Monday, 26 June 2017

Jamaican-Me-Crazy Not Dog Recipe

This lively Not Dog with jalapeños, crispy lettuce, mango mayonnaise and jerk sauce, will awaken your taste buds and bring a touch of the Jamaican sunshine to your BBQ! 

Ingredients (serves 4)
4 Quorn Hot Dogs
4 hot dog buns
Sliced pickled green jalapeños
Iceberg lettuce leaves, shredded
Mango Mayonnaise:
1/2 ripe mango, flesh finely chopped
1/2 lime, juice and zest
75g mayonnaise
Jerk Sauce*:
2 spring onions, chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/4 white onion, chopped
1 garlic clove
1 scotch bonnet chilli, deseeded if you’d like less heat!
Pinch dried thyme
1/2 lime, juice
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground allspice
Pinch of salt
* There’s some great pre-made jerk sauces available if you don’t fancy making the sauce at home, but, it’ll be worth it!

  1. Put the mayonnaise, chopped mango and lime juice and zest in a bowl. Mix together vigorously and put in the fridge to chill
  2. Pop all the ingredients for the jerk sauce in a food processor and blend into a paste, adding cold water a tablespoon at a time to create the desired consistency. Put to the side while you prepare the hot dogs
  3. Cook the Quorn Hot Dogs as per the packet instructions. Meanwhile, get all your prepared ingredients (jalapeños, lettuce, mango mayo and jerk sauce) ready for topping
  4. Once the Hot Dogs are cooked, put one into each bun. Now it’s time to assemble your Not Dogs... 
  • First, spoon on the jerk sauce, covering each Hot Dog evenly
  • Sprinkle on the lettuce on each
  • Next, put on the mango mayonnaise (if you have a plastic squeezy bottle use that!)
  • Finally, top each Not Dog with 4 slices of jalapeño 

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Wednesday, 14 June 2017

    Every Dog has its… BIRTHDAY!!

    Saturday 17th June marks the six month birthday of the first Not Dogs restaurant in Birmingham and, not only that but June is a very special month for Katie & Jane too!

    Three years ago we travelled all of five minutes down the road in our little purple zig-zagged truck to a local craft fair to launch Not Dogs to the world, or should we say to the lovely few people of Middleton in Tamworth who watched us almost career into a small stream, taking out a few bushes on the way as we parked up for the first time!

    We remember that day as though it really was yesterday and here are a few memories that make us smile…

    • We panicked because the lovely purple and orange aprons (that you see our crew members wearing today!) hadn’t arrived in time so we had to wear a black one each from Booker and we just did not feel the part!
    • It took us the best part of three hours to serve our first Not Dog as we got ‘used’ to the new equipment (the trial run on Jane’s drive at home had not gone so well the day before)
    • We thought we could fit everything in the dolls house size under counter fridge before quickly realising that was impossible!
    • The eye-catching orange and purple food wrap we designed had not arrived in time, so we had to use napkins instead… with every dog we watched go out ‘topped perfectly’ we were telling everyone ‘next time you’ll see them in the wrap we created!’
    • We soon realised that we had five festivals ahead of us with no storage and we certainly needed to get faster at cooking the Not Dogs! Every Dog has its… BIRTHDAY!!
    Since that day we’ve made more mistakes, learnt a lot from those mistakes, had to let go and relax a little but overall we just kept going!

    So here we are today! Six months to the day we opened our first fast-casual restaurant, and in that time we’ve welcomed 12 fantastic crew members on board, topped thousands of Not Dogs, launched our first Burger - The Queen B named in honour of the amazing women in our lives and of course, taken so many Sausage Selfies we are struggling to fit them all on Instagram!

    Opening a restaurant for the first time is indescribable - but we could not have got this far without our crew and the support from our friends and family, and most importantly our Not Dogs fans who have supported us from when we were a little food truck to today, visiting us time and time again and telling others to give us a try - thank you so much!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs.

    Katie & Jane x

    Monday, 8 May 2017

    Ooh Sauce-y! Why we love Heinz & French’s

    What would our Not Dogs menu be without the addition of tomato ketchup & tangy mustard?!

    French's and Heinz

    Katie & Jane always knew that having grown up on ‘tomato sauce’ there was absolutely no substitute for us and our Not Dogs fans – nothing else quite touches the legend that is Heinz Tomato Ketchup, a staple in everyone’s food cupboard and the saucy sweetness that you’ll find in The Original Frank, Breakfast Muffin and our perfect Plain Jane.

    But what about its partner in crime? Nothing but French’s quite cuts the mustard for us! Tangy sauciness that you’ll find in The Original Frank, Plain Jane, and any concoction Kickin’ Katie can create for herself.

    French's and Heinz

    We simply love these sauces & how they look creatively zig-zagged and swirled all over our menu items! 

    French's and Heinz

    We hope to ‘ketchup’ with all soon at Not Dogs Birmingham!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Tuesday, 11 April 2017

    Club Not Dogs

    Club Not Dogs is a very special collection of Not Dogs fans who want to join us in changing the world one Not Dog at a time through delicious meat-free food that’s better for you, animals and the environment!

