Vegan caramel shortbread made easy, with dairy-free condensed milk. Lactose-free and gluten-free, this vegan version of condensed milk is made with soya and corn syrup. Available in the UK from several online retailers. It works well, and the recipe for millionaire's shortbread is below:
Canned seitan pieces in stock. Great store cupboard standby for pie fillings, like a vegan version of steak chunks. We tried them out in a seitan and mushroom pie:
Handmade vegan sausages from Devon. Meat-free and gluten-free, made with soya bean fibre. We've avoided these sausages until now, based on the fact that a sausage which is 70% potato and rice just can't be any good, can it?
Favorina brand mini eggs with marzipan, amaretto and cassis centres. Dark chocolate eggs for liqueur and marzipan lovers. These bags of chocolate eggs appear every Easter at the budget German supermarket:
A pack of three griddled vegan steaks made from gluten. Sojade's meat-free range now includes burgers, steaks and the roulade we reviewed, but strangely their soya mince contains egg (despite espousing the benefits of a vegan diet on their UK website). Can a seitan-based steak cut the mustard?
Single dairy-free easter bunny from the Irish firm Celtic Chocolates. Vegan white chocolate is getting less rare as products like these become a fixture on supermarket shelves. The dairy-free Choices range is one of the better tasting faux-milk and white chocolates.
Almond praline filled dark chocolate mini easter eggs. Eleven dairy-free chocolate eggs in a small box that makes an ideal gift for a grown up:
Schlagcreme dairy-free cream, universal or sweetened, for vegan whipped cream dishes. Schlagfix make a range of dairy-free products, including spray cream and vegan coffee creamer. These cartons compete with the SoyaToo range of soya, coconut and rice based whipping creams. How do they compare?
Dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free vegan cream alternative, made from italian rice and sunflower oil. Badged as Bio Rice Cuisine from Italian firm 'The Bridge'. This is an unsweetened 'single' cream primarily meant for savoury dishes. We made a potato gratin to check it out:
Organic unsweetened 'Cuisine' cream made from almonds and agave. Dairy-free and soya-free. EcoMil suggest the cream is heat stable and can be boiled or mixed with acidic foods such as lemon without curdling. We're reviewing several non-dairy creams this week, so let's see how EcoMil fares:
Organic goji & orange flavoured 100% raw chocolate that arrived from Vegan Tuck Box. Four chunks of deeply dark looking chocolate, studded with pieces of goji and buckwheat (of all things to put in a chocolate bar). Dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free.
Yeah, we're blogging about tofu again. Although it's an everyday essential...you've got to get the best. Cauldron (Quorn's sister brand) have sold tofu for 30 years, and have been through many a re-brand. The latest packs are sold in supermarkets alongside the company's (non-vegan) sausages. The range includes plain tofu, marinated (pieces), smoked and italian herb varieties:
New vegan organic plant milks: oat milk, rice milk, almond milk. Organic producer Rude Health has had a rebrand (looking good) and have expanded their range. These dairy-free milks are available from supermarkets and independents, in the ambient (long life) aisle. They have some stiff competition though, so how do they compare?
Speculoos style biscuit butter from the makers of Lotus caramelised biscuits. Available in smooth or crunchy and vegan-labelled. Take some ground up biscuits, add more fat and sugar... and you don't get a healthy snack, but...
'Rice in Paradise' R.I.P. rice milk white chocolate with cape gooseberries (physalis) from Austrian chocolate specialists Zotter. This is the second Zotter product to arrive from Vegan Tuck Box. Zotter appear to specialise in the 'unusual', and this is certainly like no other chocolate:
Four slices of rolled seitan with spinach. Sojade's yoghurts are popular in the UK, but it's harder to find their meat-free range. We found this seitan roulade in an independent health food shop:
The Second Coming of Vegan Cheese & Onion Crisps. Since Barrow Boys went bust there hasn't been a source of vegan cheese and onion crisps, but Ten Acre have stepped into the void. They have produced a vegan-certified cheese and onion crisp to satisfy your cravings:
Review of the NEW recipe Panda flavours, including filled liquorice, without milk ingredients. At least part of the range is now labelled as vegan too. We've long wondered why the fondant filling needed skimmed milk powder as an ingredient, and now it's been dropped we know it wasn't necessary!
New dairy-free soft cheese from the makers of Violife cheese slices, arriving in a range of flavours. Viotros announced this creamy cheese alternative late last year, but it's only recently landed in UK shops. The cheese comes in five flavours - original, herbs, tomato & basil, cucumber & dill and hot peppers. We snagged the plain and herb versions for our review:
Men's faux-leather lace up boots from the UK's hottest vegan shoe company. These are 'work boots' in the fashion sense rather than being safety footwear. Wills was launched to make vegan shoes more fashionable and more affordable, and at just 56 quid for a pair like this, they've probably succeeded!
Dairy-free chocolate Easter egg with pieces of caramelised hazelnut embedded in the faux milk chocolate. This is new for 2014 as an Easter egg, although you can buy chocolate bars of this product all year round. We loved a caramel Easter egg last year, so does this one measure up?
Arriving with the February Tuck Box, this hot fruit cordial is an unusual product. Fruit cordials can usually be served hot or cold and are not usually this concentrated. This small bottle makes 15 hot drinks, because you only need a teaspoon of it.
Dairy-free pasta meals with Daiya cheese... the only source of Daiya in the UK as far as we're aware. These frozen ready meals are available in health food shops in the UK. Be careful when selecting the lasagne packs, as the dairy-free version looks similar to the dairy version. What we're itching to know... is Daiya all it's cracked up to be...?
Ginger, Almond or Cappuccino flavour biscuit thins. Sweden's most loved pepparkaka, since 1929. These biscuits are from the Lotus biscuits stable, and are similar to caramelised biscuits. They're perfect with tea or coffee: