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 😀
Vegfest was brilliant! Such an inspiring day full of delish food and like-minded people :)Our local one took place on Bristol waterfront, and it is still on today. We ate a lot of cake and brought home a lot of paperwork and goodies:
They included vegan versions of Milky Way, creme egg and Mars bars, flavoured vodka, a T-shirt, and a bat ring (obviously).
There were hundreds of stalls and too many companies to mention individually, but a couple of particular standouts were:
Viva! who do undercover investigating into the horrible welfare conditions on farms… even “organic” and “RSPCA approved” ones where the animals are allegedly cuddled to death…
A bag, wallet and notebook company called Thamon, who make leather-like material out of leaves! I am not someone who usually obsesses over handbags, but they had an absolutely beautiful electric-blue coloured one which I was staring at for ages! 😀 Future present request…??
In other news, I had my last shift at Lidl last Saturday! I made an Oreo cake which went down a treat:
I finished my last uni assessment on Friday as well, and am moving house on Thursday to a nearby town. I am excited to still be local to Bath and Bristol, which are very creative and vegan-friendly places, and seeing what my next step will be…
I tried some new items from Lidl this week 🙂 I was not expecting any of them to be vegan, but I checked the packets anyway and was pleasantly surprised!
They do vegetable burgers and spicy bean burgers, both of which are very nice (although, like most ready-made items, contain palm oil so avoid if you choose). I was very surprised to discover that their apple strudel is also OK! We had this with Swedish Glace vanilla ice-cream:
Also, we finally got around to trying the Wetherspoons curry! It was tasty and very good value; a decent portion of curry, rice, two poppadoms and a naan bread 🙂
Lastly, there was a one-off vegan cake stall in Bath city centre on Sunday! I was doing my penultimate shift at Lidl that day, so Jacob went along and bought rather a lot of things: sausage rolls, a spiced mince tart, and several cakes, some flavours of which I hadn’t eaten since going vegan e.g. coffee cake and mint-choc! A lovely treat 🙂
I’ve just got back from having a late breakfast at The Green Rocket, so I’m happy! 😀
It’s been quite a busy week-or-so with vegan food 🙂 Jacob and I saw an event on facebook at Beyond The Kale in Bath for a vegan supper club with a three-course set menu, which was last Sunday. Apparently this is going to be a regular monthly event 😀 Funnily, enough, despite this being the most vegan eatery in Bath, this was the first time we had been!
Beet Wellington with Herby Roasted Vegetables, Roast Potatoes, Braised Cabbage and Red Wine Gravy
Sticky Toffee Pudding, Toffee Sauce and Ice Cream
Next, a couple of useful finds:
Swedish Glace magnums – omigosh!!! So creamy… so chocolatey… ❤
Cheatin’ bacon rashers – excellent in ‘bacon’ butties with brown sauce or ketchup
And lastly, yesterday at uni, we had a bake sale to raise some money for our Bargehouse exhibition in London next July. I made an Oreo cake using Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix, vanilla buttercream icing and Oreos! It was a hit and sold out quickest! 🙂
Yesterday, we had an awesome day, visiting the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff 😀 We travelled by direct train from Bath to Cardiff, then a quick bus ride to the site itself, where we were able to have an interactive walk-through, an explore of the museum, look round the shop, then a separate tour of the TARDIS set itself! Needless to say, we had a great time and I think Jacob was in Doctor Who heaven…
A few pics:
In terms of food, I packed a selection of snacks for us to take, which included this Sainsbury’s ‘Lebanese style falafel’ salad, which turned out to be the nicest ready-made salad I’ve ever had (even though it included coriander, which tastes like soap to me):
We were starving after our day at the Experience, so we researched vegan-friendly eateries and discovered the Vegetarian Food Studio, which was a five minute walk from the station and had an extensive Indian and Oriental menu, many of which were marked vegan 🙂
We had vegetable kebabs with chutney to start, then I had mushroom masala and Jacob had tofu marinated in spices with peppers, and we both had onion jeera rice and vegan yoghurt, as well as a selection of Indian sweets for dessert. All of this was delicious and arrived very quickly too 🙂 We were very full and nearly fell asleep on the train home!
It was a great day out and another lovely adventure 🙂