Choc Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

I’ve been on a super tight budget over the last few months and it’s set to continue for quite a while as I’m saving for something huge. I will fill you in on that news in a future post.

It’s not been as bad as I was expecting, I enjoy challenging myself to make meals out of very little and it’s pushed me to be a bit more experimental with my cooking. But there’s one thing I don’t like about all this money saving business….lack of pudding! I’ve had to promise myself that I won’t go out of my way to buy sweet treats while I’m saving, unless it’s a special occasion.

Lucky for me, I do have a cupboard chock full of basic baking ingredients like sugar, flour, choc chips etc. So, when I came across free bananas at work and found myself with some leftover pumpkin puree, I knew it was time to treat myself. Here’s what I whipped up…

Choc Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 140g pumpkin puree (approx 1/3 of a tin)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or nuts (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 200C and line a loaf tin with parchment
  • Mash the bananas with a fork before adding the pumpkin, oil, sugar and vanilla and mix until fairly smooth
  • Add the flour and the baking powder and stir until combined
  • Fold in the chocolate chips
  • Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes
  • Leave to cool before serving

 

I served mine with some of the new Oatly vanilla custard that I had waiting in the fridge (this stuff is good by the way, really really creamy).  The pumpkin made the cake extra moist and delicious. It was so good. Just what I needed.

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I may even eat breakfast for the rest of the week if it means I can eat this.

V Rev Diner

This post has been a long time coming and I feel super bad about not doing this review sooner. But I was waiting until they moved into their shiny new premises. Well, today was the day. Today V Rev Vegan Diner opened the doors at their new home on Edge Street.

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I was so happy that opening day fell on my day off and I made sure I was there just a half hour after they opened. I couldn’t believe it when I saw how rammed the place was by the time I got there. We managed to get a table in the back of the restaurant and as we were waiting for a friend to join us, we had a good look at the new place.

Oh my gosh, it’s so pretty. Sadly, I couldn’t get tons of photos because it was sooo busy and I didn’t want to get in the way of the staff on such a stressful day, but the place is looking so cool. The decor is light and bright, the walls are covered in some really amazing artwork, the bar area is super smooth with it’s soft serve ice cream machine and bloody rotating glass cake cabinet! God, I wish it wasn’t so busy so I could take all the photos, but keep an eye on V Revs Twitter feed and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Now, before ordering there was something really important I had to do. I had to get my big, fat queer arse onto one of their toilet seats. Why? Not because I particularly needed to pee but because I’d heard all about their new gender neutral and accessible toilets. Of course I had to force a little bit of wee out of me to celebrate the occasion.

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Oh yeah! Toilets I can pee in without having to worry about how safe or comfortable I am. Awesome. This is really important to me and I’m so happy to see V Rev getting on board with this. I have a list of safe places I know to pee at in Manchester City Centre, sadly I can count them on one hand, but yay for this cool vegan joint being one of those places. Also was happy to see that the accessible toilet was actually accessible. So thumbs up for that too!

And, can I just point out these vegan condom and tampon machines outside the toilets?

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I want to live in these toilets, can I live here pls?

Anyway, back to what y’all care most about. THE FOOD.

Ok, so I could pretend that I ordered a shitload of food from the menu to take one for the team because I’m such a nice guy and I wanted to spread the word. But basically, I’m a greedy bastard and I love all the junk foods so I ordered a shitload from the menu BECAUSE I CAN AND I WILL. I don’t care who judges me. It was effing tasty and it being good blogging material was just a beautiful plus in the situation.

So, what did I have? Well, I started off light and got myself a Cookies n Cream Milkshake (£4.25)

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Jesus Effing Christ. The old V Rev standard has been beat. This beauty must be twice the size of what I’m used to and it was uh-mazing. The main bulk of the milkshake was this rich, creamy, cookie delightfulness but I loved the soft serve ice cream it was topped with. It was super tasty and it made me a very happy human.

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After I’d had half of that beast, I ordered the savoury. I ordered a lot and I don’t regret a single thing. Let’s tackle this one dish at a time

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Let me introduce you to the Macaroni & Michele’s High School Reunion. Yeah, that’s right. It’s a burger with fricking mac n cheese in it, basically my dream burger. This was awesome, a homemade beef patty topped with mac n cheese, pickles and a chipotle cola bbq sauce in a pretzel bun. It’s one of the pricer burgers at £8.25 but it was huge, the photo doesn’t really show how much of a beast this burger was. I really enjoyed it and scoffed half the damn thing before remembering everything else on the table. I have the other half leftover for later and I can’t bloody wait to reunite with it.

