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You can get a nutloaf from various places, they are normally pretty nice.  Although either sainsbury or tesco made one last xmas with a sauce and it was disgusting.  You can get a packet one in health food shops where you just add water to it, that one is nice.

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After trying the Naturli vegan mince on the last page I got hold of some of their Vegan spread as a potential butter replacement (I'm looking at reducing my dairy where it can be done easily - I've swapped to oat milk, and I've stopped buying eggs, so butter was the next step). I have to say I'm pretty impressed with it. It's not quite as good as the real thing taste-wise, but it's close enough to make it a no-brainer of a swap for me. The great thing is it's got no palm oil in it either, so it ticks the major boxes.

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The texture of it is interesting. It comes out of the fridge looking solid, it scrapes out of the tub like cold butter, and yet it spreads quite easily on soft bread. Its melt point seems to be just above fridge temperature, so by the time you've got it from tub to bread a little friction tips it over the edge. I hadn't spotted that the pack says to keep it below 8 degrees C, so when I defrosted my fridge a couple of days ago it split into oil and solids (I stirred it back together and it set perfectly again afterwards). Again this is exclusive to Sainsbury's in the UK at the moment, and it's kept in amongst the regular spreads, rather than in the free-from section.

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On 30/09/2018 at 08:41, Plums said:

Awesome, I'll keep my eye open for this. I noticed that Sainsbury's seem to have made the majority of their new veggie sausage/burger range vegan. They've overtaken Tesco as the best vegan supermarket I think.

 

We've recently discovered Cauldron Lincolnshire sausages from Sainsbury's. They're bloody lovely! 

 

Other things we've tried:

 

No Bull burgers from Iceland. Really nice flavour, a little squishy texture. Overall, makes a great BBQ burger. Our local vegan cafe has started offering these as a main.

Vivera Vegan stea from Tescos. Was really looking forward to this, but ended up quite disappointed. The flavour is quite bland and the texture is weird.

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Yeah I'd really expect Cauldron and Quorn to get their skates on and start making all of their stuff vegan. The number of vegans is exploding and I can't help think they are going to lose out to the supermarket own-brands who seem to be more responsive.

 

What I really want to see in supermarkets is Frys stuff. The best mince and pies!

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On 30/09/2018 at 08:41, Plums said:

Awesome, I'll keep my eye open for this. I noticed that Sainsbury's seem to have made the majority of their new veggie sausage/burger range vegan. They've overtaken Tesco as the best vegan supermarket I think.

 

After saying this I've just tried the thai curry from Tesco's Wicked Kitchen range (all vegan I believe) and it was bloody good. I wouldn't usually be recommending ready meals but I've been relying on them a bit due to working late.

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18 hours ago, Plums said:

Yeah I'd really expect Cauldron and Quorn to get their skates on and start making all of their stuff vegan. The number of vegans is exploding and I can't help think they are going to lose out to the supermarket own-brands who seem to be more responsive.

 

What I really want to see in supermarkets is Frys stuff. The best mince and pies!

 

fyi 'Fry's coming to Sainsbury's'

 

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Yeah - the Wicked range is all Vegan. I've tried some of them, and have been largely impressed (like you I don't often eat prepared food). The sweet potato pakora wrap from the lunch range is one of the nicest things I've ever bought from a supermarket. I was still making appreciative nom noises about half an hour after I'd finished it.

 

And Wiseguy has just beaten me to it - I spotted today that the Sainsbury's where I work has several new things for the second time in about a month - including shelf space labelled with Fry's products (no actual products today - but it's a start). There was also a new brand of vegan mince (Meatless Farms) - I've picked up a pack of this to see how it compares to the Naturli stuff. Also (and I assume these were veggie rather than vegan, but forgot to check), there were some new Linda McCartney fresh pizzas - ones with fake meaty toppings (one was chicken and chorizo, IIRC). I'm surprised I haven't seen products like this before, it seems obvious (likewise why aren't fake coronation chicken sandwiches etc. available?...)

 

It's really good to see - and I suspect that with the increased choice available it's only going to help persuade people to give it a go - it's so much easier to cut meat out (even if just for a day or two a week) than it ever has been before.

