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Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby Snorvey » June 14th, 2018, 7:01 pm

I read something in the press a few weeks ago about Vivera plant based products and saw that Tesco was now stocking them:

https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/s ... ery=vivera

I really wanted to try their veggie steaks which are apparently amazing, but they were sold out so I picked up a packet of their veggie burgers.

Now I'm definitely NOT a vegetarian....but do I like the idea of reducing my meat intake, particularly in light of scare stories about the origins of your meat and, sometimes, the treatment of the poor beasties that end up on our plates. Also, I was somewhat shocked to see the sheer amount of resources (particularly water) that are needed to rear meat compared to plant based alternatives.

So I oven baked them with some sweet potato chips and some garden peas and............blimey. They're really good. Just the right texture and very filling. They almost look and taste like a real beefburger and I think they're around the same price as animal based burgers, so that's alright.

Needless to say, I'm really keen to try the steaks now.

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby AleisterCrowley » June 14th, 2018, 7:46 pm

Not suitable for people who are allergic to lupins...
I may give them a go, although some vege meat substitutes give me cramps. Must be the bean content...

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby JMN2 » June 15th, 2018, 8:17 am

Soylent green...

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby AleisterCrowley » June 15th, 2018, 3:50 pm

Just bought some - will try them when I don't have any immediate travel plans, just in case...
Also a handy way to find out if I have a lupin allergy

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby Slarti » June 15th, 2018, 5:14 pm

AleisterCrowley wrote:Just bought some - will try them when I don't have any immediate travel plans, just in case...
Also a handy way to find out if I have a lupin allergy


Or a fatal one? :twisted:

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby AleisterCrowley » June 15th, 2018, 5:20 pm

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby AleisterCrowley » June 30th, 2018, 7:48 pm

Finally had these last night, as a 'beer mop'
Not bad at all -best vege burgers I've had for a while, although when I've had a few beers pretty much anything tastes good :-)

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby Snorvey » June 30th, 2018, 7:59 pm

Cool.

We tried the steaks last week. Whilst they were tasty enough, I don't think they were particularly 'steaky'

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby AleisterCrowley » June 30th, 2018, 8:28 pm

I'll try the steaks at some point (hopefully sober) and report back!

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby JMN2 » July 1st, 2018, 10:38 am

I bought a packet and will test the burgers on Tuesday. We'll see.

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby JMN2 » July 2nd, 2018, 5:45 pm

JMN2 wrote:I bought a packet and will test the burgers on Tuesday. We'll see.


I just fried one with a little oil and butter, small amount of salt and pepper on both sides. It tasted good, savoury but not like a burger. But what's the point if one likes meat and is not a vegetarian?

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby Snorvey » July 2nd, 2018, 7:07 pm

It's a bit like vaping but with meat.

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby UncleEbenezer » July 2nd, 2018, 7:53 pm

Speaking as someone who hasn't eaten meat for the last 25 years or so ...

I avoid veggieburgers, just as I avoided burgers before giving up. Indeed, I find more generally those veggie foods that pretend to be meat tend to be worth avoiding. And that includes meat-substitutes like nut roast, as well as more direct imitations. They seem to me a fine way to convince meat-eaters that veggies subsist on a tasteless, joyless diet. There are a few honourable exceptions, but as a rule if you want decent veggie food, avoid anything that could be described as meat-substitute. And avoid places whose 'token' veggie dish falls into that category.

Haven't seen this particular brand anywhere I shop. Maybe it's one of those honourable exceptions.

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby JMN2 » July 2nd, 2018, 8:28 pm

UncleEbenezer wrote:Speaking as someone who hasn't eaten meat for the last 25 years or so ......


Don't you feel dizzy by the end of the afternoon?

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby Snorvey » July 2nd, 2018, 8:36 pm

Rather than vaping, a better example might be the non alcoholic beer I am currently drinking.

It's the placebo effect. Except I know its a placebo.

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby JMN2 » July 3rd, 2018, 6:55 am

Snorvey wrote:Rather than vaping, a better example might be the non alcoholic beer I am currently drinking.

It's the placebo effect. Except I know its a placebo.


Just drink water...

Same with smoking - Woodbines or nothing, no middle-ground.

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby UncleIan » July 3rd, 2018, 8:55 am

Snorvey wrote:Rather than vaping, a better example might be the non alcoholic beer I am currently drinking.

It's the placebo effect. Except I know its a placebo.


Non-alcoholic beer? Veggie burgers? Who are you and what have you done with the real Snorvey?

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby Snorvey » July 3rd, 2018, 9:12 am

I know. It's sad.

Or is it?

I think there's a certain trigger point when you switch from looking at how many years you have lived to how many you might have left.

If I do really on have 20 years left (3 score and ten and all that) then I don't want to end up like a lot of people I know/have known (gulp!) who have daily pill boxes where the variety of drugs for the week ahead are neatly arranged in advance.

No thanks.

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby stewamax » July 5th, 2018, 10:35 am

JMN2 wrote:
Woodbines or nothing

Obviously never tried Capstan Full Strength then.
Or Senior Service
Or Players Navy Cut

Perhaps that was it. A healthy young man's life on the high seas: a tanned face, lean body, broad smile, comradeship, bravery, and a real (cough, splutter, spit) cigarette. No dish-water-weak 'veggie' substitutes.

To the advertising agency, all sailors were fit youthful smokers (in addition to their living off rum, b*m and - according to Churchill - the lash)

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Re: Vivera Veggie Burgers

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Postby AleisterCrowley » July 5th, 2018, 10:58 am

When I were a lad it were B&H (gold pack) - or, oddly , Embassy Regal if you were from the north of England (no idea why the geographical split)


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