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The Vegan Kind Monthly Box #TVK7

Firstly we’d like to apologise for how late we are publishing our review for our #TVK7 which we received on the 10th of May 2014. Unfortunately a combination of bad health and laptop problems meant we got behind but we are back now, laptop problem sorted and health…well that still isn’t very good. Anyway your not here to read about our problems, let get back to reviewing our #TVK7 box which is our second box from The Vegan Kind.

For us this box was hit and miss for us, there was a few products in there that wasn’t really us and then ones that were. The good thing about these monthly boxes is introducing us to products we often don’t know about and the chance to try them. It might mean you get things you don’t like but you will often come across things you do. This box is the perfect example of that.

For us this box was worth it for one product, Scoffs Chocolate Fudge. Its the best vegan fudge we have ever tasted, in fact the best fudge we have ever had. So for us the box was already worth it for this alone, finding a great vegan fudge from a great company. As for the other products, we enjoyed the crisps and the bio laundry liquid sample and as for the others they weren’t for us.

We’ll use the same format as our last TVK review and include a photo of each product, mention what they are underneath and our review on that product if we have tried it yet. We do have some more photos too which we will show after this section.

#TVK7 Hectares Sweet Potato Crisps

#TVK7 Hectares Sweet Potato Crisps .

We both tried these and thought they were nice crisps, one of us preferred them over the other but that was only because they were rather spicy. We would love to try some of their other flavour crisps and hopefully we’ll come across them so we can.

Photo of #TVK7 Wholeplus Hot Pot 70g

#TVK7 Wholeplus Hot Pot 70g

We gave this a try, we even used soya milk instead of water as we thought it would make it better. However for us it did not, milk or not it didn’t taste good. Even thought it had quite a few flavours over all it tasted bland. We couldn’t even finish the portion despite trying. To be honest we can’t see why others would like it either but this is just our opinion.

Photo of #TVK7 Golden Apple Hazelnuts and Peppermint Raw Biscuits 90g

#TVK7 Golden Apple Hazelnuts and Peppermint Raw Biscuits 90g.

This was one of the things in the box that wasn’t for us, so I am afraid they are still in their packet untouched. I suppose we should force ourselves to try them but its hard when you don’t even like the main ingredients. I am sorry we can’t give further feedback on this product.

Photo of #TVK Dormouse Tea Company Loose Leaf Tea and Tea Bags , Jasmine Tea

#TVK Dormouse Tea Company Loose Leaf Tea and Tea Bags , Jasmine Tea

Sadly this was another product that wasn’t our thing, one of us does drink tea but not this kind of tea. So we sent this to a friend as we thought someone else might as well enjoy it. Sorry we can’t provide further feedback on this product.

Photo of #TVK7 BIO D Concentrated Non Bio Laundry Liquid Sample

#TVK7 BIO D Concentrated Non Bio Laundry Liquid Sample.

We often use Bio D products but hadn’t got around to trying there Laundry Liquid yet, so it was nice getting a sample so we could try it before buying a retail pack. Like all there other products, it was very good so we are happy to recommend this product along with suggesting their other products.

Photo of #TVK7 Scoff Sweets Chocolate Fudge 150g

#TVK7 Scoff Sweets Chocolate Fudge 150g

This was our favourite product in the whole box and made the whole box worth while. This is simply the best vegan fudge we have ever tasted, in fact the best fudge we have ever tasted. Beautifully made homemade fudge, its creamy and chocolately and simply addictive. Highly Recommended to all. We loved it so much we even went and ordered some more directly from Scoffs.

To see more about #TVK7 and previous boxes, which includes a description of each product and links to their companies click here.

As you can tell, the highlight from this months box was Scoffs Chocolate Fudge. We can’t wait to enjoy more of their fudge and we know it will make great gifts as well. Yes there was a lot in this box that wasn’t for us or that we didn’t like but we were introduced to a few great products so it made it all worth while. A big thank you to The Vegan Kind Team for putting this box together.

Until our next box here is all the photos we took of our #TVK7 Box;

Easter Treats from The Vegan Store

Sorry this is a little late but we still wanted to share this year’s Easter Treats with you all. Some think that because we are vegan that we miss out on treats at this time of year but that simply isn’t true, we have lots of choices to celebrate Easter which are all vegan and cruelty free.

We regularly shop with The Vegan Store  and we did a shop with them just before Easter where we treated ourselves to some lovely goodies to eat. This is our first vegan Easter where we bought some Easter treats and we had so many options to choose from, we easily could of bought more if we had wanted too. It was really nice to have an Easter Egg this year and oh my the one we choose was amazing!

So what did we buy? well we both had an Easter Egg from Moo Free, we went for the bunnycomb (honeycomb as we know it by, its also know as Cinder Toffee) and it tastes so good. By the time we had finished our easter egg we had wished we had bought more. We are not huge fans of Moo Free Chocolate, we tend to keep it in stock for baking rather than eating. Well the bunnycomb as they call it tasted so good and we soon wanted more. I think if we can buy them next year we’ll get more of them, we did try to find out if they did this in a chocolate bar all year round and they do but its the mini bars rather than the bigger size bars. Mini bars work out quite costly so I think we might have to wait till next year’s Easter Egg, until we end up being lucky and they bring it out in a bigger chocolate bar.

Apart from our Easter Egg, we each had a white and milk chocolate bunny from Choices. The white one was our favourite although we enjoyed them both. It was also the first time we bought some chocolate coated cinder toffee/honeycomb, we had been putting this off before as we knew we could make our own but as I knew we didn’t have the time we finally bought some. Well they were lovely, we went for the milk and dark chocolate ones and I’d say our favourite was the milk variety although the dark wasn’t bad either. I can see us buying more if we don’t have the time to make them ourselves as they were a very enjoyable treat.

Nearly forgot, we tried some freedom mallows that we had heard a lot about too. Till now we have been enjoying vegan marshmallows from Ananada Foods, but these are fresh marshmallows and freedom marshmallows aren’t so they last longer. We have  tried them both and they were great. We even tried the Vanilla ones with hot chocolate and loved how they reacted like non vegan marshmallows do so that was a huge plus (we’ve found most of the vegan marshmallows don’t react the same in a hot drink).  I think we might keep them in stock but if we had to choose I think we prefer the ones from Ananda , although they do have there plus points as they can be stored for much longer so I can see us buying them both.

We also got some giant chocolate buttons, we had never tried these before and thought why not try them now? We prefer milk chocolate but don’t mind dark chocolate although some can be quiet intense. Well these were intensely dark chocolate so we both felt they would be better for cooking than eating, although one of us did prefer them more than the other to eat them as they are.

Well I think we have mentioned everything and now its time for the photos, we took lots of photos to show you. We can highly recommend the Vegan Store to shop with, they are very helpful and every order from them has arrived in good time and well packed. As for the individual products, we would happily recommend them all as well especially the Moo Free  Bunnycomh Easter Eggs as they were amazing!

Sorry for the delay in getting this post published, hopefully next year we’ll be far quicker.

The Vegan Kind – Our First Box #TVK6

We recently heard about a vegan company from a friend and it sounded interesting so we looked into it. The company is called The Vegan Kind and its a monthly lifestyle subscription box for vegans (although suitable for anyone). Once we looked into it we thought we have to try it and so thats exactly what we did, we signed up for our first box.

We have been vegans for a while now but we still liked the idea of the box (we only wish we had known about it ages ago, it would of been so helpful at the start of our vegan journey!) as it would introduce us to more vegan products. The more we know about the better and its done in a way that it gives you a chance to try them without having to buy too much, as often you are given a sample size or the normal size but just one of them. So it really is the perfect way to try new products, hopefully find ones you like and then you can look at sourcing more. This is why we loved the idea of this company when we heard about it and we couldn’t wait for our first box to arrive.

Our first box was in April and called TVK6, it arrived on the 4th of April and we couldn’t wait to see what was inside. We took lots of photos and a video too (which we hope to show you if we can) and enjoyed seeing what goodies were in our first box. Well we were very happy and felt we got some great products to try, we hadn’t tried any of them and only recognised one (just seen it around, never bought it). It also showed us that we made the right choice, as we were being introduced to some great products :-).

So where do we start? I think we’ll show a photo of each product, mention what they are underneath and our review on that product if we have tried it yet. We do have some more photos too which we will show after this section.

Photo of #TVK6 Clearspring Toasted Fine Cut Nori

#TVK6 Clearspring Toasted Fine Cut Nori

We have yet to try this so we’ll come back and add a review here when we have.

Photo of #TVK6 Freyaluna Lavender Lip Face & Body Balm

#TVK6 Freya luna Lavender Lip Face & Body Balm

This is a lovely product and one my wife was very happy to receive, she often suffers with dry lips due to her medication and she had recently been saying she needed a good vegan lip balm so the timing couldn’t of been better. We have both tried it and like it, there isn’t much to say about it really as it does exactly as its designed to do. My wife loves using it on her lips and she finds it really helps. She also loves Lavender so this was a huge hit, I can see us buying more in the future.

