We know there’s lot of great health reasons to have a vegan diet and the environment will thank you for it also… but what about going vegan purely for the delicious treats or exciting new ingredients? Not convinced? Read on for our treasure trove of vegan goodies…
Baked Beans with Meat Free Lincolnshire Sausage from Suma
This may very well be the first ever vegan canned beans and meat free sausage in the UK! At least we've never seen any others...
Suma are the largest workers collective based in the UK and make amazing vegetarian and vegan foods in Yorkshire. This is their latest offering, a tasty mix of baked haricot beans in a vegan tomato sauce, with meat free, vegan, Lincolnshire-style sausages. Registered with both the Vegan and Vegetarian Societies they can be prepared quickly and easily. Perfect on a jacket potato or on toast for a quick meal.
You can find Suma's Vegan Baked Beans with Lincolnshire style Sausage here in our webshop. They'll be in both of our stores from the last week of August 2016.
Sgaia Vegan Meat
Introduced into our Edinburgh stores recently, are these seitan steaks from Sgaia Foods. Handmade from plants from scratch in small batches, Sadly we don't have the facility to sell them online yet, but they can be found at both of our stores in the chilled section - follow this link to find our Edinburgh stores on the map. It has a savoury, tasty flavour that will complement any marinade, sauce or dish.
You can see the product details here in our webshop.
These new vegan eggs from Follow Your Heart are already proving mighty popular with customers. Made with algae and carrageenan, they can be used just like eggs, including scrambled eggs or omelettes, and they're not stored chilled so we can sell them online. Vegan Eggs can be found here on our site. Vegan variants or replacements for eggs are a long-standing request from customers, so we put together a handy infographic for replacements.
Follow this link for No Eggs No Problem if you're looking for replacements for binding, leavening or moisture elements. Or if looking for alternatives, try the no-egg egg replacer from Orgran or Ener-G here.
Scrumptious, amazing and delicious are just a few of the words used by our customers to describe the new favourite vegan hazelnut chocolate bar. Made using fine Italian hazelnut paste, hazelnut cocoa cream and whole hazelnuts that they blend together in a unique process, they are available in 65 gram and 150 gram bars and are not only vegan but also Organic, Fairtrade and Gluten Free!
The 150 gram bar can be found here in our webshop and the 65 gram vego bar here.
Milled by Golspie Mill (a small mill in Scotland doing speciality flours). Roasted peas are ground through three sets of stones in a water-powered millstone. Peasemeal is traditionally used for brose (which is a soup or broth) or thick savoury porridge. Since its renewed popularity (it was on the telly in January 2016!) the requests for it have come flooding in. We've always stocked it as it's an old favourite in Scotland and many of our customers remember being fed it as children and as a convalescent food. Peasemeal has been used as a crispy coating for foods, within white sauces and also used to make healthy vegetarian pates. Find it here in our webshop.
It's been tricky finding the nutritional information for such a niche product but the lovely people at Fallaine Foods teamed up with Glasgow Caledonian University to have it analysed and here's their results!
Per 100g Golspie Mill peasemeal
Calories 351 (1485kj), Protein 20.4g, Total carbs 69.4g, Available carbs 59.4g, Sugars 1.6g, Fat 1.3g, Saturates 0.1g, Sodium 20mg, Salt 0.05g, Fibre 10g
Vital Wheat Gluten
It’s the gluten in flour that gives it elasticity and helps it to rise and have texture. Ideal to have on hand if you’re a baker as if you’ve run out of b bread flour, a tablespoon of this with all-purpose plain flour should do the trick. Find it here in our webshop. It’s also very popular with our vegan customers to make seitan – a chewy, savoury food that’s ideal with loads of Asian recipes. Here's one of the most popular Seitan recipes.
Legendary for their amazing taste, some people travel to Edinburgh to come into one of our stores, simply for the raspberry truffles that are chilled and so unavailable in the webshop - Anyone who’s eaten Booja Booja truffles will nod knowledgeably at this point! Try Champagne truffles for a grown up kick or hazelnut crunch for delicious melt-in-the-mouth goodness.
Engevita Flakes with added B12
Vegans are always advised to up their vitamin B12 as it’s only produced from micro-organisms and that’s not readily available on a plant-based diet (actually to be honest everyone is advised to keep up their vitamin B12 intake, particularly vegans and anyone over 50 as they're most at risk.). Many vegans swear by engevita flakes with added B12 from Marigold. Grown on molasses in carefully controlled conditions it can be used as a savoury condiment for soups and stews. They have a cheesy/nutty flavour so are often used as a topping on dehydrated kale chips, homemade crisps or popcorn. Great with pasta, pesto or other Italian or tomato-based dishes also. Buy them here.