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Tam’s Kitchen Vegan Takeaway Review

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Tam’s kitchen is a vegan takeaway based in Torbay. She does theme takeaway days, and my wife and I initially used her for takeaway roast dinners. It’s such a unique and awesome experience, and Tam is a lovely person. Her delivery drivers are also lovely and are always very happy.

We have also tried her burgers and chickpea flour fries which are amazing! My mother-in-law doesn’t like chickpeas but she enjoys the chickpea flour fries. Her food is as good as Li’l Mama yet very, very different. Torbay is getting an outstanding reputation for delicious vegan takeaway meals.

The deliveries are mostly on time, and if they are late, they are only ever late by 5 – 10 minutes. Even if they were an hour late, it would 100% be worth it. Her roast dinners taste incredible, and I absolutely love her Yorkies.

Tam’s Kitchen has a great variety!

She also does burgers, curries, cakes and tarts. Honestly, every dish we’ve had has been superb, and we love going back to her for more food. If you’re in the Torbay area, be sure to check out her Facebook or Instagram, where she posts regularly. She’s also more than happy to be sent a message if you have any queries/problemns.

Li’l Mama’s Vegan Kitchen

Li’l Mama’s Vegan Kitchen Review

Li’l Mama’s vegan kitchen is an amazing vegan takeaway. They really know how to cook their food, and although they are often late, the food is definitely worth the wait.

Truly authentic Caribbean vegan food

The food is absolutely fabulous, from their mac and cheese pizza to their moving mountains burgers. Each one is unique and tastes amazing.

My wife and I have been ordering from them for almost a year. Their estimated times have improved, but they are still late. However, you can’t rush perfection, which their food is. Everything is freshly cooked and always mouth-wateringly delicious!

We order from them again and again, and their family-run business is amazing. Dirty and filthy fries are a must-have alongside their mac & cheese. Usually, we pair both of them with some pizza, wraps or burgers. All of the dishes are superb, and I recommend people try each one of them out!

Li’l Mama’s Vegan Kitchen is the best vegan takeaway in Torbay!

Honestly, they are one of the best vegan takeaways we have ever tried. I know they are very far and few between at the minute, but they are definitely onto a winner! If you’re in or around the Torbay area, check out their menu. I’m certain you will not be disappointed!

A birds-eye view of mugs of coffee layed out on top of a circular stool. Each mug has different amounts of milk minus one which is a black coffee.

How to make the perfect vegan coffee

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I have been drinking coffee for many years, and feel I have a level of experience to help others. Suppose you’re looking to become a vegan for Veganuary. Or you’re already a vegan who would like to make better-tasting coffee, then you have come to the right place.

Finding the right vegan milk

I’ve been a vegan for almost 2 years now, and have tried many kinds of vegan milk including; oat, soy, rice, coconut, hemp, and tiger nut. My absolute favourite has been oat milk, and my number one brand is Oatly. They have barista milk which goes frothy when shaken or stirred. It’s by far the best milk I’ve purchased, and they’re the best company I have purchased vegan milk from. Paired with your favourite beans, it will make for an amazing vegan coffee experience.

Getting the best frothy milk experience

For a while, my wife and I would shake the bottle to get a somewhat frothy top. However, it wasn’t a real barista experience, and the milk was less frothy on newer bottles. To combat this, we chose to buy a milk frother made by Lavazza, a renowned coffee brand. Since purchasing this device, our coffee experience has gone to the next level.

The frother can make both warm and cold frothy milk, or it can warm and not froth your milk. It’s a great product, and one I highly recommend, especially if you can’t afford a high-end coffee machine.

Finding the right utilities for your vegan coffee

I personally have a mix of bean coffee early in the morning, and pre-ground coffee during the later morning. I grind the beans using a bean to cup coffee machine. Personally, I use the Russell Hobbs bean to cup coffee machine, and I’ve had it for over 4 years now. It’s truly stood the test of time and works with both bean and pre-ground coffee. It also has a hot-plate to keep your coffee warm, and it will stay on for up to 30 minutes. If it turns off, and you still require warm coffee, you can set the grind to off, and press the big button. This will then turn the hot-plate back on, and you can have another round of warm coffee.

Using it for pre-ground coffee like a person of one can be a little too much. You have to clean the previous coffee out and deal with water levels, and the whole experience can be quite time-consuming. If you’re also a person of one and would like something more simple to use, then I would recommend the Aeropress by Aeropress.

If you have never purchased one, then I recommend you purchase the Aeropress kit. It comes with everything you need to get started, minus the coffee. It’s a great piece of kit, and you can easily travel with it and take it wherever you go. They have also made a travel version which comes with a coffee cup, and everything fits nicely together inside the travel cup.

