VEGAN ZIZZIS // Eating Out

Zizzis has long been known as one of the best chain restaurants for vegans. They’ve always been really accomadating to change their dishes, it recently they’ve added even more vegan dishes to their menu, and if you ask they will give you a seperate menu with just vegan option. I find this so much easier to look at rather than searching for the ‘V’ sign next to everything! They also have loads of options that they don’t mention on their main menu; vegan garlic bread; bruschetta; lentil ragu side; 2 proper desserts (not just fruit salad and sorbet!) and much more.

 

Starter of bruschetta with super green pesto, cherry tomatoes and basil. The pesto is the best vegan pesto I’ve had, and I love adding some extra chilli oil which they have on every table to add even more flavour.
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The new vegan pizza just for January – vegan cheese, avocado slices, beetroot falafel things, sundried tomatoes, spinach and chilli flakes.

They also have three other vegan pizzas, and an array of toppings (my favourites are olives and grilled peppers) so you can create your perfect pizza! They same goes for their pasta; starting with a basic spaghetti, tomato sauces, basil and fresh cherry tomatoes (which is delicious all in itself btw), you can then add anything else you wish.

This is the ‘super Zucca salad’ that isn’t actually on the vegan menu (as it contains goats cheese), but we swapped this for the vegan cheese. INot every restaurant may be as accommodating to do this as the cheese is frozen, but we adding field mushrooms (from the pasta add ons) which are cooked, so the cheese melted slightly with that and it was just perfect. The salad itself consists of courgette, roast butternut squash, a tiny hint of mint, green lentils and mixed leaves which I’ve had before so know I love. It also normally comes with a white balsamic dressing, which they swapped for balsamic.

Zizzis also offered another vegan salad, with broccoli, cannelloni beans, purple basil and pesto.

The lentil ragu which normally comes with pasta, but I switched to fried potatoes cause I was on a bit of potato obsession at the time. The ragu has a really rich flavour and cooked perfectly, not to ‘mushy’ which I find often puts people off these legumes (which are a fab source of protein as well!)


One of the highlights of eating vegan at Zizzis has to be the sweet stuff; dessert calzone filled with banana, blueberries, and topped with a coconut chocolate ripple ice cream. If like me you just love anything bread and carby, this will be a winner.  I also loved getting some of the warm banana and adding it to the chocolate torte as chocolate banana isnsuch a good combo. We also ordered a chocolate torte with vegan honeycomb (!!) and topped with ice cream. The coconut flavour really came through in the ice cream, and it was perfect with the torte as it was incredibly rich (imagine a creamy, thick ganache which I have no idea how they made taste so good without lashings of cream).

Going halves on two dishes is my favourite way to eat, so you get to try a bit of everything!

Zizzis also does an amazing 40% off student discount! Starters are around £5, mains just over a tenner, and desserts about £6. In my opinion, the only thing that stops this place being absolutely perfect is the drinks; I;ve tried the ‘bramble g&t’ which for over £6 barely tasted of gin, and the white wine I had this visit was okay, but slightly underwhelming at nearly £5 for 175ml.

Overall, Zizzis is still one of, if not my absolute favourite places to eat out (with other vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike).

Afternoon Tea @ The Assembly House, Norwich //

Finger sandwiches with; hummus and olives; tomatoes and red onion chutney and aubergine.A crunchy bruschetta biscuit with creamy guacamole and a dainty little water cone cone with hummus.

Vegan fruit scones which even came warm with their own vegan butter that melted perfectly on to them .

The ‘normal’ stand. 

Chocolate brownie, lemon cake, Christmas tree vanilla shortbread and satsuma jelly. 

VEGAN CHICKEN PASTA SALAD // Recipe

   
80g uncooked pasta

100g vegan chicken style pieces

1/2 medium pepper

2inch chunk cucumber

7 cherry/plum tomatoes 

2tbsp pine nuts or cashews

8 basil leaves 

1tsp lemon zest (around 1/2 a lemon)

OR 

This was inspired by Co-op vegan pasta dish, which you can easily buy, add some extra ‘chicken’ or chickpeas into for protein,  and bam easy lunch done.

 
Boil the pasta for 15 minutes (or however long the packet says) and while waiting, chop up your vegetables into small chunks.

Cook the vegan chicken if necessary (I use Quorn in the microwave covered in water for 4 minutes). Then set aside and leave to cool.

When ready, drain the pasta, run under cold water to cool it, and add the veg, chicken, pine nuts, and lemon zest.