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V Rev has a bunch of Loaded Fries combinations on the menu and I couldn’t resist these Buffalo Ranch Fries. Oh yeah. These were frigging ace. Tasty fries! V Rev finally does fries! Topped with cheese, bacon, ranch dressing, buffalo sauce and chives. Get in my fat face. These were bloody great. I could eat these constantly and it was hard not to lick all the melted cheese and sauce off the paper at the end.

I was with my partner Jake and a friend, so I also got to try their loaded fries. The picture on the left is the Vietnamese style and the other is the Mexican variety. The loaded fries range from £3.25 – £4.25 and the portion is pretty big. The Buffalo were indulgent but I also loved the Vietnamese ones a lot.

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CHICK’N N GODDAMN WAFFLES! FINALLY! YESS! These crispy chick’n pieces are coated in buttermilk and fried and covered in blueberry syrup. The sweet, savoury combo is a little strange but I still loved them. It would be great to see these come with a nice American style sausage gravy in the future just because it’s a personal favourite of mine. These were really great. They are a little pricey at £8.95 but totally worth it, where the hell else can you get this? Nowhere.

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I shared these with Jake and he out classed me and ate them with his bare hands.

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These tasty little morsels were one of my favourite things. I recommend getting a side of these delicious fried pickles when you eat here. They’re £3.45 so not too pricey and they come with a generous amount of that delicious range dressing that covered my buffalo fries. I want fried pickles for breakfast every morning now. I would eat them like cereal, but drowned in ranch instead of soy milk.

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All of the above was definitely more than enough savoury food….but there’s a Lobster Sarnie on the menu. I cannot say no to that. I only managed to eat a measly third of this, I have the rest packaged up for later, but it was pretty good. Not overly fishy but it reminded me of my chickpea tuna style sandwich I make at home. It is £6.95 which is quite expensive for a sandwich but it was stuffed with the filling, there was loads. I guess it’s also not a typical cheap sandwich filling either.

I didn’t eat these, but they got great reviews from Jake and my friend. The burger on the left is the Guac to the Future Chick’n Burger and then we have the Go Ahead Mac My Day Hotdog. I’m definitely coming back for these, they will see the inside of my belly for sure.

So for those of you who haven’t heard, V Rev Diner is also home to a new in house bakery Tender Vegan Bakery. There was lots on offer today; Cinnamon Sugar Donuts, Brownies, Cookie Sandwiches, Gluten Free Caramel Cake and Cherry Cheesecake. Well, I couldn’t just have one pud could I?

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Of course I went for the cheesecake. I always have to have cheesecake. This was pretty good, I’ll be honest and say it’s not the best vegan cheesecake I’ve had but it is really tasty. I am spoilt when it comes to good cheesecake when I go to Berlin so often, so I do have ridiculous standards. I found the base a little bit too thick and hard, when I tried to break pieces off with my fork it crumbled everywhere and I like to have a bit of everything with each bite. The actually cheese part was pretty good and I loved the cherry topping and overall it was a top pud.

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I couldn’t fit this doughnut in, so I took it home with me and just had my first bite. Oh godddd. It’s a proper good doughnut this. It’s deep fried which automatically makes it a winner. Beautifully fried and golden and the sugar cinnamon glaze is incredible. This beats Co-ops strawberry doughnuts for sure, sorry Co-op, you’ve been beat. I need more of these in my life.

So, that is everything that I ate. I’m now collapsed on my bed, a bloated but very happy and satisfied mess of a person. I like to think i left the place looking like one of their pieces of art…

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I decided before visiting today that I would not be reviewing the service. It was their very first day, they have more than doubled their team of staff, it was the first time a lot of them had worked together while the place was open, there was a new till system, a new much more complex menu etc and it just didn’t feel right to judge service in these circumstances.

There were a few teething problems for them today which they have kept everyone up to date with on social media…they’re stars like that. I spent a good few hours stuffing myself there and I really felt for the team when they encountered some of these problems. BUT I just wanted to say how wonderful they all were. Today must have been super duper stressful and they still managed to be friendly, polite and helpful with everyone. I mean, I cry a lot at work and regularly have panic attacks, admittedly more than most…but they kept their shit together and I really admire that. If any of y’all are reading this, honestly, well done for today. You did good. More than good.

I loved my experience at V Rev Diner and I’m so excited that this is happening here in Manchester. This is the kind of place we really need around here.

