Local vegan producers

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Local vegan producers

Last week I talked about being vegan and some of the things to look out for like B12, iron etc. I was also asked about veganism by Notts TV interviewer Kate Chaplin

 

 

This week I thought I’d showcase a few local Nottingham vegan producers who are making great vegan food not far from you! I have met them all personally and have eaten their produce on a number of occasions.  Maybe you can add to the list and we can let everyone know what’s out there for existing vegans and perhaps others who want to give it a go

Sweet Vibes Baker: Chamiah Goulbourne

This is her story…….

My journey to veganism began while working and living in Austria. I was working as an English teacher although it was unpaid in return for my teaching qualification. So no income and high living expenses. It made sense economically to cut food costs by cutting down on meat which I didn’t miss at all. Vegans in the family educated me around ethical and health implications of eating animal products.

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On return from Austria I felt I couldn’t settle into the life I’d had before. I knew I wanted to do something more creative and centred around food but couldn’t quite figure out what. It was also around this time I developed severe allergies, face swelling, eczema. Inclined to look for a natural remedy I cut dairy and sugar from my diet, which eventually worked.

I started baking again, which had been a passion since my mid teens and since I could no longer eat commercially available sweet things I began adapting and developing recipes to contain no refined sugars and use foods which had naturally occurring sugars instead. I was amazed and excited with the ways in which I could use these new ingredients. And so Sweet Vibes Baker was born. I got the recipes taste tested by 50+ people at a time; tweaking and adapting from the feedback I received.

Cakes

I created an instagram page and facebook..although I had never used social media before. Designed my own logo and things went from there. I started getting custom orders and was contacted by a local vegetarian cafe, Folks and Fable in Bingham

Many of the products incorporate fruit and veg which I get from local stores, markets, allotments of friends, family and neighbours gardens. Cakes are sweetened further with syrups such as maple and agave.

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The idea behind the brand is a stripping and reverting back. Reverting back to nature, to locally home grown produce, to natural ingredients. I didn’t want to go down the cutesy cupcake route which is what I think people generally assume when you tell them you’re a baker. I wanted to stay away from that as I think it can sometimes be a little style over substance which would undermine the whole brand. It was also important the products tasted good, not good considering they were vegan or considering they were sugar free.

You can find me at markets and fairs around Nottingham and the East Midlands. Sneinton Vegan Market, Leicester Market, Sherwood Market, Notts Green Fest.

I also supply Folks and Fables with donuts and the newest vegan/vegetarian cafe in Nottingham: N0.12 Hounds gate. I want to expand so I’m currently in talks with other shops and cafes around Nottingham. As well as supplying cafe’s I take custom orders, birthday cakes and events.

In the future I would like to combine the conscious eating element of the business with conscious living through events, pop ups, workshops, classes, books. Eventually I will have my own space where people can eat, take part in yoga and meditation workshops and receive alternative therapies. So it would be great to work with people who have the same goals or experience in these areas. I’m very interested in working with children, through work I’ve had experience with almost every age range but think to make a real lasting change the key is to get in as early as possible. Plus younger groups are so rewarding to work with, seeing effects and change can be instant.

Overall I’m very excited with the opportunities coming my way and the directions in which the business can expand. Immensely proud of the progress this little business has made in just 13wks from start up and can’t wait to see what will happen next.

Luisa’s guilt free chocolates

This poster tells Luisa’s story

luisa final story

As you know I deliver healthy vegan cookery classes in my West Bridgford cookery school.  It is hoped that both Chamiah and Luisa will appear as guests chefs.  If you’d like to attend please contact me 07946 301338 or email susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

For balance I’d like to showcase a savoury vegan producer

Vork Pie made by Sophie Neill

Sophie produces handmade vegan pies and snacks, and can be found at vegan fairs and local farmers markets. They regularly attend West Bridgford and Beeston Farmers Markets and the Vegan market in Sneinton. And their gorgeous pies and ‘scotch eggs’ are also sold at a number of local eateries including the Peacock and Johnson Arms Pubs and Debbie Bryan cafe

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But If you want one or several Vork Pies (they freeze very well) get to the venues early as they sell out very quickly!

I absolutely love Sarah’s pies, they make a very quick and tasty meal and have been a part of my diet for the last few years.  It was only a month ago that I tried the smoked hummus and beetroot ‘scotch egg’ It was so full if flavour.

Let’s keep supporting local producers

Burns’ night

Burns’ night at the Embankment

Let me get it out there straight away, I’m not Scottish but I was drawn by the idea of veggie haggis and whisky – well who wouldn’t be!

So a quick walk over Trent Bridge and saw the welcoming lights of the Embankment Pub

IMG_9581It was going to be a busy night as ‘reserved’ boards were on most of the tables. Happily for us we were one of them; a little table by the window including details of the whiskies on offer. Good start. James the manager came over and explained how the night would pan out. So on to the first of our four specially chosen whiskies (Courtesy of the guys from Gauntleys); a very light, mellow and totally tasty Campbeltown Loch, the only blended whisky. When we returned to our table a veggie cheese board was ready and waiting. Who knew whisky and smoked cheese would work so well. Tipple two was Glendronach the ‘Heilen’, a step up in terms of ABV but lovely none the less. And it arrived just in time to accompany a very generous portion of veggie haggis, tatties and neeps. The haggis was really tasty and was bursting with fresh veggies and nutty barley. The texture was perfect and worked really well with the soft mash and neeps.

