KFC Original Recipe Vegan Burger: Review


Vegan Burger: Coventry Services

It’s Foodie Friday once again, and this week I am reviewing KFC’s “Original Recipe” Vegan Burger.  The original “original recipe” from the 1950s has morphed some over the years, but it is still tasty.  It has been years since I had it, but with the new move to plant based menus I thought I would give the vegan KFC offering a try.

First of all the down side.  I purchased my meal at a motorway services, so presentation and care are not at the forefront.  That said the coating of the vegan fillet (a Quorn product) was similar to what I remembered the chicken fillet’s as having.  The combo with Quorn was not as nice as I would have hoped, however.  I am actually a fan of the “chicken” offerings which Quorn makes, but this was not one of the best.  It may be that the KFC 11 herbs and spices diminished the “chicken” illusion that Quorn usually has, or it may be that I just expected too much.

Any way the sandwich was okay.  The bun a little dry, though the spiced fillet compensated for that a little.  The iceberg lettuce was – well iceberg lettuce and offered little to the overall sandwich.

Nutritionally, the sandwich has 450 calories and 18.99 grams of fat.  Of these 1.9 are saturates.  The sandwich has nearly 53 grams of carb (5.69 are sugars), and 19.4 grams of protein.

This is a above average veggie option is on the go, but it does lack a bit if you are looking for a vegan/vegetarian nostalgia fix of the KFC of old.


Tea Spirit


Daniel Fehr

The Tea Spirit embodied

In a drink invigorating and clean

Her very essence captured

In the beverage of which she is queen


Some swear by burned beans

For the making of brews

But it is in the simple leaf

That I find my muse


The Tea Spirit’s gift

A drink invigorating and clean

Her very essence in it captured

The elixir which among drinks – is queen




Photo Challenge #303


See also: Tea Song







Rice, Sushi, Japan, Seaweed, Japanese, Fish, Raw


A sushi buffet, I heard them say

Brightly presented upon the tray

Prawn, and salmon, and so much more

Tasty eating seemed in store

But then it became clear, it had been there all day

So I got me some melon, but from the fish – stayed away






Soup Bowl, Soup Plate, Spoon, Empty, Plate, Food, Soup


“I’m Full.”

“Fully Full?”

“Fully Filled Indeed.”

“Fully Stuffed Full?”

“Exhaustively Full.”

“Exhaustively, Full To The Brink?”

“I’m Filled So Full, My Filling’s Complete.”

“Complete, Like You Can’t Even Manage A Drink?”

“Sated, Content, Even My Satisfaction’s Full;

Wait – Did You Mention A Drink?



Quadrille #97 – Filling the Page

Subway Meatless Meatball Marinara Melt: Review


image: Padre’s Ramblings

As Veganuary continues more and more eateries are getting into the act.  I recently went and tried Subway’s new Meatless Meatball sub.  It looked very much like the chains traditional Meatball Marinara, but with a vegan twist.  Subway notes that you can have you choice of their breads then have your “selection filled with our plant based Meatless Meatballs smothered in a rich marinara sauce and topped with vegan cheese.”

The “meatballs” are very much the flavour of Quorn brand meatballs and have a firm texture.  The sauce is very tasty; and the vegan cheese didn’t melt as readily as dairy cheese and has an acceptable taste but lacks some richness.  I had mine on the wheat bread along with black olives, onions, mixed peppers, and tomatoes.

The companies website states that a typical six inch sub has 498 calories.  This is comprised of 54.1 grams of carb (10.3 g from sugars), 17.4 grams of fat, and 26 grams of protein.   The sandwich is filling, and offer a “meal feel” rather than seeming like empty calories.

I regularly have the vegan patty from Subway, and this saucy option does round out the menu choices nicely.   It ranks well in my Veganuary trials, and it is worth giving a try (8.5/10).


Vegan Ice “Cream” Review: Ben and Jerry’s


Cookies on Cookie Dough Pint

image: Ben and Jerry’s

It’s Veganuary and Foodie Friday.  That being the case I decided to go to my local supermarket and pick up one of my wife’s “go to” treats – Halo brand non-dairy frozen dessert.  As I went to the freezer compartment Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Non-Dairy Ice Cream caught my attention, so I picked it up instead.

This frozen treat does have a fairly decent “ice cream” feel to it.  Though the way it softens has a slightly different texture to it than softening real cream.  It does have a nice flavour though, and once one allows for the dough and chocolate chunks it does compare favourably to “the real thing.”

The blend has three different plant based oils in it (rapeseed, coconut, and soy), and it also is fairly high in the sugars with 28 grams of carb (19 g of it sugar) for every two scoops.  This works out at 230 calories for every 2 scoop serving, which is considerably higher than in Halo (which I will review soon).   It is however a yummy treat, and being kosher, vegetarian, and vegan certified does open up a lot of options to those limited in the dessert department.

The dough balls, and chocolate chunks are fairly large, and the portions of them fairly generous.   All in all, this is a very nice “occasional” treat, and I may soon test out some other Ben and Jerry’s non-dairy options.



It’s Veganuary, a time for vegg’es [*pronounce Vedges]

December’s indulgences replaced by healthy pledges

A meat-free time to slim and recoup

With tasty meals and chunky soup

Perhaps for some the new regime

Will lead to changes in their life-long scheme

Eschewing milk, eggs, and flesh

Eating things that are garden fresh

For some it may be a struggle

Pastrami past their wives they’ll smuggle

But for those who stick to the course

The lifestyle they will in time endorse



The Veganuary website notes: “Since 2014, Veganuary has inspired and supported more than half a million people in 178 countries to try vegan for January – and beyond. We have worked with businesses to drive up vegan food provision in shops and restaurants, and have made veganism more visible and accessible through our work with national and international media.”

This year has really seen some changes in the marketplace.  Subway and Gregg’s have both added to their vegan lines, and smaller chains have mage new offerings as well.  I will review a few of these on Foodie Fridays, but so far I have been impressed.

To make for full disclosure, I have not taken the vegan pledge, but I have as a pescatarian cut out most (though not all) of my fish and eggs for the month.






Image result for nigiri

Image: Yo Sushi

Fuji Ishikawa was the most renowned sushi chef in the prefecture.  His recipes were innovative, and yet key tenets of tradition always featured as well   His eatery, F’ishikawa was frequented by important businessmen and foreign celebrities.

It was therefore a headline worthy event when the head of Yamato Motors convulsed and collapsed while eating some sea bream nigiri.  The autopsy found that the tycoon had died of fugu poisoning.   Further investigation showed that the wasabi on Yamato’s plate was adulterated with the deadly blow fish toxin. The results were immediate.  Ishikawa’s reputation was is tatters, and he was arrested for negligence.

“We are very saddened by the untimely death of our founder and friend Yamato San,” Vice President Aito Tanaka said at the press conference following his appointment as Yamato’s successor.  “I will humbly attempt to fill the shoes of the great man.  May Yamato Motors, live on as his legacy.”

Later Tanaka visited his favourite sushi bar, Hansuke’s.  Since the disgrace of F’ishikawa’s, the restaurant had come to top the charts.  Despite the new prestige and bustle of the venue, few people noticed the envelope of cash that was passed from Tanaka to Hansuke Edo bearing the simple inscription, Win win!



Daily Writing Prompt #6: Culinary Mystery

Tesco Plant Chef Battered Fish Free Fillets : Review


Tesco Plant Chef Battered Fish Free Fillets 250G

Image: Tesco own site

I am a Pescetarian, and as such I have no dietary or ideological reasons to seek fish-free products.  But when I saw Tesco’s Plant Chef Fish-Free Fillets, I decided to give them a try.

I found the product to be of good quality, and filling.   As I said I do eat fish, so when comparing the fillets to actual seafood it comes in with a mixed review.  The texture and flavour are very akin to that of supermarket own brand fish fingers (fish sticks).   So the product does pass the minimum taste test, but it fails to meet the flavour of even “simply fish” oven products, and is a far cry from fish shop battered cod.   So for a meat eater or pesco-vegetarian it is not a “go to” first choice.  For veggies and vegans, however, it might well have something to offer.

The fillets are composed of a blend of soy, pea, corn, and rice flours, and has wheat and tapioca starch as well.  Each fillet has 274 calories, and 8.7 grams of fat.  Carbohydrate figures were not given on the product, but they do contain 1.1 grams of sugars.

I had the fillets prepared in the oven, and served on a bun with tartar sauce.  It made for a good main course for a dinner, but as I have noted it was much like a fish finger sandwich, with the only gain being its form as a single paddy rather than separate fingers.




Pizza Epiphany

Pizza Hawaiian, Pizza Plate, Court

Image by ASSY from Pixabay 

Wendy went to Pizza Hut – with her nephew, Steven

There she ordered a Hawaiian pie – it’s crust was crisp and even

Steve he said, “Fruit don’t belong, upon any pizza.”

So he ate the ham and crust, the rest – he did a leav-a.


“Come now Steve, and explain to me

If thou know’st it, telling

What’s wrong with pine – apple, 

It’s one of their best selling?”


“Aunty, it tastes so foul

Sweet and savoury mixing.

Try pepperoni – any day –

You don’t know what you’re missing.”


So a convert, she was made

Pineapple – it’s discarded –

Wendy’s now a Meat Feast fan

Her taste buds with pleasure bombarded.




Very loosely based on Good King Wenceslas