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How to order a home delivery meal in Veganuary

A contribution post by Helen Long –

I’ve been vegan since around 2005. Since then I’ve eaten out many times, and it has become easier and easier. In London, you can now get a vegan version of almost anything. Here are a few take- home tips for uninitiated:

Vegan meal delivery services and ready meals 

When our Baby was first born, we became experts in opening organic tins to eat.  It’s surprisingly tasty when you’re hungry, and we’ve carried on buying them.  (It’s best to avoid sugar and salt, but, well, sometimes we can’t be bothered). You can find some such items on offer at: Ethical SuperstoreTheVeganKind or Greenbay.  You can also order a bundle of easy vegan meals to freeze from allplantsor The Book Plant Based Kitchen.  

How to tell a takeaway you are vegan

There is no need to feel embarrassed about expressing your preferences, so long as you are polite about it, the staff will generally be happy to help.  If not, then there are plenty of other choices to try out there!  Some places also let you filter their menu by allergens, which makes life much easier.  Even if they do, write a note in the comment box at the end of the order form and add your own number.  Or better still, phone.  Either check the website for the number.  On ‘Just Eat’ you can find the phone number of the place by clicking the bit of the page which says ‘click if you have an allergy’. 

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Ordering-in vegan food has never been easier! / Photo by Jarek Ceborski via Unsplash

Non-vegan ingredients to check for on menus

Ask if meals are cooked in butter or ghee, contain yoghurt, cream, cheese or paneer.  Eggs don’t usually show up unexpectedly, but check to be sure.  Where dishes include oyster sauce, you can just ask for this to be removed.  Obviously, also avoid meat and fish.  

How vegan dishes are labelled on menus

Generally speaking, ‘V’ on a menu means vegetarian (no meat or fish).  ‘V+’ or ‘VE’ tends to mean vegan (no dairy, eggs or honey), and ‘GF’ means gluten free.  Not everyone is clear that gluten free and vegan are different concepts.  The menu might only label things as vegetarian, in which case ask for clarification.   

Easy types of takeaways for vegans

If you place an order directly from a vegan cafe, this will make it easier!  Find vegan, vegetarian, and vegan friendly cafes with the Happy Cow website and app.  There is also a new website, GetVeganGrub for ordering vegan deliveries.  My website has maps of child friendly vegan and vegetarian places around the country, and child friendly places in London.

South Indian restaurants are great for vegans.  We found one in Plumstead a while ago.  Other Indian, Nepalese, Carribean and Ethiopiean places often have vegan options, just avoid cream and butter (such as in tikka masala, korma, or often with spinach).  We once went to an Indian restaurant which said they cooked everything in butter, but this is rare.  Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai places tend to be fine if you order tofu and avoid oyster sauce.  Nowadays, many pizzerias offer a vegan cheese option if you ask.  

Remember the sprinkles!

Us vegans often sprinkle extra nutrients on our meals, such as: nutritional yeast, ground flax and sauerkraut.

Vegan home deliveries near Greenwich:

Hullabaloo – vegetarian, with branches in Greenwich and Deptford

Vegan masala or korma made with coconut and cashew milk is lovely and mild for little ones.  These are not usually vegan!  You can also try black bean lentil dal, soya chunks with aachari, or vegan ‘butter’ naan bread, as well as the usual Indian takeaway favourites. 

This was the last cafe we visited before I became pregnant.  I later returned with Baby when they were about one year old.  We finished off a chai tea and a meal while waiting for my friend, so ordered another when she arrived.  Baby was very enthusiastic.  I remember the staff as friendly, there was nice music, and you could watch passers by through the window. You can find them on Uber Eats or Just Eat.


Ayurveda Pura – vegetarian, near Blackwell Tunnel

We’ve stopped off here a couple of times for a healthy curry, salad (with fruit) and turmeric latte.  The cafe is part of a day spa, with a philosophy based in ancient Indian medicine.  It has high chairs and baby changing facilities.  Staff kindly ignored me when I borrowed a shower in the toilet to wash baby sick out of my hair… You can find them on Deliveroo


Eat of Eden – vegan, branches in Lewisham, Brixton, Clapham and Shepherds Bush

Organic Carribean mixed platters with plenty of vegetables, proteins and also finger foods.  The Brixton branch of which has nappy changing facilities and step- free access for buggies.  Find Eat of Eden on Just Eat 


The Full Nelson – vegan, in Deptford

Burgers, chips and other pub grub to try if you are missing meaty junk. Find them on Deliveroo 


Vegan sauces and cheeses

You can order vegan sauces and ferments from Walworth based The Omni Collective.  Artisanal vegan cheeses are cycled for free to local postcodes by Peckham based The Odds.


