A pretty regular food shop :)

Hello everyone! It’s been a little while again since I last posted cause it’s been a busy time recently: I’ve started a new job and been productive making lots of new paintings.

For this post, I thought I’d keep it pretty simple and share another shopping photo from my last visit to Sainsbury’s, as it’s been ages since I posted one, and they had a few new items which I picked up and want to review:

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So, as well as a couple of basic items, I also chose some official vegan Cornettos, a carton of Mylk, Meridian curry sauces and silken tofu.

  • The Cornettos were very nice, but I thought they could have benefited even more from some jam or extra chocolate running through them as they were a little on the plain side for me. Overall I prefer the Tesco freefrom ones, although I suppose it depends how sweet you like them 🙂
  • I was a bit disappointed by Mylk, owing to the fact that it separated in my tea and coffee 😦 Now, I don’t actually know whether this is a problem I have with my water or kettle or something, because I do find that most milks I try separate in hot drinks. The Alpro original and the Oatly barista are currently the only ones which DON’T separate! However, I do think they have done a very good job of replicating the dairy milk taste. I might use the rest of it in porridge instead 🙂
  • The Meridian curry sauces have become a staple in my kitchen cupboard, and I always pick up a couple of them when I go to Sains. They make curries so quick and are delicious. They have korma and tikka masala varieties, which are my two favourites anyway!
  • Lastly, the silken tofu is for making scrambled ‘egg’, as we finally located some black salt the other day which gives a good flavour. Looking forward to trying it…

Also, just a few pics from the last couple of weeks. Firstly, this is one of my favourite quick and easy meals at the moment: Quorn spicy chicken-style burgers accompanied by salad, corn-on-the-cob, and some Vegenaise.

TIP: it’s so easy to cook corn in the microwave: put it in a container with a splash of water and heat it for about 3 mins, turning it over half way through. Put some vegan butter and black pepper on it too!

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Lastly, I went on an unexpected trip to London on Sunday, helping out on a tour for some Italian students. In my free time, I knew I had to go to Yorica 😀 This was cookies and cream flavour ice-cream in a cone, with pieces of brownie and hearts on top:

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Photo dump!

Hello everyone! Well I did say it would be a while before I posted again, due to spending a lot of time invigilating at my art exhibition. However, I have managed to accumulate quite a few photos over the past two/three weeks, so thought I should post them here as a general update…

Firstly, here is a little gallery of food pics from various eateries and my own meals at home. They include: soup from Chapel Arts Cafe, various mexican food and cakes from VX Bristol, pizza from The Stable, Eton mess from Nourish, Sainsbury’s freefrom vegetable lasagne, and Quorn burgers with all the ‘trimmings’:

And here are some various photos from shop finds etc:

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Lots and lots of dairy-free yogs in Sainsbury’s! New big pots 🙂

Wicked Kitchen ready meals in Tesco:

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This shelf of books was encouraging to see in The Works!
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I would highly recommend these Asda freefrom cookies!

Ciao for now! I will hopefully be able to do a more well-written post next time (which might also be in a while…) 🙂

A couple of recent recipes

Ciao peeps! Hope you’re all enjoying the “Beast from the East” and haven’t turned into icicles! I have a lot of exciting things planned this month, so am very happy that March is finally here 😀

I thought I’d share a couple of meals that I’ve had this week, including one simple recipe, as I haven’t posted that sort of thing in a while… These two include useful supermarket finds so are quick and easy to make:

1: Spicy burgers with “all the trimmings”

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I absolutely love making quick, easy, but very tasty meals using a vegan item I enjoy, and then adding fresh ingredients. This is a good example, using Quorn hot and spicy burgers and then steaming some mini corn-on-the-cobs and adding salad and sauces.

2: Easy cheesy pasta

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This is slightly more complicated, but not by much: I followed the recipe instructions on this (very cheap) vegan cheese sauce mix, and added some fried baby button mushrooms and peas, before mixing in cooked pasta 🙂

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Cooking doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming; you choose the recipe, depending how much time you have!