V Rev Diner is open every day of the week 11am-11pm and one thing I haven’t mentioned here is alcohol. They have a vast selection of beers, wines and creamy vegan cocktails for you all to try. I’m hoping to get myself down there one evening soon to try out some of these drinks. It all sounds wonderful.

V Rev can be found at 20-26 Edge Street in the Northern Quarter in Manchester

Check out their Twitter, Facebook and Website for their menu, more info and some drool worthy photos. And for goodness sake just get yourselves down there to try this food. It’s amazing!

New Finds & Banoffee Crumble

I might be skipping out on Vegan Mofo this year but I didn’t want to skip out on posting this month altogether. I don’t want to update too much on me because things haven’t changed much since my last post. I’m bored of the same old horrible stuff going through my head, I don’t want to torture any of you by writing it all down.

But, I am happy to torture you by gloating about a few new products I’ve come across over the past month or so. I was super excited to hear that Oatly Creme Fraiche has made it over here to the UK. I’ve wanted to experience the wonders of Creme Fraiche ever since I laughed my way through this South Park episode:

 

Less exciting is that this product is only available in Tesco at the moment. I hate Tesco, they’re not a company I like to support and I’m lucky to be in a position to avoid the likes of them and Asda. But I sold out because…La La La La…Creme Fraiche…I’m hoping that it will be available in some more independent stores soon.

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This stuff is pretty good, I’ve used it instead of sour creme in burritos, added some to my mashed potato along with a little wholegrain mustard and I topped a delicious crumble with a little of this mixed with icing sugar and vanilla extract. That was my favourite way to eat it, sweet and tangy.

My second exciting discovery was that Wing Yip are now selling tins of vegan coconut based condensed milk. They’re also doing coconut evaporated milk, which I’ve yet to use. Does anyone know the difference between the two? Can they be used interchangeably? This is another thing I never really had before I went vegan.

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As soon as I got my hands on this I could only think of one thing. Caramel.

So I decided to combine the two into one sweet tasty pudding. The results were excellent.

Banoffee Crumble

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Ingredients

For the crumble topping:

  • 120g plain flour
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1 handful of almonds, chopped (optional)
  • 60g soya marg

For the caramel:

  • 25g soya marg
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 200g coconut condensed milk

 

  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • Oatly Creme Fraiche
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

 

Method:

  1. Firstly preheat the oven to 180C before making the crumble topping. Mix together the flour, sugar and chopped nuts if using.  Rub in the marg until you have a crumb like texture. Set aside
  2. Make the caramel by melting the soya marg, stirring in the brown sugar until it has melted. Add the condensed milk and bring to the boil for 3-4 minutes before setting aside.
  3. Put the sliced bananas in a baking dish, pour over the caramel and finish it off with the crumble topping.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes
  5. While it’s baking, mix together the creme fraiche, icing sugar and vanilla
  6. Spoon the cooked crumble into bowls, top with the creme fraiche and enjoy

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Frraaaiiiicccheeee

Fuck. Yeah.

Hope all my blogger friends are having a good Mofo, can’t wait to join you all next year.

Maple, Ginger & Sweet Potato Cake

I disappeared in a predictable fashion again, sorry! I was super busy over the summer with some fundraising stuff and then Pride. I was planning on writing a few posts and then my mental health nose dived.

I’m finding transition unbearable at the moment. I’ve been waiting 16 months now for a first appointment with the gender clinic and there’s still no sign of it coming along any time soon. I’m responding well to hormones which in some ways is exciting but the more I physically change the more terrified I am that top surgery is so far away. I’m overwhelmed with the whole situation but it’s too painful and draining to go into details. It all came to a head and I ended up at a  crisis centre a few weeks ago. Since then I’ve spent most of my time hiding in my duvet cave trying to recover.

I’m still pretty fragile but I managed to clean up the flat today and did some baking too, so thought I’d share a recipe with you. I offered to experiment with some Fava Bean flour for work recipes and I did a pretty good job. It sounds weird and totally wrong in a cake recipe, but trust me. I don’t encourage eating crap cakes.

Maple, Ginger and Sweet Potato Cake

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Ingredients:

  • 150g Fava Bean Flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 150g soya marg
  • 150ml maple syrup
  • 125ml soya yogurt
  • 150g raw sweet potato, grated
  • 50g creamed coconut
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a loaf tin with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and ginger.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, cream the soya marg. Add the maple syrup and yogurt and stir until combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix together. Fold in the sweet potato and pour the mixture into the loaf tin. Bake for 45-50 minutes before removing from the oven and leaving to cool.
  5. While the cake is cooling, melt the creamed coconut and maple syrup together. Remove from the heat and stir through the lemon juice and zest. Let cool.
  6. Once the cake is completely cool, top with the coconut lemon icing.

