It seemed like just yesterday that A had become a vegetarian, dismayed by the treatment of animals, whose rights were being compromised. She couldn’t get the image of them squealing in pain out of her mind, and wanted to make a change. After all, standing up for animals had been a large part of her life story, since she was little. Now, it was time to put it into practice. It was hard to believe it was 11 years ago, that she changed her diet, and lifestyle, but what an incredible difference it made. Later, she became cruelty-free too, choosing not to support brands who tested on animals, and refused to wear anything that was made from animals. Though it was hard at times, she never stopped being passionate about animal advocacy. 11 years ago, there were limited vegan and vegetarian brands, but A always had one constant to rely on. Quorn, whose vegetarian and vegan meat substitutes, made A feel like she was not missing out. So it should come as no surprise, that even now in 2022, Quorn was still one of her favourites. From creating a vegan fakeaway night in, to curries, stews, and even tacos, Quorn was a lifesaver.
In particular, A loved using Quorn, to create her own vegan or vegetarian versions of ‘fakeaway classics’, such as BBQ’s, burgers and chips, chicken boxes, and so much more. There was something that was incredibly nostalgic about takeaways, even now as an adult. Why? Because it was a chance to unwind, to sit back, and relax. It conjured up visions of A cuddling up with her partner, as their two cats mewled expressively, begging for some tasty treats. Ru Paul’s Drag Race would play in the background, as they tinkled with laughter, letting the vibes wash over them, in glorious array. A worked every day, so she looked foward to times where they could have easy meals, that were simple to prepare. Whether she was creating a Fakeaway, or having a takeaway, she loved adding Quorn to her meals. After all, the amazing Ranna near A, was one of A’s favourite takeaways. Delicious Indian vegetarian and vegan meals, they often added Quorn to their curries, which made the world of difference.
Her partner too, was a huge fan of Quorn. Though he was not a vegetarian like A, he enjoyed Quorn’s vegan and vegetarian selection. His personal favourite? The Quorn chicken nuggets, which he found better than the real thing. A on the other hand was obsessed with Quorn’s vegan Swedish Meatballs, incredibly moerish in a spaghetti and meatballs dish, A’la Italian style. But what would they both think of Quorn’s new vegan takeaway range? There was Quorn Vegan Takeaway Crunchy Fillet Burgers, coated in fennel and smoked paprika, wrapped in soft white buns. Chunky sliced Beef tomatoes caressed lettuce, as vegan mayo trickled through the fillet. There was vegan cheese too, red Leicester style, imitating those plastic cheeses that we were so fond of as a kid. The fillet was exceptional, reminding A of the KFC vegan burger that was also made using Quorn.
It also reminded her of her teen years, before she was a vegetarian. The McChicken sandwich slathered in McDonald’s infamous special sauce. There was a retro feel about these crunchy fillet burgers, that felt immediately at home. For A, it was her personal favourite, and made an amazing addition to their vegan fakeaway night in. For D, he adored the Quorn Takeaway Southern Fried Wings. A classic wing meal with Southern flavours from across the Atlantic, it reminded D again, of his beloved KFC. Baked in the oven, the delicious crispy texture was so reminsicent of fried chicken bites, without the deep-frying. High in protein, like the cruncy fillet burger, it was full of flavour.
But what about the Quorn Vegan Takeaway Buffalo Wings? Topped with hot and spicy flavouring to entice even the most passionate of meat-lovers with a cayenne pepper, crumbly coating, it was decidedly devilish. Though there were Quorn Vegan Takeaway Crunchy Strips too, A didn’t get a chance to try them. Nevertheless, she heard such great things about them. With a signature crunch, they paired beautifully with wedges and dips. Placed on rainbow chopping boards, a sea of deep red, ocean blue, and lime green, contrasted vividly with a yellow lemon tablecloth, their takeaway a little fancier than usual. There were teal party plates, proudly emblazoned with the words ‘party time’ a cheery juxtaposition, with the cluttered bookshelf that lay behind. On the table was a mermaid mug, filled with sparkling blue drink, and sides that paired with the vegan Quorn collection beautifully.
The Crunchy Fillet Burgers lay on a blue chopping board, its box proudly displayed in a bright shade of orange. The burger itself was hypnotic, filled with smashed avocado, vegan cheese, lettuce, and tomato. With a dollop of vegan mayo, the burger was incredibly moist, and moerish. A side salad helped A and D feel like they had some element of ‘eating healthy’, even when having a vegan fakeaway night in. Cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and lambs lettuce too, was expertly mixed with rocket, raddichio leaves, and watercress, drizzled with olive oil, and a splash of lemon. Sprinkled in Himalayan sea salt, and black peppercorns, it was simple yet effective, just like the fillet burger. With a topping of sliced avocado, the salad was full in protein, just like Quorn’s vegan takeaway range.