LOCAL FOOD HERO - THE JOYFUL VEGANS
Once upon a time there was Vegan food and it got a bit of bad press until you experience ‘real’ vegan food and this is how I am going to proudly introduce this week’s ‘Local Food Hero’ The Joyful Vegan!
LOCAL FOOD HERO - THE JOYFUL VEGAN
Ted Wise and Tanya Hickman
03) 472 7852 or 027 522282
OTAGO FARMERS MARKET
8-12.30 pm every Saturday
“IF PEOPLE EAT IT THEN THEY GET IT”!
When you wonder around the farmers market you will notice a pretty cool set-up; Joyful Vegans caravan is located on the lower part of the market with Tanya cooking inside, Ted and the children serving from the counter and delivering orders to their many customers which are seated in the outdoor surrounds.
But what really impresses me is the food! Tanya is not only a fantastic chef who has a real understanding of flavours, textures and ingredients she also has mastered the art of cooking vegan cuisine. The morals behind it are of ethical choice for her and the family and one that I can understand and respect. Tanya has taught herself to rethink ingredients and how to blend this legume with that ingredient to produce vegan sausages, burgers, burritos, chilli dogs and even BLTs. Seasonal soup and salads are always available as are their multigrain loaves of bread.
But wait there is more, no café would be complete without something sweet and indulgent and you will be impressed with their array of slices, biscuits and cakes, these you have to try! I was indulging on their brownie and wondering how do they manage to get it so rich, dense and chocolaty without butter and eggs, for me it seems foreign but of course why not mash up bananas and add them to your mixture? I have a lot to learn!
This is one of the few cafés I know that prepares most of the ingredients we eat from beginning to end; whether it be their own cultured cheese or bread, or perhaps their white-bean and vegetable filling for their sausages.
Thank you Joyful Vegans for all your passion, knowledge and skill, your amazing café has reinvented vegan cuisine for many and long may it live!
Post Submitted by Alison Lambert