How To Not Be The Awkward Vegan At A Wedding

I recently came back from my cousin’s wedding in Co. Donegal and, as a vegan, I had a wonderful time. But I think the main reason I enjoyed it is because I made sure to let the bride and groom know that I’m vegan ahead of time. This is important, and I think even the newest of vegans know they can’t just saunter into a wedding expecting to get a nice meal without letting anyone know about their dietary requirements.

vegan wedding

As soon as I RSVP’d to their invitation, I let the groom (my cousin) know that I’m vegan and asked whether it would be possible to get a vegan meal instead of what would definitely be meat/fish. It’s Donegal – a county that eats meat quite heavily – so I knew if I didn’t say anything I’d be LUCKY to even get a vegetarian meal. Always ASK, you have nothing to lose!

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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!

It is a perfect meal to make on cold days, or even days when you’re feeling down and want to eat something that feels like a hug for your tummy.

vegan irish stew

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:

  1. Steam baby potatoes for 20 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, mix the stock cube with 1 litre of boiling water and transfer to a pot over medium heat.
  3. Then add chopped carrots, onion and garlic (and peas, if including) to the stock with 1 tsp each of rosemary and thyme.
  4. Mix 3 heaped tablespoons of Bisto gravy granules into the stock (you can add more depending on how thick you want the stew)
  5. Add the steamed baby potatoes and store-bought vegan mince (or tofu mince) to the pot.
  6. Let simmer for 20 minutes to thicken, stirring occasionally.
  7. 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! 

On The Pig’s Back Eatery Vegan Menu | Review

on the pigs back vegan menuFirst 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.

The website of the festival itself was a little hard to fine, even after a Google search (it was about six down on the first page) but I spotted it on the Facebook event page. It’s only the first year of the festival but I’m sure by next year (hopefully there will be a next year!) the hits will have racked up and it’ll be number one on the search engine by then.

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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!

vegan ryanair

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!

vegan ryanair

 

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! 🙂