The Happy Pear Shepherdless Pie Review

Waitrose now have a dedicated vegan fridge in many of their stores, and they’ve added some great new products to their range – including this vegan shepherd’s pie from The Happy Pear. Curious about whether or not it’s worth buying? We’ve put together a quick review to help you out.

The Shepherdless Pie is a good size for a single person, and could probably serve two if you cooked extra veg to go on the side. It looks really appealing in the box and the packaging is attractive.

Cooking

We chose to cook it in the oven, but there was also a microwave option which is nice and convenient. The cooking directions were easy to follow and didn’t need any adjustment.

Taste

The shepherdless pie tasted great – there was a nice mix of lentils, tomatoes, and vegetables for the filling, and a good amount of mashed potato on top. The seasoning looked like it might be a bit too much, but the flavour was actually perfect.

The meal is really tasty, but it’s also mild enough to be ideal for children or those who don’t like intense spice/seasoning. It’s a lovely twist on a warm, comforting classic, and would be especially nice on chilly winter evenings.

Price

The price at the time of writing was £3.60, which we think is pretty decent, and a makes it a little cheaper than the Wicked Kitchen vegan ready meals at Tesco.

Our Verdict

We give this ready meal a solid 5/5 and will definitely purchase it again. Great option when you’re in a hurry but still want something that’s tasty, healthy, and similar to a homecooked meal.

Have you tried The Happy Pear Shepherdless Pie, or any of the other new vegan products at Waitrose? Get in touch and let us know what you thought!

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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Where can I buy vegan Quorn in the UK?

UPDATE 16/03/16: Quorn said this on Twitter: “Quorn Vegan products NOW available in selected Sainsbury’s, Tesco & Morrison stores. Visit: http://www.quorn.co.uk/vegan/

Vegan Quorn is currently not as widespread as the more established vegetarian Quorn (writing in February 2016). If you’re struggling to track down the new products, check out the list of stockists from Quorn at the link below. ASDA and Waitrose are currently the only two supermarkets to stock vegan Quorn, with some carrying one product but not the other:

http://www.quorn.co.uk/~/media/quorn/downloads/quorn_vegan_retailers_pdf.ashx

Unfortunately, you can’t find vegan Quorn at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s or The Co-op, although this may change. If you can’t find a physical shop that sells Quorn near you, don’t despair. Ocado, the home delivery service, also stocks vegan Quorn, and delivers to most postcodes.

Once you’ve found your Quorn, why not try one of these recipes? We like the look of the nachos

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