Sloane Brothers asked if I wanted to come and try their tropical flavour fro-yo.wanted to come and try their tropical flavour fro-yo. They’re based on Brick Lane, and have recently launched a dairy-free coconut yoghurt to go alongside their other flavours. Finally- after all these months of staring through the window at SNOG and feeling guilty about it, I was gonna get my soft-serve fix.Read More
The Clapton Hart is one of my favourite places to eat in London- I've written about them plenty here on Guac, over at The Debrief and lots on my Instagram because somehow or another, it's become my not-so-local-local, and it's consistently good for vegan food. So I was really excited to be asked if I wanted to come and try their new vegan Yorkshire puddings last week- not only was it a great excuse to head back to Clapton a mere nine days after the glory that was HOT DOG DAY, but it also happened to be Yorkshire Day last Friday, and as I've now been calling York my adopted home for about ten years, I couldn't think of a better way to spend it.
The pudding itself (as we call it up North) was delicious- no it wasn't identical to an egg and dairy version, but a different thing entirely. Just as with soy yoghurt and seitan burgers, I wouldn't eat this imagining you were about to trick your taste buds into toad in the hole, but it was a perfect veganised version; crispy, chewy in the centre and great with the Henderson's Relish gravy (a Sheffield equivalent to Worcestershire Sauce that's also vegan) and homemade mushroom and courgette sausages. The potatoes and rainbow carrots were also done to perfection, but you could probably tell that by the photo above. I don't want to go too OTT about toad in the hole but having not even attempted to make it since going vegan two and a half years ago, I'd say it was worth the wait.
Speaking to Charlie, the general manager at the Hart, she explained to me that they've been working on a pudding for a while, buying in special ingredients to trial it and that they wanted a vegan for an honest opinion. All Yorkshire vibin' aside, I really respect the fact they care enough to get some feedback, especially from a pub that's obviously got a roaring trade in everything else going too. So thank you for a great Yorkshire Day, Clapton Hart, I'll definitely be coming back for more toad in the hole!
Where did September go? There were so many exciting things happening that I barely looked up from my keyboard, but I did manage, as always, to take a ton of photos. Here are some out takes from behind the scenes at Guac and Roll. You can also follow me on Instagram @avainlondon and all the Guac recipes and vegan inspiration on my Pinterest board.
From top left to bottom right: Out and about with the last BBQ of the season on my friend's new roof in Peckham, complete with smoked tofu and mushroom burgers (thank you for the extra BBQ Jessica!). Breakfast in Stoke Newington cafes, most often this is Cafe Z Bar for the best wake-up call coffee. Finally, vegan-friendly churros at a food festival in Manchester bought in the last days of the month with a good dose of cinnamon.
Back to school and back to work in London meant picking up our weekly delivery from Growing Communities by bike each week. An amazing vegan three course dinner at an awards ceremony, gorgeous fava bean action at Stoke Newington's Tatreez cafe and lunchtime field trips to Planet Organic.
All things Guac: a working lunch of potato and leek soup is perfect for autumn, testing all manner of recipes for winter features, colour-popping tomatoes and a Sunday recipe inspiration session that took over the entire floor of my (admittedly tiny) flat.
Finally, September saw the launch of Guac's new look, new produce, new friends and new recipes that I can't wait to share for the last few months of 2013. Where has it gone? Honestly?