This cake was pretty damn good. Not as sweet as my usual bakes but I was amazed at how good the taste and texture were using the fava bean flour. Usually when I make gluten free bakes I use a mixture of gluten free flours, but this worked on its own. It was nice and moist and held together really well. It was also simple to make, I still have a load of the flour left so I will probably make this again…though cake always benefits from added chocolate chips so I may try that next time and skip the lemon in the icing.

I was hoping to get involved with Vegan Mofo next month, I had my theme chosen and some recipe ideas planned. I’d like to say it will go ahead but I’m still not in a good place. I also have a lot of voluntary work on, which is a good thing because the work I’m doing and the people I’m working with are amazing, it pushes me to keep plodding on. But this may mean I need to give this years Mofo a miss. It’s early days though and if I can do some prep before November, maybe I can pull it off.

Ups, Downs and Cookie Dough Pie

I’ve been away from here for ages and I’m sorry! A lot of stuff has been going on.

The saddest news is that we lost lovely Aidah on the 26th of May. I kept meaning to write a tribute post to her, but I’m still devastated that she’s not around and haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. She deteriorated really quickly after a good 2-3 months without having any seizures. On her last day Aidah was having one seizure after another, looking more miserable each time. The spark left her eyes and I knew it was time to say goodbye.

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The flat has been so quiet without her around, I miss the way she used to run and meow to her bowl in the morning for breakfast, or her following me around chirping for treats and cuddles. Or her jumping in surprise and excitement when I came home because being deaf, she couldn’t hear me coming in. Life is definitely not the same.

Not long after losing Aidah, a kitten popped up in a local Facebook group who desperately needed a home or would end up in a shelter. His owner was having to move into sheltered housing and couldn’t keep him. No one was saying they’d take him in and as I still had a litter tray and food left, I offered a foster home….which almost immediately turned into a forever home. How predictable.

Meet Kobi.

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He’s a little terror but absolutely adorable and really gentle. It was hard having another cat around so quickly after Aidah, but he’s settled and I don’t regret the decision to take him in at all. Not used to having a young cat around as I’m used to snoozing old lady cats, but he keeps us on our toes and gives amazing cuddles.

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Overall I’ve been pretty up and down. Testosterone has been great in lots of ways, hair is sprouting and I’m turning into a bear. My voice is also starting to break and my face shape has changed. There have been some really unpleasant side effects though, some I was expecting, some less so but whether expecting them or not, they are still hard to deal with. I also made the mistake of stopping my antidepressants when I started T, which, in the words of my GP was ‘a bit of a silly idea’ and will probably explain the lower moods.

As well as all these emotions, I’ve been pretty busy. I baked a shitload of cakes to help my local support group, Morf at Sparkle festival. Morf run an awesome binder scheme that distributes binders to trans folk for free. The weather was shit but we managed to raise a fair amount of money, though if you like the sound of the scheme and want to donate, we’re always needing more binders and are grateful for the help.

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I’ve also had an excellent weekend away in London with old friends, which involved eating lots of good food that must be blogged about. And, I went on a retreat last weekend and had one of the most amazing experiences ever. It’s too much to go into in this post, but stay tuned because I’ll be writing about it soon.

I thought I’d end the post with a filthy dessert creation I made with some leftover cookie dough I had from the bake sale…

Cookie Dough Pie

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Ingredients

  • Around 1-2 cups leftover cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup leftover frosting (I had chocolate)
  • 1 carton soy whipping cream

Method:

  1. First off, preheat the oven to 180C. Mould a load of cookie dough into a greased cake tin and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  2. While you’re waiting for the base to cool, bake a few cookies out of the dough. While they’re baking, roll a few cookie dough balls ready.
  3. Whip up the soy cream before assembling.
  4. Cover the base in a thin layer of cookie tough, then a layer of the frosting and top with the whipping cream.
  5. Decorate the top with raw cookie dough balls and broken baked cookies before devouring.

Fucking hell. This was one of the most outrageous desserts I’ve ever made. I’m not lying when I say that after one bite, I could feel the chin spots immediately grow under my skin. I was spotty for a week after eating a slice of this. Ah puberty!

Totally worth it though. A great way to use up leftover cookie dough

That’s about all from me now, but I promise I’ll be blogging again really soon!

