Wanting to escape the House of Illness – each of us over the last week has suffered from a bout of sickness that has kept us bedbound – and to also take advantage of the sunshine, I decided to take a wander along Newcastle’s picturesque Quayside last weekend. With the popular Sunday Market in full swing I was able to pick up some decent grub while ambling around the stalls lining the river.
The Quayside Market is a favourite of mine and has been featured on Canny Food a number of times. My last post – back last summer – focused on the vegetarian and vegan offerings from the local producers who take their chances with the wonderfully unreliable British weather, week in and out. You can read the full post here. A lot of those familiar faces were there again this time round, like The Waffle Co and Curry Rolls.
Of course I couldn’t pass by Papa Ganoush and not try out their Sweet Potato and Kale Falafel, which was loaded onto a flatbread with lots of delicious salad and a mango sauce. It’s not often food makes me swear but I found it difficult not to cuss at how flipping delicious it was. I can’t wait for them to open their long awaited restaurant in Whitley Bay.
I was excited to hear that a fledgling vegan food business had started up in the new year and was selling at the market, which was another reason for my visit. Souperwoman, as the name suggests, is a woman selling homemade vegan soups. Rachel also had VBites hot dogs on offer too, which I had to try out with fried onions and tomato sauce. I know it may sound pig-like to eat so much, but I’m trying to build my strength up after barely eating for a week! I was given samples of the Roasted Potato & Carrot and the Spiced Lentil Dhal before I made a decision on which was going to be my first lunch when I start back at the day job this week after 13 months off. EEEKK!
It was the Lentil that won me over, with its aromatic and wholesome taste. A 500ml tub costs just 3 and lasts a couple of days refrigerated. A great lunch option for those who struggle – like I will – where the work canteen has limited vegetarian options, never mind dairy and egg-free too.
Subsequently Rachel sold out on the soup before the end of the day so it is worth getting down early if you’re wanting to give them a try.
I was also interested to finally meet The Lily Tree Bakery after months of chatter on Twitter. I’ve bemoaned the lack of decent egg free cake options in the Toon for a while now, so when I heard Lily Tree accommodated vegans and those who are gluten free I was particularly pleased. While not all products are SFV, everything is helpfully labelled as sugar free, dairy free, etc. I’m a big fan of the cupcakes, which were light and moist. Bonus points for how pretty they are, too. Lily Tree’s baked goods are all nut and soya free, which is perfect for those with allergies and intolerances.
It is great to be able to meet businesses who are just as passionate about tasty vegan food as we are. To see so many stalls prepared to accommodate too, like Hani’s Kitchen, is fantastic for those who want to eat good food without an ethical conundrum. We also want to support local producers where possible, and we’d love to hear about any you’ve encountered recently.
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