Saturday, 27 September 2014
Vegan MoFo 2014 - New (to me) foods from Tesco
I spent most of today running around. This included a pointless trip to Real Foods - pointless because I forgot they closed at 6.30pm on Saturdays, and I got there at 6.45pm. Derp. So today I'm just gonna talk about some new things that have popped up at Tesco, and one new-to-me thing that I got today.
First up, Tesco's new dairy-free ice cream. It's £2 for 500ml of coconut-based vanilla ice cream. It tastes alright, but it falls on texture, which I felt was a bit grainy. It's a great option for a soy-free vegan considering how much other coconut-based vegan ice creams cost (I saw one at Real Foods a few weeks ago that was around £7 for the same size). But compare that to £2.20 for 700ml of soy-based Swedish Glace. I loves me some soy, so I'll stick to deliciously creamery Swedish Glace.
A new-to-me thing I got is their garlic sauce. It's in that wee section of house-brand specialty spices and sauces, which actually seems to have quite a few vegan items. Garlic is one of my favourite things, so obviously I had to get this. I'd been eyeing it for a while, but yesterday's weird dinner, and the leftovers produced, pushed me to buy it. I tried it on my casserole, and it was alright. By itself, it's a little sweet, but it works on things.
Next up - Amy's breakfast sandwich! I searched what felt like every health food shop in NYC looking for these things, but couldn't find them, so I was pretty excited when someone else posted they'd found them. I had to go out to the big Tesco to find it (as well as the next thing), but as soon as I got home, I popped it right in the microwave. Well, I hate to say it, but it wasn't great. The microwaving made the bread really weird and tough in parts. For £2.49 and having to spend an hour on the bus, I wouldn't make the trip just for these.
Finally - A few years ago, I went to Brighton VegFest and met up with some European PPKers, one of whom brought me some Speculoos pudding made by Alpro in ... Belgium, I think. Earlier this year, during Tesco's Healthy Living Fair (or whatever it was called), they sold some gingerbread man-flavoured Alpro desserts. They're hard to find, but they're still around. If you look at the package, it actually lists Speculoos biscuits as an ingredient, so these are pretty much the same thing. The TL;DR of this is - Speculoos pudding at Tesco. Do I even need to tell you that these are good? These are good. If you like any of the other Alpro puddings (well, I think they're just called desserts), and you like Speculoos, then you'll like these.
Despite the pretty crap free from stuff (most of it has milk or eggs in it) and the fact that they label next to nothing, I'm pretty impressed by the expanding selection of vegan items. I hope they keep going this way (and maybe improve their own-brand stuff by taking out the milk and eggs).