It might be a while before I post again, due to a very busy time coming up, including my first solo exhibition opening next week! You can check that out on my other website http://www.jennybrockartist.co.uk and the facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/389602391498382/

A couple of foodie bits :)

I said I would post if my dad and I went anywhere nice to eat while I was visiting for a couple of days, and we did! We had lunch at the brilliant The Planet cafe in Taunton, where I had a yummy and very filling cheesy pasta dish made from sunflower seeds (you would never know!). It came with a few salads, and then I got two huge slices of cake to bring home: one chocolate cake and one coffee cake 😀

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Speaking of cakes, I recently made another one using Betty Crocker cake mix, which, as usual, went down an absolute treat 🙂 This one was a ‘rocky road’ style one, as it was chocolate and had mini vegan marshmallows (Sweet Freedom) on top. I very much enjoyed eating it using unicorn-coloured cutlery…!

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Bath wanderings :)

Ciao peeps 🙂

The city of Bath has been very nice to wander around this week; the Christmas market is in full swing and there are a lot of pretty lights up around Southgate…

Aaaaand… Zizzi has finally opened a branch here!!

Jacob and I found out and went for a delicious meal on their opening day. They have a few new additions to their vegan menu, including two pizzas and a pudding, pictured blurrily below:

Yesterday we had a day out in the city, exploring the market and looking out for presents. We went to The Green Rocket for lunch where, again, there were a few new seasonal items on the menu. I had a pie with a side of onion rings, and Jacob had his favourite burger with some sweet potato fries:

I also wanted to mention a simple recipe that Jacob invented and which I think is absolutely delish: fry some Fry’s beef-style strips and then add a jar of Asda freefrom bbq cooking sauce. Let it thoroughly cook and serve with vegetable rice (we use Uncle Ben’s just for ease). Not the healthiest thing we’ve cooked, but lovely for a treat 😀

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Hello again, finally! :D

As I predicted in my last post, due to the busy-ness of my new job (which is going very well), things have been a bit quiet on the blog front recently!

So I’m back to do a few little updates while I can 🙂

The first thing I wanted to mention is that I found a really good vegan vitamin D supplement in Holland and Barrett this week. As the weather is starting to get colder and darker, I think it is very important for everybody (particularly British people who don’t get out enough!) to make sure they get vit D. This one is derived from mushrooms, and I got two bottles on a good price deal:

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Secondly, there has been good news for people of Bath; a completely new vegan eatery has opened in the city centre, called Chapel Arts Cafe! I haven’t had the chance to eat there yet, as they are in the process of adjusting their opening hours, but I am looking forward to going there some time after 1st October, when they will be open in the evenings 🙂

Lastly, I wanted to mention something that happened on social media last week, which was a strange mixture of positive and negative for me:

A well-known Facebook page, called Vice, posted an article about the jobs that would be lost if the world went vegan overnight. The funny thing was, that the top comments (including mine – see screenshots below) were the pro-vegan ones! There were lots of people pointing out the overall importance and benefits of veganism, and the fact that change is necessary, even if some people do have to transfer their skills to cruelty-free jobs.

Somebody very intelligently pointed out that, if everybody followed that same logic as the article, no positive changes or progress would ever happen because of the jobs that would be lost or altered. For example, crime would be encouraged because otherwise police officers would be out of work, or disease would not be fought because lots of medical staff and researchers would no longer be needed. It was a very flawed and short-sighted article.

Anyway, what was positive was that my comment ended up getting over a hundred more “like” and “love” reactions than the article itself. Considering that it was not on a vegan page, I found this very encouraging and surprising. Obviously, there were plenty of hate comments and arguments that I had to debunk, as well as trolls, but overall I was very pleasantly taken-aback by the support, and I had lots of lovely replies too. My follow-up replies, where I was debunking some stuff people said, got lots of likes as well. Maybe the world is changing after all…!

Here are the screenshots of my comment (I have chopped off my profile info at the top):

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I do find social media very overwhelming, and a lot of what I see makes my very angry and upset, so I have made various steps to reduce my social media usage from now on; it is also important to look after my own mental health, as well as being an activist for positive change 🙂

I will be back when I can! Ciao for now 😀

Another London outing, and new job!