More Food & Fun in Berlin #2

Whilst I may have exhausted most of the 100% vegan eateries, there are lots of non veggie but vegan friendly places in Berlin and because I was the only vegan on my trip, I got to try many new places that did some really great food. I thought I’d use this post to show you all the great vegan food I had in non vegan cafes/restaurants.

Hot Dog Soup

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I’ve walked past this little place so many times in previous trips to Berlin, it’s in the heart of Friedrichshain, so I’ve always bypassed it in search of vegan kebab, crepes or cake. Daria loves this place and took me here after a night of heavy faux meat when we both craved something light and full of vegetables!

I wasn’t sure what to think of this place. It sells soup and hot dogs. Bit of a weird combo isn’t it? I was kind of hoping that the hot dogs would be IN the soup, but nah, you pick one or the other. There are always vegan hot dogs and always a vegan soup option. The day I went I think there were 2 vegan options, I went for a spiced pumpkin soup.

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This was one of the best soups I’ve ever had, hands down. Sometimes pumpkin can be a bit watery and tasteless, but this was bursting with flavour. It was beautifully creamy as well. Also, dead cheap, iirc around 4 euros. Soup and bread was a perfect lunch. I definitely want to come back to try the hot dogs, there are 7 different varieties…the one with sauerkraut and sweet pickles sounds right up my street!

Nil

Oh Nil, I fell in love with this place. I’ve heard great reviews of this place, but again hadn’t tried it in favour of veggie/vegan places. This place is right at the corner at the end of Sam and Daria’s street, so I ended up eating there twice. I had the Vegan Teller each time.

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This is beautiful and I think back on this tasty teller with love. I love every bit of it, the potatoes, the hummus, the falafel but oh my word, the bread is so good! And for under 5 euros? It’s a bloody bargain. This Teller left me in agony both times I ate it, but it was so worth it.

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This is another gem of a restaurant based in Friedrichshain. Sam and Daria really did pick a great area to live!

Whilst there wasn’t a huge range of vegan options here, there were a few options and the food was really delicious. I started off with these crispy deep fried pumpkin things with a chilli dip.

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I love this kind of thing. Deep fried deliciousness. I was sad when the plate was empty

I went for a Thai curry with tofu for my main

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This was a bloody good curry. Really rich and creamy, the tofu was cooked well. Really really yummy.

I probably wouldn’t go back here if I was travelling alone or with other vegans, not because the food is bad but because I can get really good Thai food here in Manchester. This is perfect if you’re wanting to eat in a proper restaurant with non vegan friends/family though. Great service and delicious grub!

Haferkater

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I came across this place on Happy Cow when my mum said she wanted to go out for a decent breakfast before a day of sightseeing. I thought the idea was great for breakfast lovers, a cafe that specialises in porridge! It sounded perfect for my mum…but if you’re a regular reader here, you will know that unless I’m offered a fry up or pancakes…I don’t do the breakfast thing. And I’ve never been dead keen on porridge.

When we got there and I saw a Maple, Banana, Choc Chip option on the menu, I started to get a bit excited about it.

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For good reason. This porridge effing rocked! Definitely the best breakfast I’ve ever had, I have no idea how they made those oats taste so good but they did it. Probably not a very healthy breakfast, there was a shit ton of chocolate and syrup on this, but hell, it was so good I’d eat it again as a sweet treat.

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We also had some really tasty drinks with our porridge. I had a soya hot chocolate and my mum had a fresh mint tea. Delicious! I definitely want to go back…and desperately want to learn how to make porridge that good!

Momos

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DUMPLINGS! VEGAN DUMPLINGS

This place is heaven. It’s 100% veggie but with lots of vegan options. I found this place when I got jealous that Sam, Daria and my Mum had Russian dumplings and I couldn’t. So I found out about Momos and made my mum have dumplings for two days in a row. Best son ever.

I went for a medium portion. 14 dumplings, 2 varieties and a dip. I had the Broccoli Shiitake Tofu and a Pumpkin dumpling.

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They were all bloody delicious but I loved the Pumpkin best. Also 14 dumplings can disappear quick.

I loved this place, you don’t really get this kind of thing in Manchester so it was a really nice change. Definitely going back again.

That’s probably it for this round up, I’ve rambled on enough. I’m probably gonna take a look at a few places I revisited for my final blog post…until then…

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More Food & Fun in Berlin #1

So my brother and his lovely girlfriend only went and moved to my favourite city ever. I was so happy about this, mostly because Berlin is a lot closer than Beijing so I’d get to see them more…but also because…free accommodation in Berlin! Yeah! More reasons to go back again and again.

