak said:

Important announcement: proceed immediately to anywhere that sells Vivera Veggie Shawarma Kebab and buy all of it. Shallow fry at a good heat in plenty of oil. It’s fucking delicious.

 

Yeah! Love this. They do a greek style kebab now as well.

 

My local big Tesco has just started selling Natura vegan butter - exciting! Haven't tried it yet. Going to go in hard tomorrow morning with some toast.

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Adding Cauldron sausages to the list of bloody good veggie stuff pretending to be meat, best sausage I’ve tried so far unless people have other suggestions?

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Yeah - Cauldron are my favourites of all the sausages I've tried. Admittedly there are lots more I haven't tried since the recent expansion of so many vegan ranges. The Sainsbury's chorizo-style shroom dogs I mentioned above would be next best (so far) but they're a more specialist proposition (they work better cold in a sandwich the next day than the Cauldron ones though - those tend to end up a bit grey and tasteless if not eaten right away).

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On 14/02/2019 at 22:03, Plums said:

My local big Tesco has just started selling Natura vegan butter - exciting! Haven't tried it yet. Going to go in hard tomorrow morning with some toast.

 

It was alright. Not worth the massive price tag. Maybe it's good for baking and stuff. Palm oil free though which is always good.

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2 hours ago, Shimmyhill said:

Just had the beyond burger and mind blown, it’s properly tasty and tastes like a burger - I don’t understand!

I'm going to have to give these a go, I guess. I'm not even the biggest burger fan, but interested to see what it's like. Actually intrigued rather than interested now...

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3 hours ago, Shoes said:

Right, tomorrow night is burger night!

 

53 minutes ago, MarkN said:

I'm going to have to give these a go, I guess. I'm not even the biggest burger fan, but interested to see what it's like. Actually intrigued rather than interested now...

 

I only bbq burgers and never buy cheap ones so bit of a snob with them, I don’t rate many burger places as usually can do a better job at home, so I’m a bit blown away with them and it’s kinda rocked my world view a bit as dramatic as it sounds as part of me wants to go veggie but I can’t live without my bbq food!

 

Honestly, up to this burger I’ve tried many that people say are ‘as good as meat’ and they just aren’t, the beyond burger really is - my wife said she preferred it to real burgers so it will lead to a divorce but other than that it really is as good as they say :o 

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I got a couple of tins of young jackfruit the other day and cooked it up with some bbq sauce for some veggie tacos. Can't believe how much like pulled pork it looked and felt. The flavour was mostly the bbq sauce, but honestly, I doubt I would have known it was a fruit if I didn't already know. So easy to do as well.

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On 06/02/2019 at 21:46, MemoryLeak said:

Important announcement: proceed immediately to anywhere that sells Vivera Veggie Shawarma Kebab and buy all of it. Shallow fry at a good heat in plenty of oil. It’s fucking delicious.

 

Bought some for my daughter and was genuinely disappointed with the real actual chicken I was serving for the meat eaters.

Thanks for posting about these, they're amazing. Fried it then chucked it in a durum wheat wrap (from Sainsbury's) with cucumber/tomato/red cabbage, etc. and wow... I literally don't have any reason to buy meat anymore. 

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I'm planning a vegatarian curry dinner for guests this weekend. We have a bulletproof saag paneer recipe and a good simple tarka daal, I can make paratha and I'm going to give onion bhaji another go, but what I realy need is a good couple of centerpiece curries. I don't feel like the BIR sauce I've been making recently is up to scratch either. Any recommendations?

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1 hour ago, revlob said:

I'm planning a vegatarian curry dinner for guests this weekend. We have a bulletproof saag paneer recipe and a good simple tarka daal, I can make paratha and I'm going to give onion bhaji another go, but what I realy need is a good couple of centerpiece curries. I don't feel like the BIR sauce I've been making recently is up to scratch either. Any recommendations?

 

What's your saag paneer recipe? Is it online? Also, do you make your own paneer? I hear it's really easy to make

 

Edit: Sorry I can't help with your curry quandary, you seem more of an aficionado than me. However, I do really like Maunika Gowardhan's recipes. Check her out if you don't know her already

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On 08/03/2019 at 11:06, littlelegs said:

 

What's your saag paneer recipe? Is it online? Also, do you make your own paneer? I hear it's really easy to make

 

Edit: Sorry I can't help with your curry quandary, you seem more of an aficionado than me. However, I do really like Maunika Gowardhan's recipes. Check her out if you don't know her already

 

I haven't been brave enough to try making our own cheese yet. We buy our paneer from the supermarket already cubed. It freezes well.