Photo of #TVK6 Rebel Kitchen Choco Mylk

#TVK6 Rebel Kitchen Choco Mylk

We both drink Soya Milkshakes often so we were delighted when we saw this in the box. We both couldn’t wait to try it, as soon as it was cold we tucked in. It tasted AMAZING. In fact we’d have to say its the best chocolate milkshake we have had since being vegan. We both love it, its now our favourite chocolate milkshake and we plan on doing a big shop with Rebel Kitchen very soon to stock up on these…and to sample their other flavours too.

Photo of #TVK6 Landgarten Organic Dark Chocolate Soya Snack

#TVK6 Landgarten Organic Dark Chocolate Soya Snack

We both tried these thinking they sounded great and we’ve yet to try a soya bean based snack. Sadly neither of us liked them :-( so after we tasted a few it went in the bin as we didn’t know anyone else locally that could try it. We found it was too bitter, I think if it had been done with a milk chocolate (vegan of course) it could of been a lot better. We’ll definitely be open to trying other soya bean snacks as we think we dislike it more due to the bitterness of the chocolate.

We’d like to add that neither of us mind dark chocolate, one is more a fan than the other but we still didn’t like this snack covered in it. Just to add, just cause we threw this away didn’t mean it didn’t serve its purpose because it did. It allowed us to try something that we might not have otherwise and if we had liked it we most likely would of bought more.

Photo of #TVK6 Coconom Coconut Sugar

#TVK6 Coconom Coconut Sugar

This has been a huge hit and we are already looking at buying more coconut sugar. We had never used coconut sugar till we got this and we are both big fans, we use it in most things and find it very enjoyable. We even think its enhanced some of what we’ve used it on as it has a lovely taste. Despite it being coconut sugar neither of us would say it tasted of coconut.

So far we have used it in/on our breakfast cereal, baking, puddings and drinks and we are very happy with it. I can soon see us not needing white sugar at all!

Photo of #TVK6 Creative Nature Sublime Seed Bar

#TVK6 Creative Nature Sublime Seed Bar

My wife isn’t a fan of these kind of bars but I am, I have tried most bars like this but not this brand before. I run regularly and find snacks like these really helpful so I was eager to try it. It tasted OK but at the same time didn’t blow me away, I think I’d buy more if I came across but not make an effort to seek it out to buy.

To see more about #TVK6 and previous boxes, which includes a description of each product and links to their companies click here.

Well there isn’t much else to say, we have both enjoyed our first Vegan Kind Box and it wont be long till the next arrives at our door. I think if we had to pick a highlight from this box it would be two of them, Rebel Kitchen Choco Mylk and Coconom Coconut Sugar. We can’t thank The Vegan Kind Team enough for putting this box together and bringing us such a brilliant service.

We will of course be back to review our next box but until then here are more photos from April’s Vegan Kind Box, we hope you enjoy them. We do have a video which we hope to add later, at the moment we are having problems downloading it from our camera.

Hannah Banana Bakery

A few months ago we found out about a vegan bakery in Southampton and we were delighted to find out they would post out certain goodies. One look on her website or facebook page and you started to crave her beautiful cupcakes and doughnuts. Recently we had the pleasure of being able to order some of her doughnuts as well as some of her cookie dough :-) we couldn’t wait to try them!

Well we are very impressed, they arrived quickly (sent by first class, our choice of postal method as she gives you several options) and were packaged well for the journey. Once we opened the mailing packaging the doughnuts were in a nice box and presented beautiful, as was the cookie dough (she ran out of her usual wrapping but we didn’t mind the wrapping she used instead). Our order arrived to us in perfect condition which is fantastic, we have received baking items by post in the past and they haven’t always arrived in good condition. You could tell our order was packed with a lot of care and attention to detail, we even took photos to show you as we were very impressed.

So your probably asking so how were the doughnuts? Well not only did they look yummy but they tasted yummy too. It was so nice to enjoy a good doughnut again, they were all delicious. By the end of day two they were all gone and very much enjoyed. We ordered two of each doughnut so we wouldn’t have to share and went for; Jam and soya cream doughnut with sugar coating, Baked Lemon Kurd filled doughnut with sugar coating and Deep fried doughnut ring with chocolate glazing topped with sprinkles. They were all as good as they sound, we think anyone would enjoy these whether you were vegan or not. To be honest you couldn’t tell they were, which we think is a good sign of a good doughnut.

We also ordered the cookie dough, we went for chocolate chip. As we had the doughnuts to eat we put ours in the freezer for a treat later. Its perfect to use from the freezer although we did have to wait for it to defrost before we could use it (some cookie dough you can freeze in a way that you can just slice up and bake, without having to defrost first which is what we are used too). It came in a rectangle block and we decided to cut it in half and put one half back in the freezer. This ended up being a great idea as the cookie dough made far more cookies than we expected, her blog mentioned it makes 12 cookies. Well we only used half the cookie dough and managed to make more than this. They were of decent size, in fact you could of got more by making them smaller. All we did with the dough was roll it up and then slice, which is the way we have always been used too. Quick and easy to do and then all we did was bake them in the oven.