Finding the right coffee

It’s probably a surprise to no one but all coffee is vegan. There are so many choices when it comes to finding the right coffee. Do you want beans or pre-ground? There are light, medium and even dark roast, and all of them have their qualities. I like a mix of different types depending on my mood. However, some people may not like dark roast as it can be quite bitter. Others might not like light roast because the flavour doesn’t come out as much, and it feels too smooth.

Personally, I buy my beans from Amazon in 1kg bags, and try to mix and match depending on how I feel at the time. They’re pretty inexpensive and more cost effective than smaller bags and will last for a good amount of time. For pre-ground coffee, I purchase them in my local stores and mix them up when I can. I’m the kind of person who likes all types of roasts which means the choice is huge for me.

If you would like any recommendations based on your personal tastes then please feel free to comment below. I will make sure I reply with my recommendations, and maybe someone else can help with their own experiences too.

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How to go Vegan

I’ve been vegan for well over a year now, and I always hear people say, “I couldn’t go vegan, I love meat too much.” Well, guess what? I, too, was also in that mindset, and I loved my steak and chips, morning fry-ups, fish and chips, and every other dish that came with meat.

Find your reason

First off, you need a reason to go vegan, and it has to be a good reason. If you don’t have a reason behind going vegan, then it’s a lot easier to fail. My reason for going vegan was reading an article on the BBC, which described how much CO2 eating meat caused on average. You could select other foods to find out the CO2 cost of eating, and to me, it was very eye-opening.

We’re going through terrifying times, especially in today’s world, with COVID (which happened by eating meat). The climate is changing drastically, and we’re all to blame for our living and eating habits. Plastic is suffocating animals to death, and so many animals are becoming endangered and extinct. If we want our children, grandchildren, etc., to live happy, healthy lives, then we need to do something today.

My reason for going vegan was to help in my way to help with the current climate and hopefully create a positive change. Your reason could also be due to the rampant animal abuse that is caused by farming, or it could be more for health reasons. I’m not forcing or arguing with people who want to keep eating meat; if that’s what you want to do, then that’s your prerogative. Hopefully, you’re reading this article because you want to make a positive change, or you’re at least curious, and if that’s so, then this article is for you.

Once I found my reason for going vegan, I went home and spoke to my wife. At the time, she was a little apprehensive and didn’t want to make the change with me. I said that’s fine, but I’m going to give it a go. We then started having separate meals, and it got to a point where she was curious, started eating what I was cooking, and eventually joined me on the vegan journey.

It hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, though, at first, I had a lot more flatulence, and my workouts at the gym were suffering due to a lack of energy. I put this down to the massive changes that I decided to put my body through, and with a little experimentation, I found what works for me. It has been a constant testing ground, which has been great for finding new foods and different meals.

What happens after you’ve found your reason?

Once you’ve found your reason for going vegan, you need to commit and start making changes to help the transition. My wife and I decided that we need to eat as much of the meat that we had left as possible otherwise, the meaning behind the why would be wasted. The idea is to make changes that help the planet, not kill it more. Any frozen meat that we had leftover, we decided to give to family members who were still eating meat.

Once our cupboards were clear, we started looking into meals that were 100% vegan and had all the ingredients which we could buy in our local stores. In the beginning, our routine would be to find 4 – 5 meals each week, buy all the ingredients, and then cook each meal in the evening for dinner. The portions were big enough for us to place in the fridge and have for lunch the next day.

Find meals that you think will give positive benefits and have the right calories for your body type. Use a variety of foods such as beans, lentils, fruit, and veg. There’s honestly so much choice out there, especially today compared to 5 years ago, and people have been vegan for such a long time who find it’s easier today then it was when they started. Don’t be afraid to ask for vegan meals in restaurants, and be sure to take a look at their menus on their websites before deciding where to go. Some are 100% vegan, while others will offer a mix of vegan, vegetarian, and meat-based dishes.

Also, don’t be afraid to take your friends/family to a vegan restaurant. My mum was in the “I could never eat vegan food” boat, but once I started introducing her to different meals, she began to enjoy it. She still says she can never go 100% vegan, but at least she now appreciates the experience when she stays with us.

What if I fail and go back to eating meat?

If this is the case, then that’s fine. Never be afraid to try new things, and if it doesn’t work out, then at least you tried. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, and if you don’t try, then you may regret it or wish you had done it sooner. When I was younger, I could never understand why you would go vegetarian, let alone vegan; I fought against those who spoke about animal cruelty. It’s safe to say I was very ignorant and unwilling to accept anything else then what I had been told.

It’s okay to admit you were wrong, and it’s also OK to try new things. If the new thing doesn’t work out, then at least you know you tried, and you can say you’ve at least experienced something new.

Is it more expensive than eating meat?

