Good Carma Flavour Fusion (Vegan Parmesan Alternative) Review

We’re reviewing a really interesting product today. It’s called Flavour Fusion, and is a vegan alternative to Parmesan cheese. Unlike other cheese alternatives, Flavour Fusion comes as a powder which can be stored in the cupboard, rather than shreds or a block that need to be refrigerated. We weren’t too sure what to expect from this product – read on to find out exactly what we thought.


We were sent two different varieties of Flavour Fusion – one original, and one garlic. The original flavour contains ground almonds, yeast flakes, Himalayan pink salt and basil, while the garlic variety swaps the basil for garlic. It’s a nice, simple ingredients list, ideal for anyone who prefers to avoid overly processed foods with long lists of hard-to-read ingredients.


When we heard that this cheese came in the form of a powder, we weren’t too sure what to expect. It’s actually a really soft powder with a pleasant consistency, similar to very fine breadcrumbs. It wasn’t at all coarse or grainy, and was perfect sprinkled on top of a meal.


The Flavour Fusion smelt good immediately after opening, and didn’t have any of the odd or off-putting aroma that’s sometimes a problem with vegan cheeses. We used the original flavour to top spaghetti bolognese, and it tasted great. The flavour was quite creamy, with a pleasant tang. It was mild enough that you could add quite a lot without it becoming overwhelming, and we imagine that you’d enjoy it even if you weren’t a fan of Parmesan. The garlic variety had a nice extra kick, and would be ideal for topping dishes that don’t have much flavour on their own, or as a seasoning for something like potato wedges.

We think Flavour Fusion could work well in all sorts of dishes. Aside from the obvious choice of pasta, we reckon it could be great as a way to add some mild cheese flavour to vegan pizzas, mashed potato, or breadcrumbs, or as a topping for any dish you’d bake in the oven.

We can imagine this becoming one of those products that you end up adding to almost everything you cook, since it’s so versatile. The product came in a handy shaker tube, and we think it would be ideal for taking out to restaurants that don’t stock vegan cheese.

Flavour Fusion is available to buy in select branches of Waitrose – you can see a full list of stockists on the Good Carma website. Good Carma are currently running a Veganuary sale in their online shop, where you can choose from their full range of flavours: original, garlic, and chilli.

Have you tried out this vegan Parmesan alternative? Let us know what you thought in the comments or on social media.


Top Places to Look for Vegan Recipe Inspiration

Whether you’re a new vegan or have been cooking without animal products for a long time, sometimes it can be hard to get inspired. You might find yourself rotating the same few recipes, or feeling stuck when it comes to dinnertime. There are loads of great places to get inspiration for new vegan recipes, and we’ve listed a few below.

1. Instagram

Instagram is perfect for everyday recipe inspiration – look out for accounts with daily pictures of each meal. Following accounts like this is a great way to get an idea of what you can eat on a day to day basis, and you won’t feel overwhelmed by lots of fancy recipes. Getting simple ideas on things like what to spread on your toast, take out as a snack, or cook as a quick dinner can make being vegan feel a lot easier.

For shopping tips and ideas based on products available near you, search using location-specific tags, like #veganUK, or #scottishvegan. When on holiday, tags like #veganfrance could help.

2. Pinterest

Pinterest is really handy for compiling recipes into different sections. You could create boards like, “Vegan Christmas” to save ideas for special occasions, or boards like, “Vegan Breakfast Ideas” for everyday inspiration. You can pin recipes from anywhere on the internet by pasting in the URL, so you’re not limited to what you find using the Pinterest search bar.

If there’s a favourite recipe that you’re missing since going vegan, then searching here will usually yield results. Try ‘vegan carbonara’ or ‘vegan tuna salad.’

3. Reddit

There are quite a few vegan-related subreddits, so you can choose whichever suits you. The main /r/vegan subreddit isn’t only for recipes, but you can filter using the food tag on the right hand side of the page. For dedicated recipe posts, visit /r/veganrecipes, and for pictures of vegan food, try /r/veganfoodporn. Reddit can also be a great place to get tips on cooking with certain foods or veganizing old favourite recipes.