So how did they taste? well we loved them and we have to say we loved the chocolate chips she used (they are different to the ones we have for baking). Not much more to say really, they were good cookies and no way would you know they were vegan.

If you would like to check out this fantastic vegan bakery, you can view her website here and her facebook page here. As you have probably already guessed we highly recommend her and we’ll definitely be ordering with her again.

Now time for the photos and we have a lot of them, we hope you will enjoy them as we wanted to show you our order from how it arrived to how good the food looks. As we have quite a few we’ll start with showing one photo each telling you which doughnut they are (although I bet you guess without needing the text) and then add the gallery with all the photos. Enjoy and we do apologise as it will probably leave you wanting to have some :-) in fact its making us want to do an order right now for more doughnuts!

Photo of Jam and Cream Doughnut

Jam and Soya Cream Filled Doughnut

Photo of Chocolate Glazed Ring Doughnut

Chocolate Glazed with Sprinkles Ring Doughnut

Photo of Lemon Kurd Doughnut

Lemon Kurd Doughnut

These are all the photos that we took, from how our order arrived to how yummy our doughnuts looked. Not forgetting the cookies too, sorry their are only a few photos but we promise to take more when we do the remaining batch of cookie dough.

Blueberry Cupcakes

Blueberry Cupcake

Blueberry Cupcake

For my birthday I was given a lovely cupcake from my friend’s daughter Ellie, it was lovely and I had to ask for the recipe as I liked it so much I wanted to make some more. My friend passed on the recipe to me and my husband made them for me the following day. I think they are our favourite cupcake we have made so far, so much so after the first batch was gone we made another. Even as I type this I am wanting to make another batch this week….because they are just that good!

So here we are to share the recipe with you too and we hope that you will love these cupcakes just as much as we do. We made a few extra adjustments to the recipe for nutritional reasons but they still tasted just as good, you could not tell the difference :-) which in our eyes is even greater. We made these adjustments to reduce the calories and also to help give us a slow release of energy. I’ll explain this quickly before going onto the recipe.

Instead of using caster sugar we choose to use Fruit Sugar instead, not only does this reduce the calories but has a few other benefits as well. I will share the information from the product’s website as it explains it better than I can: Fruit sugar, or fructose, is sweeter than standard sugar and has a low Glycaemic Index of 23, helping you to sustain steady sugar levels and feel full for longer. It is absorbed much slower than glucose by the body, giving a slow release of energy over a longer period of time. We used this one.

Right I’m sure you’ve had enough of us talking, onto the recipe and a few photos too.

Blueberry Cupcakes

Makes 8  | Prep 30 minutes  | Cook 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 2tsp Baking Powder
  • 70g Fruit Sugar
  • 2tsp Organ Egg Replacer
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 100ml Corn Oil
  • 225ml Alpro Light Soya Milk
  • 110g Blueberries
  • 8 Cupcake Cases

To Decorate

  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • 100g Soya Spread
  • 24 Blueberries
  • Optional: A few drops of Blue Food Colouring

Method

1.) Preheat oven to 180ºc and place 8 cupcake cases into a cupcake tin (we use a 12 hole cupcake tin).

2.) Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Then add the Organ Egg Replacer (just the powder).

3.) Add the oil, vanilla extract and the milk to the same bowl and mix till combined.

4.) Then stir in the blueberries gently and spoon the mixture into cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden and well risen.

5.) Put the cupcakes on a cooling rack and leave to cool.

6.) To decorate, beat the soya spread until soft and then add the icing sugar (make sure you sift the icing sugar). Once blended add a few drops of blue food colouring if you like.

7.) Spread onto each cupcake and then decorate with 3 blueberries per cupcake as a garnish.

Please Note

If you wish to make this recipe without the adjustments we made then use 110g Caster Sugar instead of 70g Fruit Sugar and 225ml of Original Soya Milk. The method is exactly the same. Please bare in mind this means the nutritional data below will be inaccurate as its based on the ingredients we used.

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Nutritional information – per serving (based on one cupcake, making 8 cupcakes from the recipe above)

Calories: 436  |  Total Fat: 20.9 g  Saturated: 3.5 g   Polyunsaturated: 5.6 g  Monounsaturated: 2.0 g  |  Sodium: 162.5 mg  |  Total Carbs: 59.5 g  Dietary Fibre: 0.6 g  Sugars: 43.9 g  | Protein: 3.6 g | Vitamin A: 12.2 %  | Calicum: 2.1%

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