Veg out in Budby

Veg out in Budby – Restaurant review

Budby Antiques & Vintage Emporium with The Crew Yard Cafe & Bistro

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I’d heard rumours that a small café linked to an antique and vintage emporium in Budby, north Notts had got the vegan bug after taking part in Veganuary in the New Year. We took a trip out one Sunday to see what all the fuss was about.

We spoke to Jackie the chef and inspiration behind the vegan explosion.  She is vegetarian herself and was encouraged to invent more vegan options by her daughter.  So far its going really well and meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike are enjoying the flavoursome additions

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The place is a collection of rooms filled with antiques, furniture and curios and nestled amongst them is the warm and welcoming café.

Perhaps if the weather was a bit warming we could have sat outside in the peaceful courtyard.

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The attentive and polite staff were quick to seat us, bringing the menu and tap water.

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The wonderful West Bridgford Wire have published my review of this fab cafe

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The vegan menu has breakfast items served 10 – 11.30 and main meals from 12- 4.30. I was very tempted with the vegan breakfast as it also appears on the lunch section, but I’ll save that for another time.

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We opted for butternut squash curry with rice and garlic bread and my other half had butterbean and lentil casserole with garlicky smashed sweet potato and roast potatoes. The dishes arrived at the same time and were piping hot

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Butternut squash curry

It’s the attention to flavour that I particularly liked.  My rice had fresh mint and coriander running through it. The curry was perfectly spiced giving not just heat but great flavour too.  The artisan garlic bread was wonderfully crispy.

The butterbean stew was an equal delight.  The earthy flavours from the lentils and mushrooms worked well with the soft beans and produced a very comforting bowl of goodness.  The garlic smashed sweet potatoes were so tasty as were the very crispy roasties.

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Butterbean and lentil stew

My only observations would be to possibly add some chickpeas or nuts to the curry for additional protein and to serve the stew with either the sweet potato or the roast potatoes but not both and instead add some steamed broccoli or other greens.  Don’t get me wrong both types of potatoes were scrummy but I do like my veg

 

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Vegan chocolate brownie

We just about managed to squeeze in a vegan brownie with strawberries and scoops of chocolate and vanilla vegan ice-cream.  The brownie was so light and moist and the strawberries were delicious. All our dishes were amazing, tasty and filling

 

 

My review can also be found on Nottinghamshire Live

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https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/vegan-review-budby-antiques-emporiums-2785759  

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There was a steady stream of customers; from regulars with their loyalty cards to newbies like us, being served sandwiches, filled jacket potatoes, omelettes, burgers or tea and cake.

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I would highly recommend taking a trip to the emporium and cafe.  You could bag yourself a bargain as well as a tasty meal.

If you want to try a selection of vegan goodies then why not attend their vegan tasting evening on Friday 31st May

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Yoga, healthy eating and a 3 course vegan lunch

Yoga, healthy eating and a 3 course vegan lunch

MONDAY 20th May 2019 FROM 10.30 – 12.45pm
IN WEST BRIDGFORD
THE COST IS £30

 

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Why not come and join a small group of mixed ability yoga students practicing gentle, mindful Yoga in a beautiful calm space that has underfloor heating.
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Debbie will guide you through gentle, relaxing but specific movements that will help with general flexibility, mobility, balance and strength.  In a small group like this she can spend time with each person to make sure they are in the correct position to maximise a pose.  The yoga session will close with a guided meditation where you can let go into your body and breath; leaving you feeling relaxed and at ease.
This will be followed by a healthy 3 course vegan lunch made by me.  We’ll spend time relaxing  around the table and as a trained nutrition coach and chef I will share some of my nutritional expertise, deliver tips for healthy eating and answer any questions.
Debbie will also be on hand to answer any specific questions about her yoga practice.
Here’s a taste of the food that has tantalised previous tastebuds:
Wholesome soup, colourful quinoa salad, herby flatbreads, decadent chocolate pots, banana bread and fresh fruit.  All served with refreshments

This is a great time to get to know your fellow students and to ask us questions about yoga, healthy eating, lifestyle changes etc.

 

 

The whole event will leave you feeling nourished and balanced.

All this for £30
Contact either Susan on 07946 301338 or Debbie on 07941 526136

We are limited to 8 people so book early to guarantee your place

 

 

 

 

 

Pilates and vegan lunch

Pilates and vegan lunch

Welcome to our pilates and vegan lunch workshop.  The event is taking place in West Bridgford, Nottingham on Wednesday 22nd May from 10.30 – 12.45pm.

