Last week Sunday Dave and I were out and about at the Lourensford Harvest Market. The market is open from 10am until 3pm and I would suggest you get there early. Other than the usual places where you can buy ready to eat meals, I was really pleased to see a stand with fresh vegetables. I bought a bag of courgettes which I sliced on my mandolin and pan fried with a little bit of olive oil and some lemon juice. From funki fungi I got two huge portobella mushrooms. I grilled these with a topping made from the stems, some button mushrooms and feta cheese, topped with a locally made grana that I also purchased from the market. As there were loads of mushrooms available I will be heading back, with more cash or an app on my phone to make payments. Dave bought half a trout from Lourensford Trout which he is curing using my home made liqueur and tarragon. Aside from the food, there are other stands with knives, clothing and one selling soap. I purchased a bar of hope soap which is a business that was started to empower unemployed women in a local community.
On Tuesday night Dave and I went to The Cooks Playground to cook with Fry’s. Fry’s is a South African product range created by vegetarians for vegetarians. The invitation was extended to us by Carla from Have You Heard and we were there with a lot of home cooks. Amy from Fry’s told me that at least half of their client base is looking for a product that has the same texture as meat, and that is a motivating factor behind the range that is available. The meat substitute uses grains and legumes which makes them high in protein, an essential part of a good diet, and something most new to being vegetarian people don’t consume enough of. The food is also egg and dairy free which makes it suitable for vegans. We made warm sesame toasted strips with the ‘chicken’ style strips, and zesty c-food coconut curry with the crispy ‘prawns’. Being confirmed meat eaters both Dave and I do not feel that the products have the same texture and / or taste as meat but, if you are thinking about meat free options then I would go with Fry’s.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Fry’s Family Food evening and my invitation was not based on my writing a blog post. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
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