Hi all! Been a little while since I’ve posted, as I am now working full-time at my new job as an artist assistant, which I’m enjoying immensely 🙂

I am having to make myself lunch boxes for the first time in years! For them, I usually make a couple of sandwiches using vegan cheese or vegan meat-style slices and salad, a fruit pot, crisps, and a bit of something sweet like biscuits. Some specific items I have used and enjoyed are:

  • Tofurky slices
  • Follow Your Heart pepper jack cheese
  • Tesco freefrom choc chip cookies

Yesterday we went on a day trip to London, in which I found a vegan-friendly Indian restaurant called Govindas just off Soho Square. It is a totally veggie pace with lots of vegan options including cake! We opted for the veggie platter, which is five items and various chutneys for just under £7 – very reasonable:

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Afterwards, because it was very humid (as if we need that excuse!), we went to Yorica! where I got an extremely pink frozen yogurt:

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Also, a couple of things I never posted before:

Firstly, I need to recommend Vegan Egg from Follow Your Heart! Here it is in all its incredibly realistic, scrambled glory, with a lovely cooked breakfast my mum made:

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Secondly, I eat a lot of Tesco’s vegan bean burgers; they are so tasty and quick 🙂 I wanted to do something different with them, so I had the genius (?) idea of using them in wraps instead by breaking them apart and adding salad and Vegenaise:

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Have I recommended Vegenaise before? Here is my review:

EAT ALL THE VEGENAISE IT IS AMAZING AND IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

Okay?

I think that is all for now, folks! But if you wonder why things are a little quiet, it is because of my new job! Ciao for now 😀

London and other bits

Hellooo people!!

Sorry it’s been a while again, so I have a few weeks to catch up on! Friday was mine and Jacob’s second anniversary, and we went to London for the day to see the final version of Bat out of Hell the musical (which was AWESOME!!). While we were there, we ate at two of our favourite vegan-friendly places in the West End: Tibits and Yorica!

Usual messy plate-full-of-everything-imaginable:

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Sadly I forgot to take a pic of my Yorica! frozen yogurt, but it was rainbow candy flavour with several types of sweets and sprinkles 🙂

A few other bits:

We have also been to Las Iguanas a couple of times, as they have several vegan dishes. If I’m honest, the chilli was a bit TOO spicy for me, but their mushroom fajita is yum

Vegan waggon-wheel (the instruction printed on it is unnecessary!):

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Salted caramel ice-cream, which was perfect in the heat wave we’ve just had in England:

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Lastly, Jacob and I have cooked with each other a few times recently, and here are the treats he’s made: a Fry’s ‘chicken’ pesto pasta, (with vegan sparkling wine from Harvest) and a pizza:

By the way, if it’s of interest, please do keep checking my Thoughts, FAQ & Mythbusting page, as it is constantly updates with ramblings; I find it’s a good way to consolidate my many thoughts and get them out of my head 🙂

Some new items!

Hey folks! I have recently been taste-testing a few items which have appeared in my local shops (oh dear, what a tough life…) 😀

Firstly, Follow Your Heart “pepper-Jack” cheese slices, which I found in Harvest!! I used to absolutely love spicy cheese, so this was a dream come true – I made cheese and tomato toasties with sandwich thins from Lidl 🙂

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I know it’s a rubbish photo OK?!

I don’t have pictures of the other items, but I would recommend them:

  • Vegolino chocolates (just about worth the silly price, I think…!)
  • New vegan Cauldron sausages, made with beans and peppers – absolutely delicious
  • Linda McCartney pulled “chicken” – great in pasta!

The Vegolino chocs were also from Harvest, and the last two items are from Sainsbury’s.

Jacob and I treated ourselves to a lovely meat at The Green Rocket last week – I had Vietnamese curry and a vegan “Snickers bar”, and he had posh sausages and mash and sticky toffee pudding and ice-cream. We actually ended up swapping desserts, because we each like the other one’s more! 😀

Lastly, I’m just going to casually drop these fajitas here, as I think it might be my best food photograph so far (I know, I know, that’s not saying much, but hey… They were great 🙂 )

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