Bill’s Halloumi Burger

Bill's Halloumi Burger

This time out we took a trip to Bill’s in Bluewater. I can’t count the number of times we have looked at the menu and then ended up somewhere else, so finally it was time to give it a try. Of course we just had to go for the halloumi burger, which is listed on the menu as follows:

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O’Neills Halloumi Burger

O'Neills Mushroom and Halloumi Burger

Back when J and I were living 2 hours apart, we had a little routine when he would come to visit me. The O’Neills pub in St Albans featured heavily in this routine, as a place where we would often go to drink and eat. In fact, it’s where we went on the night we first got together, so there are plenty of memories there. We now live too far away to head back to that exact branch, but recently headed into London for a bit of Irish nostalgia at the King’s Cross venue.

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The Barn Halloumi Burger

The Barn is a pub and restaurant in Tunbridge Wells, and until recently there wasn’t much to speak of on the bar menu (there’s only so many nachos you can eat). But the recent addition of a halloumi burger to the menu meant we absolutely had to go and check out the changes. Here’s what the menu has to say about this item:

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Veggie Living: Silverstone British Grand Prix

This week past, I was living the field life at the British Grand Prix. Silverstone has been my home for five days out of the year for a decade now, as I have been volunteering as a crowd safety (and now track safety) marshal for all of that time. You might think it’s pretty tricky to eat veggie food at a place like that, where all of the food stalls are focused mostly around burgers – but actually, it’s not so bad, and this year there were more choices than ever.

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Harry Ramsden’s – Halloumi Burger

Last week J and I managed to grab a very quick break in the middle of moving house and headed out to Bournemouth for one night. We had a great time staying at the Royal Bath Hotel – more on that at some later date – and also found the time to seek out a couple of the veggie burger options near the beach. Hopefully we’ll be able to return in future as there were just so many restaurants nearby that had veggie burgers on the menu!

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The Vauxhall Inn – Spiced Mexican Melt Burger

Vauxhall Inn

After a long day filming a TV pilot recently, J and I were dropped back by the production company at an easy to reach location: the Vauxhall Inn, which just so happens to be a restaurant with a pretty good reputation. They also have a dedicated vegetarian section on the menu, which is more than enough to impress me – so we decided to skip the cooking and give it a go. 

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A Very Vegetarian Christmas 2015

It’s that time of year again! After last year’s Christmas post, I couldn’t let the occasion go by without another round-up of our Very Vegetarian Christmas. We always eat such amazing food at this time of year – I’m in awe of my Mum’s menus – and this year was no exception. This time around I even helped out to make Christmas lunch, which means I can proudly say I helped make and then plated up the starter below…

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Melt in the Middle Quorn Burgers

Melt in the Middle Quorn burgers
We had these Melt in the Middle Quorn burgers on a disposable barbecue, and I have to say that preparing them this way probably contributed to making them Ll the more delicious. They work very well so long as you are careful not to let them burst while on the barbecue, something that can easily be done by mistake with your tongs.   The burger itself is chewy, pliable, and juicy Quorn. It’s the type of meat substitute I don’t mind eating – unlike many of the various formations, which can be far too bland. Inside the burger, after a couple of bites, you will find soft, melted, oozing, sweet cheese. It starts squeezing out with every bite as soon as you find it, which is really enjoyable. The sweet cheese and the smoky Quorn are then perfectly balanced, even to the point where it is almost a shame to put it in bread. We served them simply with a topping of halloumi, and they worked excellently. No extra toppings or sauce required.

They certainly don’t look like much on the packaging, and I would not have thought to try them at home. Like many of the newer Quorn products, they seem to be suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. They just remind me of the bland and stodgy Quorn I used to eat, and which I have vowed to avoid as much as possible. Who would have guessed that there would be something worth eating hiding away inside?

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Recipe: Mexican Veggie Burger

Mexican Burger from Delicious Magazine

I wanted to try a homemade Mexican veggie burger recipe, so I took a look around online and found my way to a post by Delicious. It looked good enough and seemed easy to make, so I decided to go for it. I did make a few tweaks to the recipe based on what I had in the cupboard and personal taste, so I will list my version of the recipe below.

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Pitcher and Piano – Tomato, Houmous and Sweetcorn Burger

The Pitcher and Piano in Tunbridge Wells is local to me, so I’ve tried most of the vegetarian items on the menu – including, of course, their veggie burger. This happens to be a tomato, houmous, and sweetcorn burger, served with (according to the menu) goat’s cheese rarebit, tomato, lettuce, and Russian dressing. On the occasion I’ll be describing here, I also had pan fried halloumi and chilli oil, as well as a delicious milkshake. The burger on its own costs £8.50, and is served with chunky fries, as you can see below.

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