Review: Offshore (Torquay)

Offshore is one of our old favourites, one of the first places we started visiting when I moved down to Torquay, but we haven’t had chance to go in a while. We popped in over the bank holiday to try the special: vegan fish and chips.

The fish is in fact banana blossom fried in a beautiful crispy batter. The banana blossom itself is fairly flavourless so it probably could have done with a bit of nori to liven things up. I’d recommend trying it. Especially if you get a table with a view of the harbour. It just fits. If they aren’t serving the fish when you visit the main menu has an array of vegan options including pizza and two different burgers.

Event Recap: No Whey! Vegan Market (Plymouth)

Because I often work on a Saturday we’re always on the lookout for things to do on a Sunday, especially with a lot of our favourite local business being closed. This past Sunday was also our anniversary (11 years together, 6 years married!) so we had to do something interesting. We decided to head over to Plymouth for the No Whey Vegan Market.

So what’s at the No Whey vegan market? In every nook and cranny of the building there are stalls stocked with a diverse range of… well everything. We came home with a shopping bag full of baked goods from Bake Free and V is for Veggies as well as some Cornish Energy Balls (Facebook group).

There was also dog clothing, badges, embroidery, soap, art, and a lot of zines. I wish I could have bought more zines. As it was I came away with some really cool stuff and absolutely no money left in my pocket. No Whey Vegan Market is charming and original and amazing and you should go on 19th May for the next one!

Recipe: Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild garlic, after it’s picked, can wilt really fast. To keep it fresh after picking I wrapped it in a damp tea towel and popped it in a sealable box in the fridge. Or you could make it into pesto straight away.

 

Wild Garlic Pesto

About 20 leaves of wild garlic

8 walnuts

190ml (3/4 cup) olive oil

This is a simple two-step process: put it in the blender and blend it up.

It’s served here with spinach pasta and broccoli but it can be used just like any other pesto.

Review: Terra Marique (Torquay)

A couple of weeks ago rumours spread amongst the local vegans, not of an individual but of a whole restaurant. Terra Marique was a typical brassiere but when the family running it started reducing animal products at home they decided to turn the restaurant completely vegan! We popped in for breakfast as soon as we could.

avocado

I had Smashed Avocado (£5.75) which was gratifyingly chunky and topped with some beautiful tomatoes and mixed seeds. The toast is gluten free which doesn’t effect the taste at all but is quite small and dense in the way of gluten free breads. But it was a good portion, I’m just greedy.

french-toast

 

Kate ordered the French Toast (£4.50) also made with gluten free bread. This one was served with maple syrup, fruit and soy cream. Kate wasn’t a fan of the soy cream, she thinks it’s too sour tasting. The rest was delicious though.

Terra Marique is currently serving a small selection of well-priced and well-made breakfasts and lunches and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

Reveiw: Leon Fast Vegan

When Leon brought out a vegan cookbook I ordered it straight away. I’ve been living with it for the past few months and it’s been in rotation ever since. The title implies that it’s all fast food but really it has a recipe for just about anything you could ask for. There are breakfast, desserts, 15-minute meals and ones that take hours. It’s an encyclopaedia of vegan food. And it’s pretty cool.

We’ll start with one of the quicker recipes. This Artichoke, Basil and Spinach Pasta. It’s a quick pesto recipe that has all the umami you could ever need coming from that artichoke. The recipes are more than just a token vegan option, they’re well-thought-out to give a full range of flavours.

Jackfruit Tikka Masala is one of the the recipes that puts the name fast vegan to shame, clocking in at just under 2 hours. However you will not regret a second of those two hours. This is the best vegan tikka masala you’ll ever have. And it’s a genuine tikka masala, you marinate and cook your jackfruit before tossing it in the curry sauce which just makes everything perfect.

One of the few misses we’ve had is this Spiced Moroccan Tofu. Overall it was just a little dry and the Moroccan flavours didn’t really work with tofu.

But let’s end on a happy, positive, chocolate-filled note. These chocolate brownie cakes are amazing! Really dense and they have chocolate and rich and they have chocolate.

There are some amazing recipes in this huge tome. And although I’ve become adept at translating recipes from American English into UK English it’s always great to have recipes written in my own culinary language. I would suggest you go out and buy this straight away and make the tikka masala because it’s amazing.

Recipe: Wild Garlic Bread

Wild garlic, allium ursinum, is currently in season here in sunny south Devon. The beautiful garlic-scented plant is everywhere right now and it’s delicious.

The leaves are my favourite part. I pick two or three from each plant so it can keep on growing. Patches here can get pretty large so you can get a decent harvest that way. This garlic bread ‘recipe’ is nice and easy. Great for after a hard day’s forage.

Wild Garlic Bread

 

1 demi baguette

About 6 leaves of wild garlic

About 4 tablespoons of vegan butter

Pre heat the oven to 200°c

Make cuts in the baguette. You want about nine cuts, on the diagonal, about three quarters of the way through.

Make the garlic butter: finely chop the garlic leaves and beat into the butter.

Spoon the garlic into the cuts, about a teaspoon in each one.

Wrap the baguette in foil and bake in the oven for twenty minutes.

Review: Wagamama

We’ve talked before about how we never get to try exciting new offerings from chains, so when we needed somewhere to eat on our last night in London I demanded we go get the vegatsu from Wagamama.

I’m going to say this up front: the atmosphere was awful. It was Friday night in a busy location and the music was loud and the wall to wall people were louder. But it’s pretty much what you expect in a busy location at a busy time.

The food was amazing though. The vegatsu is a vegan take on katsu curry. There is a large slab of katsu seitan served with white rice and coated in a delicious curry sauce. It’s so, so good. The seitan is crazy good! It’s meaty, genuinely meaty, with a great taste and texture. And then they put breadcrumbs on it. Then curry. It’s delicious.

I really want to get another one, but I might not go on a Friday night. That many people in one place scare me.