Chop the basil finely, and scatter all over just before serving.

This is perfect to take along to a summer barbecue, or you could even pack it up to take to work with you as it lasts up to 5 days in the fridge. 

     
 

NORWICH VEGAN FESTIVAL & GELATO // Life 

Returning for a second year, the Shena Louise organised amother event which bought together tonnes of vegan food stalls, beauty products, charity stalls, animal welfare, clothes and more as well as hundreds of people to enjoy it.

  

Debs pantry – I tried the carrot cake and sticky toffee, the latter of which was delicious with chunks of date and a toffee glaze. 
 
Munchy seeds – available in many shops all over the country and in 8 flavours – honey, chilli, omega (think soy sauce), sesame, choccy apricot, super berry, savoury crunch and choccy ginger. These are great to eat on their own, in smoothies, cereal, salads, pasta, and my favourite way; with yogurt and frozen berries. 
 Rude veganz clothing  

 Biscotti – definitely serve with a coffee or tea as they are pretty hard on their own.   
 
  

   
  Vegan cakery 
   

Indian street food salads   

 
  
Two six nine catering – their bakewell slice was as delicious as any ‘non vegan’ I’ve tried, moist almond sponge, sweet jam and crisp pastry.  

  

Gourmet nut butters – my favourite flavour was banana bread and vanilla espresso, but others included white chocolate raspberry, cocoa and carrot cake.
  
  

 Food cycle – giving advice for making the most out of your food ‘waste’, cheap recipe ideas and they even made a delicious vegetable curry. 
Naked greenz – wheat grass
Boudicca brewery – vegan Norfolk ale 
My mother and I followed the fayre with a lovely walk around the city in the sun, stumbling across a little unique gift shop, and finishing in the new gelato shop. I had the dairy free strawberry sorbet, which I have to say was amazing, not watery or icy and you could taste the real fruit

   

   
  
  
  
Love V.E.G.
P.S. stay tuned for the Norwich Vegans Summer Fayre on July 1.

  

LAST MINUTE MOTHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE // Life

With Mothers Day being just 3 short sleeps away, I thought I could write a last minute post on gifts for those who haven’t exactly thought too far in advance.

Afternoon tea 

If you know there’s a restaurant you know your mum has wanted to check out for a while, now is the perfect time to book her that meal out. Afternoon tea is an English classic, and you could book it just for her and a friend or for the whole family.

Check out:

Biddys tea room

Maids Head Hotel

The Assembly House


Bake!

Everyone loves an edible gift, and by baking something you save money, can do it all the day before, and your mum knows you’ve put real time and effort into it. It’s also a great idea to bake something together with your siblings, and can then wrap it up in a nice box with ribbons if your feeling fancy.

Try these recipes:

Carrot cake 

Shortbread hearts

Coconut cake (vegan)

Mini pavlovas


CathKidston Mug

Cath Kidston just opitimises the classic English Mother, and you really can’t go wrong with one of their mugs – they have loads of different patterns and are really affordable.


NEXT Homeware

Their next day delivery is perfect for last minute buying, and their homeware section has so many trinklets your bound to find something your mum (and you) will love.

Check out:

Floral canvas

‘Family’ sculpture

Knitted heart cushion

 

 Bodyshop Gift Set

You can’t really go wrong with a body shop set, but try and pick one you knows is specific to her – maybe pick the flower you know she loves? Or the if she’s mentioned running out of a certain product recently?

Check out:

Strawberry heart set

Beauty ‘classics’ selection box

British rose

 

 (Pretty much anything from) Lakeland

If you know she’s a great cook (or just loves giving it a go, even if she does burn every Sunday roast), then your bound to find something in Lakeland. And if cooking isn’t her forte, they stock tonnes of delicious gifts as well.

Check out:

Mary Berry oven gloves

Sea salt caramel truffles

Tablet stand

Strawberry liquorice

 

 Beauty/Spa voucher

Everyone loves to be pampered once in a while, so check out your local spa or beauty salon and see what treatments you think she’s like best. Jarrold also do vouchers, so you can pick the amount you spend and then leave it up to her to decide on what she wants.

 

 A Bouquet

There’s not many people who don’t like flowers, so why not order a big bouquet to bring with those little shortbread’s or cupcakes you made up to her with a cup of tea as she awakes to brighten her day. If you don’t have a florist nearby, most supermarkets sell bouquets and you can order online.


Wishing everyone out there a lovely lovely Mother’s Day xoxo