Tuesday, 14 July 2009

VBites II

I wanted to develop a previous blog about Heather Mills' latest venture; VBites. The website is fully launched and shows just how much is on her menu, and all completely vegan.
I watched her give a brief cooking lesson on This Morning, where she made a lovely lemongrass 'chicken' with coconut rice, and the recipe for chocolate muffins.
Looking at the menu on the VBites website, the majority of food is meat replacement; I'm not sure if this is an 'easy' way of making people believe that by going vegan, you can still eat meat-based meals. Personally I use very little meat replacement, and when I do I see it as kind of a treat. Meat replacement can often be fairly expensive. My favourites are:

1. Taifin, Tofu Weiners. In a baguette with ketchup, oh my they are good!
2. Redwoods Rashers. Best part of a fry up, or in a sandwich.
3. Linda McCartney Sausages. Goodbye hangover.
4. Redwoods Chicken Pieces. So versatile and YUM.
5. RealEat Mince. Not often, but Mr T makes the best spaghetti bolognaise in the world.

Maybe I'm just not used to seeing so much meat replacement on the menu. Most vegan/ veggie places rely on good old fashioned veggies, with the guest appearance of some home made bangers.

The real reason that I really want to try this place, is because Mills' mentioned on This Morning that they have a conveyor belt of cupcakes. This sounds amazing!! Like a sushi bar!!

Links:
http://www.vbites.com/
http://www.itv.com/lifestyle/thismorning/features/heathermills321/default.html
http://www.itv.com/lifestyle/food/thismorning/recipes/lemongrasschickenstylewithcoconutrice/default.html
http://www.itv.com/lifestyle/food/thismorning/recipes/veganmuffincupcakes/default.html

5 comments:

  1. I also thought the meat replacment heavy menu was a bit strange. I tend to use meat replacements as a bit of a short cut 0 I eat quorn sausages a lot and veggy burgers and mince (for bolognaise) but they are not what I consider 'proper' meals. Say if someone was coming round for dinner, I probably wouldn't use them - even though i do like them. Maybe I'm just being a snob! I prefer to use proteins such a tofu or cheese - halloumi/Panner, though I guess as a vegan that leaves you only with tofu!
    xxx

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  2. Yeah I sort of use meat replacement either as a quick meal (ie adding chicken pieces to a jar of curry sauce, or fajita sauce) or as a treat (ie burgers and chips). I don't think it's snobby, maybe I just think it's a bit of a cheat to cook with them- unless they're all prepared and created for vbites, but on This Morning I think that she was using Redwoods Chicken Pieces.
    I prefer to use veggies and beans, chickpeas etc!
    xxx

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  3. The meat replacements at VBites are actually repackaged redwood foods brand meat replacements. I even copied and pasted the nutritional information from the VBites online store onto the redwood store and they're exactly the same!

    I thought her meat replacements would be more inventive, perhaps using seitan and tempeh.

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  4. So they don't even make the most of their meals from scratch! This seems bizarre to me. A restaurant should be at least mostly homemade!

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