4. Food company websites

If there’s an ingredient you use a lot and want to experiment with a little more, then checking out the manufacturer’s website is often helpful. Most websites will contain a recipes section, and you might get some ideas that you’d never even considered before. We’ve found some great vegan recipes on the Quorn website, and the Cauldron website has loads of great tofu ideas (filter using the vegan option at the top.)

5. YouTube

YouTube is a great source of inspiration. Search for ‘What I eat in a day’ videos for everyday ideas, or look for recipe channels to follow. Two of our favourites are The Vegan Corner and Peaceful Cuisine – they both show a wide range of creative recipes with clear instructions. If you’re interested in cooking with new ingredients, then watching videos on how to prepare them can be a big help. We love this tofu cooking video by The Vegan Zombie. More vegan YouTube channels are popping up all the time, so it’s definitely worth checking regularly.

6. Magazines

There are quite a few vegan magazines available in the UK now, and most include plenty of recipes. You could try Cook Vegan, Vegan Life, or Vegan Food and Living. Members of The Vegan Society receive a copy of The Vegan magazine four times a year, which usually contains some good ideas. You might also get inspiration from non-vegan magazines, like the free ones in supermarkets. Lots of recipes are easy to veganize using substitute meats, milks and cheeses.

7. Recipe books

Sometimes a new recipe book can be the best way to get inspired again. Try picking one that’s different to what you’d usually choose. If there’s a type of cuisine you’ve never tried cooking, then now could be the time to give it a go. There are plenty of vegan recipe books available on Amazon, including: Teff Love: Adventures in Vegan Ethiopan CookingVegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, Chinese Vegan Kitchen, and many more. It’s also worth checking local bookshops – we’ve seen plenty of vegan cookery books at good prices in The Works.

How do you get inspiration for new vegan recipes? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

If you’re interested in cooking the spicy tofu wrap pictured at the top of this page, check out our recipe here.

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Quorn Vegan Fishless Fingers Review

Another product has been added to the Quorn vegan range – fish fingers! Lots of people are excited about this development, which makes a change from chicken-style products, but are they worth buying? Read on to find out what we thought.


The fish fingers definitely look like the real deal. They’re a standard size, coated with breadcrumbs, and white and slightly flaky inside. We’d say the texture is pretty close to perfect. They’re not quite as flaky as standard fish fingers might be, but aren’t at all chewy.


These didn’t taste overly ‘fishy’ to us – but then neither do regular fish fingers. We’d say the taste is pretty close to what we remember from childhood. We’d say these are best eaten with plenty of ketchup, and should satisfy any nostalgia-type cravings. It’s not the most exciting flavour in the world, and we prefer products like the Quorn Hot and Spicy Burgers. However, if you used to be a big fish finger fan then these are definitely worth trying.

What did you think of the Quorn Vegan Fishless Fingers? And what would you like to see them release next? We’re keeping our fingers crossed for vegan Quorn mince.

If you’d like to see our thoughts on the rest of the vegan Quorn range (plus recipe suggestions) click here.

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Real Good Tomato Ketchup Review (Vegan and No Added Sugar)

We’ve been sent some Real Good Tomato Ketchup to test today. The ketchup is 100% vegan, available at Ocado, The Co-op, and on Amazon, and has much less salt and sugar than other brands, making it a great option if you’re trying to cut down on these. Read on to find out what we thought.


The ketchup was the same consistency as you’d get from other brands, perhaps a tiny bit thinner. It came in a handy squeezy plastic bottle and was easy to dispense. It was nice and smooth, and perfect for dipping.