This is a hard one to answer, as it depends on your location. Where I live (in the UK), it’s cheaper to buy beans, lentils (legumes), and canned vegetables like chopped tomatoes, peeled tomatoes, etc. Potatoes and onions are also a staple to most vegan dishes, and there’s a huge range of fruit/veg which you can add into any dish depending on what you would like to cook. If you went the pre-made route, then it can get quite costly, and would almost definitely be more expensive than meat.

However, you can also make your meat alternatives, which cost less, and you have more control over the flavours. Take a look at making your seitan, which can use many different types of flour, herbs and spices, and oil. Most bread is vegan friendly (or at least in my experience), and there are a growing number of companies who are choosing to remove dairy from their foods.

If you struggle to find what’s vegan and what isn’t, then you can either scan the list of ingredients or google search for some results. I am also building a website to help show people what is vegan and what isn’t. My website is called, and it’s still very much in progress, but I’m hoping to build a database of all the products that are either vegan or not, so it’s easier to find the vegan foods. I will also be expanding the website to include restaurants, pubs, and businesses that are vegan friendly.

Is there more to being a vegan than what you eat?

There is a lot more to cover when it comes to being a vegan, especially if you want to cover more than just food and drink. Your electricity might not be vegan friendly, and even eco-friendly energy companies might be using animal products. There’s also your cleaning products, whether that’s for dishes, bleach sprays, personal cleaning products, etc. There is a whole range of products out there that aren’t vegan friendly.

Of course, it’s completely up to you with how far you want to go into your vegan journey. You might just want to stick with food and drink, which is a huge step in your journey, but you may also find you want to take it further. Either way, it’s completely up to you, and the vegan community is always very welcoming to those who show support and love to animals.

I started with food/drink and was completely unaware it could go further. I’ve slowly gone into purchasing vegan cleaning products and looking at vegan-friendly energy suppliers, but I also drive a petrol car that kills animals. It’s all a balancing act, and you can make the changes you feel will also benefit you personally. In the future, I hope I can purchase an electric car, or ditch my car altogether and buy a bike to get around.

Every journey is different

As I’ve said throughout the article, your journey and your reason for going vegan will be completely different from mine, and the same goes for your experience. If you need a helping hand, then you can leave a comment or send me a message on my Twitter account.

The vegan challenge

For the past three weeks, I’ve been a vegan. It’s something that brings in lots of new challenges, and the experience can be very gratifying and rewarding. There’s a lot of foods out there which are obviously not suitable for vegans, such as; meat, eggs, dairy and even honey. However, some things aren’t so obvious like; bread, pasta, sweets and biscuits. Most things have a “suitable for vegan” logo, some are “suitable for vegetarian” while others don’t have either.

No label on the product

The products that don’t contain a logo can be tricky at times. You’ll look at the ingredients and see nothing that contains animal products, yet you’re left wondering why there’s no logo. There will be a notice towards the bottom that will say “May contain…” and list milk, or something similar. I will usually just assume that it means it’s okay, yet other vegans may place it back on the shelf. I don’t consider myself a strict vegan either, I will still eat meat if it’s offered. Because if I say no then it gets chucked away, and that’s just not sustainable. That’s the reason I chose to be vegan in the first place.

Suitable for vegetarian, but is it suitable for vegans?

Another one is “suitable for vegetarians”. What usually makes it not suitable for vegans is because it contains dairy or honey. If that isn’t listed and no other animal products are listed, then I will safely assume it’s for vegans.

Meal planning

Making my own vegan meals is another challenge. How do I plan for the week? If I make my set meals, will there be enough? I usually look at 3 – 4 meals that feed 2 – 4 people and purchase all the ingredients for them. I will then go out and purchase everything on my list. Then in an evening, I will cook my dinner and make sure there’s enough for my lunch the next day. This cycle carries on until the weekend where I tend not to have lunch and back to shopping on Sunday.

If you enjoyed this post and would like to learn more about what I eat and my routines, then please let me know in the comments below.

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The best vegan meal so far

I’ve only been a vegan for 4 days, so don’t take this as an official best vegan meal. This meal really filled me up and tasted amazing. It takes around an hour (15min prep and 45min cooking), but the wait is well worth it in my opinion.

It’s called “Vegan chickpea curry jacket potatoes“, and contains a kind of curry mix with some extras. The finished dish is superb and if you’re a vegan looking for something new, I highly recommend you give this a go.

Going Vegan

Starting tomorrow I will be going vegan. At first, I was very reluctant because I love my meat. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to leave such a good source of food out of their diets. Now after hearing a lot about how farming is a huge cause of global warming, and the need for more animals. We simply won’t have enough animals to feed all of us, and something needs to be done to sort it.

This post by the BBC explains it better than I could, but you get the idea from me. Anyway, this article had me thinking, and now I’m up for the challenge. I probably won’t be a full-blown vegan, as the article suggests, we can still eat meat.

Are you thinking of going vegan? Have any questions you would like answered? Fire away below.