Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Vegan Mofo Day 29 - What would you bring on a vegan road trip?
It's been a while since I did a proper road trip. I used to do lots of Eurolines coach trips to Europe when I was younger staying in Youth Hostels on a very limited budget. I'd book somewhere that included breakfast and eat as much as possible and then the rest of my meals would consist of tomatoes, apples and crusty bread smothered with tubes of Tartex pate that I'd have brought with me. This would actually be a vegan meal way before I became veggie!
These days we tend to book a cottage somewhere in England and do self catering. We are off to stay in the grounds of Harlech Castle in Wales a few weeks and I can't wait! With this in mind I've focused my post for today on what we'll be taking with us to eat during that week. For me on holiday breakfasts feature heavily and I like to have stuff I wouldn't normally have in the week.
I'll be making a batch of favourite granola recipe - the chocolate, coconut granola from the Vintage Tea Party book. It's vegan bar the honey which I'll sub for Sweet Freedom or Agave. I'm also thinking of making up a mix of the Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Vegan Food Gifts. it's a dry mix that you just add some oil and milk to.
Hopefully we'll find a great local bakery with tasty home made bread. I've been saving these mini marmalades and almond butter sachets for the holiday. I got sent the Pip and Nut along with some others in their range for a Can I Eat It review - seriously, best nut butter ever and palm oil free! The little jar on the left is chocolate sesame spread by Savvy Spreads which is amazing stuff too.
I always make up the tofu scramble herb and spice mix from Vegan With A Venegeance and take that away with us so that we have have scramble with a full English. We're hoping to have lots of days out if the weather allows and lunches will likely be sandwiches and bagels. I'll be making a trip to V Revolution before we go to stock up on cheeses and sandwich meats. Maybe I'll even get a tube of Tartex for old times sake. A packed lunch isn't complete without a few biccies and crisps though is it? We got mistaken for students last week in Manchester during Fresher's week and got given these free samples of Pringles which have gone in the holiday bag. I love that the Texas BBQ flavour are vegan friendly.
We're going to Wales, it'll be October, there's likely to be rain. For those times where we end up holed up in the apartment with books and dvds there's hot chocolate and marshmallows. Not just any hot chocolate and marshmallows either! These are extra special treat ones. There's salted caramel handmade marshmallows from Marshmallow Deli and my favourite ever hot chocolate from London company Jaz and Jules. It's called Caralimelicious which is caramel hot chocolate with a lime twist. The flavour reminds me of bonfire toffee, it is sooooo good.
A night in with a good film needs a wee dram to accompany it so we usually bring the hip flask filed with something from our bar. The white ceramic pineapple was actually a purchase on last year's holiday bought because it matched white ceramic Elvis.
We will be eating some vegetables too, honest! My skin has gone a bit crazy in the last few weeks and after not having any spots for the last few years it's breakout city. Matt is even calling me Rudolph after the big red spot I currently have on my nose. The holiday is a time to slow down and get back on top of my skin care regime as I've been terrible recently and just been using those alcohol infused make ups wipes which I don't think are good to use all the time, for me anyway. So I'll be taking some nice products for my skin and I've got enough black pots to return to Lush to get one of their fresh facemasks too.