We weren’t sure what to expect from the taste, as reduced sugar/salt products can sometimes take some getting used to. We were pleasantly surprised to find that this has a rich, tomatoey taste with a slight tang. It’s much more reminiscent of fresh tomatoes than other ketchups are, and we didn’t miss the extra sugar or salt. We tested it with chips and Quorn chicken nuggets, and it added some nice extra flavour to both.

We can imagine it being useful in cooking, too, since the tomato flavour is quite strong. We sometimes use ketchup mixed with Sriracha and other herbs to marinate baked tofu, and can imagine that tasting recipe great with this product.

We’d definitely recommend giving this ketchup a go if you’re put off by the amount of sugar and salt in regular brands. It would also be a great option for kids, especially if they like to have ketchup with every meal.

Check out the table below if you’re interested in a detailed comparison between Real Good Ketchup and other major brands (taken from here).

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Top Ten UK Vegan Christmas Finds 2016

With Christmas fast approaching, we thought we’d give you a list of our top ten festive vegan finds. If you fancy browsing our entire list, check out the Christmas section here (you can filter by supermarket on the right hand side, or at the bottom of the page on mobile).

1. Favorina Mince Pies (Lidl)

These are delicious warmed in the microwave, and come in a bigger box than most. There’s lots of good stuff in the Favorina range, including jelly fruits and turkish delight – see our Lidl section for more.

2. Penguin Bites (Tesco)

Fun Christmas crisps, perfect if you don’t want to eat too many sugary snacks.

3. Dark Chocolate and Orange Thins (Morrison’s)

These make a fun change from mint thins, and could be used in place of a chocolate orange.

4. Iced Mince Pies (Sainsbury’s)

Most mince pies don’t come with icing, so these are a fun novelty! Also free from gluten.

5. Chocolate and Hazelnut Churros (Tesco)

Warm vegan churros filled with chocolate and topped with glittery cinnamon sugar. What more could you want?

6. Gold Shimmer Hot Chocolate (Waitrose)

Shimmery hot chocolate – just mix with your favourite plant milk.

7. Chocolate Fondant Truffles (Tesco)

These truffles are really tasty with soft, melty centres. Good substitute for Lindt chocolates and nice to display in a bowl.

8. Merry Moos Selection Box (Sainsbury’s)

Lots of different fun flavours of vegan chocolate, all in a cute festive box. Perfect for kids.

9. Meat Free Festive Nut Roast (Tesco)

This festive nut roast comes with a fancy cranberry and port sauce and is clearly marked vegan on the box.

10. Rich Fruit Christmas Pudding (Morrison’s)

Morrison’s have a few vegan-friendly Xmas puds, including this one, an alcohol-free version, and a gluten-free option.

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Sainsbury’s Greek-Style Vegan Cheese Review

We’re slowly working our way through all of the new vegan cheeses at Sainsbury’s, and today we’ll be reviewing the Greek-style. Read on to find out what we thought and get some recipe ideas.


The texture was quite solid and a little crumbly – we’d say it was more like a soft cheddar than a really crumbly cheese like feta. It isn’t an unpleasant texture, but it’s not 100% authentic either. Held up well when cut into cubes.



We thought that this cheese tasted very similar to the Wensleydale-style, minus the cranberries. It was creamy and slightly tangy, with no unpleasant aftertaste. Again, it was nice, but didn’t really remind us of dairy Greek cheeses which are usually much saltier. If you weren’t a fan of the berries in the Wensleydale-style cheese, then we’d definitely recommend giving this a go as a plain alternative.

If you’re looking for a 100% realistic vegan feta, then we’d recommend trying checking out Better Fetter from Lettices, which we recently reviewed. Sainsbury’s are offering a perfectly nice everyday version that we enjoyed, but it probably wouldn’t fool a non-vegan.


We used cubes of the cheese to top a cooked pizza and it tasted great, especially with a drizzle of garlic oil. We reckon it would also be tasty as part of a salad, or sliced on top of crackers. We’ve heard it melts pretty well, and it seems solid enough that you could grate it if you wanted to.

