Vegan Irish Stew Recipe | Comfort Food

This recipe has been a long time coming (mostly because I keep forgetting to pop it up!) but it’s still technically winter time, which means stew season isn’t over yet!

Ingredients: 

Vegan mince or tofu mince (recipe below)

Bisto gravy

3 large carrots

1 small-medium onion

1 clove of garlic (or 1 heaped teaspoon of garlic puree)

Rosemary

Thyme

A bag of baby potatoes

1 vegetable stock cube

Peas (optional)

Method:

Steam baby potatoes for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the stock cube with 1 litre of boiling water and transfer to a pot over medium heat.

Then add chopped carrots, onion and garlic (and peas, if including) to the stock with 1 tsp each of rosemary and thyme.

Mix 3 heaped tablespoons of Bisto gravy granules into the stock (you can add more depending on how thick you want the stew)

Add the steamed baby potatoes and store-bought vegan mince (or tofu mince) to the pot.

Let simmer for 20 minutes to thicken, stirring occasionally.

Garnish with fresh parsley.

Tofu mince: 

After draining a firm block of tofu, crumble it into mince-like chunks. Marinate the chunks in 6 tablespoons of soy sauce, half tsp smoked paprika, a pinch each of rosemary and thyme, half tsp garlic puree. Leave to soak for 10 minutes, then bake on baking tray in pre-heated oven 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Take out and move the chunks around, drizzle some more soy sauce on top and pop back in for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy with brown bread and sunflower spread! 

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On The Pig’s Back Eatery Vegan Burger | Review

First review of the new year, let’s be havin’ ya!

This weekend (19th – 21st January) was the first ever Vegan Foodie Festival. Held in Dublin, it was a really unique initiative. It wasn’t your typical festival layout; usually, vegan festivals are held at a particular venue featuring talks with special guests and a trade hall or food court for people to peruse between talks. Instead, the Vegan Foodie Festival’s was held across the city at many different venues. Its main goal was to link vegans with vegan businesses and businesses that offered vegan meals/products.

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Pizza Express Vegan Mozzarella | REVIEW

While I was in Newcastle-upon-Tyne last week, I was on a mission to try as many vegan foods as possible. In my search, I came across a Pizza Express and remembered that they had just launched a new vegan mozzarella on their pizzas. Naturally, I had to go!

I ordered a customised pizza (my go-to) with peppers, onions, spinach, jalapenos AND vegan mozzarella. The staff were really helpful picking out everything vegan on the menu as they had a comprehensive list. This included wine! There were four vegan wines on offer (including the cheapest one, thank god!) so I ordered a glass for about £5. Hey, I was on holiday! I should’ve written down the names of the vegan wines but I was too excited, I forgot! 😥 If you ask in the restaurant, they’ll let you know!

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The 5 Foods Suitable For Vegans On A Ryanair Flight

I recently came back from a trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The food over there was great (THANK YOU happycow.net), but the options on the flight over left a lot to be desired. For the record, I took a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Newcastle (and I didn’t have time to eat breakfast as we nearly missed our flight, it was a whole thing!) so I would have liked to eat something yummy on the plane. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much on offer.

I looked through the catalogue of food options to see what was suitable. Everything was very helpfully labelled with ‘Vegetarian’ or ‘Kosher’ or ‘Halal’ etc., so the allergy list was a great addition to the catalogue. It would just have been nice to have a few more vegan options, but hopefully these will improve in time. There were some things on offer that would be easy changes; for example, there was a tomato cup-a-soup that had milk in it, the ratatouille had egg AND dairy, when it would easy to have neither, and even the plain salted Boxer Chip crisps had dairy in them.

Anyway, here are the 5 things you can eat on a Ryanair flight if you’re a vegan:

Tic Tacs

Okay, I know calling Tic Tacs “food” is really pushing it, but I didn’t have a lot to work with here. Even if your tummy rumbles away for the rest of your flight, as least you’ll have fresh breath, right?

KP Salted Peanuts

This obviously isn’t an option for anybody who is allergic to nuts (and, really, nuts shouldn’t be allowed on planes as the particles from the nuts enter the air, which can be dangerous for someone who is severely allergic) but it’s another option for somebody who wants something salty.

Pringles Original

There are quite a few flavours of Pringles suitable for vegans and it’s easy to see which ones are vegan because they’re clearly labelled. This is a really quick fix if you’re craving something salty on your flight!

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Oloves

I can’t stand olives so this is a no-go for me, but if you like them then you’ll be delighted. These would be great with Pringles and a can of lemonade or something!

Chips

Fries are a saving grace for vegans the world over. The vast majority of the time they’re vegan friendly (unless they’re cooked in animal fat), and the ones on Ryanair are no different. They’re vegetarian friendly and there’s no egg or dairy in them, so at least we have the holy grail vegan food available in the air!

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Dr Coy’s Mint Nutritional Bar (?)

