Everyone who knows me IRL knows that I gave up eating meat for January because I became very, very boring about it. BUT I did eat some pretty delicious shit, so I guess it was worth it.
- I already make bloody amazing dal, but for Veggie January I wanted to level up and try to recreate Dishoom’s famous version. After
a single Google searchhours of scouring the internet, I found a recipe that comes amazingly close to the original. I personally would recommend doubling down on the spices because I find lentils suck down flavour like Piers Morgan sucks down a logical argument, but it’s up to you. It is one of the BEST things you can do with your slow cooker – leave those suckers in there for a full 24 hours for maximum effect. The girl whose recipe it is makes her own naan bread too, but I’m too lazy for that so I just buy it from the shops. So sue me.
- We couldn’t eschew meat for a whole month without a trip to The Gate, one of my favourite restaurants in London. Unfortunately I didn’t notice until after we went that they have an INSANE offer for their Marylebone branch on Time Out, even though it’s always packed at full price. You have to buy a voucher in advance but it’s an amazing £24 for three courses and a glass of prosecco.
- My number one weapon against the January blues is leftover Christmas pickle. My housemate Ellis and I order about 15 jars each every year because it’s bloody gorgeous, especically the Sweet & Sour Garlic with Nigella Seeds. Serving suggestion: as some sort of magical lubricant between melted cheese and a slice of toasted sourdough.
- The best vegan food I had all month was at Gillray’s steakhouse, which is mad but also kind of cool. I wrote all about it here.
- The worst vegan food I had was at Bloomberg Arcade’s new Koya, which was bland and flavourless, and my Kinoko Nametake marinated mushrooms were slimy and icy cold. Gross. It didn’t even have the decency to be cheap.
- Tonkotsu’s Eat The Bits chilli oil is the stuff of legend. We have the massive jars and I’ll admit they’re a bit of a dick to fit in the fridge, but it’s goes on everything so the problem isn’t really a long-term one.
- Mike played a blinder and booked us a table at Gujarati Rasoi in Dalston, which does AMAZING vegetarian food (much better than The Vegan Pizza Restaurant That Shall Not Be Named down the road).
8. After MUCH experimentation, I have finally uncovered the recipe to the perfect falafel burger. It’s basically this recipe, with double the spices and four times the garlic, fried off and shoved in a bun with a slick of hummus, some chargrilled red pepper and garlic yogurt. And a bit of guacamole, if you’re feeling rebellious. It’s not very authentic but I don’t give a damn.
Author: Emily Gibson
Emily is an urban adventurer, blogger and
glutton foodie on an epic quest to uncover the best things to eat, drink and do in London. She lives in Islington and loves ceviche, cycling and magic shows. Lifelong nemeses include beetroot, beards and wine served in tumblers.