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10 Vegan Jacket Potato Filling Ideas

Wondering what to put in your jacket potato as a vegan? Look no further. We’ve made a list of ten vegan baked potato fillings, including some really simple suggestions that are quick and easy to make, as well as some more involved options. Enjoy!

1. Mashed avocado and cherry tomatoes

This is really easy to make, and delicious with lots of salad on the side. Just mash avocados with chilli, lime, coriander, salt and pepper, then mix in halved cherry tomatoes, and pop inside your potato.

2. Houmous and vegetables

Another simple option, houmous melts nicely on top of a warm jacket potato and has a slightly ‘tangy’ flavour that’s reminiscent of cheese. In summer this is tasty topped with plenty of raw salad vegetables, and in winter it’s perfect with your favourite roasted veg – peppers and courgette slices are especially nice.

3. Chickpea ‘tuna’ salad

This is perfect if you’re used to having egg or tuna salad in your jacket potato. Here’s one of our favourite recipes, from Oh She Glows. The basic idea is to mash chickpeas along with vegan mayo, lemon juice, and any other seasoning you like – it’s fun to experiment. We like to microwave the chickpeas beforehand to make them a little softer.

4. Baked beans and vegan cheese

You can’t go wrong with cheese and beans, even if you’re vegan! We generally go for Branston Baked Beans topped with grated Violife and red onion. For some variation, you could choose a tin of spicy mixed beans and experiment with different flavours of cheese, or top with multiple varieties.

5. Spicy potato cake style

These spicy potatoes aren’t too filling, so make a perfect side dish. Scoop the middle out of your potatoes, and mash with chilli, lemon, fresh coriander, sliced spring onion, salt and pepper. The pop the middle back inside the skins and serve. For extra flavour, drizzle the potatoes in garlic oil before baking.

6. Lentil stew

A nice hearty option, perfect for cold days. Lentil stew is really simple to make – you basically just need to cook lentils, vegetable stock and a tin of tomatoes, adding any seasoning or vegetables you fancy. Here’s a recipe for ‘Ridiculously Easy Lentil and Vegetable Stew’. Stew sometimes doesn’t feel like enough on it’s own, and serving along with a jacket potato makes a nice change from bread.

7. Three bean chilli

You can make chilli as mild or as spicy as you like, and eating in a potato makes a change from rice. Here’s a simple chilli recipe that you can alter as much as you like – we like to add mushrooms. For a lazy option, buy a tin of ready made bean chilli.

8. Salt and olive oil

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Use fancy flavoured olive oil and sea salt for the best flavour. This is a great way to serve mini jacket potatoes as part of a buffet.

9. Gravy and roast vegetables

Roast dinner inside a jacket potato! This is a fun way to make Sunday dinner for one. Roast all of your favourite vegetables in a large tray, then tip onto your jacket potato and top with gravy. Add stuffing to make this even more delicious.

10. Samosa inspired

This potato is basically a giant samosa, and another fun option as part of a buffet at parties. The potato filling is mixed with Indian spices, peas and onion. You can follow this recipe, leaving out the yoghurt and using vegan butter. Serve with mango chutney, or mint sauce made from a vegan yoghurt.

We hope this post has given you some good ideas for your next jacket potato! Let us know your favourite fillings below.

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New Vegan Menu at Ask Italian

Ask Italian have recently introduced a vegan menu, which includes bruschetta, baked dough balls, pizzas with a range of toppings (sadly no vegan cheese), and three different pasta dishes. There’s also a salad which sounds nice and filling, with avocado and butterbeans, plus sorbet for dessert.


You can check out the full menu here, selecting your local restaurant from the drop down menu at the top, or ask for a copy in the restaurant.


It’s great to see so many chains introducing vegan menus and clearer labelling.

Which restaurant would you like to see a vegan menu from next?

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Lettices Vegan Feta Cheese Review

We recently visited the West Midlands Vegan Festival and got to try out some great new products. One of our favourites was this “Better Fetter” vegan feta cheese from Lettices. This is one of the best vegan cheeses we’ve tried – read on to find out exactly what we thought.



