Vegan

The One where they find Vegan stuff & walk forever…

Evenin’ all!…after this morning mixed blessings breakfast we set it on the train to get a little closer to the vegan market, but then we walked from Aldgate up Kingsland Road to the hallowed land of Hackney (thaaarrr be hipsters!).

On the way I decided to try and unearth another spaghetti squash (please can someone send me one through the post from a land with sensible grocery variety?!?) – but as you may guess; nada, zip, diddly squat…I’m starting to think I’m trapped in a vivid coma dream where I’m chasing the elusive squash…But squash failure aside, we picked up 2 cans of jackfruit to make into “BBQ pulled pork” in the next week or so, so it wasn’t a walk in vain!…

We met up with Anthony over a delicious coffee whilst Carly had her first taste of hazelnut milk (“the most beautiful thing I’ve ever tasted” says she)…and we then brokered a good barter deal where Anthony had brought me a bottle of his home brewed coffee porter to taste (aaarrrggh, have to wait until Feb) so I gave him a tin of jackfruit! We’d been talking about it in the week & he couldn’t find any, so alls fair! We then set out into the market which wasn’t very big but was 100% vegan friendly…

Our initial plan was to see if there was a cheese stall where we could pick up a few different cheeses for the “almost halfway vegan cheese board tasting platter 2018” (needs a catchier name!) but sadly they only had one, well two – mozzarella with and without basil…but we tasted both and they were really nice so we picked up a basil one!…

A few stalls along and Anthony picked up some cookies whilst me and Carly (Carly and I, please…) tested the samples…and in doing so, stumbled upon some vegan marshmallow.

I wish we hadn’t….texture was crazy wrong, not even close – and more like a curious Turkish delight than marshmallow, but even though it was tooth crackingly sweet, it was “meh”…actually “bleurgh” (universally panned, zero stars…)

The market was redeemed, albeit temporarily by a stall selling hazelnut spreads (plain, with and without sugar versions) These were all super tasty, but the lack of visible prices gave away that they would be eye wateringly pricey – a snip at £11 and £12 for a small jar (they were good, but not THAT good)…

Anthony went off with his bag of vegan cookies in hand and we set off in a southerly direction, via a health food emporium to grab another vegan “cheddar” for the board tomorrow, to another market (Broadway Market by the canal) – although not specifically vegan, there were still some Ve. gems hidden amongst the spit roasts, cheese and temptingly delicious cream cakes…so we fortified ourselves with a Cherry vanilla ball & a salted Carmel choc brownie…

…..before heading off en route to a Vegan grocer/cafe at Kings Cross called “Vx” : I went last year and it was 99% Grocer and they hadn’t even started serving coffee yet – but this year the ratio has sadly shifted with the emphasis being on the cafe and take away/eat in food rather than for picking up comestibles – which was a shame as I’d gone here to pick up some lovely burger mix I’d previously had…but luckily of the few things they still sold of that nature – the mix was one of them! Yay, victory screech! But also Vegan cat and dog food which I am wondering if this is “too far”…

We carried on the “Great Western Exodus” towards Baker St and headed to the IKEA at Neasden (I used to work at Neasden, and apologies to anyone who lives there, but my sentiments towards it may have been used already by Trump earlier in the week – it was a horrible time and place, being mugged for my phone whilst at lunch and general work discord made it an unpleasant time indeed!)…but we kept walking quickly and acquired a decent haul of stuff at IKEA (including more rye bread mix! Woot woot!) and may have had some fries at the cafe as we seem to have neglected to eat lunch! Then, heading back to the station, we nipped into the massive conurbation-esque Tesco to grab 2 more cheeses (smoked and blue), lentils and some hazelnut milk (Carly smiles)…

We are currently heading back East on the tube having walked 30,000 steps (15 miles) and planning the lentil and mushroom pie with roasted mediterranean vegetables that we will have tonight!…

Unless we fall asleep on the sofa…

Looking likely…

Very lik…zzzzzz…..zzzzzzzzzz

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