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Kier Dorran Kemp
Why are Condimaniac products vegan when we, the founders, are not?

Why are Condimaniac products vegan when we, the founders, are not?

We always struggle a bit with this one - all our products are vegan and we do not process any animal products at our production site, however, we - Kier and Jen - are not vegans so some of the recipes we share contain animal products.  We often worry that this might cause confusion as most brands either are vegan - everything they share is also vegan and they have vegan founders - or a business isn’t vegan, so they use animal products.  Fitting into one of these categories would certainly make our marketing easier as we could position ourselves...

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Kier Dorran Kemp
So, what's a Kimchi Pickle, exactly?

So, what's a Kimchi Pickle, exactly?

It's no secret that we love kimchi! I (Jen) first tried it in 2008 when I lived in the USA for student exchange and the family that I was staying with was also hosting a girl from South Korea, Haerang. She introduced me to some Korean dishes like Jjajangmyeon (chewy noodles in black bean sauce), Instant Ramyeon and of course, kimchi! For anyone unaware, kimchi is the national dish of South Korea and whilst there are many types of it, the most traditional and classic version is made of napa cabbage, radish, spring onions and carrot with a flavourful gochugaru (Korean chilli flake)...

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Kier Dorran Kemp
Condimaniac's Ramen Soup Base & Seasoning: HOW, WHY, WHAT

Condimaniac's Ramen Soup Base & Seasoning: HOW, WHY, WHAT

It's kind of a new category for us, a RAMEN SOUP BASE, what??? You read that right. Kier and I are huge Ramen (and Ramyeon) fans, our favourite is the Nong-Shim Spicy Ramen probably but there are many instant noodles we love... We love them so much we wanted to just have a whole shaker of that delicious powder that comes with them! So we made our own. Our soup base powder is umami, satisfying, salty, ginger-y and has a little kick. It's not as spicy as the ones we usually have in order to be more accessible for those...

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Kier Dorran Kemp
A UK Blue Cheese Dressing Mix that's VEGAN? Yes. We made it.

A UK Blue Cheese Dressing Mix that's VEGAN? Yes. We made it.

Blue cheese dressing is hugely popular, especially in the USA. It's creamy, rich and tangy with that characteristic, slightly bitter taste that the mould of the blue cheese provides.  Of course, blue cheese is a dairy product and whilst a few brands have released vegan blue cheese dressings, we haven't found one that's really convinced us. In addition, we haven't been able to find a vegan blue cheese seasoning.  As Condimaniac has already got a vegan Ranch seasoning and dressing mix as part of the range, we were up to the challenge to try and make a convincing blue cheese...

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