I have always been a fan of the Redwood food company. They make a full range of products suitable for vegans, including a choice of sausages, sandwich fillers, fishfingers and cheeses. (The mozarella is even recommended by the mighty Isa Chandra Moskowitz as an omelette filling in her new book, Vegan Brunch).
It always seemd odd to me though that they didn’t produce a vegan burger. Several years ago I wrote to them and suggested it. They replied that there already seemed to be plenty of vegan burgers available. Not round here, said I. So I was delighted when I saw an advert recently for their new vegan burgers, and, being the shy retiring type that I am, e-mailed them to tell them what a good idea I’d had and would they like to send me some free samples as a thankyou! The very next day 2 packets arrived on my doorstep!
Now many of you know that since I tested for Joni’s 101 Burgers (I need to check when that is coming out), I no longer need to ever buy a vegan burger again. I’ve got recipes for beautiful burgers for all occasions and a freezer well stocked with leftovers. But if you’re having an emergency BBQ, or invited to one and not sure if there’ll be anything there for you, I’d certainly recommend grabbing a packet of these. They’re definitely meaty – not one for those who don’t like fake meat. As they were under the grill I was almost giving them suspicious prods to check they weren’t meat! They’re a decent size too – they were sticking right out of the buns, and as I’d piled on lettuce, tomato, Plamil mayo, mustard and pickles, it made for a rather sloppy eating experience.
If this warm weather lasts, and you’re vegan or have vegetarians visiting for a BBQ, I’d certainly recommend giving them a try!