10th November 2020
November - World Vegan Month
Veganism is on the rise with Plant Based News reporting, “The number of vegans in the UK is set to skyrocket by 327 percent by 2020, according to a new survey.” That means about 2.9 million people in total. That’s a lot of people who now has new requirements. Any good chef has seen this coming for years.
Our head chef says of the Vegan movement, “It’s made us adapt and understand our ingredients more. And also, our menu development. As a chef, we’re always learning and researching new techniques and recipes. We now have to be aware people could be vegans [and cater to them].”
At The Orangery at St Elphin’s Park, our team is always working to research the latest Vegan products. Our head chef works hard to incorporate these new ingredients into new dishes. That means training up the kitchen team on new cooking methods and pairings. We’re also always investigating new local suppliers for our roster, so the freshest produce is always to hand.
Some popular Vegan ingredients to have in your own kitchen are:
• Raw or Frozen Fruit and Veg – This is a given really, as it’s a staple of Vegan cuisine.
• Barley, Rice & Quinoa – Hearty grains are both filling and nutritious. They also form a good base for meat-substitutes with sauces.
• Dried Split Pea and Black-eyed Peas – Perfect to cook in advance and freeze for quick lunches.
• Vegan Cheese (Nut or Soy-based) – Tasty on a plant-based burger or on its own with Vegan crackers.
• Popcorn – The perfect, portable snack. We recommend seasoning with Cajun spices for a fun kick.
• Chia Seeds – A nutritional heavyweight. These little seeds pack so many antioxidants and minerals, they’re a good add to almost every dish.
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