Archive | December, 2011

Vegan Festive Feasts

14 Dec

This time of year is a great opportunity to share yummy vegan food with family and friends. It’s a fun challenge for me to create cruelty-free alternatives to traditional seasonal cuisine. I’ve found that a delicious dish, can impress veggie and carnivorous friends alike, and show vegan cooking can also be both sumptuous and indulgent.

There are some great ideas online for vegan alternatives to roast dinners:

Photo: Isa Chandra

Last year I made these Phyllo Tempeh Reubens from The Post Punk Kitchen website. Everyone in my family loved the divine texture and flavour combinations – wonderful crispy phyllo, with a creamy, crunchy, crumbly, tangy and intensely savoury filling. They took a couple of hours to make, but I baked them the day before and re-heated on the day. Tempeh may be hard to find, but I know Sunshine Health Shop in Stroud stock it chilled, frozen, and in jars.

This year The Post Punk Kitchen has inspired me again with the irresistible looking Seitan Roast Stuffed with Shiitakes and Leeks.I had a trial-run of

Photo: Isa Chandra

this recipe a few weeks ago, and it was as good as it looks. This can be baked a few days before eating, and it has a wonderful chewy texture from the wheat gluten (seitan), and is intensely savoury. I’ve not yet found anywhere selling wheat gluten locally, so I buy mine online at Honest to Goodness.

Photo: Messy Vegetarian Cook

Whilst looking for some more roast dinner ideas I came across the Messy Vegetarian Cook website, with great photos and these two yummy looking pie recipes: Mushroom Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, and also this Okara (soybean hulls) ‘Meatloaf’ Recipe, any of which I’d happily devour with some roasted vegetables.

There are also plenty of Christmas / Yule recipes and ideas on the Vegan Family Website

I’ve always fancied making vegan Yorkshire Puddings, but past attempts have been a bit of a failure, looking more like hockey pucks! This recipe for Yorkshire Puddings on the Thrifty Living website looks like a good one, so perhaps it is time to have another attempt this year.

For those of you who’d rather not be stuck in the kitchen, take note: there are plenty of ready-made options for vegan Christmas meals. Sunshine Health Shop in Stroud stock Redwood Celebration Roasts: veggie sausages wrapped in rashers with turkey style roast and gravy. They also have quick-to-make nut-roast mixes. Alternatively you could go for the home-made taste without all of the effort and try to catch The Veggie deli at a market near you, they do a Roast Tomato and Butterbean Galette and a Cranberry-stuffed Seitan Roast, and a few other pie/bake type things, all of which would be great for a festive meal. They frequent Stroud and Cheltenham Farmers Markets, see The Veggie Deli Website for more information on where and when they are attending markets.

Have a great festive break!


Vegan About Gloucester

9 Dec

A list of shops, market stalls and places to eat in the Gloucester Area of interest to vegans


screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-17-18-27Bangkok Canteen

72 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2NZ
T: (0)1452 306 288


Bangkok Canteen serves Thai dishes with locally sourced ingredients. The menu lists several vegan items all marked with a “VE” symbol, including Veg Tempura, Pad Thai with tofu and Vegan Kang Dang. They also have soya milk for tea/coffee.


Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, GL1 5SH

Monday – Sunday 11.30am-10pm

T: 01452 529066

Zizzi has a vegan menu which includes garlic bread, bruschetta, 3 types of vegan pizza, pasta dishes and desserts including gelato. They also have vegan wines.

120713PortivoLounge_042-690x470-1Portivo Lounge

Unit 106-107, Gloucester Quays Designer Outlet, Gloucester, GL1 5SH
T: 01452 300881

Portivo Lounge has a separate menu for vegans! Available to view online here. Vegan options include a range of sandwiches, salads, tapas, falafel, curry. There is even vegan breakfast options. Based on the quayside in Gloucester, you can dine outside and enjoy views of the historic docks, or inside Portivo Lounge has a shabby-chic, vintage vibe.

African Experience

Park House, Montpellier, Gloucester, GL1 1LF
T: 07470 001200

Authentic african cuisine served in Gloucester. The African Experience have the following vegan items on their menu: 5 Beans cooked in peanut and tomato sauce, Ndengu (Moong Beans) in curry sauce, Lentils/Chick Peas in Ethiopian Sauce, Tofu Meals (either in Ethiopian sauce, curry sauce or a peanut and tomato sauce, Chick pea and butternut squash curry. As well as vegan sides such as plantains, cassava chips, vegetable samosas, Bhajia (deep fried potato slices coated in gram flour and coriander) and Chips Masala (chips in a sauce of spices).