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Michael will be delivering a Fitness Pilates session incorporating elements of stretching, relaxation and meditation as well as improving flexibility, mobility and core stability. You will need to wear comfy clothing for this and bring a yoga mat if you have one, although we have some spares
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Whilst you are being stretched and flexed I’ll be preparing your 3 course vegan lunch.  After a comfort break we’ll sit around the dining table and enjoy some delicious and nutritious vegan food.  You can ask questions about Michael’s session or ask me about healthy eating.  You will also be able to take home the recipes
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The whole morning is very relaxed and informal, you may see the odd cat weave their way through the pilates session to seek out the underfloor heating!

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This event is perfect for those who are regular pilates attendees or newbies, as Michael is able to offer different levels to challenge you and your balance, flexibility and strength.  The reward for that commitment  is some superb relaxing meditation to get you ready for my nutritious nosh

The cost for all this is £30, made payable by bank transfer, Paypal, cheque or if necessary cash on the day.  We can accommodate a maximum of 8 people, so please contact me to book your place

Susan Hart: 07946 301338 susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

 

Petit Paris – restaurant review

 

Petit Paris – restaurant review

Veg out

Now I know a French restaurant is not instinctively the first place you’d consider for a vegan meal out, but the Nottingham vegans Facebook group had first hand knowledge that things had changed in this Parisian establishment, Petit Paris on Kings Walk in Nottingham town centre

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So I ventured out on a blustery Friday evening to see for myself.   We were seated by the window and it was all so cosy.  I was immediately presented with a vegan menu, my other half stuck with the general one.

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The wine waiter came over to point out which of the drinks were also suitable, which was a nice touch.

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French bread with both butter and vegan spread was served, again another nice touch and we were left to make our choices

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I was amazing at the sound of all the dishes and genuinely confused as to what to have.  I opted for the Sri Lankan soup with coconut dumplings followed by the Moroccan and bean burger.  My other half loved the sound of the mushroom crostini from the vegan menu, followed by a chicken dish, with a side order of green beans.  We also ordered a glass each of the vegan pinot grigio

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Whilst we waited for our starter we munched on the tasty bread and watched the world go by.  Very swiftly our starters arrived and the smell coming from my soup bowl was mouth-watering.  It was the right side of spicy with lots of chunky well cooked veg and 3 delicious mini coconut dumplings.

My review is also available at https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/nottinghams-petit-paris-introduces-impressive-2675744

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The vegan crostini looked equally tasty and I was able to purloin a slice of the toasted bread with a highly flavoured mushroom pate, grilled mushroom, pea shoots and hummus.  Wow it was gorgeous and such a generous portion.

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We quaffed our chilled wine whilst we waited for the mains to make an appearance.   I was really pleased to see that my burger didn’t come in the usual carb heavy bread roll but between pitta bread, which had been smeared with guacamole, layered with thinly cut crunchy veg, then the small burgers and topped with pickled radish.  Served with more guacamole and sweet potato fries

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Again, it was just so tasty. Often bean burgers can be claggy but this was moist and full of flavour. The crunchy veg was a nice touch and the radish added an interesting flavour that was slightly fermented and possibly not to everyone’s taste, but I loved them.  The sweet potatoes fries didn’t let the side down either, they were thin and crispy and plentiful.

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I was reliably informed that the chicken supreme (served with fondant potatoes and a watercress sauce) was very tasty and moist too.

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We really didn’t have room for a pudding but I was determined to try one so we shared what was hopefully the lighter option: roasted pineapple, dark rum caramel and sorbet.  It was very well cooked,  not overly sweet and a fairly small portion, so we just about managed to finish it

 

Overall I was really impressed with the level of choice, the dishes themselves, the service offered by this long established restaurant and the value for money (starter and dessert £5.95 and Mains  £12.50).

As a vegan if you’re bored of pasta and pizza then pay a visit to Petit Paris and try food from all over the globe. You wont be disappointed.

