Paskins

When I was planning my partners trip away, I did a lot of research into places to stay. My first thought was to find a nice hostel. I’ve stayed in a few during various trips, and most of them have been quite nice (only one that I didn’t like, but I shan’t go into details there!). The only trouble with hostels though, is quite often you have to share your room with strangers. For a research trip to London for a uni project, that’s not too bad. But for a birthday special treat? Not so nice!
So I contacted the Lovely Jo Jo of Vegan in Brighton to ask her if she had any suggestions of veggie-friendly B&B’s or Hotels, and she suggested I look into a place called Paskins!

Paskins!
Paskins!

When I looked them up, they had rave reviews. So I thought, why not?Β  Whilst it does cost more than a hostel, I definitely think it was worth it πŸ™‚

As soon as our taxi pulled up, a lovely lady came to the door and greeted us. As soon as you walk in, you notice the wonderful Art Deco inspired dΓ©cor. The whole B&B seems to be decorated this way, which was a lovely touch I thought.

Loving the purple
Loving the purple

 

I did wonder whether they’d notice if I tried to take that couch home with me.. it’s rather lovely, isn’t it?

He seems happy with it!
He seems happy with it!

And here’s a little snapshot of our room. There was just enough space to walk around the bed, and that was it for size. But then, when you’re on holiday, as long as you have somewhere comfy to sleep at night, who cares how big the room is? There were bigger rooms available, and I was very happy with what we got πŸ™‚ Also, every day, we were given complimentary bottles of water and apples, which really came in handy with all the walking we did! So that was a very lovely touch πŸ™‚

The only downside to the room, is that we were on the top floor! They called it the third floor, but is was actually up about 4 and a half flights of stairs! It definitely helped burn off some of the amazing Brighton food, but my god were my legs aching when I got home!

Any slight down-side caused by the stairs, was more than made up for in service.. and the breakfast.. (Excuse the dark photos, it’s a very “atmospheric” dining room!)

First course..

To start with, you can help yourself to as many cereals and different kinds of fruits you like, plus you’re given a huge amount of toast, and plenty of jams and marmalades to choose from. There’s a non-stop supply of coffee or tea, and lots of juices to choose from. They even cater to super-healthy eaters if you give them notice, and there are gluten-free options.

Now, I know something like prunes aren’t something you’d normally rave about. I know I thought I never would… but my god. I’ve never had anything like it. Very nice!
You are also handed a menu, where you can pick a cooked option for your breakfast too. There’s enough fruit there to keep me happy, but then I saw herbed tomatoes and mushrooms on toast on the menu, and I knew I had to try it!

 

Mushrooms galore!
Mushrooms galore!

I forgot to specify granary bread when I ordered mine, but we had a rack of granary toast on the table, so I was able to just do a swap πŸ™‚ They’re definitely generous with their servings! Everything was cooked really well. The buffet-section has little pots of nuts and seeds, which I love sprinkled on everything, so that was a nice touch.

Things have gotten rather seedy.. ;)
Things have gotten rather seedy.. πŸ˜‰

This was a lovely start to the day. Made even nicer by the fact they have a rather awesome hot sauce you can help yourself to.. a monster called;

cue evil laugh..
cue evil laugh..

The Evil One! That name is definitely apt! My partner made the mistake of eating a rather huge blob of it, neat, and burnt his tongue! I love this stuff, but I’d recommend if you’re not a crazy chilli fiend like me, proceed with caution!
Lee went for the menu item I knew he’d go for – The vegan cooked breakfast! As vegans living in Devon, a vegan cooked breakfast that isn’t made at home is unheard of! So this was a great treat.

Amazing amount of food
Amazing amount of food

Described on their website as

Homemade vegetarian sausages and fritters, corn sauce, organic baked beans, tomato, mushroom and toasted sourdough. Vegan spread for your toast and soya milk

Lee requested his without mushrooms, as he is definitely not a fan! He certainly loved his breakfast though. I sneaked a bite of the corn fritter and sausage, and my goodness are they good! I’m not normally a fan of things like that, but these are very well made.

We both then stumbled upstairs to collapse for a bit, before wandering off to explore Brighton! The breakfast kept us going pretty much all day!

Lee wasn’t up to breakfast the second morning, but I went back for the mushrooms and tomatoes on toast again! Lovely combination.

Β I liked it so much, I decided to do my own version of it, in honour of the lovely Paskins. If you’re ever visiting Brighton, I couldn’t recommend it more πŸ™‚

Green & red, great colour combination
Green & red, great colour combination

For my take on their dish, I added some garlic to the mushrooms and tomatoes, and some basil too. I’m a huge fan of garlic-mushrooms, and basil is magical.

The amount in the recipe is enough for 2 servings for me, but it’s probably breakfast for one person with a normal sized appetite! Just make as much as you think you’ll eat πŸ™‚ The tomatoes are lovely warmed up later. πŸ™‚

I served mine with some salad – because well, I serve it with everything. So feel free to leave it off if salad for breakfast is too strange for you. But the clean crispness of the salad, with the richness of the tomatoes, works brilliantly in my opinion.

Seed-sprinkle optional, but recommended!
Seed-sprinkle optional, but recommended!

Enjoy!

Garlic & Herb Mushrooms & Tomatoes on Toast

By Pixie Produce Published: June 9, 2013

  • Yield: 1 to 2 Servings

When I was planning my partners trip away, I did a lot of research into places to stay. My first thought was to find a nice hostel. …

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven or grill. I used the grill for mine, but these would cook well baked in an oven too. Chop your mushrooms and tomatoes in half, and rub a little olive oil over them. Sprinkle over the chopped garlic (I used a whole clove, but used less if you don't want too strong a flavour), and a pinch of salt and pepper, and place in your oven/grill.
  2. Cook until the tomatoes have softened and darkened around the edges, and the mushrooms have shrunk and softened. Mine took about 12 minutes.
  3. Toast your bread, I like granary, and spread with the hummus. You could use butter/margarine if you like, but I find hummus gives it a little extra something πŸ˜‰
  4. Pile your tomatoes and mushrooms on your toast. Finely chop your herbs, and scatter over everything. Sprinkle with seeds, if you like, and serve with some salad! I like to have hot sauce and mustard with mine, but I'll let you choose your own condiments πŸ˜‰ Enjoy!

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