Argh!!! McDonald’s

When I went veggie and later vegan, I chose not to exclude food from places such as McDonald’s and other fast food chains as I a) like the food and b) sometimes need the convenience.  I often have to order a slightly modified vegetarian option i.e. no mayo etc.

Today my friend went to a McDonald’s drive through and I ordered a Spicy Veggie Wrap without mayo.  I am happy to report it came without mayo but unfortunately after I bit into it I discovered it came without the veggie patty too, it was chicken (I spat it out without swallowing any of it and my friend ate the rest).

At first I gave them the benefit of the doubt assuming it could have been a misunderstanding and they thought my friend ordered the chicken, but the receipt below clearly shows the veggie wrap.

So today ended my run of 334 days without having parts of a dead animal in my mouth, thanks McDonald’s.  I either need to inspect my food more carefully in future or just avoid McDonald’s.

The Redwood Co. Meatless Feast Pizza

I popped into the local Holland & Barrett and when I saw some of Redwood’s new vegan pizzas I grabbed a few.

Today I had The Redwood Co. Meatless Feast Pizza, they are small, only 7″ so perfect for one (pathetic, I know).

I like how the plastic does not needlessly cover the whole back

This is an easy one, remove the packaging, place it on a tray and cook at 200c or gas mark 6 for 10-12 minutes.  I would recommend 12 as after 10 minutes my pizza was a little under done.  Also get yourself a decent knife or pizza cutter and cut it on a board, my knife would not get through the base (I just picked the whole thing up and ate it like that).

Frozen, don’t eat it just yet
Cooked, now you can eat it
What did it taste like?  Very good, despite being unable to cut the base it was easy to eat and a good texture and taste.  The “cheese” in the middle had not melted as much as at the edges but a bit longer in the oven would sort that right out.  The “meat” was good and a very slightly spicy too. 
Would I get it again?  Yes, I am very glad I bought two of the Meatless Feast pizzas but I am having to try very hard not to put another in the over right now.

Vegan McMuffin (Egg Trick Muffin)

I used to love McDonald’s sausage and egg McMuffins (even the egg bit my friends often removed) but I have obviously not had one since I went vegan.  Well yesterday a new episode of The Vegan Zombie came out and it showed how to make an Egg Trick Muffin at the Strong Hearts Cafe.  I had to try it.

I had to make some substitutions for items as I am in the UK but in all I used:

  • 2 English muffins
  • Fry’s Vegetarian Polony/Slicing Sausage
  • Tofutti mozzarella style cheese slices
  • Tofu
  • Garlic Salt
  • Turmeric
  • Corn Oil
I cut the tofu and sausage up.  I sprinkled some garlic salt and turmeric onto the board and pressed the tofu into it on each side to season it.
I heated the corn oil in a frying pan and then put in the tofu and sausage, a minute or two on each side until it was nicely browned and then I put the cheese on.  I cut the muffins in half and put them in the toaster.  Then I just plated it up and tucked in.  It was really good, the tofu has a very similar firmness and consistency to eggs. I can happily say I cannot think of anyway to make it any more like an McMuffin, it had all the flavour, none of the cruelty.

Do Life 5K and Tibits

My brother got me into running by sharing a video with me, this one (can’t embed it, damn you EMI).

Me

The man behind it, Ben Davis, and his family were doing a tour in the UK and we met them for a 5K run in Hyde Park.  I was glad they are all really nice and easy to talk to.  After the run the omnivores and I headed off to a local Weatherspoons for lunch, I saved myself though for a local veg*n restaurant called Tibits.

Left to right: Me, Ben, my brother Ryan, Ben’s brother Jed

Tibits is a vegetarian and vegan buffet and one I will be visiting again.  You pay based on weight, there are scales at the checkout, and it can work out a bit on the pricey side but I didn’t mind as the restaurant is in a nice area, classy looking and the food tastes great.  Also there is easy labelling to show what is vegan, everything is at least vegetarian.

Potato salad, coleslaw, falafel, carrot strips, a roll and some other thing I cannot remember
My brother Ryan even liked it.

Vegan phoney "cheesesteak"

I had some Redwoods Meat Free Beef Style Pieces to use up and for no reason I can think of, I wanted a Philly cheesesteak.  I had some Tofutti mozzarella style slices so I cooked up the “beef” with half an onion, put it in a ciabatta with the Toffutti and some Reggae Reggae BBQ Jerk sauce and cooked it in the sandwich press.    It was delicious. 

Ready for the sandwich press 
Not long now
Looks great but missing something 
That’s better