Updated: May 19
Every month, I will write a short blog post touching on at least two of the interesting foods I've tried that month. I will always have content for you all because guess what - I'm always eating! I want you all to know where you can find edible mood lifters - I am the plug.
Big Deez Sauces - Smoky Garlic Mayo
You're probably sick of me banging on about this but I really try my best not to eat dairy products. The life chose me, I didn't choose it. If you're a mayo fan and struggle to find a vegan alternative that you actually like, you need to jump on Big Deez's Smoky Garlic Mayo. It comes in a sizeable jar which is just as well because being generous with your portion size is recommended (by me).
I used this mayo on my giant, homemade sandwich filled with plantain, a plant-based burger and vegan cheese. I mixed the mayo with some shredded cabbage and it was magical! The mayo lived up to its title - it was definitely smoky. I could detect no real difference in smell between this mayo and traditional mayonnaise - it was also just as thick. Not sure whether or not this was the intention but the taste was comparable to a sweeter mustard. I really, really enjoyed it. An exciting mayonnaise - who would have thought?
I am yet to try this brand's Habanero Hot Sauce (it's in my house, though so it's only a matter of time) and I am so excited to do so.
Find out more about the creator of this awesome brand and purchase your own condiments here: https://bigdeez.co.uk
Leon - Jackfruit Wings
I love Leon so much. Every month, I must visit. Their dishes are so well crafted; they definitely pay attention to food trends and put their own spin on fast food.
After work one day, I impulsively decided to buy their new Jackfruit Wings that were advertised in their shop window.
Wings? Hm. Wrong name. However, very palatable product. You can't go wrong with breadcrumbs. The taste of vegan cheese was dominant, and that led me to believe that a more suitable name would be something along the lines of 'Cheesy Jackfruit Croquettes' or 'Cheesy Jackfruit Fingers'. The shape of the 'wings' were just not...wing-like. Call me a Literal Lauren but I like for the names and presentation of foods to be in alignment.
I ate these without dip - they were genuinely great without it. I would pair them with an aioli if I was to choose one.
Very good product and I am happy to say that they tasted even better the second time round.
Would you like to try these 'wings' too? Don't stop there, buy out the bar: https://leon.co
Siro - Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
As expansive as my taste is, I cannot help but revert back to my childlike ways when I see cookies. Cookies without milk? Struggle.
I am not a nutritionist, nor am I an expert in reading between the lines when it comes to ingredients listed on packets containing guilty pleasures, so I cannot recommend this product to those who cannot eat sugar for health reasons. What I will say is that as a person who chooses to limit their sugar intake, these cookies seem to be a good alternative to the chewy, baked goods I crave every so often.
To be honest with you, I can't detect where the cookie falls short. I don't miss the sugar. The cookies are still sweet.
I usually eat these with a glass of cold cashew milk and it does me just fine. Those of you who like cow's milk, feel free to just pour a glass of that.
I buy my cookies from Sainsbury's. Siro has a whole range of sugar-free biscuits. See more here: https://www.sainsburys.co.uk
*Update (07/08/2019): I carried out some research and it looks like one or more of the ingredients may have a high Glycemic Index. Eat at your own risk!
Gabe's - Jerk Chicken, Oxtail, Freshly Fried Plantain & Rice & Peas
Last, but not least. Gabe's.
How many of you are tired of ham and cheese sandwiches? Do you want to eat something that has an actual aroma from time to time? If so, then get down to Gabe's.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the queue that I was so used to seeing when walking around One New Change, wasn't there when I arrived at this food truck. With a smile, I was told that the jollof rice and salad were finished. Crisis!
I opted for the rice and peas, jerk chicken, oxtail and freshly fried plantain. How would I describe each component of the meal? The rice and peas were fluffy, buttery and clump free. I liked the oxtail but there were too many bones for me to get around which I suppose can't be helped but I don't like to work for my food. The jerk chicken was spiced very nicely; it wasn't as peppery as the jerk chicken I have tried from other restaurants. This is a good thing for me because, to be honest, overly peppery food makes me irate. Lastly, the plantain. Is it any surprise that I don't have anything bad to say about it? How can one hate on freshly fried plantain? I will never.
All in all, it was a great, satisfying meal and the price wasn't too bad. I can see myself going back here and hopefully the next time I do, there will be still be some jollof rice remaining.
I can't find a website for Gabe's but the van can be found in One New Change as previously mentioned.
So there you have it. A summary of my opinion on four edible products. If you decide to try anything in this post, let me know! Happy eating.