Tag: veggie food

#BEDM – Cinco de Mayo or What I’ve been Eating recently

So for yesterday’s #BEDM post, I know absolutely nothing about Cinco de Mayo and have nothing in common with Mexico so I thought I’d write up a few recipes I’ve been trying recently.

Veggie Cooked Breakfast

Veggie breakfastThis is based on the breakfast that I had recently at Companion in Oxford. In a bid to get as many vegetables in as possible, I went totally overboard with the cooked tomatoes and mushrooms. Delicious!

Spicy Tomato Soup

spicy tomato soup

I found this recipe via Pinterest and it was delicious. It was such a simple recipe, really easy to cook and tastes amazing. I also made some wholemeal rolls to eat with it. It was the perfect lunch.

Sweet and Sour Tofu

Sweet and sour tofu

This was another Pinterest find but it was a bit of a disappointment. The veg was lovely and the recipe was easy to follow, there just wasn’t enough flavour in it. If you know of a good sweet and sour tofu recipe, let me know, because it’s my favourite meal! I also made egg fried rice to go with the tofu. I cooked up some brown rice then added it to a pan with sesame oil, soy sauce and a beaten egg. It was delicious!

Hot and Spicy Tofu

Hot and spicy tofu

In a bid to find more tofu recipes, I gave this one a whirl over the weekend. Found via Pinterest, it’s a great recipe and is nice and spicy, which is how I like it! It’s a really easy recipe to follow. It definitely needed a bit more of something, maybe more vegetables or something, as I could’ve eaten a second portion very easily.

Finally, I also made lamb burgers & sweet potato wedges for my OH. I was going to make myself a burger but didn’t fancy it at all. Sadly I forgot to take a picture, but my OH was really impressed with the burgers. He doubted them originally, thinking they might be really bland, but he really liked them and we’ve had the meal a few times since. The feta and mint goes really well with the sweet potato wedges too. I still haven’t found a good, simple, tasty veggie burger recipe so if you know of one, please let me know!

{Review} The Brewery Tap, Abingdon-on-Thames

A few weekends ago we headed to the Brewery Tap in Abingdon for Sunday lunch with friends. We went there because we know it does good food, but more importantly for me, it does a veggie roast.

We didn’t have any starters, which was a good idea, as the main portions are incredibly generous. So much so, we nearly didn’t have room for pudding! But we persevered! The other members of the party all opted for the roast beef, though there’s plenty of choice if that’s not for you. I had a a vegetable pie and the same veg that the others had. To say the food was delicious is an understatement. It was amazing. We all agreed that it was the best Sunday roast we’d eaten in a pub. For me, the veg pie was delicious. The pastry was perfect – no soggy bottom! Plus the veg it was filled with was different to the veg in the rest of the meal so I didn’t feel like an afterthought at all. The food was so good, I didn’t hesitate to dive in, hence the fact that there’s no photo. I didn’t even stop to think about it!

Brewery Tap pudding

The pudding options are equally amazing. There’s quite a range to choose from, and I chose the profiteroles. There were more than I was expecting! They were delicious and light and were the perfect end to a lovely meal. The service was excellent and I really couldn’t fault any part of the meal. For some reason, we’ve only eaten at the Brewery Tap once before, but it’s really close to where we live! We will definitely be going back more & more after this!

If you fancy a delicious roast at the Brewery Tap, you’d best book a table, as they do sell out. You won’t be disappointed, trust me!

#BEDN ~ Food Glorious Food

Cornwall was an absolute delight when it came to food. I was quite surprised that so many places catered so well for vegetarians, it was really refreshing. Naturally I took advantage of being on holiday & pretty much stuffed my face at every given opportunity! It started on our arrival to our holiday cottage, where we had been left some homemade cake. Perfection!

Homemade cakeWhen eating out, we had to find places that catered for me & Poppy and once again, we were quite surprised to find lots of places that welcomed Poppy with open arms.

Veggie cooked breakfastWe googled dog friendly places to eat, and Trevena Cross Nurseries came up and lo and behold, they also did a veggie cooked breakfast. We chose to eat outside so that when Poppy hit her limit of waiting, she wouldn’t bother too many other people, but she was welcome inside too. When they brought our food out, they brought some water & dog treats for Poppy too! Cute!

Cornish Cream TeaAfter one of our epic walks around the coast path, we needed some refreshment and noticed that The Old Cellars Restaurant offered a Cornish Cream Tea. Once again, Poppy was welcome both inside & out. Now I’ve eaten many a cream tea in my time, but this was the best one I’ve ever eaten! Whether it was the hike, the fresh sea air or the fact that we were in Cornwall, whatever, it was amazing! The thought of it is actually making my mouth water!

Delicious lunchVeggie options for lunch can be hugely disappointing. Cheese sandwich anyone? So when we checked out the menu for The Fat Mackerel and I saw the meal above, I knew I didn’t want to look anywhere else. I love olives & hummus and I wasn’t disappointed with this. The only criticism I have is that I could’ve done with more bread, but that’s just because I’m greedy! Poppy was welcome too though I don’t know welcome she was after she barked at a dog that walked by – Poppy has a surprisingly loud bark!

Homemade soupOn our final night, we ate at Cadgwith Cove Inn. I’m not quite sure why we left it to the last night to eat there, but it was amazing! Not only do they sell great wine & have fishermen singing there every Friday, but Poppy was a big hit & earned lots of dog treats from the barman! It’s safe to say she was pretty happy there. I was too, not only because their delicious carrot & coriander soup changed my view of soup, but because the veggie option on the menu was a vegetarian trio.

Veggie TrioThe Vegetarian Trio consisted of risotto, cannelloni & toasted focaccia and it was delicious. It felt really nice to have a meal out that had some thought to it and not feel like they just kind of did whatever. It’s probably better that we didn’t eat there on our first night, as we wouldn’t have left!

There’s nothing quite like eating great food, especially when you’re on holiday. Why? Those calories don’t count of course!

{Review} The Gardeners Arms, Oxford

After an epic walk around Port Meadow, my OH & I were starving & Poppy needed to put her paws up for a bit. We decided to head for The Gardeners Arms in Jericho, Oxford. When we used to live in Jericho, we used ate at the Gardeners Arms a few times, mainly because they’re the only place in Oxford (that I know of) that only serves vegetarian food. Not only that, the food is simple & delicious.

Gardeners Arms OxfordI opted for the quarter pounder veggie burger with all the toppings and a burger relish. It was delicious! Just what a veggie burger should be – tasty, filling and perfect for a Saturday lunch. I love that you can get all the toppings without paying extra and the fries come with it. All for £8.50. Bargain. They also do a vegan option and have plenty of vegan alternatives on the menu. It’s nice going to a place where you can eat everything on the menu and that any carnivores in the party won’t feel cheated because there’s no meat to eat.

Not only that, but it’s a dog friendly pub. We asked if Poppy could come in with us and they were more than happy for her to be in the pub, though she chose this moment to go a little crazy so we chose to eat outside. Knowing there are dog friendly pubs in Oxford is always great as Poppy does not like being left in the car at all so leaving her there is never an option. The Gardeners Arms is a real hidden gem in Jericho, Oxford. Yes there are lots of fancy places to eat along Walton Street, but sometimes only a burger will do and for that there’s the Gardeners Arms!