Persepolis – vegetarian, in Peckham but delivers to Deptford

Middle Eastern gooey things to dip chips into. Select the ‘make vegan’ tick box option.  We went to Persepolis for my 30th birthday.  There were highchairs, a children’s menu, and little meze meals to order and share. Many meals were decorated with a vertical cheesy wotsit. Daddy decided not to propose that day because I had a cold.


This contribution post was written by guest writer, Helen Long from Vegan Family Guide – your partner in compassionate, plant powered parenting.

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My TOP 5 sulfate free shampoos (low-poo cleansers) for straight-wavy hair

Straight, Swavy and Wavy…

Type 1A hair is classed as poker-straight hair, 1B is straight hair with a few bends and kinks and 1C is straight-ish hair with a slight wave – this used to be called ‘swavy’ at one point. Type 2A hair is the ‘breakthrough start’ of wavy hair – hair looks loosely wavy and/or with a loose but visible S-curl pattern. When I started CGM ‘swavy’ was a curly girl term but it seems to have died out as I guess it’s more recognised as wavy hair now.

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Beauty: May BirchBox Review

So it’s been a long while since I last did a Birchbox review on my blog and when I saw the May 2018 edition, I couldn’t resist but to order it… the decadent palm print was calling me!

I was pleasantly surprised with the products I received in this box and THANK THE LORD there were no samples I’d previously received before. This was one of the reason why I stopped subscribing as I had so many products in the end and a lot of them were doubles of what I’d had before.

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I really love the tropical packaging of this box!

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The products I got in my May Birchbox 2018 were:

  • Doucce luscious lip stain in steaming red
  • Greenfrog Botanic geranium and peppermint body wash *fave product*
  • Native Unearthed activated charcoal natural deodorant balm *fave product*
  • Marcelle new age precision 8-1 power serum
  • Eyeko skinny liquid eyeliner in black
  • Smith & Cult the shining lip lacquer (EXTRA bonus gift!)

 

 

My views on the products…

Smith & Cult
Baby Girl Ams and I really enjoyed playing about with the lip gloss, we also had a go at the lip stain but it wasn’t as fun. The glossy look on Ams looked very natural and I quite liked the glossy effect on my lips too. It’s been donkeys years since I’ve worn lip gloss so wasn’t too sure of what to make of it. The Smith & Cult lip gloss smelt really nice and sweet but was quite thick to spread across the lip but as much as I hated the heavy feeling, it definitely made my then-dry lips look more moisturised and hydrated. It’s also a full size product and the packaging is gorgeous so it was a really nice free gift.

Native Unearthed
My ultimate favourite product from this box has to be 100% the Native Unearthed natural deodorant balm! It’s a really amazing product and I can tell you for a fact, IT REALLY WORKS! I am not normally a stinker but every now and then I would notice that occasionally one underarm tends to whiff a little more than the other… but since using this deodorant balm – nothing! I’m definitely a convert and natural deo balms have now changed my life. I really don’t think I’ll ever go back to using standard roll-ons and definitely not sprays. Apparently the toxin-slaying activated charcoal combined with the sweat-absorbing arrowroot and antibacterial coconut oil and lavender oil makes this deo-balm the s**t! 🙂 A little really goes a long way with this product.

Greenfrog Botanic
I’ve been looking for a “grown-up” botanic body wash other than the lovely Liz Earle range and this one by Greenfrog Botanic wash seems to have done the trick. To me, the scent is amazing!! It smells so fresh and natural but that’s really appealing to me. You can really smell the geranium and a bit of the peppermint in this wash, mind you though – it’s not really a lathering type so if you love your bubbles this one will have to be a miss.

The body wash is also vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and free from all those chemical nasties so it’s a major winner for me.

Doucce 
I really like this lip stain. It definitely stayed on well for a couple of hours but once I started eating and wiped my lips with a tissue (I forgot I had lip colour on) the lip stain was near enough gone. A little disappointing as some other high street brands would have better staying power. The colour is gorgeous though but I wouldn’t really call it a red. The steaming red shade which I had was more of a “natural lip” pinkish red colour. The matte effect was lovely and I would continue using it but I wouldn’t decide to repurchase once it’s all used up.

Marcelle
Unfortunately I stayed away from this serum, it looks great and all but it has some silicones in it and my skin doesn’t agree with silicones. I’m sure the cones would really help to create a brilliant base like a primer but I’ve used skincare products with silicones before and I am not a big fan. I’ll be adding this product to my box of unused/unwanted products which I will be giving away so keep your eyes peeled! 🙂

Eyeko
I’m a big fan of eyeliner but not yet had the chance to try this one out simply because I have so many eyeliners already on the go and they’re nowhere near finished so once again I will have to pass on this product. It’s said to be very easy to use and the fine tip means you can really get more precise lines with this skinny liquid eyeliner. It’s also fade resistant so you should be able to wear it all day without needing a top-up.

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A good range of products – one of my fave boxes so far!

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