Unlike many vegans, the last thing which I gave up from my pre-vegan diet was not dairy cheese, but chickens' eggs. Growing up in the south of England, my parents kept chickens in their back garden (long before it became fashionable!), and so did my grandparents. One thing which was always in abundance in our house when I was growing up was fresh chicken's eggs, and they were delicious and very flavourful. Whilst I know now that there are huge problems with keeping hens in your back garden, and that male chicks born as a result of breeding chickens to lay eggs are killed at just a day old, as a child I honestly believed that these hens were our much-loved pets who happened to lay tasty eggs which I enjoyed eating, and the meals we made from those eggs remain linked in my mind to many happy memories. Needless to say, I don't eat chickens' eggs any more, regardless of where they come from, but I still miss the taste of them from time to time.
So (hopefully) here is where the Vegg steps in to save the day! One thing that I should say first of all is that the Vegg is not intended to be an egg replacer for baking with, but rather to give an eggy flavour to your cooking. With this in mind, on a first flick through of the cookbook, four recipes really stood out for me that I wanted to try: Tangerine French Toast, Vegg Omelet, Sunflower Seed Chocolate Cookies, and Lemon Curd.
The Vegg recipe book bounced back with the next thing I tried: sunflower seed chocolate cookies. I really liked these! I didn't have enough chocolate and sunflower seeds for the recipe, so I added some raisins as well. Very tasty, and one I'll probably make again.
I love lemon curd so much, and this is the best vegan version I've had so far. It's really gloopy and lemony! I'm looking forward to making some jam tarts with this at some point. The only downside is that the recipe only makes quite a small quantity of lemon curd; I actually doubled the recipe when I made it, and it still only produced enough to fill the small jar in the picture. Delicious, though!
All in all, I'm really very impressed with the Vegg and will definitely be using it again, although I might have to try some other omelet recipes to see if I can find one that I do like! It's even great for just making up some yolk to dip toast soldiers into, which is wonderful for me as before I was vegan I would just eat the yolk from a boiled chicken's egg and leave the white behind, so not only is using the Vegg great from an animal rights/vegan perspective, it's also much less wasteful for me!