Lots of people seem to be confused as to why vegans want to eat something that resembles meat. In fact they sometimes seem kind of offended and angry. Vegans and vegetarians decide to cut meat out of their diet for many reasons; environmental, health and animal cruelty being just a few. We think a small majority of these people stop eating meat because they don't like the taste.
The mock meat market is really starting to explode now, even supermarkets have started bringing out their own ranges of frozen plant based mince, sausages and chicken. Mock meat maybe isn't something you want to be eating everyday, but you deserve to treat yourself every once in a while. We'd like to tell you about the independent businesses that really have perfected the art of mock meat.
SGAIA'S MHEAT (pictured above)
When we tried the scotch egg from their Butcherless stall at VegFest Brighton this year, we almost couldn't believe it. And then we had their Steak roll... Eating something that resembles meat so much does kind of freak you out a bit, but when you remind yourself that what you're eating is totally cruelty free, there's nothing to be scared of. If you haven't tried Sgaia's Mheat then we suggest you stock up from their website. Perfect for a summer BBQ, show your omni mates that you really don't have to miss out on anything when going vegan.
We've already mentioned Vegusto in our Top 5 Cheeses blog, but they deserve a mention here too for their sausages. Their hot dogs with caramelised onions, mustard and ketchup are always a go to for us at vegan festivals and events that they pop up at. A really naughty treat that will never disappoint.
We had Moodley Manor's Badass Bacon for our Christmas Breakfast this year. Stuck between two big slices of bread and add some ketchup, there really is nothing better. Based in Ireland, these guys also sell artisan made burgers, sausages and an amazing roast. Check out their website to get your hands on some.
If you haven't heard of Temple of Seitan by now then where have you been? Their shop, Temple of Hackney shocked London with their endless queues on opening and even got the meat eaters talking. The fried chick'n shop has made it even more obvious how much of a demand there is for plant based foods. They've had a big part to play in the vegan movement so get down there ASAP!
MAKE YOUR OWN
Experimenting with mock meat ingredients is really interesting, we love to challenge ourselves at our pop ups to try new ingredients in our dishes. Check out some recipes that include seitan, TVP, tempeh, tofu and jackfruit. They all take on herbs, spices and marinades beautifully. Here's a picture of our meatball sub that we made for a vegan event in London.