Small Vegan Food Haul

  

So I bought some yummy sandwich/lunch type foods yesterday that I wanted to share with you all! Firstly the bread was 49p from Lidl, the rest of the products are from Holland & Barrett.

Clockwise from top left:

VegiDeli Pork Style Mini Sausages – £2.89

Cheezly Mozarella Style – £2.29

Cheezly White Cheddar Style – £2.29

Cheatin’ Turkey Style Slices – £1.89

Cheatin’ Ham Style Slices – £1.89

Violife Mozzarella Style Slices – £2.99

Altogether I paid £14.24 at H&B, which is pretty pricey. However, I’m trying to cut dairy out of my diet and all of these cheeses and mock meats are SO GOOD!! I highly recommend them.   

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Real Foods Haul

Hey everyone! Yesterday I found out that the health food/vegan/gluten free etc etc shop Real Foods had a couple of stores in Edinburgh so I went to check it out! I only bought a few bits and pieces, and this will be the last food shopping I do before I go home on the 29th. But before I jump into my food haul, check out this little beauty:

   
 

This was £8 from John Lewis and it’s a measuring cup with EVERYTHING (well…almost everything) written on the outside. It has individual portions for couscous, a rice measure, British and American cup measures, teaspoon and tablespoon, flour and sugar measures and ml measures. It’s so cool! And it means I won’t have a load of cups lying around my new flat. This is the mini measure but there was another measure too and I’m thinking of getting that when I come back as well.

  
And now onto my actual haul! The first thing I got from Real Foods was some nice organic baker potatoes. These were £1.16 for just under a kilo, and I got three pretty big spuds for that price. I’ll use them to make chips (I’ve already had one and it was LOVELY!) 

  
The next thing I got was Egg Free Mayo. They had a variety of choices – original, garlic mayo, chilli mayo – but I went for this tarragon and chive mayo. It was £2.26 for the jar and I got it because I was curious to see how vegan mayo compares to regular mayo. Let me tell you, I was NOT DISAPPOINTED! The herbs gives this one a really nice flavour, and I bet the original would taste exactly like regular mayo.

  
The third food item I got was a mushroom pate. Pretty self explanatory really. It was £1.63 for the can, and it’s gluten free as well as vegetarian.

  
Next up is my Organic tomato soup. I love soups and this looked really nice. The normal price for a can is £1.29 but it was on offer for 86p.

  

I also found Fishless Fingers in this shop. Now, I’m a pescatarian so I do eat fish but these looked intriguing so I thought I’d buy a pack and see if they were as good as regular fish. They were £2.99 which is pretty pricey really for 6 fingers. I’m not sure if I’ll buy these again, we’ll just have to see how they taste!

  
And finally, I bought some corn tortillas, £1.99 for 13 tortillas. When I first tried these I thought they were horrible, but that was only because I made the mistake of thinking you could eat these cold like normal tortillas. You HAVE to heat these (20 seconds each side in a dry frying pan) and once you do they are DELICIOUS!

So that’s it folks, my last food haul before I go home for a month and a bit. I spent £10.89 in Real Foods, and £8 in John Lewis. Are any of you guys vegan or vegetarian? Have you tried any of this food? From what I’ve tried so far I’d DEFINITELY recommend the mayo and the tortillas. Hope you enjoy!

First Impressions: Choices Dairy Free white chocolate

        

As most of you probably know, I’m a pescetarian so I do eat normal chocolate (the only dairy product I don’t consume is milk – I drink soya milk or coconut milk) but I saw these vegan dairy free chocolate bars on offer and thought I’d try them out. I say “on offer” because each bar is usually £1.10 which is CRAZY! No way would I pay that! However, the ones I got (4 of them) are broken and so they were on sale for 30p each. I’ve never tried any sort of dairy free chocolate before so I’m pretty excited!

  
The chocolate has quite an odd flavour – not unpleasant, just different to anything I’ve eaten before. The texture is very smooth but not as creamy as regular chocolate. I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, it doesn’t taste bad and I’m sure if I were vegan and this was the only chocolate I ate I’d soon get used to it. On the other hand, I don’t find it as nice as regular chocolate – not even close, really. I’ll eat them because I’ve bought them, and yes I will enjoy them, but would I buy them again? Maybe not. Would I buy them at full price? Definitely not!

In short, I much prefer regular chocolate. However this isn’t bad, and if I found another brand of vegan chocolate somewhere I’d definitely be convinced to try that too. And maybe it’s just the white chocolate, which sometimes isn’t as good as milk chocolate anyway? There was milk chocolate in the shop, maybe I’ll try a bar of that next time and see if I like it better. 

Have any of you guys tried vegan chocolate? Is it just this brand that isn’t as good? Am I missing a gem of vegan chocolate somewhere? If you have any recommendations for me then please leave me a comment!

*Disclaimer: I bought the chocolate with my own money, from the “Free From…” section of Sainsburys. These opinions are purely my own, and I mean no disrespect or offence to anyone.