The texture of this cheese was really authentic, unlike some other vegan greek-style cheeses which can be too solid. It was nice and crumbly, but still held up when cut into cubes. Keeping it in the fridge for a few hours before using made it firmer, but we preferred the crumbly style.

We weren’t expecting this to melt well, but it did! When mixed into warm pasta, it went really nice and soft, just like real feta would. We think it would be great on pizzas or in stuffed peppers.



We loved the taste of this cheese. It was really close to real feta – maybe even a little tastier! The flavour was nice and salty, with plenty of seasoning from garlic and herbs. It could get overwhelming if you ate too much at once, but tasted great in all the dishes we tried. We’d give 10/10 on taste.



This cheese is tofu-based, and contains pretty simple ingredients, which we’ve pasted here from Lettice’s website:

Ingredients: Firm Pressed Cauldron Tofu (Filtered Water, Soya Beans, Calcium Sulphate), Coconut Oil, White Wine Vinegar, Dried Italian Herb Seasoning – Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt, Basil, Thyme, Oregano, White Pepper, Onion, Rosemary, Garlic Powder – Vegan Lactic Acid Powder, Salt, Onion Powder.

If you come across Lettices at any vegan events, we’d definitely recommend giving this cheese a go. You can see a list of the events they’re scheduled to be at on their site, and there’s also a page for online orders, although these seem to be on hold currently. As well as a range of cheeses, they sell a few different vegan meats. We also purchased a tasty Camembert spread – review coming soon.

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Sainsbury’s Cheddar-style with Caramelised Onion Vegan Cheese Review

Time for our third Sainsbury’s vegan cheese review, and this time we’re trying out their Cheddar-style with Caramelised Onion. This was definitely the most impressive in terms of melting. You can see our other reviews here: Wensleydale-style with Cranberries, and Garlic and Herb Soft Cheese.



The texture was realistic, and this cheese melted amazingly well – even down to bubbling up and browning on top. This makes it perfect for recreating cheese on toast and toasted sandwiches, or topping dishes like Shepherd’s Pie. We used it on top of croutons for soup, and it looked 100% authentic.


This cheese definitely had the strongest flavour out of those we’d tried to far, and also had a strong cheese smell. We reckon this one could divide opinions – it might be a bit intense if you’ve not eaten dairy cheese for a while, or prefer milder flavours.

It seems to have been popular with non-vegans, so could be a good option if you’ve recently given up dairy. The caramelised onion added a nice twist, and wasn’t too intense. We probably wouldn’t eat large amounts of this cheese at once, but think it’s great for melting as part of a meal.

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Top UK Vegan Halloween Treats 2016

It’s not long until Halloween, so we’ve put together a list of spooky vegan treats available in the UK. Most of these items are available for a limited time, so stock up if there’s anything you really like!

Halloween Tube of Rich Dark Treacle Crunch Biscuits from Wilkinson’s


These biscuits are pretty unusual – they aren’t too sweet and have a rich treacle flavour. Nice change from sweets and come in a fun tube.

Toffee Apple from Morrison’s


Toffee apple for 57p! Make sure you check the label – this one contains E22 which is vegan-friendly, but there’s one on their website that uses carmine.

Dark Chocolate Bat Lolly from Lidl


This cute dark chocolate bat is one of three chocolate lollies sold at Lidl, but he’s the only one that’s vegan!

Zombie Fingers Wotsits from Asda


These limited edition Wotsits are ‘Flamin’ Hot’ flavour rather than cheese, and suitable for vegans. They’re limited edition, so we’d recommend stocking up if you’re a fan.

Strawberry & Butternut Bear Claws from Asda


For a healthier option, try these ‘bear claws’. Made from only apples, pears, strawberries, butternut and black carrot extract. There’s also a green variety with apple, pear and pumpkin.

