Today is world Oceans day. Yep, we only have one day dedicated to one of the most important and amazing organisms on this planet, so we thought we’d give y’all two reviews and a recipe for fishless and cruelty free ocean-y substitutes, because no one needs to suffer for you to enjoy some good food. We would also recommend you watch some kickass documentaries (‘The Cove’ and ‘Blackfish’ are obviously the first that pop to mind). Read some articles about the interior life of fish and sea life (no, they are not plants, no matter how often your gran tries to sell you salmon as a veggie) and you should also just go ahead and check out Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, because we really like them and they do awesome work all around the world.
Linda Mccartney Vegetarian Scampi
These were released as part of a selection of new Linda Mccartney goodies earlier this year and are the first fishless product from the frozen vegetarian haven. However, while the pulled ‘chicken’ and shredded hoisin ‘duck’ are always stocked in our local stores, it seems the scampi bites are being hidden away in some giant Tescos, making them difficult to find.
While there aren’t too many scampi bites in a bag, these don’t smell overly fishy, which is good because scampi doesn’t really have much of a strong scent. The breading was perfect, biting into these we were convinced we would be getting the real deal, however the insides were another story. The colour and texture was almost salmon
Although they weren’t terrible, we are not sure we will be rushing to find them in a giant Tesco anytime soon.
Quorn Vegan Fishless Fingers
First impressions, there may be 10 in a box, but these guys are pretty small and the suggested 3 to 4 portions per package would not be enough for a fully grown adult…we decided to split the pack and have 5 each. They look like fish fingers and, well, they smell like them too (which we are not really sure if that’s a good thing or not).
We had them with peas and chips and to be honest, it was a pretty good throwback to a 90’s children’s dinner (although we know a lot of our friends in their late 20’s would still appreciate this meal). Price wise, it might not make sense to eat these in a meal or as a snack several times a week, but if you really fancy a fish finger sandwich, this may be the way to go.
You can pick these up at most UK supermarkets with a decent veggie frozen section.
Recipe Mock ‘Tuna’ Mayo
This recipe is a surprise. It feels like it shouldn’t work, but it somehow does. We are not going to lie and say it tastes exactly like tuna, but it does enough to fool you when you crave it.
1 can of chickpeas
1 nori sheet
1/2 cup of vegan mayo
1 teaspoon Miso paste
1 small red onion (quatered)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Disclaimer: you cannot omit the miso and Nori if you want it to have a fish-y taste, it will still be good, but it just won’t have that same flavour.
Additionally try adding some sweetcorn or diced pickles.
We used a small food processor for this, but it can be done just as easily by hand with a fork or potato masher (although you will have to cut the nori sheet quite small).
Rip the Nori sheet in strips and place in food processor, to this add the onion and pulse until thinly chopped. Now add the rest of your ingredients except the mayonnaise and process until forming an even spreadable mixture. You can decide if you want it more or less chunky. Finally place the mix in a bowl and add the mayonnaise and combine thoroughly.
This is banging as a sandwich filler or on a jacket potato if you’re feeling more adventurous.