Veg out – The Cross Keys

Veg out – The Cross Keys

We all know how important it is to start the day with a good breakfast. Normally I have porridge with fruit and peanut butter but at the weekend I like to spend a bit more time relaxing with the papers, a coffee and something more substantial, but I don’t always want to prepare it.  That’s where the Cross Keys at Weekday Cross in Nottingham came to the rescue one Sunday.

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I’d heard their name mentioned a number of times when recommendations were sought for good vegan options.

The pub was nice and quite so we sat at a window table and perused the menu.  The vegetarian breakfast with vegan options sounded just the ticket; my other half ordered the Eggs Benedict.

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Whilst we waited for the food to arrive we had a look through the free Sunday papers, admired the beauty of the building and watched more tables fill up with fellow brunchers

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Our food arrived together and (as requested) with our two black coffees.  I was really pleased with the portion size, not too big, not too small and only two slices of bread.  The homemade sausages had a crunchy outside texture, so did the potato hash, the avocado was lovely and soft as was the well cooked grilled tomato half and the mushrooms had been fried rather than boiled; all in all an almost faultless breakfast.  I have it on good authority that the eggs benedict were also tasty and filling.  Our coffees, which are included in the price were also substantial, hot and tasty.   My vegan breakfast was £6.95 and the eggs benedict was £6.75.

Would I go back?  The food I had was absolutely great but looking at the menu there is only one dedicated breakfast option, which is not enough choice to make me a regular visitor.  Likewise there are no specific main course dishes, but rather surprisingly I could have vegan cheeses as a dessert.

Maybe the menu is a work in progress but high marks for a very tasty well cooked vegan breakfast

Vegan cookbooks

Vegan cookbooks

Christmas is just around the corner and what better present to give than a vegan cookbook.  But which one?!

I’ve asked a number of fellow vegans for their favourite, so apart from downloading or printing one of my vegan recipes (http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/category/recipes/), consider buying one of these

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BOSH! Simple Recipes * Amazing Food * All Plants

Its been described as “good honest and simple cooking with some show stoppers in there too”

 

 

 

 

Thug kitchen – 101: Fast as F*ck: easy and accessible recipes to give you a solid start toward a better diet.

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So what do you eat by Liz Cook : Simple, all “Traditional “recipes made vegan, with every day ingredients. Tells you where to get all your essential nutrients.   Handy guide is in back cover and kitchen charts

The Happy Pear – Healthy, Easy, Delicious Food to Change Your Life – full of irresistible recipes for everything from everyday breakfasts, lunches and dinners, to scrumptious and yes, still wholesome! cakes and sweet treats, to special occasion splurges and

Recipes for Happiness – clever meat-free versions of popular favourites and inspiring advice on how to be healthier

 

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Deliciously Ella Every Day - simple yet tempting plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes. Be inspired by her quick weekday dinners, slow-cook comfort food designed to be shared, amazing colourful salads and incredible food to take with you when you’re on the go

 

 

Minimalist Baker’s, everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes. These recipes require 10 ingredients or less, can be made in one bowl, or require 30 minutes or less to prepare

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My vegan travels - Comfort food inspired by adventure: 75 satisfying plant-based recipes for comfort food from around the world.

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Mouthwatering Vegan by Miriam Sorrell : Included in the book are recipes for vegan cheese, cream and mayonnaise; Chilli Con ‘Carne’, Shepherd’s Pie, Mince & Ale Pie, Stroganoff Supreme and the Perfect Roast

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Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin: This books keeps it simple with easy-to-follow recipes, using a sensible number of ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket

 

 

 

Vegan Richa:Everyday Kitchen: Epic Anytime Recipes with a World of Flavour – These unique recipes have amazing depths of flavour, are easy to make, and have allergy-friendly options

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Lucy Watson’s Feed Me Vegan: Packed with comforting, easy-to-make and totally delicious recipes, Feed Me Vegan shows you can be vegan and still have your cake (and mac and cheese, and lasagne, and pancakes) and eat it

 

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Vegan: The Cookbook by jean-Christian Jury –  delicious vegan dishes from around the world

November is world vegan month

November is World vegan month

Does Nottingham cater for vegans?

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Today, 1st November is World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan month.  This year sees a huge rise in the number people adopting a vegan lifestyle or regularly including vegan meals in to their diet; New data revealed the number of vegans in the UK now exceeds three-and-a-half million, or 7% of the population. These figures indicate that veganism has seen a 700% growth in just two years (data from

https://www.livekindly.co/number-of-vegans-in-the-uk-surges-by-700-in-just-two-years/).  Maybe the fact that a  number of high profile celebrities like Beyonce, Lewis Hamilton, Ellie Golding, David Haye and Peter Egan to name but a few all follow a vegan diet.
world vegan month

world vegan month

Concern for animals and their welfare, taking better care of the earth’s resources and the environment or the health advantages of a plant-based diet are just some of the reasons for becoming vegan.

For some people it’s none of the above but they have allergies to dairy products or are lactose intolerant, hence the increased popularity and availability of non-dairy alternatives

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But generally being a vegan is more of a lifestyle choice and a philosophy than a diet.

You can now buy ethical clothing, shoes, toiletries and makeup. But for ‘World vegan  ay and month’ I’d like to focus on the food aspect of being vegan.

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Tune in to drive time from 4pm today on Gem 106 radio to hear snippets of my interview about World vegan day and its impact

 

 

In Nottingham over the last couple of years I have seen more vegan options in shops, supermarkets and eateries, an increase in wheat/gluten/dairy free cakes and goodies and special vegan events to raise awareness.

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Did you know there is a vegan market in Sneinton on the first  and third Saturday of every month?

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I regularly write veggie food reviews for the Nottingham Post and the West Bridgford Wire, sometimes it’s a 100% vegan/vegetarian eatery like cafe Roya in Beeston or No 12 Hounds gate, in Nottingham https://www.no12houndsgate.co.uk in Nottingham

 

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Or a regular restaurant that has a good selection of vegan options like la Storia, Chocks Away (at Nottingham City Airport),  Baresca, The Angel microbrewery, Pudding Pantry, Oscar and Rosies, Suda (Wollaton), Horse and Plough (Bingham), wagamama, Alchelmilla; the list just keeps on growing

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courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

courtesy of TeenVGN (Twitter)

Not to be outdone the main supermarkets have also increased their range of vegan options.  You can now buy vegan ready meals, Christmas selection boxes, non-dairy milk, yoghurt, ice-cream and cheese, pesto etc.  And the cheaper supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl also have some great choices too

In Nottingham we are also lucky to have a number of Asian and world food supermarkets and shops that have a plethora of vegan goodies like tofu, spices, noodles, lentils, nuts, Asian greens, sauerkraut, fresh herbs and pulses

 

 

For some the transition to being vegan is a staged process; they cut down on red meat and processed meat, then only eat fish, consider following the ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign,  progress to becoming vegetarian then decide to take the plunge and go for a 100% plant-based diet.

vegan classes

If you are considering eating a more plant based diet but are concerned about nutrition then why not come to my vegan cookery classes.  More information can be obtained by following this link http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/vegan-cooking-classes/ 

cookery feedbackYou can make sweet potato falafels, tofu rice rolls, beetroot risotto, lasagne, tacos and much much more. Contact me for more details 07946 301338

For more advice about adopting a vegan diet visit the vegan society website