Trick or Treat Starburst from Asda


A mix of sweet and sour sweets – good for party games.

Various items from M&S

There are loads of vegan sweets available at M&S if you’re looking for a good mix – check out their latest vegan list here. Highlights include spooky crisps, fizzy spiders, and jelly brains.

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Sainsbury’s Wensleydale-Style with Cranberries Vegan Cheese Review

Time for our second review of the new Sainsbury’s vegan cheese range, and this time we’re trying out their vegan Wensleydale with cranberries. You can read our review of their garlic and herb soft cheese here. This cheese was one of the most impressive looking in the range, but how did it taste? Read on to find out.


We thought the texture of this cheese was really impressive, and very similar to the dairy version. It’s slightly crumbly, but still slices well and doesn’t fall apart completely. It was packed with cranberries which were well distributed. We’re not sure how well it would melt, considering the cranberries, but this type of cheese is generally designed to be eaten on crackers, so no big problem.



The taste was creamy and slightly tangy – we thought it was fairly authentic. It tasted more like a slightly unusual variety of dairy cheese than an obviously vegan option. The sweetness of the cranberries was a little overwhelming, and we’d be interested to try a plain version of this cheese.

We enjoyed the Wensleydale on top of crackers with a little red onion, to combat the sweetness of the cranberries. We probably wouldn’t purchase this regularly, but would definitely buy it as part of a cheese board for special occasions. It’s great to see a more adventurous vegan cheese that isn’t just Cheddar or Mozzarella style – we’d definitely recommend giving this a go if you prefer creamier cheeses.

It wasn’t quite as delicious or authentic as the garlic and herb soft cheese, but still tasted good – we’d give it 7/10.

Keep an eye on our blog for more Sainsbury’s vegan cheese reviews – we’ve got Greek-style and Cheddar with caramelised onion still to come.

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Sainsbury’s Garlic and Herb Dairy Free Soft Cheese Review (Vegan)

Sainsbury’s recently released several new coconut-based vegan cheeses, including Cheddar, Greek-style and Wensleydale. We’ll be reviewing them all, starting with this Garlic and Herb Soft Cheese. Keep an eye on our blog over the next few weeks for the rest.



The cheese comes in a handy tub with a plastic lid, similar to options like Philadephia. It looks just like dairy soft cheese and is easy to spread. The texture is exactly as you would expect and it looks very realistic.



We were really impressed by the taste of this cheese. There was nothing odd about it, (which can often be the case with non-dairy cheeses), it just tasted great straight from the tub. The garlic and herb flavour was delicious, and not too strong – there was still a ‘cheese’ taste underneath the flavouring. It tastes very similar to dairy versions like Boursin, and we reckon you’d struggle to tell the difference in a blind taste test. Everyone we’ve given this to has enjoyed it, vegan or non-vegan.

We tried the cheese on crackers and in sandwiches, but there are plenty of other ways we’re sure it would taste good – melted over pasta, for example. Sainsbury’s also sell a version of this cheese without the garlic and herbs, which would be even more versatile.

This product gets 10/10 from us – what did you think of it?

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Linda McCartney Vegetarian/Vegan Pulled Chicken Review + Recipe Idea

The new range of vegan-friendly products from Linda McCartney includes this frozen pulled chicken – quite different to anything else that’s currently available. We tested it out in a recipe that’s similar to the dish shown on the front of the packaging. Read on to find out what we thought.



We weren’t quite sure what to make with this, and settled on a lemon and garlic pasta dish. The packaging suggests that it would work well in curry, and we thought it could be great in place of tuna, in a dish like tuna pasta bake, thanks to the flaky texture.

We fried onion, garlic, and a little chilli, then added the pulled chicken and fried for about five minutes. We then added the recommended 50ml of water, along with salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice and parsley. We cooked for another five minutes, but felt that the texture was a little chewy. Adding a splash more water and cooking for another few minutes made the texture more pleasant.

