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THE LAY OF THE LAND ///

Goodbye meat. Goodbye dairy. A Veganuary Special.

2020 was quite the year for Land Restaurant. Not that it was quiet for everyone else, up but you catch my drift. Twelve months ago as 2019 finished they were the place being quietly discussed as the ones to watch in Birmingham, plant-based cooking that had all dietaries talking about the little spot in a Victorian and the hot sauce that shopping parade.

Then lockdown happened and the one to watch became Tiger King. Eat Out to Help Out reinforced it’s reputation, with not even this epicurean able to blag a table to eat there in September, before none other than Jay Rayner wrote a glowing review in a late October copy of The Observer. I’m racking my brains here and I’m struggling to think of another restaurant that enjoyed the same level of ascent whilst being closed for the majority of the year. 

When I meet co-owner Adrian for a coffee walk near mine he’s seeing the positives rather than dwelling on lost time. They have a small, close-knit team, and the downtime has allowed them the opportunity to support other businesses they wouldn't have been able to otherwise. He reels off a list of Birmingham independents from whom he’s had takeaways, singling out Hampton Manor as his recent favourite. Land are launching their own home delivery themselves this week; 2 vegan courses with neighbours The Pineapple Club on drinks duty. The first menu features cauliflower with satay sauce and tofu for main. It's safe to say I'll be ordering it. 

Given that an estimated half a million people in the UK are taking part in Veganuary this year. I’m keen to learn some tips to make the most of plant-based cooking. The response is typically low-key and unassuming; treat the produce simply and with respect, use influences from other cuisines to (literally) spice things up. I meet Adrian again, this time in the kitchen of Land where he takes me through a relatively simple dish of celeriac in garlic sauce which has all the qualities of an indulgent bowl of pasta with just a few dairy-free ingredients. It tastes incredible and he's been kind enough to share the recipe here.

We talk plans for the future that include collaborations and maybe an expansion in sites. Land look set to build on the last twelve months and make next year their own. 

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MEAT'S OUT TO HELP OUT

OG's of Brum China Town, Chung Ying, have decided to offer 50% off selected vegan options because they are good eggs (strictly not to be eaten under any circumstance). Dishes include sweet and sour tofu, and an aubergine in black bean sauce that has me using the purple emoji for different reasons. Order Takeaway and Delivery Here →

ON THE BLOG///
 

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Each week I'll be sharing an insight into my food and drink highlights. 
Spicy Cauliflower Bites, Pulp Vegan 

Pulp Vegan is the new plant-based kitchen from The Plough. I might (absolutely did) have eaten the entire menu and it might (absolutely was) all delicious. Cauliflower bites was the unanimous star and will 100% feature in my mouth again this month. 

 

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Great Scott Hot Sauce 

Freya used to work at Harborne Kitchen before she moved to Cornwall and started growing chillies. Putting those little bombs of heat to best use, she is now knocking out hot sauces of the highest order under the guise of Great Scott, bottled in recycled glass for extra do-gooder points. Get the peach and habanero as the starting point. 

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Blackened Curry Aubergine, Eat Vietnam 

We had an Eat Vietnam on New Years Eve. I won't discuss any potential non-vegan dishes we ate, but happy to confirm that the best dish was the blackened curry aubergine. It was vegan. Of course it was. Cue aubergine emoji and me rubbing my thighs furiously. 

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Noughty Sparkling Chardonnay

Double-teaming this month with both Veganuary and Dry Jan? Noughty have got your back with a sparkling Chardonnay that has all the characteristics of booze without the morning-after guilt. It's extremely quaffable. 
 

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