 

I've ordered saag paneer from a few different places, and its preparation seems to vary wildly. Some serve it a lot drier than others, and that's how we like ours.

 

For the saag, we quickly blanch a huge bag of fresh spinach, and then using a variety of methods, try to get as much water out of it as possible. We've found this is the key to the dish; the drier the spinach before it goes in the pan, the better the result. So ideally you press it in clean muslin, but if you can't be bothered with that then squeezing it in your hands over a colander is fairly effective, or you could do the weight-on-a-plate thing.

 

Once you're happy with the spinach, the rest is fairly quick and easy. Fry paneer on all sides first, then put it to one side. Then fry sliced onions until they start to brown, add chillis, ginger, and garlic, then your spinach, and finally your cheese. Somewhere in the middle of all that I add a good sprinkle of garam masala and a pinch of tumeric. I've found it needs to be generously salted, and don't skimp on the oil either.

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My curries tend to be quite hit and miss - more miss than hit if I'm honest. Recently I bought a bag of curry spice from the world food aisle in Morrisons, and that makes results I'm happy with very easily. It's this stuff - £2 for a big bag:

 

https://groceries.morrisons.com/webshop/product/Heera-Kashmiri-Basaar-Mix/408518011

 

All I do is fry up onions and then add some garlic. Then I add whatever bulky veg I'm using (potato and chickpeas is a regular, but most things work. Then add a tin of tomatoes (chopped), some coconut cream, some water, and the spice mix. Possibly a handful or two of red lentils if I think that'll help. Cook that until everything's done. If I've got something soft like spinach I'll chuck that in toward the end. So far it's always been pretty good - much more reliable than me busking it with a load of jars. A couple of things to note - there's a lot of salt in that mix, so you probably won't need to add any of your own (at least not until the end). Secondly, it is quite spicy so have a test run, or add it a little at a time (I don't tend to pay too much attention to measures when cooking, but I think a teaspoon a serving would be a decent start point.)

 

Also for the coconut cream, I've been using the stuff below (also found in the World food aisle) which is super convenient. You just break off a lump and dissolve it in hot water, then chuck the rest in the fridge (it keeps for ages). Much cheaper than buying tins, and great if you only need a little at a time (I only use maybe an eighth of a block for 4 servings - just enough to add creaminess, but not enough to dominate).

 

https://groceries.morrisons.com/webshop/product/KTC-Pure-Creamed-Coconut/360295011?from=search&param=ktc creamed cocontut

 

I'm actually having a curry tonight. I have gone a little off-piste from the above for once, and replaced half of the spice mix with a 50/50 mix of freshly toasted ground cumin and turmeric. It seem to recall it tasted quite nice when I cooked it, but I was quite drunk at the time and it's been sat in the fridge for a couple of days since then.

 

It sounds like you're sorted for bread, but since I've started here's another recommendation. These naan breads (again I got them from Morrisons) are really very good. Enormous, vegan and proper nom. I've bought a pack every week since I discovered them.

 

https://groceries.morrisons.com/webshop/product/The-Clay-Oven-Bakery-Garlic--Coriander-Naan-Bread/336891011?param=garlic+coriander+naan+oven&from=search

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On 18/02/2019 at 18:18, Shimmyhill said:

Just had the beyond burger and mind blown, it’s properly tasty and tastes like a burger - I don’t understand!

 

Finally got round to trying this tonight. Very good. Even have that lingering burgery aftertaste a couple of hours later. 

 

Not sure about the pretentious insistence that they belong in the meat section rather than the vegetarian one, but I can see why they'd do that now. I wish they were a little bit cheaper, though.

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@MarkN - not sure what order you're adding ingredients in but if you aren't add the spices once you've got the onions and garlic going in a bit of oil/ghee, the spices will release far more flavour and cook off nicer than if you put them in after the wets like tinned tom, water etc.

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2 hours ago, Gotters said:

@MarkN - not sure what order you're adding ingredients in but if you aren't add the spices once you've got the onions and garlic going in a bit of oil/ghee, the spices will release far more flavour and cook off nicer than if you put them in after the wets like tinned tom, water etc.

 

I do usually add the spices at the end of frying and stir them through for a minute or two - I should have mentioned that above. I think I held off because when I went to check the name on the packet I read the example recipe, and it said add them after the liquids, so I wondered if I was doing it wrong. But my own method has been aggregated from the silly numbers of cookery shows I've watched, which is my usual way of doing anything (if I want a recipe for a dish I tend to google it, read 6 or 7 different ones, and then make one that's based on the lot, rather than follow one slavishly). Cheers for the confirmation though. :)

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On 10/03/2019 at 00:14, James Lyon said:

 

Finally got round to trying this tonight. Very good. Even have that lingering burgery aftertaste a couple of hours later. 

