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As a result of the Veg Wars I mentioned on here a while back, I ended up with more mangoes than I could handle. So I decided I’d try to make some sorbet, on the hoof. I didn’t research it at all I just went ahead with my recipe. I peeled and pureed four large mangoes added juice of a lime and plenty of ginger (another abundant Veg War buy). Then froze it. This worked quite well although it’s not sweet enough, a little agave syrup would probably help.

Today I made a lovely variation on standard fruit salad, which can be a bit ordinary. Out of a tin you always get that weird looking cherry thing that is far too artificial to be of use. An old friend of mine, many years ago, used to make amazing sandwiches, tons of different salad vegetables and condiments. He said if you wanted a decent butty you needed to put effort into the preparation. Wise words, I’ve applied this theory to the fruit salad.

I had one juicy pear left over that needed using and chopped it up nice and small with an organic pink lady apple. Then chopped up three kiwi fruit and mixed them together. As an afterthought I threw in some chopped organic dates, from Planet Organic, to add some sweetness to balance the tangy kiwi. I put the whole mixture in the fridge to chill for a few hours. Before serving I chopped up and stirred in a Pomegranate, Blueberry and Oat Fruitus bar and added the mango ‘sorbet’.

Frosty Easter Fruit Salad

As I mentioned above the sorbet needed some sweetening but overall the fruit salad was a series of delightful Easter flavour explosions. Yee-ha!

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Fruit & Veg Wars

Fruit & Veg Wars

I usually get all my vegan specific foods from Moseley. I use Indigo, the Health Food shop, who, very nicely, give you a loyalty card stamp for every fiver you spend, which eventually gives you a fiver off your shopping. That’s the norm, but the other day I was looking for a voucher advertised on the ‘MoneySavingExpert.com’ newsletter when I stumbled across another offer for the Organic website, Planet Organic. It’s not exclusively vegan or anything but there are a lot of vegan options which were sufficient to upend my loyalty!

The offer is 15% off all purchases before April 10th and if you spend over £30 shipping is free, £4.95 otherwise. So I stocked up! There are a few good deals and as I was stocking up I took advantage of some ‘2 for £2’ pasta deals. Wholewheat pasta and alternatives are stupidly priced in comparison to the processed versions, it really gets on my nerves having to spend so much on the healthy variety, so I enjoyed these offers.

In all, I spent something like £31.03, £8.61 off, and received a huge parcel two days later. Very efficient! The site is pretty good to use, there are loads of filter options including a vegan one. This helps you wade through all the groceries efficiently.

Always on the lookout for cheaper food sources I’ve found another local option. We’re lucky to have Lidl veg reductions on our doorstep in Balsall Heath, but two local shops have entered into a Veg War. Just past Lidl on either side of the Moseley Road, the two ‘corner’ shops are trying to outdo each other on the fruit and veg. You can get a bowl for a pound. That is anything from apples, banana’s and mangoes to chillies, ginger, garlic and onions. A bowl for a pound!

More cheap fruit

How much for a quid?

It’s just fantastic, I got five large mangoes last week, for a pound! While the amount of ginger I bought will last me several months, I’ve frozen most of it, and will simply grate the amount I need straight from the freezer. It’s not such good value for potatoes and onions, but then we have Lidl next door! It’s great!

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