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On 09/02/2018 at 18:28, Chosty said:

We're not vegan or even veggie, but we're trying to reduce our meat consumption in manageable stages (but not dairy, at least not yet) and recipes like this go down really well. I'm not sure if we'd ever go completely veggie, but I find myself less and less drawn to meat, and even now I'm happy to go without for a few days at a time.

 

Same here, although I'm not even really trying to reduce, I just don't want to miss out on good stuff just because it's veggie or vegan.

 

And to that end, I've largely just been working through Jack Monroe stuff, surprised she's not made it into this thread already actually, probably because the point is more cheap recipes than vegan as such.

 

Her first book is 99p on Kindle right now - https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HRKZ6FK/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The latest is still £6.99 in physical - https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1509831118/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

And there's a vegan one next year.  One of the nice touches is that copyright is waived for foodbanks, so they can photocopy cheap recipes all they like.

 

Made a vegan curry from Bootstrap today (sadly it's not on the site) and it's really bloody good.

 

https://www.cookingonabootstrap.com

 

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On ‎09‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 19:48, Plums said:

 

After saying this I've just tried the thai curry from Tesco's Wicked Kitchen range (all vegan I believe) and it was bloody good. I wouldn't usually be recommending ready meals but I've been relying on them a bit due to working late.

I just found a new Wicked thing in my local Tesco - an Italian Style Cold Cuts Sub roll. It looked interesting, so I gave it a go - and I have to say it was really good. The meat substitute is slices of slow roasted spiced celeriac, and it worked well (the texture's a bit crunchy to pass off as meat, but the flavour's pretty good). One of those vegan things that works due to a good mix of textures and flavours. High salt content, but would definitely have again as an occasional treat. Some of the other new things that they've added sound pretty interesting too:

 

https://www.veganfoodandliving.com/tesco-adds-vegan-cold-cut-sandwiches-and-pasta-salad-bowls-to-wicked-kitchen-range/

 

The range is doubling in size apparently, due to 25% growth in sales of vegan products at Tesco:

 

https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/vegan-italian-cold-cut-sub-tesco

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As I've been traveling a lot recently I've been able to try the Impossible Burger quite a bit - and it's such a confusing burger to eat!

 

The taste and mouthfeel are pretty convincing, though the smell isn't quite there - it definitely needs to be served medium rare though.

 

 

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I noticed Morrison's have now added a vegan range today - I only spotted the ready-meals in my local store - they looked OK - if a little predictable for the most part (3 bean chilli must have taken literally seconds to come up with). Will probably give one or two a crack at some point though when I'm feeling too lazy to cook. 

https://www.veganfoodandliving.com/morrisons-supermarket-launches-vegan-ready-meal-range/

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I got some Beyond Burgers in Tesco yesterday. They're in the freezer section, which was a little confusing as the marketing around them has been how they're sold alongside meat.

 

Anyway, they're good. Very good. Not quite meat burger good, but close. They're still not quite as dense as meat, but the taste and texture is very similar.

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I was in a huge sainsburies the other day and stocked up on a load of vegan stuff.

 

ToFurkey sausages & Chick 'N - I've had the sausages and they are good - basically seitan flavoured with spices and tomato, they fry up well and worked really nicely as a sort of chorizo replacement.

 

Helmans Vegan Mayo - really thick and I think nicer than normal Hellmans. Veganaise is still nicer I think.

 

Sainsburies own brand blue cheese style block. I don't know what this is meant to be like but it smells and tastes like paint stripper. It's horrible.

 

Fry's Sausage Roll - much more sausage than a normal sausage roll, nice pastry and flavour but it was sooo dry.

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We're going to my parents' for Christmas dinner. We do occasionally eat fish but no meat. So we will be ok with smoked salmon or prawn cocktail.

 

My Mam is going crazy worrying about what we will have for the main course. We have said we will eat the veg and turn a blind eye to the goose fat potatoes.

 

What on earth can we have for our 'roast'? I'm kind of tempted just do a fuck it and make toad in the hole with some nice veggie sausages and have that.

 

Anything anyone would recommend we look at? 

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