Bird’s Eye Review: The Vegan Kind November Box

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Considerit Salted Caramel 65g (RRP £2.50)

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Considerit is my favourite vegan chocolate, so you can imagine my delight at receiving this exclusive pot of sea salt caramel sauce. I followed The Vegan Kind’s advice and tried their hot chocolate recipe which was fantastic.  My next stop? To recreate Cookies and Scream’s Milkshake.

www.consideritchocolate.com  | @consideritchoco

 

The Primal Kitchen Coconut & Macadamia Paleo Bar 45g (RRP £1.59)

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I’d spied this little newcomer around and not yet tried it.  The coconut flavour really comes through and it has a nice sweetness to the bar.  With no sugar or sulphites, these bar are a cut above the rest and I’m looking forward to trying the other varieties. www.theprimalkitchen.co.uk  | @primalkitchenuk

Rebel Kitchen Orange Choc Mylk 200ml (RRP £0.99)

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A firm favourite now, these are a regular in my Ocado shop. This chocolaty drink contains no refined sugar or preservatives. A great guilt free, cruelty free milk alternative.

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A range I am now familiar with and of course, I love the naturally derived ingredients and it does it’s job well.  However, the subtle fragrance is a little underwhelming for my taste but still an enjoyable showering experience. www.organicsurge.com  | @organicsurge

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Definitely my favourite flavour, these ‘chicken’ crisps are delightfully salty and have an authentic taste… See here for my Bird’s Eye Review on the whole range. https://londonveganbird.com/2014/08/11/birds-eye-review-10-acres-crisps/

www.tenacrecrisps.co.uk  | @10Acre

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I’m one of those rather sad (but smug) people who meal prep on a Sunday and I always cook up a big batch of quinoa for the week.  Great for salads and literally goes with almost every meal, it is a staple in our household.  So, I was rather delighted to find this Express version.  Great when you are too time poor to make your own. I really enjoyed this product. www.quinola.com  | @QuinolaUK

 

 

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Bird’s Eye Review and Giveaway: Howdah snacks

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I have something new and exciting coming to the blog this week.  My very first competition.  Those very kind people at Howdah have sent me a selection of their vegan and gluten free Gourmet Indian snacks to try as well as a box of 6 flavours to give-away.

The products have been inspired by Indian traditions and culture and the range stems from the founder, Falu Shah’s love for food and the Indian family’s sharing culture. I love the fact that the snacks are made from recipes that have been handed down for generations. Such a nice tradition.

I first tried the Onion Bhaji flavour in my October Vegan Kind Box and really enjoyed the cleaner taste to them. A delicious alternative to your standard greasy crisp.  

Howdah-Masala-Banana-Chips-smlI was surprised by both the Masala and Peppered Banana Chips as I was unsure about the combination of the savoury spices with the sweet banana but actually these were rather nice.   The Masala flavour had a real spicy tang and you could not taste the sweetness of the fruit.

The Peanut Pakoras are a great snack for sharing with guests, much like all of these bags and went down well with some recent dinner guests.  They have a good spicy kick and are satisfyingly crunchy.

Howdah’s Bakarwadi Bites were also a new flavour combination for me.  These are small, savoury pastries filled with a blend of spices. They will want you coming back for more.

unnamedAll you have to do to win this fantastic prize is to  comment below and like the post on my Facebook page (London Vegan Bird). I will pick the winner on 2nd January 2015 and the goodies will be sent out the w/c 5th January 2015.  Good luck!

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Bird’s Eye Review: Vegan Life Magazine Issue 2

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The November/December issue of Vegan Life magazine brings with it all kinds of vegan surprises.  I love the Christmas feel and found the guide to a Cruelty-Free Christmas rather useful.  This is my third Christmas as a vegan now and it is definitely getting easier and easier but is always helpful to hear about new approaches and to find some new recipe ideas besides the usual Nut Roast or Tofurkey options (not that I’m knocking either of them – yum!).  Personally, I can’t wait to try the Brownie Nut Butter cups.

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The article on dairy milk alternatives is well worth a read. As these milks are now going mainstream, you can find them in pretty much any supermarket or even some local shops, so it is great to learn more about their different benefits and how they compare.

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This issue also deals with the ever eternally asked question from non vegans ‘Where do you get your protein?’, has some great heart warming animal rescue stories and a thought provoking piece on animal experimentation.

I am thoroughly enjoying this magazine as every article is relevant and related to my interests and as well as being entertaining and giving you the latest product news, it is filled with interesting ethical issues that we should all want to learn more about.

You can find the magazine in selected retailers or download a subscription like I have.  Find out more on their website http://veganlifemag.com or on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/veganlifemagazine

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London Vegan Bird’s Christmas Gift Guide

How is everyone doing with their Christmas shopping?  I do the same thing every year,  start early but still find myself scrabbling round for last minute gifts the week of Christmas.  So, I thought I would  put together a little vegan gift guide.  Here’s some ideas that I personally would love to receive:

Lush Home For Christmas Gift Set £13.95

Home_for_Christmas_side_webContaining 3 of their most popular products: The Olive Branch Shower Gel, Yog Nog Soap and the cult favourite, Dream Cream Body Lotion.  http://www.lush.co.uk

 

 

Consider It Chocolate Truffles £11

355152_fefeb1a433d11d1cd6185c42e48deedcI have featured Consider It chocolate quite a lot on my blog and that’s for the very good reason that they are my favourite vegan chocolates. Just trust me on this. http://www.consideritchocolate.com

Isa Chandra Moskowitz Isa Does It £16

81WKIP4rPDLI could easily have picked any of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s books as they’re all wonderful but this is the one that I have used the most this year.  Easy to follow recipes and great banter throughout. http://www.theppk.com. Book available from http://www.amazon.co.uk

 

The Vegan Kind Subscription £10 per month +pp

tvk13-box-w640h480Any regular readers of my blog will know that I receive The Vegan Kind box every month and rave about it.  A fantastic way to discover new products and ease a newbie into this fantastic lifestyle. http://www.thevegankind.com

 

Ananda’s Marshmallow Mix £6.99

2832317This time of year, all I want to do of an evening is curl up with a lovely hot chocolate. And no indulgent cocoa is complete without marshmallows. Try making your own vegan version with this handy kit.  But if you can’t be bothered with that, check out their website for all sorts of vegan (ready-made) goodies. http://www.anandafoods.co.uk

Vaute Couture ‘No Animals Harmed’ Necklace $27.50

Heart_Necklace_largeIf you haven’t heard of this cruelty free fashion brand, please go check them out.  I am lusting over their coats but as they are slightly out of my price range, I will settle for this pretty heart necklace with a subtle ‘No Animals Harmed’ engraving. http://www.vautecouture.com

Neve Cosmetics Eye Palette £21.95

2_1494_sA new discovery of mine, I absolute love this eye palette from Neve Cosmetics.  The perfect everyday nudes. Great consistency and lasts all day. http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk

 

Animal Aid Subscription 

Animal_Aid_logoSo hard to choose a charity subscription, so best to choose one suited to the person you are buying for.  But having just come back from the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre, I wanted to highlight this extremely worthy cause. Animal Aid is the UK’s largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world. Their work includes peaceful campaigns against all forms of animal abuse and promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle. http://www.animalaid.org.uk

I would love to hear some of your vegan gift ideas.

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