    All you need to do is enter your email address at: (completely free of course!) and each month, we’ll send you updates, exciting news and exclusive insights. Plus, with every newsletter you’ll get an exclusive offer that only members of the Club can get! Think free toppings and hot drinks and even % off your whole order.

    What’s not to love? Head over to the website now - we can’t wait to have you join us!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Thursday, 6 April 2017

    Not Dogs’ Sausage Selfie Competition!

    Our March #SausageSelfie winner was this lovely lady! 'Veggie heaven' awaits her with breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert on the house!

    Never fear, we run this competition all year ‘round and our April competition has just launched! All you need to do is tag your Not Dogs posts with the hashtag #SausageSelfie to be in with the chance of winning…

    a mini Not Dogs party! You and three friends can pick a Not Dog to enjoy each totally on the house! 

    We know not all of our fans can make it to the Birmingham store so if you’ve visited our little purple food truck or seen us at events around the country - you can share them too to be in with the chance of winning our competition!

    Good luck everyone!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Monday, 27 March 2017

    Sausage Showcase on Hello Houmous

    Who would have thought that houmous would be delicious on a Not Dog!? Not us… until we tried it and loved it!

    Hello Houmous

    Hello Houmous is our Not Dog for the refined palate, although who doesn’t love houmous anyway!? Our simple houmous recipe is perfectly complimented with tasty, freshly roasted red peppers and smoked paprika.

    The Hello Houmous 'Vegan Dog' style is very popular at Not Dogs Birmingham... no wonder it’s a favourite of many of our Not Dogs fans - and secretly us too!

    Not Dogs

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Monday, 20 March 2017

    Not Dogs. Delivered.

    Uber EATS has arrived in Birmingham city centre and we’re very excited to be one of their first launch partners in the UK’s second city!

    This means you can get Not Dogs Delivered to the comfort of your own home or office and truly Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs! Delivery from Not Dogs is currently only within Uber EATS 1.5 mile radius from the city centre but… a little birdy told us that they will most likely be quick to expand this further.

    We’ve selected just a few items from our menu initially for the launch including seven Not Dogs, the Queen B Burger and all of our sides including Loaded Waffle Fries!

    You can get 10% off your first three orders with the promo code: UBEREATSBRUM.

    Enjoy your Not Dogs at home!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    Not Dogs Birmingham is Three Months Old!

    Happy birthday to Not Dogs Birmingham! Our doors have been open at the Bullring’s LinkStreet for just 12 weeks now and what fun we are having!

    Our fantastic Crew have welcomed many people (veggies, vegans and meat-eaters!) into the restaurant, seven days a week and we’re looking forward to seeing many more of you.

    Over the course of three months we’ve served up over 8000 Not Dogs, sent more than 300 tweets, gained over 3000 new followers on social media and introduced more than 1000 customers to our brand new Queen B Burger!

    Plus, the people of Birmingham can now get Not Dogs in the comfort of their own home via Not Dogs' first delivery service with Uber EATS.

    We’re really excited to make some little additions in the restaurant, after learning so much in just three months - design and menu changes are coming your way over the next few months.

    Thank you to all of you; Crew, Bullring staff and most importantly our Not Dogs fans for making us feel so welcome!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Monday, 6 March 2017

    March’s #SausageSelfie Competition!

    It’s a new month which means there’s a new prize for our ongoing #SausageSelfie competition! You can win the whole Not Dogs experience at our Birmingham restaurant… breakfast, lunch, dinner and a sweet treat all on-the-house!

    To enter, simply post (or repost if you’ve visited the Not Dogs food truck before!) your #SausageSelfie across social media and the lucky winner will win big!

    Join us for a delicious brekkie… which takes your fancy the Bali Breakfast Dog or The Breakfast Muffin alongside a strong Nespresso?!

    Take your pick for lunch and dinner from the full menu - Not Dogs, the Queen B Burger, Loaded Waffle Fries - they’re all yours for the taking!

    Finally, of course, finish your Not Dogs experience off with Beau the Brioche Banana Dog with whipped cream, hot brioche bun, banana, chocolate sauce and added sparkle!

    Good luck and look forward to welcoming the lucky winner to Not Dogs Birmingham very soon!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Thursday, 2 March 2017

    All Hail The Queen B Burger

    We’ve spent hours taste testing and perfecting our recipe and here it is… our sassiest menu item - The Queen B Burger.

    A ‘meaty without the meat’ quarter pounder burger, topped with mozzarella cheese, crisp fresh lettuce and a sprinkle of chopped onions encased in a warmed bread bun topped off with our very own Not Dogs secret sauce.

    In celebration of the women in our lives that are empowered and strong; we wanted to name our first burger The Queen B…and let’s not even start on our Beyonce obsession.

    Available at the Not Dogs Restaurant in Birmingham now!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Monday, 20 February 2017

    #SausageShowcase on the Plain Jane

    Our first ever Not Dog, the Plain Jane is actually not so plain! It just happened that Not Dogs co-founder Jane enjoys a simple Not Dog and the 'Plain Jane' was created in her honour!

