grub, green issues and gays

Recent posts

BVBG: La Ruca, Gloucester Road

BVBG: La Ruca, Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road is one of the most interesting parts of Bristol. Famed for being the UK’s longest independent high street (not sure if that’s still true), it’s home to all the cliche Bristol stuff, like Banksy artwork and old crusties not wearing shoes. Nestled in […]

BVBG: Grounded, Bedminster

BVBG: Grounded, Bedminster

Off to the exotic vistas of Bedmo today, to try Grounded‘s veggie breakfast offering. Conveniently sited opposite a massive Asda, and there’s always the possibility you’ll see a lady walking a skunk (no, really). Grounded is a chain in Bristol with a few branches dotted […]

BVBG: Patisserie Valerie, Bristol

BVBG: Patisserie Valerie, Bristol

Zut alors! Patisserie Valerie is best-known for serving delicious cakes and desserts, usually piled high with cream and chocolate. So I was surprised to see that they also do lunch, sandwiches and all-day breakfasts! We popped in to give them a try…

img_0619

First impressions: good amount of toast. That pot of tea is enormous, but it was also almost ¬£3 – to be honest, a single cup would have been fine. Beans in ramekin – never needed, just let those bad boys mingle with the rest of the breakfast. The mushrooms were pretty crap – watery and tasteless (I think they were frozen). However, the one redeeming feature of this breakfast was the “spinach and cheese frittata”, which was a bit like a cheesy, mini-omelette. Tasty, but couldn’t save this breakfast, sadly.

Too pricey, a bit meh РI give this 3 sausages out of 10.

Carrot etc soup

Carrot etc soup

You know how it goes – it’s Boxing Day, you’ve eaten and drunk far too much, and you want something that feels at least a little bit healthy, compared to all the cake and booze you had yesterday. You also bought WAY too much veg […]

BVBG: Mocha Berry Cafe, Glastonbury

BVBG: Mocha Berry Cafe, Glastonbury

Glastonbury, being one of the most hippy-dippy places on Planet Earth, should have a wealth of vegetarian options, so we thought we’d make a start here! We stopped at Mocha Berry during a trip to buy mead at Shieldmaiden (worth the drive, it’s lush and […]

Cauliflower parmo

Cauliflower parmo

Chicken parmo is a dish famed in the north-east of the UK (I guess it originated in Italy?) as the perfect end-of-the-night fuel. This version takes a little longer and is considerably better for you! It’s a one-pot dish as well – saves on washing up!

(more…)

Sosmix “sausage” rolls

Sosmix “sausage” rolls

There’s nothing like fresh sausage rolls, hot out the oven. Perfect for lunches, parties, or taking on picnics! Using the ever- versatile proper sosmix, I made these in 10 minutes for a beach trip the next day. They’re lush hot, and they’re even better cold!

Veggie aubergine chilli

Veggie aubergine chilli

Aubergines seem to feature quite heavily in a lot of veggie recipes. Is it because they’re fairly meaty in texture, while also good at soaking up other flavours? Probably, I guess. They’re not something I’ve got much experience of cooking – if I’m honest, before […]

Tomato + harissa stew with dumplings

Tomato + harissa stew with dumplings

As the weather gets cold and I start feeling crappy, I crave stodge, as I’m sure we all do. I saw a recipe for a stew on BBC Good Food and thought I’d do my own version of it, which I’m pleased to say turned out really well! I’ve not cooked with harissa before, and the smells of chilli, star anise and spices were so delicious. A low-effort Moroccan-style feast!

(more…)

Sosmix scotch eggs (now with GF option!)

Sosmix scotch eggs (now with GF option!)

Sosmix is something I remember from my dim and distant past. My mum’s friend used to fry balls of it for dinner, we’d have it with spaghetti and tomato sauce – it was lush. Searching for it recently uncovered the fact that it’s not made […]