Cauliflower wings

Cauliflower wings

This  recipe is a slight variation on the Bosh recipe.  I’ve used gram flour instead of plain flour as I prefer the taste.  And if you use gluten free breadcrumbs as well it makes this recipe suitable for a gluten free diet

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I’ve had a few people ask why a ‘meat’ associated word like ‘wings’ is used for a non meat recipe.  I think it gives people an idea about the texture, taste etc of a dish i.e. small pieces of spicy morsels.  Familiar words help those who are not fully vegan or are new to it understand what the dish might be like. Words like sausages, steaks etc will also encourage children to eat it. They may not if we said ‘cauliflower bites’ I’m sure new words will start to appear.

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So maybe this recipe should be called ‘cauliflower crispy bites’, not so catchy though.  What do you think?

cauliflower wings

Serves 2 

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 40 minutes

Cauliflower wings

  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 65g or ½ cup Gram/chickpea flour
  • 150ml or ½ cup unsweetened plant milk
  • ¼ tsp salt , ¼ tsp ground black pepper, ½ tsp garlic powder and smoked paprika
  • 100-150g or 1 cup bread crumbs – toast slightly before using or panic breadcrumbs (no toasting required)

Hot sauce

  • 80g or 1/2 cup hot sauce (such as Dunn’s river hot sauce, Franks buffalo sauce or sriracha and Gochujang )
  • 40g vegan butter,
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder/paste

Dipping sauce

  • 100g vegan plain yoghurt,
  • 1 tsp lemon juice,
  • Handful chopped chives, parsley, coriander or mint

Preheat oven to 180C, lightly oil a baking sheet

Using a knife, remove florets from the stalk.  Chop the florets and stalks into smaller bite sized pieces.

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In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, plant milk, salt, ground black pepper, paprika and garlic powder/paste in a bowl to make a thick batter.

 

Pour the breadcrumbs in to a separate bowl and place it next to the batter bowl. Dip the cauliflower one at a time into the batter, shake off excess, then dip in to the breadcrumbs to coat completely and place onto the oiled baking sheet. Repeat until all of the wings are coated.

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Bake for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, make the hot sauce: In a small pan over high heat, mix the vegan speed, garlic and hot sauce. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. It should thicken slightly

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Remove the wings from oven. Dip the wings in the spicy sauce . Return to the tray and bake for another 10-15 minutes for the sauce to soak into the wings.

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Remove from oven and serve with the cool yoghurt sauce if desired.

I love serving this with a large mixed salad.  Alternatively serve on top of a spicy bean stew, or with some spicy Mexican rice (A packet of microwaveable Mexican rice is ideal), or as part of a vegan tapas meal

Soon my vegan cooking guests will be making their own cauliflower bites.  Let me know how you got on and if you made any changes

 

My next vegan cooking class is all about the falafel

My next vegan cooking classes are all about the falafel – Tuesday 5th March 2018 5.30 – 6.45pm and Wednesday 6th March 12 – 1.15pm

In West Bridgford

I have a few places left on my next vegan cooking classes taking place this coming week in West Bridgford

I’m now on Trip advisor, so if you’ve been to my classes and enjoyed them could I please ask you to write a short review

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https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1749652-d13807709-Reviews-Nutrition_Coach-West_Bridgford_Nottinghamshire_England.html

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The cost of attending a class is £25 and includes all the ingredients, recipe and nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with. Or why not buy a bunch of them; if you purchase 5 classes for £125 I’ll throw an extra one in for free, and you’ll have a whole year to attend.

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The recipe is very versatile and can also be used to make burgers.  The tahini dressing is a great accompaniment for a salad, Moroccan tagine or drizzled over a filled jacket potato

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Contact me if you’d like to book a space, but please be quick as places are limited.
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vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make these dates I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

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Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

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Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 to book your place.

 

 

Next vegan cooking class – risotto

Next vegan cooking class – 27th February 2019

11 – 12.15pm In West Bridgford making delicious beetroot risotto

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I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on Wednesday 27th February at 11am in West Bridgford.  You’ll have everything you need to make a delicious beetroot pearl barley and quinoa risotto.

This short video shows a cooking guest making the risotto

 

The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, equipment and the recipe.  Plus nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.

The recipe is very versatile, so if you don’t like pearl barley you can revert back to good old risotto rice and you will still make an unbelievably tasty risotto.

Contact me if you’d like to book a space, but please be quick as places are limited.

vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make this date I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

vegan cookery class

Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, nut roast, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

cookery review

 

Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 to book your place.

