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Veganuary 2021

Happy Veganuary! 

As Edinburgh's only 100% plant based grocery shop this month makes us very happy. We get to celebrate and support people trying Veganuary for the very first time while exchanging hints and tips with seasoned vegans. Then there are all the new vegan products that launch in January, it's all so exciting!



This year is a little different though as we're also in lockdown. While we're happy to share advice in person we'll also be sharing blogs and social media posts so you can get the same advice and support from the comfort of your home. 

Later in the week we'll be launching out Veganuary deals. Hint - this will be including plant based milks, meat and cheese alternatives as well as some sweet treats. Yum! These deals will be available in store and online for click and collect or delivery so you can join in without leaving the house. 

Last but not least we've been working hard on some delicious meal bags to make trying veganism just that little bit easier for you. Each bag comes with a recipe and  all the ingredients you need to make it. More details coming soon! 

If you haven't already why not sign up to our monthly newsletter and get these deals direct to your inbox?

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Lockdown update

As everyone is aware we're now in a fresh lockdown for at least the next three weeks. Last time we were in lockdown this meant barricading the door at Easter Road and offering a over the counter service to keep all our lovely customers in fresh food throughout the months the followed.

This time things will be a lot more normal.

* Our opening hours remain the same, both of our stores will be open 7 days a week

* We'll be limiting the amount of customers we have in store to give you an extra bit of breathing room while you shop. At the moment its 1 household at a time in Easter Road and 3 households at a time in Morningside. 

* Click and collect is available at both Easter Road and Morningside so you can choose your shopping in advance and minimise contact by just popping in to pick up your goodies. Avoid the queue too by using the handy doorbell outside the shop so we can bring your shopping out to you. 

* Don't forget delivery! Are you self isolating? or just don't want to go out? Let us delivery the groceries directly to your door. 

Thank you so much to everyone for the support you've given us this difficult year, we look forward to bringing you new and exciting 100% plant based groceries to brighten your 2021. 

Ivy Von Anderson
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Fruity Fig and Walnut Loaf

Tis the season of the fruit cake, but not all fruit cakes need to take weeks and weeks to make. 

This is a quick and easy fruit cake based on the Dutch apple/ginger cake you'll find ready-made in store combined with the British staple malt loaf. Filled with plump tea soaked figs and crunchy walnuts, you'll find everything you need to make this both in store and online at EasterGreens.co.uk. 

Delicious any time of the day, I've been enjoying a slice for a quick breakfast with a generous layer of spread. Yum! 

Fruity Fig and Walnut Loaf

Ingredients -
120g White Rye Flour
120g All Purpose Flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
100g Raw Cane Sugar 

100g Barley Malt 
250g Dried Figs
100g Walnuts 
300ml Boiling Water
1 Black Tea Bag
Pinch of salt 

Method -
1. Start by making tea with the boiling water and teabag. Add in the figs and leave them to soak until soft and plump. 

2. Preheat your oven to 200c and line a loaf tin with baking paper.

3. Drain the figs and retain the tea, you’ll use this in the cake. Roughly chop the figs. 

4. Sift together all of your dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add in the figs and walnuts then toss to coat.

5. Add in the liquid malt and the leftover tea from soaking the figs. Mix well until there are no dry pockets and you have a thick batter.

6. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf tin and bake at 200c for 25 minutes. Next turn the oven off but leave the loaf in the oven to continue cooking.

7. Once cooled, slice and enjoy with a hearty layer of Naturli.

Give it a try and let us know what you think. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram or Facebook with pictures of your creation. 

Ivy Von Anderson
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Vegan turky roasts available now!

Easter Greens has teamed up with Faceplant Foods this December to bring you a 100% plant based turky roast for the festivities!

First of all let's talk about Faceplant foods. They are a Scottish pop up plant based kitchen who you would normally find at markets serving their incredible plant based cheeze toasties. Due to COVID though we've not had many events and markets this year so we're now bringing you their delicious products in store instead. 

Right now you'll find their Square-Go lorne sausage alternative, Plantsrami and Maple Smoked Bacon in both our Easter Road and Morningside stores. 

Now let's talk about these festive roasts which are available in two sizes - 

The whole (1.1kg) roast feeds 6-8 people and the half (550g) roast feeds 3-4 people.

We're really excited to be bringing this to our customers this year, who says being vegan means you have to give up delicious festive roasts? 

Pre-order yours now here

Ivy Von Anderson
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Welcome to Easter Greens - Untitled Oats!

We're very happy to be welcoming Untitled Oats to both our Easter Road and Morningside store. 

