The Summer of (Vegan) Love November 28, 2018 16:31

As the chilly weather kicks in, we’re taking a look back at the incredible summer we’ve just had. It was jam-packed full of vegan fun, and we wanted to share what we’ve been up to.

We all know how delicious vegan and veggie food is, however when it comes to truly indulgent dishes, veggie and vegan options can sometimes feel a little overlooked by cinemas or fast food restaurants. We set out on a mission to change this and teamed up with the man of the moment Gaz Oakley, aka Avant-Garde Vegan; the superstar chef, YouTube sensation, and author of Vegan 100, who also happens to know a thing or two about ‘dirty’ vegan food.

Inspired by some of our best-loved products, Gaz created three moreish feasts, which not only taste amazing but can be whipped up at home too:

‘El Vegan’ Hot Dog
‘Slammin’ Sriracha’ Burger
‘The Morning Avo’ Breakfast Bap

Gaz’s first recipe creation celebrated National Hot Dog Day with a Mexican-inspired twist on the classic, called, ‘El Vegan’. Made using  Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Chorizo & Red Pepper Sausages, oozing with creamy guacamole, spicy tomato salsa and topped with nachos, pickled jalapeño peppers and crispy onion.

The El Vegan tasted so great we served them up to the hungry public for free at Nomad Outdoor Cinema, the roaming pop-up that puts all their profits into charity. Hot Dogs and a movie; is there any better combination? There were queues around the stall, and fans showed off their own recipe creations on social media, with images that made our mouths water.

Next up came Gaz’s ‘Slammin’ Sriracha Burger, inspired by National Burger Day. Far from your average veggie burger, Gaz’s Slammin’ Sriracha is fully loaded with lip-smacking goodness, using Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Pulled Pork 1/4lb Burgers, oozing with spicy sriracha sauce, and topped with crunchy rainbow slaw, cucumber ribbons, coriander and sesame seeds. Irresistible indulgence and 100% vegan. The ‘Slammin’ Sriracha’ Burger was an instant hit with students when we served them up for free on our Freshers Tour of Liverpool and Bristol universities. Gaz drew in hoards of students with demos on how to recreate the ‘Slammin’ Sriracha Burger’ at home, which went down deliciously. We even teamed up with Vgneration, the not-for-profit community that offers inspiration for young vegetarians and vegans, to give away an entire month’s supply of Linda McCartney’s vegetarian goodies.

Last, but definitely not least, is our mouthwatering vegan breakfast, ‘The Morning Avo’. The ultimate healthy hangover cure uses Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Sausages teamed with creamy smashed avocado, chilli and lime, heaped with roasted tomatoes, spinach and scrambled tofu.

What a summer! But don’t take our word for it, check out Gaz’s vlog. And don’t worry if you missed the events, you can still get a bite of the action with Gaz’s recipes, available in Our Kitchen.

Tasty Avocado Pasta April 20, 2017 14:00

This creamy avocado pasta is a great fix for those nights when you just don’t know what to cook.

Serves 4

2 cloves garlic
juice of ½ lemon
300g dried spaghetti
a big handful fresh basil leaves
2 avocados
4 tablespoons olive oil
300g cherry tomatoes, halved
salt and pepper, to taste

 

Crush the garlic into the lemon juice and leave to steep while you prepare the pasta – the acids in the lemon effectively ‘cook’ the garlic, softening its harsh bite.

Boil your pasta in a large pan of salted, boiling water until al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, add the basil and lemon/garlic mixture to a food processor and blend to finely chop the basil. Add the avocados and blend again until very smooth. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and blend again to make a thick, creamy, emulsified sauce. Taste the sauce and season to taste with plenty of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Toss the avocado sauce with the hot pasta and the cherry tomatoes. Serve immediately.