London round-up

My Vegan MoFo posts have sadly been somewhat curtailed with real life getting in the way of my best laid plans (and hopes to post every day!).  However I have just spent a few days in London for work-related reasons and have absolutely relished meal after meal of glorious vegan food. The bank account has taken a bit of a beating (as it always does when I am on London and faced with so many options!) but I have eaten gloriously.

I failed to get a photo but Pret A Manger seem to have increased their veg sandwich range to include vegan options beyond the ubiquitous hummus and marinated peppers. A bit of a relief as I am sick to death of hummus. I ate a gorgeous wrap with avocado, salad leaves, basil and a sweet corn and bean salsa. Simple and very good.

I also finally tried out Itsu, a chain that does sushi and fresh salads. Lots of raw juices as well. I tried their vegetable dumplings and a ‘detox’ miso soup. DSC00316 DSC00317

Both dishes were perfectly respectable. I would have liked more spice and flavour so I added hot chilli sauce and soy.  A good  and satisfying lunch.

I also went to the Hare and Tortoise, which despite it’s name is not a pub but a fusion sort of diner featuring an array of sushi, Thai food, Malay food and so on. This is a real favourite of mine….. and is extremely popular. I have never been able to get a table straight off and have always had to wait. I tried the mock duck rolls made with tofu.


This was great. The pancakes were light and soft, the tofu was not too oily. The fresh cucumbers and Hoisin sauce all made this into a lovely fresh dish.

I also got my full tofu fix with a tofu and vegetable Ramen.


Absolutely gorgeous with three HUGE pieces of tofu. I LOVE that. I really like this dish and really like the Hare and Tortoise.




Vegan MoFo Day 9- Most retro recipe. Nut roast

I am having some logistical problems with posting every day as I ought to by participating in vegan MoFo! Yesterday’s brief was to post a retro recipe. I simply had to go with a classic nut roast. I totally winged this, and the results were pretty good, and I plan to use the leftovers today as a cannelloni stuffing.

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1 medium onion diced

2 sticks celery diced

7 mushrooms sliced thinly

75 grams roughly crushed brazil nuts

75 grams roughly crushed cashew nuts

75 grams roughly crushed walnuts

1 mug hot vegetable stock

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

1 tablespoon mixed herbs


olive oil

sautee vegetables in the olive oil under tender. Add nuts, herbs and mustard. Add half the vegetable stock and stir in well. Add enough breadcrumbs to bind it all together into a paste.

Spread into an oven-proof bowl and cook on 180 degrees celsius for about 30 minutes.


Vegan MoFo Day 6 – Recreate a restaurant meal.

Sweet potato gnocchi with rosemary and garlic sauce.

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This was very much an experiment that Husband-Gusto relished. I peeled and boiled 3 small sweet potatoes until tender. Then I mashed the potatoes and added white flour until it made a dough. This was very much by feel……. maybe 7-8 heaped tablespoons of flour mixed in gradually until there was a proper dough that capable of being rolled out. After this I rolled the dough into sausages, cut into inches and stabbed them with a fork. I then chilled the gnocchis for several hours and when ready to cook I added to boiling salted water. By the time the gnocchi rises to the top (about 4 minutes) they are done.  The sauce was  a simple sauce of olive oil, a sprig of rosemary, 1 crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Husband-Gusto enjoyed this dish alot. I was less keen. Perfect however with a green salad.

Vegan MoFo Day 3 – Quick, easy and delicious. Pasta Puttanesca


Usually Pasta Puttanesca has anchovies in it, but this vegan version just has garlic, diced tomatoes, chilli flakes,  black olives and capers. The most difficult thing about it is opening a few jars (I used Very Lazy Garlic), and waiting for the pasta to boil. Yum.

Today’s link to another vegan blogger. Kittens Gone Lentil.

Vegan MoFo – 1 Rise and Shine! Tell Us About Your Breakfast. 2 Recreate and meal from your childhood.

Right, so I am a day behind the other Vegan MoFo’ers. In my excitement to join in on the daily vegan blogging challenge I missed that this year there is a theme to follow! So today we will have two posts in one so I can catch up. :)

I am not a huge breakfast fan. I keep trying to start the day with a variety of healthy breakfast options (green smoothies, muesli etc… actually I love green smoothies) but I am such a fan of Real Food that more often than not I eat leftovers for dinner or skip breakfast all together in favour of a lunch served around 11 am. A few days ago for example, I woke up and whipped up a quick bowl of minestrone for breakfast. I justified it by telling myself that now I am (nearly) 42 I can eat what I want.

Today however I very unusually had a cereal craving. So breakfast was weetabix, soy milk, cheerios, bran flakes,  walnuts and sunflower seeds.  Baby-Gusto is also not much of a breakfast eater…… and recently has been a vegetable refuser…… so I made him beans on toast. In time-honored ‘Sneaky Mummy’ mode I spread his toast with a thin layer of mashed avocado and sprinkled in a few crushed sunflower seeds before covering the lots with baked beans. Yum.



For Day 2 of Vegan MoFo we were tasked with recreating a meal from our childhood. I have not been as creative as many other bloggers, so went with a simple pumpkin soup with ‘cheesy’ croutons. I used vegan sliced cheese.



The pumpkin soup was a simple blitz of onion, 2 sticks of celery, 1 clove garlic, 2 carrots, 1 sweet potato and a whole butternut pumpkin. Topped with a sour dough and ‘cheese’ crouton. Gorgeous lunch.

I’ll post a link to other Vegan MoFoers daily. Today, check out JoJo.

JoJo is Vegan In Brighton. Except that she is currently touring Europe, lucky thing. :)