They are a local small business making oat milk from Scottish oats, water and just 4 other ingredients. In an effort to be as sustainable as possible Untitled Oats comes in a re-useable glass bottle which can be returned to be refilled.  

Deliveries are even made in a zero emission eCargo bike! 

How does it fare compared to tried and tested oat milks like Oatly, Minor Figures or Glebe Farm? Well its a barista style milk with the addition of rapeseed oil in their recipe which means it foams for hot drinks. Taste wise though it's delicious! One of the very few dairy free milks that can be drunk straight from the bottle with a distinctly oaty taste but is also equally tasty in a tea, coffee or hot chocolate. 

Have you tried Untitled Oats yet? What did you think? Tag us in your pictures on social media and give us a review. 

Ivy Von Anderson
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Ask Ivy - Dukkah

Hi, my name is Ivy and I am a very very enthusiastic cook. 

I'm known for my knowledge of ingredients and how to use them as well as scribbling recipes on post-it notes for customers who come in looking for inspiration and help. 

Today I'm going to share with you one of those in store conversations - Dukkah.

Do we stock it ready made? No. However it is really easy to make and the beauty of making your own is that you can customise it to your taste (and what you have in the cupboard). 

Let's roll back a little first. What is Dukkah? Duqqa, du'ah, do'a, or dukkah is an Egyptian and Middle Eastern condiment consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts, and spices. It is typically mixed with olive oil for use as a dip with bread but it's delicious sprinkled over roasted vegetables such as the seasonal winter squash. 

Delicious right? 

Traditional dukkah recipes vary but they have some base ingredients that are essential - 

* Sesame seeds
* Cumin
* Coriander Seed

Past this you can experiment with the other ingredients of the recipe to make it your own. To get you going here is my hazelnut dukkah recipe - 

1/3 cup Hazelnuts 
4 tbsp Coriander Seeds 
 
3 tbsp Sesame Seeds 
2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Fennel Seeds
1 tsp Black Peppercorns 
1 tsp Dried Mint 
1 tsp Sea Salt

To make dukkah is really simple from here. In a hot dry pan toast all of your ingredients until fragrant. Tip everything into a mortar and pestle and grind to your preferred consistency. I like mine a bit chunky but other people might like it like a fine spice powder. Cool the mix and store in an airtight jar. It keeps for ages so it's worthwhile making a larger batch so that it's to hand for those quick and easy work night meals. 

Don't have hazelnuts? Try it with almonds or peanuts. Don't like fennel seed? Add a bit more coriander and cumin, Experiment and see what you like and let us know what you think! 

Do you have a cooking question? Send me an email at Ivy@eastergreens.co.uk! 

Ivy Von Anderson
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Hello Morningside!

It’s been an exciting week over in Morningside with the opening of Easter Greens number 2.

With almost double the shelf space of Easter Road we’ve had a lot of fun picking new and exciting items to fill the shop. The only problem we have is not buying it all ourselves, but that is a good problem to have!

We had a couple of hiccups on opening day, mainly - our fridges and freezers didn’t arrive in time. We decided not to delay opening while we waited for them as there was so much more in store to share with our lovely customers, plus it means we have the opportunity to celebrate twice. Once when the shop opening it's doors for the first time and again when we brought in all the chilled and frozen goodies. 

So what extra do we have in shop 2? We've got a whole extra fridge which means three fridges in total. One dedicated entirely to dairy free cheeses, including locally made Earthy Vegan Cheese. A second fridge dedicated to meat alternatives like tofu, seitan and tempeh alongside faux meats like sausages, steaks and the very popular Sgaia streaky bacon. 

Fridge three has some delicious ready to eat foods. Here you'll find another local favorite - Planet Kuku alongside fresh soup, stuffed pasta and all your favorite Delphi houmous from Easter Road with the addition of avocado houmous and smokey lentil houmous. 

Last but not least we're really excited to introduce a freezer section to Easter Greens. We went a little bit over the top and ordered a bit more than we can fit in there, but there were just too many tasty tubs of ice cream to choose from. Maybe your more of a savory person? Why not try a One Planet Pizza instead? 

If you haven't already, come by our new shop and say hello. We've got more goodies than I can list in this simple blog post so come have a look around. 

Ivy Von Anderson
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The secret it out...

Easter Greens is coming to Morningside with shop number 2. We’re excited to say the least! 
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Welcome to the Easter Greens blog!

If you don’t know us already we’re a community based store providing a one-stop-shop for all your vegan grocery needs. We believe in a better way of living. One that is more sustainable, better for our planet and everyone who lives on it.


Come back for a new post every week.

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