Vegan Junk Food in Byker

Shields Road in Byker (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) isn’t your stereotypical setting for a vegan eatery. I like Byker and used to live not far from Shields Road, but was surprised to hear about a vegan place among the pawn shops and bookmakers. I had to be in Newcastle for an evening meeting yesterday, so thought I would…

Lentil, Walnut and Apple Loaf

Yesterday I had another go at practising for Christmas. I’m trying a few recipes out to to see what would make good vegan Christmas lunch. I found this recipe online, it looked really good so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I won’t write the whole process out, the person who created the recipe…

Stuffed Seitan Wellington

I’m looking forward to Christmas! I’ve had in mind for a while that I would like to make a stuffed seitan wellington for Christmas dinner, but I thought I’d better practice first. It turned out really well, here’s what I did… Stuffing First I combined the following ingredients in a food processor until they were…

Drawing a Long Line on the Map

One of the things I love about audax riding is that you end up going a long way. I’ve realised over the last year or so that I am more interested in going further than faster. There’s something incredibly satisfying about drawing a long line on the map, and that is especially the case with a long linear ride….

Two Pizzas – Which Was Better?

Tonight we had two different vegan pizzas, a gluten-free margherita by Kirsty’s and one described as caponata sourdough by Wicked Kitchen (vegan range at Tesco). I hadn’t intended to make two. I had ordered the Wicked Kitchen one in our groceries this week, but when it arrived it was really really small. In fact, here’s…

Homemade Vegan Cheese

I made cheese! Since going vegan I’ve been surprised how good a lot of the vegan versions of certain foods are – milk, cake, yoghurt etc. However, all the vegan cheese I have tried has been horrible. They all seem to be made from coconut oil, and I haven’t yet found one that I like….

Digging Deep

Saturday was meant to be my 200k ride for October in my attempt to complete a Randonnee Round the Year (a 200k ride each calendar month for a year). It didn’t go to plan; there was snow, I got mega-cold and made the sensible to choice to quit. I was genuinely fine with having to…

Sometimes You Have to Bail-Out

The plan for today was to ride the Peculiar Old 200 audax. It’s a 200km ride starting in Darlington. The route goes north to Sedgefield, west to Middleton-in-Teesdale, south to Masham and then north again back to Darlington. The forecast a few days ago looked decent. As it got closer to the weekend, the forecasters…

Goodfella’s Pizza – Tasty, but…

It seems that everyone’s making vegan pizzas! This is the third one I’ve tried so far, after the efforts from Pizza Express and Oumph!. Right, I’ll get straight to the point: it’s a fairly decent pizza. Lots of flavour, helped along by some peppers which add some heat. It’s good value too – at £2.50…

My Favourite Vegan Meal So Far

Today I made slow-cooked seitan and mushroom stroganoff, and it turned out AMAZING. Of all the meals I have cooked since going vegan, this is my favourite. I drew on a few different recipes, but this was more or less my own invention. Here’s what I did… I made the seitan this morning by mixing…