 

veggie haggis

veggie haggis

fantastic piping

fantastic piping

 

 

Whisky #three was a 10 year old Glen Moray, and had the more familiar caramel colour and peaty taste. But the star of the show was the piper who took centre stage at the ‘Address to the haggis’ (sadly not a veggie haggis!).

 

 

 

 

Oh dear!

Oh dear!

I left whisky #four to my companion (I know I’m a light weight). It was a 10 year old Benraich Curiositas and I’m assured it was delicious and peaty.

My favourite by far was the first one; Campbeltown Loch.

The whole night was a huge success, from the whiskies, the Piper, the poem, the atmosphere, the food and the live music. It was a wonderful celebratory night, if slightly boozy for a ‘school night’!

Veg out restaurant review – Chaka Le India

Veg out restaurant review

Chakh Le India, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

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chakh-le-indiaOn the way home I spotted that the old Chinese restaurant on Trent Bridge had reopened as an Indian restaurant; Chaka Le India. Cue a visit one Friday night!

 

 

 

We were welcomed by traditionally dressed staff who couldn’t do enough for us. A drinks order was quickly taken, menus presented and pleasantries passed. Good start

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The menu was a mix of family favourites like onion bhaji and vegetable samosa. But I decided to be a bit more adventurous and ordered the Aloo Tikki Ragda, which is potato cakes served with masala chickpeas and a yoghurt dressing. The presentation was amazing and rivalled anything the meat and fish eaters had. In fact mine looked the best on the table. And the taste didn’t disappoint either; a sheer delight

 

My omnivore companions chose Fish Amritsari (fish pakoras) and Puri prawn (a puffed up deep fried bread topped with spicy prawns). They were equally impressed with their choices

 

sweetcorn-curryFor my main course I opted for Khumb makai; a sweetcorn and mushroom curry. The sauce was tomato based which makes it very nutritious without the calories and fat from a creamier sauce. It was also nice and spicy but still very flavoursome. And the portion size was perfect.

 

The non veggies had a king prawn biryani, which can be served with either a masala sauce or a yoghurt raita, the Karahi chicken and Malabar chicken, flavoured with coconut milk, chillies, curry leaves and mustard seeds. There were no complaints and all the plates were returned to the kitchen virtually wiped clean

veg outMy review is also online at Nottingham Post.  You will also be able to buy the paper on Wednesdayveg-out-le-indian

Jugs of cold tap water were regularly replaced and the service throughout was impeccable.

 

When I go again I will definitely have the potato cakes for my starter. And for my main course order a couple of ‘sides’ so I can try more. That way I can dispense with the carb heavy white rice. I think the kalojoni baingan (Aubergine cooked with onion seeds and tomatoes) and the Chana masala (chickpeas with tomatoes, ginger, onions and spices) have my name on them!

 

This has to be one of the best Indian restaurants I’ve been to all year

Veg out restaurant review – The Peacock, Nottingham

peacockVeg out restaurant review – The Peacock, Mansfield Road, Nottingham

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Last month the Peacock hotel, on Mansfield Road temporarily closed its doors for a refurbishment. When it re-opened on 5th September it had become a vegan dining pub. Yes that’s right its whole food menu was vegan.

 

Well that obviously meant I had to pay it a visit! And it seems many others had the same thought, because there was hardly a seat to be had on a Friday evening a few weeks ago.

interior-peacockEventually we squeezed ourselves in to a table for two and told that there would be a 45 minute wait and that food orders stopped at 8pm. Not a good start but maybe it shows how popular vegan food has become and how much this type of establishment is needed in Nottingham.

 

A quick trip to the bar to order drinks whilst perusing the menu, confirmed that (at the moment) it is only the food that is 100% vegan. So do be careful when ordering beers etc.

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My review is online at Nottm Post review

 

 

 

np-paperIt is also in today’s (28/9) Nottingham Post

Now on to the menu, unless you paid attention before entering the pub you could be fooled into thinking their menu is like any other with classics such as fish, chips & mushy peas, chicken stuffing & mayo sandwich, lasagna with chips & garlic bread or an all day breakfast with bacon, sausage, egg etc

It does however clearly state on the front that it is a ‘vegan kitchen’, but it lacks any description of the ingredients

 

A quick chat with the staff answered some of the questions, but there is probably still a training need to get them all fully up to speed.

 

So a 45 minutes later two plates arrived with fish & chips and the asparagus, pea and onion pie with mustard mash

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I was immensely pleased with my choice of fish and chips, which turned out to be tofu wrapped in seaweed, then battered and fried. Served with crispy homemade (skin on) hand cut chips and a generous portion of mushy peas and tartar sauce. As a vegetarian it is so rare to be able to have battered food because it is often cooked along side fish and meat products. So I really enjoyed the crunch and texture of the batter, which complimented the soft and salty filling. But because of the relatively high calorific value it is not something I would eat weekly.

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My other half was a little disappointed with his meal. The mashed potatoes were very dry and heavy with mustard. The dish was served with roasted veg and a salad. And in his opinion the salad should have been dropped and exchanged for some vegan gravy, which may have gone someway to moisten the claggy potatoes.

 

On the whole I was very impressed with the food and the choices on offer. It may bother some vegans and vegetarians that words like fish, battered sausage and chicken are used. But personally I’m ok with that.

 

I hope that the Peacock remains as busy, vibrant and welcoming as it was on the evening we visited. And I will most certainly be back to try their ‘all day breakfast‘

Have you been to the Peacock, what did you think?