There is a little bit of a question mark over this one as it doesn’t say on the bar or the website that it’s suitable for vegetarians. The ingredients are vegan-friendly and it seems absolutely fine, but as it’s not certified I can’t definitively say it’s fine to eat. For strict vegans, this would be a problem, but it’s up to you!

EDIT: The Dr Coy’s bar is NOT vegan as the galactose used to sweeten the bar is derived from dairy. Shoutout to Chocaletey Clare for letting me know! 

And that’s it! The ratatouille on-board is vegetarian friendly but there’s both egg and dairy in it, so it is off the menu for us vegans. Sometimes it’s nice to have something hot on board, and it would be nice to have a more nutritious meal than chips, but in a pinch they’ll have to do!

Have I missed anything? Is there an airline you know of that caters to vegans well? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Where To Get Vegan Dinner In Dublin

As you’ll probably know if you follow me on Instagram, I’m a huge fan of Dublin. I love it. It’s my favourite place to be, and not just because of the growing number of vegan options. And there are plenty!

vegan dinner Dublin

When I first started looking for vegan options, I either tried my luck and asked in different restaurants and cafés (if you don’t ask, you don’t get!) or I went to Cornucopia. There really weren’t very many options in Dublin when I transitioned back last year. Now, however, we’re spoiled for choice!

I’ve put together a list of places I myself have been (or others I know have been) where there are definitely vegan friendly options. I know there are a few more note-worthy places in the city as well, but I’ll mention the ones I have direct experiences with! I will do an ultimate list of vegan places in Dublin at some point though.

Sova

I was dead excited the first time I went to Sova. An ENTIRELY vegan menu? Yes, please! I’m happy to announce it’s just as delicious as you’d hope.

vegan dinner Dublin

The only item I tried that I didn’t like were the schnitzels. But everything else was fab! Read my full review here.

What to order: the seafood chowder

Koh

Like most restaurants, Koh serves meat and all manner of animal products, but they also have quite an extensive vegetarian menu and even some vegan options as well (yummy ones!)

vegan dinner Dublin

This place is what I call a “special occasion restaurant” as it’s VERY expensive, but it’s well worth the price. Get the vegetarian starter platter, which is suitable for vegans! The vietnamese rolls are to die for.

What to order: the yellow curry with tofu

Cornucopia

Cornucopia is one of Ireland’s oldest vegetarian restaurants -if not the oldest – but it is slowly making its way to becoming totally 100% vegan! It’s not there yet, but you’re always guaranteed to have a huge range of vegan choices, both for dinners and for treats!

Boojum

Burritos are the holy grail of foods for vegans. It’s also super easy to make it vegan and often doesn’t prompt a lot of questions, which is a plus for the shy vegans among us! There’s nothing tastier than a big dollop of re-fried beans and rice wrapped in a doughy pocket and filled with onions and peppers. Mmm.

Umi Falafel

One of my favourite restaurants ever, Umi is a staple for me every time I visit Dublin.

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It has loads of vegan options (including a semolina cake that I haven’t tried yet actually!) including plenty of ways to have your falafel as well as spinach filo rolls and wrapped vine leaves, as well as a hearty lentil soup.

What to order: Lebanese falafel with batata hara

Aperitivo

If you’re hankering after a pizza, look no further than Aperitivo! It even does vegan cheese AND vegan bacon! This restaurant is quite small (think Harry Potter’s cupboard) so it fills up fast, but if you get it on a quiet day, you’ll be in luck!

What to order: Vegan Meat Feast

Blazing Salads

Although I haven’t been here personally, I’ve heard great things. I’ve passed it plenty of times and I always seem to already have a full belly. They have lots of vegan options including a moroccan style chickpeas casserole and a tofu miso soup.

What to order: red lentil soup

Happy Food

This is a little off the beaten track, but the trek is worth it. It’s at the end of Camden Street down a side alley (so you might miss it if you’re not looking carefully!)

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They sell all manner of vegan food and there’s even a yoga studio attached.

What to order: the Happy burger

Diwali

You can’t go wrong with Indian food! Most Indians have a vast range of vegetarian options and, in my experience, they’re always happy to cater for vegans. Just make sure you let them know your needs and they’ll handle it for you! Namaste is another restaurant that’s good for options if you’re not close to the city.

Brasserie 66

I tried this place out with my boyfriend as a treat just to see what vegan options were available! I ended up getting seriously big portions of lovely grub. I got the organic leaf salad with black pepper croutons, roasted cherry tomatoes and olives with lemon dressing, as well as a vegetable tagine and sorbet for dessert.

The chef even offered to make me pea soup (the soup of the day had dairy in it) but I didn’t want to put him out.

What to order: vegetable tagine

Token

Dublin’s newest (and probably only) gaming bar and restaurant, this is heaven for all you geeky vegans out there. Although the menu is very expensive, the food is great and there’s huge variety!

vegan dinner Dublin

What to order: hotdogs and chips