Next vegan cooking class

Next vegan cooking class – Monday 11th February 2019 

I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on Monday 11th February between 11 am and 12.15 in West Bridgford.  You’ll have everything you need to make a delicious and nutritious vegan chilli 

 

The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, equipment and the recipe.  Plus nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.

vegan chilli

 

The chilli is packed with goodness like red kidney beans, antioxidant rich tomatoes, loads of fibre rich veggies (as you would expect) and protein packed lentils.

veg chilli

Contact me if you’d like to book a space on either classes, but please be quick as places are limited.

vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make this date I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and  Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

vegan cookery class

Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

cookery review

 

Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 or susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk to book your place.

Cheff, Trent Boulevard

 Cheff, Trent Boulevard Lady Bay – the new healthy eating takeaway

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The old Locksmiths shop on Trent Boulevard has recently been transformed in to Cheff, a new takeaway outlet.  But this is a fast food place with a difference it serves healthy ‘clean’ food.  The owner and inspiration behind the venture is Adam Sinnott..  You may think that Adam has a spelling mistake in the name of his business, but you’d be wrong because Cheff stands for Clean, Healthy, Energising, Fresh Food.

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These are bold claims so I went along to buy and try some of his ‘clean’ food.  As its early days Cheff is operating a slightly reduced menu that will expand over the coming weeks and months.

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Adam and the 5 steps

 

There are ‘5 steps’ to obtain your healthy food;

Step 1 (this sounds like a song!) choose your size, I went for the mini box for £5.95.

Step 2 Choose your protein; being vegan I could either have the homemade falafels or tofu.  I plumped for tofu.

Step 3 choose your base (basically your carbs), garlicky new potatoes for me.

Step 4 choose your veg (either hot or cold or both) roasted parsnips with maple syrup, crunchy slaw, roasted veg and spinach were all packed in to the recyclable cardboard mini box.

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My full review can all be seen on the wonderful West Bridgford Wire, where plenty of locals have also shared their comments https://westbridgfordwire.com/susan-hart-review-cheff-clean-food-takeaway-in-west-bridgford/?fbclid=IwAR2mO-Bl34YkrgF7RRJbL3u5A3_EmJ0Wcaah2sC33ogB9aHktesXtXveR7c

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Step 5 Choose your sauce. I’m not a huge bbq fan so I opted for the homemade blueberry sauce.  Secure the lid, take home and scoff!

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Which is exactly what I did.  And goodness me it was tasty.  I loved all the textures and flavours and the ‘mini‘ portion was certainly enough for lunch. If you were eating it in the park or in the car (not ideal but I know many of you do) then you can pick up compostable or recyclable cutlery and napkins.

The fresh colours of all the different veg made me feel very happy and healthy. The lightness and lack of stodge also made me feel energised and the absence of processed ingredients certainly fulfilled the ‘clean’ element. The protein packed tofu had me feeling nice and full

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Another time I’d be happy to pop in for a coffee, not only does Cheff serve coffee from 200 degrees,  a local supplier  but they have a selection of plant based milks to go with them.  If you’d rather have a cold drink, the cabinet is full of healthier energy drinks, vitamin rich fruit drinks and water

As well as local coffee Cheff also sells locally made chocolate from Lovely Fodder , who just happen to be next door

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So if you’re in the area why not give the ‘golden arches’ a miss and pop down Trent Boulevard, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham for some healthy fresh fast food.  I know I’ll be back

Copper cafe, Central Avenue

Copper cafe, Central Avenue

They’ve added a vegan breakfast to the menu

Copper

It was 18 months ago that I first went to Copper cafe on Central Avenue in West Bridgford to have breakfast. And I was presented with a less than appetising ensemble for the price of £7. I vowed never to go back.

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vegan breakfast sept 2017

But fast forward 18 months and I thought I’d give them another try,  and there is now a vegan breakfast on the menu and it was very tasty.  It’s basically a vegetarian breakfast but the scrambled egg and halloumi have been substituted for vegan friendly avocado and wilted spinach.  The little falafel balls were so flavoursome and had a lot of different textures, the mushroom was juicy and well cooked and they even had vegan spread for the hot toast. All for a standard price of £7.50

Vegan breakfast Feb 2019

Vegan breakfast Feb 2019

The breakfast is the only item on the menu that is specifically labelled as vegan, so I’d advise you to phone ahead to ask about the lunch time menu, cakes, etc. to see what if anything is on offer