 

Not sure about the pretentious insistence that they belong in the meat section rather than the vegetarian one, but I can see why they'd do that now. I wish they were a little bit cheaper, though.

In the Tesco I get them from they're in the free from section. 

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The idea of putting the meat-free burgers in the meat aisle is that they're not aimed at vegans. The assumption (rightly or wrongly) being that most die-hard vegans don't want something that tastes like meat. They're aimed at people who want to cut down on meat, so they're put next to it to show folk the alternatives.

 

It's one of those decisions where it's easy to think they've got it wrong, but when it comes to making money I trust big business to know more about this sort of thing than I do. If they thought they'd make more cash putting it in the veggie section then that's where it would be. It's not a hipster decision, it's a money decision.

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Vegans will avoid the meat aisle, obviously. There is nothing there that they can buy. It makes shopping that much quicker being able to entirely ignore one (or two) aisles. It's annoying having to track things down though. In my local big Sainsbury they put a few plant milks by the cow milk, but the majority of them way over the other side of the store with the baking ingredients. Vegans avoiding something that tastes like meat though? That's not true for the vast majority in my experience.

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21 minutes ago, Plums said:

Vegans will avoid the meat aisle, obviously. There is nothing there that they can buy. It makes shopping that much quicker being able to entirely ignore one (or two) aisles. It's annoying having to track things down though. In my local big Sainsbury they put a few plant milks by the cow milk, but the majority of them way over the other side of the store with the baking ingredients. Vegans avoiding something that tastes like meat though? That's not true for the vast majority in my experience.

Woah! That milk separation sounds like madness - unless you mean the long-life versions of milk, which are always kept separate (in my store they're nowhere near the baking ingredients though).

 

But yes - the assumptions is (I believe) that vegans don't want stuff that tastes like meat, because they don't eat the stuff. You can point out until you are blue in the face that the reason they don't eat the stuff is the "death and killing and cruelty" and that most veggies and vegans have meat products that they actually really enjoyed but can't eat any more, but that doesn't seem to register. It's not the flavour and texture that's the problem, you muppets - it's the cruelty and death. If you can do one without the other then we're sorted. (My personal favourites are all weird shit like corned beef and chicken liver pate which no-ones going to bother make veggie-equivalents of for a bastard long time yet, so I'm screwed.)

I genuinely believe we're getting there on this one though. The progress in the last couple of years has been incredible.  It will take some people some time to catch up, and some time for the marketplace to sort itself out too, but I really think this is heading properly in the right direction. 

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So my vegetarian adventures continue and I’m trying to replace as much meat as possible!

 

I am partial to the Nissin Ramen noodles, it’s my easy go to meal when on own and being lazy (so I eat them lots ;)) but to my surprise even the chilli one isn’t vegetarian and the only Nissin ones that are don’t seem available anywhere in the uk :( 

 

I assume there must be many other brands that are vegetarian so hoping some of you have tried them and can recomend them to me, I would also be interested in a recipe to make my own vegetarian ramen if anyone has a recipe?

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My favourite noodles by far are Nongshim Shin Ramyun and Shin Cup. They're proper nom (quite spicy too). You have to be careful though because some variants have anchovy in (possibly only sometimes - I swear I've had the regular sized cup ones without anchovy, but last time I bought some it included it in the ingredients). The Shin Ramyun that I currently have (which doesn't come in a cup) are veggie, as was a large-sized bowl I picked up from Morrison's recently. Will try to remember to check the regular ones again next time I'm somewhere that sells them (Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Tesco all have them near me). EDIT: Just checked - and they still list anchovy in the regular cup size, whereas the large bowl and loose packets don't. Bizarre! So don't buy the one pictured below, but the exact same package design in a packet or large bowl is fine.

 

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Another one I eat fairly often is Ko-Lee Go Extreme. These have a veggie seal on the pack so are definitely OK, and despite the name aren't super spicy. Not as good as Shin Cup by some distance, but can be picked up for 28p a pack in Morrisons. They're a bit more of a faff to prepare because alongside a powder sachet there's also one with oil in, and getting that out can be messy (I tend to slice 3 sides open, and then chuck the sachet in the bowl, pour the boiling water on, then fish out the plastic at the end). There's also a chow mein variety which is pretty good too (although Morrisons don't seem to stock them so I have to pay top whack for them at Sainsbury's (40p a pack)).

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