Introducing a new feature, Vegan Finds, where we share with you some great vegan products, cafes, food and more. Whatever we come across that we think followers would appreciate knowing about, we’ll bring together in regular posts with our honest views. I love to support completely vegan companies, but I also want to get behind anyone giving vegans more options, particularly restaurants and cafes. I am seeing much more on offer now when I eat out, and this will only improve if we spread the word and show them there is a strong and growing vegan market.
CookBook: Much More Veg by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstale
This is our find of the month! It is already well-used in our house and so far everything has been delicious. It’s not really marketed as a ‘vegan’ cookbook as such but reading the foreword, Hugh really sends a fantastic message about the importance of eating an abundance of plant foods and explains the book is entirely vegan. The only adjustments we personally make are to omit oil and salt. The pea hummus is a firm favourite, and a lovely accompaniment in a buddha bowl or for a snack with some vegetable crudités. I cannot recommend the Winter Broth with Quinoa on page 220 enough, it is so so good! It’s so cold in London at the moment, it was exactly the kind of warm, hearty food you need at this time of year. I particularly like that he uses a wide variety of foods, plenty of beans and legumes, nuts and seeds.
Freaks of Nature Puddings & Cheesecakes
I was lucky enough to receive some free samples of the cheesecakes from the company, and we liked them so much my husband found the puddings at our local Waitrose and bought them all to try too! They aren’t overly-sweet, which I really liked. I want to taste the flavours in my food, not just get a sweet hit. They’re surprisingly good and a really fantastic addition to the vegan food market in the UK. They’re widely available too, which will really help. Both Tesco and Waitrose stock them.
There are two cheesecakes: Choc & Awe and Strawberry Blonde. They’re both very good, you’d not know they were vegan at all so they’re a great occasional treat for any newbies. There are 3 puddings: Chocoloco; Zingy Thingy and Mangofandango- we particularly liked this one, fresh and light.
They’re not as good as homemade versions of course! But as far as vegan readymade desserts go, they’re the best ones on the UK market that any of us have tried.
Note: these are not oil-free*
Stockists: from their website here
11 Coffee & Co- Cafe, Sheen & Ealing
We were so happy to discover this cute little cafe recently in our neighbourhood. They almost always have a vegan cake option and they are absolutely delicious! If you see the pear & raspberry cake you just have to try it, its divine. In the weekend we had a cooked breakfast of baked beans, fried mushrooms, avocado on sourdough bread, and I had a fab raspberry and chia seed muffin with a turmeric & cinnamon almond milk latte. So nice! I keep going back for those. They do have other vegan options I often see on their instagram, some you can see here, so check that out and ask them what they can do for you! Super friendly and helpful staff, they get a big thumbs up from my husband and I.
Where: 11 Queens Parade, London W5 3HU & 321 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, SW14 8QR
Skincare range – The Ordinary
I’ve only just discovered this brand and I am pleasantly surprised that such a cheap, vegan brand is this good. This comes from the umbrella company, DECIEM, none of their brands are tested on animals nor do they pay anyone else to do it ( so none of the brands are sold in China ). I have been using them for a while now, and friends have mentioned my skin is looking great. I particularly like the Plant Derived Squalene, which I use like an oil, under my moisturiser. I also have the Natural Moisturizing factors + HA, which I use as a day cream. My teenage daughter also uses this brand and keeps ordering more as well. The prices average around £5 each believe it or not, and really it is as good as any other brand I have used for far less money.