We have been seeing LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN (LPQ) restaurants popping up all over London (and beyond) but we’re surprised to find a wide variety of vegan options labelled on the main menu of this French style food chain!
Dear Vegans… try to imagine a grocery shopping trip where you don’t have to tiresomely check the ingredients of every item you pick up.
You know the drill – you look for the Vegan symbol, most of the time it’s not there, so then you check the entire list of ingredients. Even after this you feel unsure if it is definitely vegan — have they listed all the ingredients? Have they made a mistake? If it is vegan-friendly, why don’t they label it? Hmm, is it safe to buy this?
So imagine a supermarket where you could safely buy every item, where EVERYTHING is vegan. ‘Don’t be so ridiculous; there couldn’t possibly be such a place’ you say. I wouldn’t joke about something so wonderful…
I invited my nearest and dearest to Banana Tree in Soho for a bite to eat after work to celebrate my birthday.
The great thing about this restaurant is the variety on the menu; there’s something for everyone – and my friends have an array of dietary tastes. Some of them eat meat, and they are well-catered for, but there are also vegetarian and vegan options clearly marked on the main menu, which impressed me.
THESE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES have made my week…
It was my birthday at the weekend, and when I returned to work on Monday my awesome friend Polly (a non-vegan) had gone to the effort of making me these vegan brownies! I was extremely flattered, and they were so good that I want to share the recipe with all of you.
This was inspired by Charlotte O’Leary’s BBC GoodFood recipe, and tweaked to our own tastes.