Hiya lovely people, I hope you are all starting 2018 in true style!
Mine kicked off with a lovely evening at Harvey Nichols in Manchester to try out their new vegan menu for 2018!
Apparently, 2017 was the year that veganism went mainstream. No longer viewed as an extreme choice, veganism is now (most of the times) respected and understood. Although, whenever I mention to my gran I dont eat animal products, she still offers me cheese on toast and yoghurts haha!
I have to say I LOVE seeing huge, respeced brands such as HN actually acknowledging veganism as an important asset to have on their menu makes huge waves and I hope to see many more follow the lead.
What stuck me in particular about their menu as is wasnt the ‘typical’ vegan food that usual restaurants offer. As I was reading what they had, I felt genuinely excited and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I do get really sick of just having a choice of a boring tomato pasta or a typical bean burger, they seem like the only options in loads of places. Vegan food (if done correctly) can be fun, full of flavour and bloody delicious! The whole idea that vegans just eat salad and beans all day needs to die a quick, painful death already! I actually cant remember the last time I eat a salad.
We had the best seat in the house, right next to the window looking out onto the Corn Exchange, watching passers by go about their lives. The lovely host was fantastic and told us stories about vegan wine and how the Italians and the french filter their vino. Wine for me, is still a blurry one, as recently I did learn that the filtering process involves using fish intestines, animal fats etc! However, they don’t have to disclose this due to their technically being no animal products in the wine! Naughty!
I had a tasty vegan vino blanco, which went down a little too fast! To start me and the boyf ordered two separate starters – tandoor tofu and roasted artichoke risotto! Oh my god! literally so so good! Risotto without cheese sometimes can be a little … dull. Not this one! Bursting with nutty, veggie flavours.
The best course for me was the thai red curry., honestly I need this recipe! I truly think we do not need meat or animal products if everyone can make dishes like this! Mixed with seasonal veggies, butternut squash and sticky rice – it will be a dish that I continue to always go back for!
For pud a delish maple roasted banana ice cream! It even sounds to die for doesn’t it? It melted in your mouth along with the choc sponge! The sponge was moist and complimented the ice ‘cream’ so well.
Also HN has the GROOVIEST lifts! Seriously though, check em out below!
The team at HN was fantastic and I honestly advise you all to check it out, even you non vegans! Give it a go, push yourself to try new things in 2018! It might be the best thing you have ever done!
Have you guys found any vegan treats I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!