I ended up going to visit twice within the space of a month. This was due to bad planning. In my excitement I booked a trip by myself and then found out my mum wanted me to go along with her a month later. It was still great and I had lots of fun both times but I am feeling a little Berlin’d out…I need to visit somewhere else in Germany next time for sure.

So, instead of the usual Day 1, Day 2 layout I do, I thought I’d lump the two trips together and sum up my visits in hopefully no more than 3 posts.

Let’s go!

The Currywurst Museum

Yeah. I went to a museum about meaty sausages. I have spent years debating whether I should go to this museum because whilst I enjoy a nice vegan currywurst…generally it’s not a vegan dish and would visiting a museum be supporting the horrible meat industry? It was a toughy. I decided not to when I found out that the entry ticket includes a free currywurst…but then I found out that they offer a vegetarian option with that…and it is also vegan…so I decided to just go for it and find out what it’s like.

I’m actually really glad that I did because 1) It was absolutely hilarious and the most fun I’d had in ages and 2) it was pretty much all about the culture/history of currywurst in Germany, where it came from, how popular a dish it is etc and less a focus on how it’s a meaty thing. I genuinely feel like I can recommend visiting there, it’s really food fun (though a little pricey at 11 euros entry) and the vegan currywurst is pretty tasty!

There were lots of awesome things about this place. First off, you get to find out which kind of curry you are by answering questions on a screen that have absolutely nothing to do with curry or sausage. I found out that I’m a Java curry

Next up, I got to visit some tables that had radio bottles of ketchup on them. Each ketchup bottle had a different song about currywurst. Hilarious

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There’s a sausage sofa

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Also..dripping ketchup blobs that you can hit with giant fries!

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Oh my God! I loved this so much. Of course me, Sam and Daria had a go at bashing each others brains up, but I particularly liked smacking those blobs.

The best thing was getting to pretend to make currywurst in a van! I had way too much fun with this.

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A bit too much fun..

There’s also a currywurst version of Cooking Mama and a comments book where I bigged up vegan currywurst..

Yes I know I made it look like it was dripping in sperm..it’s supposed to be ketchup you sickos.

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We finished up the museum and went to get our free currywurst. You get to pick your curry powder…hot or mild. Daria decided she wanted Java, as that was our curry personality but unfortunately that’s not an option. Sad times.

Apart from the lack of Java, I recommend the Currywurst Museum. It’s funny and there’s giant fries…what more could you possibly want?

Chum & Friends

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This was a really great restaurant that was just a few doors down from Sam and Daria’s apartment. Squidward was drawn on the chalkboard outside advertising a vegan option so I wanted to try it as soon as I saw it. Luckily Sam and Daria love this place and were keen to take me anyway.

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I had some delicious Vegetable Summer Rolls

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And then I had the Vegan Special for my main, which was a faux fish bowl with rice and veggies.

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The food here was pretty tasty and the prices were reasonable. We went during the day so it was nice and quiet and the service was quick. Definitely a place I’d suggest if I were in Berlin with a mix of vegans and non vegans.

Kontor Eismanufaktur a.k.a The Vegan Choice

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This amazing all vegan ice cream parlour opened a while ago and I wanted to visit so badly. Unfortunately it’s open seasonally, so when I visited at the beginning of March it was still closed. I was so happy that it was open for business when I returned in April and dragged my mum along with me.

The reason I was so excited to visit here is because I heard that they sell Spaghetti Eis. For anyone who doesn’t know what it is, it’s vanilla ice cream that looks like spaghetti, strawberry sauce and either white chocolate or ground nut ‘parmesan’ to top it off. It looks exactly like spaghetti, which is weird and hilarious.

When I was studying German back at school, all of the textbooks made references to spaghetti eis. Apparently that’s all German kids and families do…meet up and eat spaghetti eis. I had been waiting YEARS to try this creation.

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I was not disappointed

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Look at that! It looks just like PASTA but tastes like ICE CREAM! What the hell Germany? Why do you have such strange food humour?!

My mum had a scoop of some peanut brittle ice cream that looked amazing. I was so sad that I didn’t have another chance to come back here, I really wanted to try the other flavours. I’ve also heard they sometimes sell doughnuts too, so I’ll definitely be returning when I’m next in Berlin.

So that’s it for my first round up. I have plenty of other great food to show you in the coming posts.

Until then, folks!