Hill Top

Hilltops Masala Dosa19 Worcester St, Gloucester GL1 3AJ
T: 01452 308377

Opening times:
12.30 – 2.00pm Lunchtimes
6.00-11.30pm Dinner
7 days a week
This small, South-Indian and Nepalese restuarant serves a small selection of vegetarian items, many of which are also vegan. One of the most delicious items on the Hilltop menu is a masala dosa, or south indian pancake, made from fermented lentils and rice and filled with a mild lentil dal. They are crisp, delicious and dairy-free. They come with a spicy vegetable sauce and coconut chutney. Another one of Hilltop’s specialties are the uttapams, which are like indian cheeseless pizzas topped with yummy onion and pepper. All the food is packed with flavour and really good value,  it is just worth checking thoroughly about which items are vegan before you order.

Guru Coffee House

29 Brunswick Road, Gloucester


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Plenty of vegan options including soups, sandwiches, salads and breakfasts.

Cafe Rene

31 Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1TP
T: 01452 309340

Opening times:
11.00am -9.30/10pm – Later on Fridays and Saturdays
Cafe Rene call themselves “Gloucester’s best known secret”! It’s a relaxed, friendly cafe/bar, with live music on the weekends, and food served during the day and evening. Vegan options available include:
• Trio of Roasted peppers stuffed with savoury rice, mushrooms and mixed vegetables served with salad
• Hummus, Olives, Sun-dried tomatoes and pitta Bread
• 3 bean salad and peppers with a mint vinaigrette with hummus and pitta bread

Robert Raikes’ House

Robert Raikes’s House, 38 Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2DR
T: 029 2039 1910

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday: 12.00pm -23.00pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 12.00pm – 22.30pm
A Samuel Smith’s brewery-owned pub in a recently refurbished timber-framed building. Samuel Smith’s brewery produces a wide range of beers and all of these, with the exception of Old Brewery Bitter, are vegan. This is really unusual as most brewerys add Isinglass (from fish) to keg conditioned beers in order to make it look less cloudy. In addition to almost all the beers being vegan, the prices at Samuel Smith’s pubs are kept to the minimum, as they are only increased in line with alcohol duty and inflation increases. This means you can get a pint of vegan stout in Robert Raikes’ House for just a little over £2! The building dates from 1560. Robert Raikes, founder of the Sunday School movement published the Gloucester Journal newspaper there from 1758 and by 1772 all of his family had moved in. It has been restored with solid oak staircases and timber walls and beams. There are a series of rooms, ranging from small to large, with comfy chairs and fires. The pub often seems quite quiet and you can easily have a room to yourselves.
There are also a few vegan items on the food menu including Thai Green Curry.

Tang Tastic – Chinese Takeaway

122 Stroud Road, Gloucester GL1 5JN, England
A 100% vegetarian/vegan Chinese takeaway place. Has plenty of vegan options on the menu and will also make other dishes vegan upon request.

This is the old Pepper’s Shop – new one just around the corner in Bull Lane

Peppers Sandwich Bar

Bull Lane, Gloucester
T: 01452 384343


An organic sandwich shop and salad bar with some vegan options. They do not label the vegan options, but ask at the counter and they are very helpful. Newly moved from Westgate Street to Bull Lane, Peppers now has seating upstairs as well as outside.


Motala & Sons

95-99, Victoria St, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL1 4EP
Tel: 01452 525915

Firstly, a disclaimer, there is a halal butchers section in this shop. That aside, this is an amazing grocery shop particularly for it’s wide selection of bulk-bags of spices, grains and pulses – it can be a really cost effective way of buying vegan whole foods. Motala stocks lots of Asian foodstuffs including mock duck, silken tofu, and vegetable-based ghee. There is also a fresh produce section and you can get big bunches of coriander very cheaply. I particularly like the “chikki” they sell – it’s nuts set in a hardened sugar syrup with saffron. They sometimes stock vegan naan breads, but as with most shops, it is worth checking the labels as nothing is labelled as “vegan” specifically.

Gloucester Farmers Market

Where: At the crossroads between Eastgate, Westgate, Northgate and Southgate streets
When: Every Friday 9am-3pm
There are some vegan-friendly stalls at Gloucester Farmers Market, and it is a good place to shop for organic vegetables.
Vegan friendly stalls include:
Kuskus Foods – Beautifully fresh and flavourful Middle Eastern inspired food. They make an amazing aubergine caviar, and some pretty good falafel.
Gloucester Brewery – All bottled beer is suitable for vegans (although the bottles are not labelled, the brewery confirmed that no fish finings are used on the bottled beer.)

Vegan About Stroud

5 Dec

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1 Dec

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