We mixed the cooked ‘chicken’ into cooked pasta and peas, added a splash more lemon juice and some black pepper, and it was ready to taste!



The pulled chicken had a pleasant, mild taste underneath the seasoning. It didn’t especially taste of chicken, so could easily be seasoned and used in place of a different type of meat or fish. The pulled texture made an interesting change from the other fake meats available – some might find it a little too realistic!

There was a slight chewiness to the chicken, but it wasn’t unpleasant, and we’d definitely try this in other dishes. It’s a good medium between fake meats that come in solid chunks, and those that are more crumbly and mince-like.

If you’ve tried this vegan pulled chicken (we found ours at Morrison’s), let us know what you thought. We’ll be reviewing more of the Linda McCartney vegan range in the future, so keep checking back. View the full range here.

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Morrison’s Vegan Meat Free Burgers Review

We recently spotted these meat free burgers in Morrison’s, advertising a ‘new and improved’ recipe, with a nice clear vegan label.

There are six burgers in a pack, and they’re an actual meat imitation, not the kind of vegetable burger with breadcrumbs that you often find in supermarkets. They’re mostly soya based, and you can see the full ingredients below.



The image on the front of the pack looked promising, and we weren’t disappointed. This was one of the nicest vegan burgers we’d tried, with a realistic taste and texture that wasn’t slimy or too dry. Stick one in a bun with ketchup and we reckon you’d struggle to tell they weren’t the real thing!


We cooked our burgers in the oven, but you can also grill or shallow fry them. We imagine they’d work well on a barbecue, too.

Our only real complaint was that the burgers were pretty small, and wouldn’t fill the average sized burger bun. This isn’t a major problem though, and certainly wouldn’t put us off buying them again.

We’re planning reviews of all the below products soon, plus the new vegan cheese from Sainsbury’s, so keep an eye on our blog. You can follow us on social media or sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page to stay up to date!


Tesco Meat Free Bolognese Review (Tinned Vegan Mince)

Time for a quick review of the new tinned vegan bolognese from Tesco. This is a really convenient product, and, as far as we know, the only tinned vegan mince you can get. But is it worth buying?


The bolognese takes about three minutes heat up in a pan or the microwave, and makes a great speedy meal along with some quick-cook pasta. Perfect for weekday lunchtimes or busy evenings.

The mince is similar in texture to dried soya mince, but without any of the effort of soaking beforehand. There’s no chewiness, which can be a problem with dried soya mince. Carrot, pepper and mushroom are included, and you get some good sized pieces, as you can see above.

Taste-wise, the bolognese is pretty good. It’s not as nice as homemade, but perfectly good and you can easily add extra seasoning. Because the flavour is quite mild, you could use a few tins of this as a base for meals like shepherd’s pie or chilli, and add extra vegetables, herbs and spices. If you don’t have much freezer space, it’s a nice alternative to bulky bags of frozen mince, and takes less time to cook.

Tesco Meat Free Bolognese 400G

We’d definitely recommend buying a tin or two of this to keep in the cupboard – you never know when it might come in handy.

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Soyatoo! Soy Whip Spray Cream Review

Vegan squirty cream seems to be pretty hard to find, so we were excited to stumble upon Soy Whip from Soyatoo! in a local health food shop. We’ve also found it available online at Vegetaria. But is it worth buying?! Read on to find out.

We tested the cream on a simple hot chocolate. The picture below shows the cream immediately after spraying – it deflates pretty quickly, as you can see from the later photos. The can works in exactly the same way as dairy squirty cream, with a nozzle that can be rinsed after use.


We’ve heard some reports of people having problems getting the cream out of the canister, but we had no issues. The packaging states that the product doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so we assume it works best when kept at room temperature.


The taste was good, not exactly like the dairy version, but close enough to pass. There was a slight taste of soy, but we imagine that if you like soy milk, you’ll be fine with this product. It wasn’t too sweet, and the flavour was mild overall, so it’s a perfect topping for very sweet drinks and desserts.


