But the one thing we forgot about the West End is it has a high turnover of restaurants, cafes, shops and so on. You will find an eatery you like, you go back in six months time, chances are it won't be there, and that was the case. The place we went to with family and friends no longer exists, so it was search for another place that offered a Vegetarian Breakfast. A Vegetarian Breakfast should consist of, but not always: toast or potato scones; hash browns, beans, eggs, tomatoes and vegetarian sausages; and if your eating at a proper Vegetarian eatery, your plate may also be graced by a 'vegetarian black pudding' with a serving of orange juice. A good plate of vegetarian breakfast costs around: £6.00, no more. Well the first place we found wanted to charge £10.00 namely because of its location, more than we were willing to pay. The second place wasn't so much the price, it was the snooty attitude of the woman who wanted to seat us by the door. Neither of us wanted to sit so close to the door as the smokers who since the smoking legislation came in, now smoked literally outside the door, so every time the door opened, the 'cigarette smoke' would sweep in. So we asked to be moved. Well her attitude was stinking, we actually got up and left. After that it was downhill. All the other menus we peeked at did not offer the kind of vegetarian breakfast we were after, it was just toast, beans, eggs and toast. In which case my attitude was lets just go home and eat this. Well after all our searching, I ended up having a toasted bagel with cream cheese and D two egg rolls.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian, I think 'eating out' is still not easy in Glasgow. Oh I'm not saying, you'll starve. There is plenty of food to eat, of course, but if your looking for 'creative vegetable based dishes', its rather limited. There are a handful of Vegetarian and vegan places to eat namely in the city centre, but we don't venture to these places that often. Namely for two reasons: some of these places have become synonymous with a certain kind crowd. I've always refused to be put in a box as in 'labels', or follow whatever the fashion trend was happening. Unfortunately in some cases, these places are not about the quality of the food, but the vibe. The other reason, whether its vegetarian or non -vegetarian cafe or restaurants, we just don't eat out much. Simply because we have always been and continue to be people who live within our means and are always watching our budget, and a number of these places are not what we would consider to be 'reasonably priced' especially for what they offer. Call me tight, but I am doing whats right for us and our pockets, realistically.
Anyway enough of my rant (Thank you for reading), when we got back home, still feeling a little nibbly, I made some baked Tofu nuggests served with a handful of green beans picked from the garden. The tofu nuggets were light. Even D, whose not a tofu fan, enjoyed them. The only thing I'd do differently would be to leave the tofu pieces in the mixture overnight so that the mustardy flavours can infuse further.
Baked Tofu Nuggets
250g firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed
150ml soy milk
1 - 2 tbsp mustard
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried chervil (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
Dried bread crumbs for coating
Whisk together the soy milk, mustard, nutritional yeast and spices until smooth in a wide bowl. Place bread crumbs in a separate bowl.
Coat each piece of tofu with soy milk and mustard mixture first, then coat with bread crumbs.
Place tofu pieces on a greased baking sheets and bake at Gas Mark 7 for 25 minutes, turning once until golden brown. Or fry in oil until golden brown and serve. Adapted from this recipe.