    Quorn Bratwurst topped with Heinz Ketchup and French's Mustard

    At Not Dogs we only use quality ingredients, things we use ourselves at home and we knew when creating the simplest of Not Dogs that high quality was key which is why we're passionate about both Heinz and French's. 

    We did try various tomato ketchups and different types of mustards but these two were the perfect combination on the Plain Jane. It's fantastic when customers who may be a little wary of mustard try French's on the Plain Jane and just love it! Plus, the red and yellow look great together - another important part of creating the perfect Not Dog every time!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    The Lowdown on the Not Dogs Menu

    Our little restaurant in Birmingham’s Bullring has now been open for 8 weeks and we’ve been so lucky to welcome lots of Not Dogs customers through the doors to enjoy our menu items. Over the short amount of time we’ve been open we love to listen to our fans and are planning on expanding the menu but, for now, we thought we’d share a few highlights…

    The Secret Stars!
    Alongside our original Not Dogs menu of six different Not Dogs, we have a few items which are just too good to miss…

    Loaded Waffle Fries - our tasty, lightly seasoned baked potato lattices are even better fully loaded with… 
    Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog (guacamole, grated cheddar, nachos and jalapeños)
    The Original Frank (Heinz Ketchup, French’s Mustard, American cheese sauce and house-made beer-fried onions)
    Hello Houmous (houmous, roasted red peppers and smoked paprika)
    Cha-Cha Chilli (house-made chilli-con-carne)
    Ticklish Tikka (vegan tikka masala with crushed popadoms and coriander)

    Beau the Banana Brioche Dog - as a light, sweet option, the little Beau Dog features a freetrade banana in a steamed brioche bun topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and sprinkles of gold stars

    The Vegan Range
    Across the menu we’ve made sure our vegan friends are not left out so, choose from…

    The Vegan Dog - our must-try, lightly smoked seitan-based hotdog topped with ‘veganized’ toppings such as…
    Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog and The Original Frank (drop the cheese), Plain Jane, Hello Houmous or our favourite the Ticklish Tikka made with vegan pieces in a house-made, creamy coconut masala sauce

    The Gluten-Free Options
    Of course, we want everyone to be able to enjoy Not Dogs so we’ve introduced a gluten-free wrap to replace our toasted hotdog bun for a gluten-free option. We’re working on getting a tasty gluten-free bun but the wrap is a nice, lighter option anyway. As well as that, there’s no nuts of the menu at Not Dogs and we offer options with no dairy too!

    Depending on what delicious toppings you pick, our rather large Not Dogs range from 340 calories and go up to 545 calories. Sides come in at 300 calories a portion and our ‘sweet treat’ Beau the Banana Brioche Dog just 230 calories.

    We’re looking forward to adding lots more yummy Not Dogs menu items soon!

    Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

    Not Dogs' #SausageSelfie Competition

    One of our favourite things has been collecting hundreds of #SausageSelfie pictures at various festivals and pop-ups up and down the country and now… we’d like to extend the tradition at our first restaurant in Birmingham’s Bullring! 

    Post your #SausageSelfie (it doesn’t have to be a selfie, just a photo of you, you and your friends, family, even your dog enjoying a Not Dog or another one of our menu items), tag us in across social media using the hashtag #SausageSelfie and each month we’ll pick our favourite to win a prize!

    We’ll mix up the prizes but whether it’s a meal at Not Dogs on us, an exclusive Not Dogs apron or an invite to one of our parties, we’re sure it’ll be worth it!

    Look forward to seeing your #SausageSelfie faces!

    Not Dogs’ #SausageSelfie Competition Terms & Conditions

    The Not Dogs #sausageselfie is open to all UK and Ireland residents. To apply you must be aged 16 and over.
    No purchase necessary. Simply enter the competition in accordance with instructions on the Not Dogs Twitter, Facebook & Instagram accounts:

    The competition will run from Tuesday 24th January.

    Only correct entries completed on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will be valid. Any application containing incorrect or incomplete information will be invalid and will not be considered.

    1 x winner overall will be announced monthly across Not Dogs social media channels.

    The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be required to provide their postal addresses and/or email addresses in order to receive the prize. Until Not Dogs receive this, no prize will be awarded. If the winner does not provide this within 3 months of them (the winner) being announced, the prize will be forfeited.

    By entering the competition you grant permission for Not Dogs to use any photographs and/or videos submitted of you in print and/or online, this includes for any marketing activities after the competition has ended and in future activity.

    Not Dogs reserves the right to publicise the name for each of the winners.

    In the event of any prize not being available for whatever reason, Not Dogs may offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value and quality.

    Any prizes unclaimed after reasonable efforts from Not Dogs to contact the winner will be distributed at the company’s discretion. Not Dogs does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries due to online issues and Not Dogs is not liable for lost prizes.

    Not Dogs reserves the right to cancel the promotion at any stage, if deemed necessary in their opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of their control.

    Not Dogs reserves the right to withdraw any winner through a fraudulent claim. Upon there being no entries, there will be no winner.

    Your personal data will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to any third party for marketing purpose unless agreed.