At £2 a can we felt the price was reasonable, and it’s the kind of thing we’d buy once in a while, more for novelty than anything else. Have you tried this product? Let us know what you thought.

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Mr Kipling Jam Tarts No Longer Vegan

Mr Kipling jam tarts are sadly no longer vegan, as milk and milk protein have been added to the recipe. See the new ingredients below.

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If you’re disappointed by this change, why not tweet Mr Kipling and let them know? In the meantime, these yummy free from jam tarts from Sainsbury’s are a nice replacement.

sainsburys free from jam tart

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Where to Buy Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream in the UK

There’s a surprisingly good selection of vegan chocolate ice cream sold in UK supermarkets – check out the list below. These vary in price, flavour and ingredients so there should be one to suit you.

Swedish Glace Chocolate Non-Dairy Ice Cream

Swedish Glace Chocolate Non Dairy Ice Cream 750Ml

This soy chocolate ice cream tastes exactly like regular chocolate ice cream, and is one of the cheaper options. Currently sold in Tesco and Waitrose. Also available in strawberry and vanilla.

Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Chocolate Iced Dessert

Sainsbury's Deliciously Freefrom Chocolate Iced Dessert 480ml

A fairly new offering from Sainsbury’s, based on coconut milk, this is also available in strawberry. We’ve heard great reviews of both flavours.

Antonio Russo Dairy-Free Chocolato

Antonio Russo Dairy-Free Chocolato 500ml

This slightly more exotic option includes orange zest, which makes a nice change. Sold in Waitrose.

Jude’s Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Jude's dairy free chocolate ice cream 500ml

Another Waitrose option, we’ve heard mixed reviews about this one. Some say the flavour is too dark/bitter.

Booja-Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Ice Cream

booja choc ice cream

A luxury option, this is sold in Waitrose, some branches of Holland and Barrett, and many independent health stores. Good once-in-a-while treat option.

You can also try vegan frozen yoghurt and frozen smoothie, both available in chocolate flavours. What’s your favourite vegan ice cream?

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Taifun Tofu-Wiener Review (Vegan Hot Dog!)

After sampling a delicious vegan hot dog at a recent festival, we were inspired to try making our own. We picked up a pack of four Taifun Tofu-Wieners from Waitrose for £3.50. They sell a few Taifun products, including some different flavours of tofu.

tofu wiener in packet

We thought that the hot dogs might need some seasoning, given the plain flavour that tofu normally has, but after consulting the ingredients were pleasantly surprised. The hot dogs are really well flavoured, and have an authentic look and smell straight out of the packet. Check out the ingredients below:

Tofu* 75% (Soya Beans* 55%, Water, Coagulating Agents: Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate), Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil*, Soya Sauce* (Water, Soya Beans*, Wheat* Sea Salt),Oatmeal*, Sea Salt, Thickening Agent: Guar Gum*, Fenugreek*, Coriander*, White Pepper*, Black Pepper*, Sweet Paprika*, Hot Paprika*, Caraway*, Garlic*, Beech Wood Smoke, *Organically Grown Ingredients

How to cook Taifun Tofu-Wieners?

They were extremely easy to cook, although we did have to go to the website for instructions as there aren’t any on the packet. All you need to do is pop them in a bath of hot water for 3 to 4 minutes, until warmed through. They can also be eaten cold.

We went for the traditional option and stuck our hot dogs into buns, then topped with ketchup and mustard. You could go wild with toppings though – anything you’d have in a normal hot dog would be perfect.

How did they taste?

They were delicious! We really couldn’t tell any difference between these and a standard hot dog, and we doubt non-vegans would either. The taste and texture were both completely realistic. They were also more filling than expected – the picture below shows one hot dog broken in two, and this was more than enough for a snack.

cooked tofu hot dog 3

Have you tried these tofu-wieners, or any other Taifun products? Let us know your thoughts!

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