Among his many redeeming qualities, Small Boy’s father, Kris, works in a famous high street bakery. I didn’t quite get a fairytale ending with that one, but I did get an almost endless supply of sticky buns, and that’s pretty much the same thing. So I was absolutely delighted when, in 2019, they launched a vegan sausage roll, and I launched half a dozen of them into my face in one week alone. I started to fantasize about an entirely vegan pasty-and-cake shop, and one thing led to another. I reverse-engineered this by physically dissecting a steak bake or two, then painstakingly recreating it in my kitchen at home. The jackfruit gives the tender meaty filling, the gravy fools your tastebuds into thinking it’s a proper steak bake, and the rest bolsters the flavour. Bisto red gravy granules are the best to use here, and also vegan at the time of writing, but as with all things, do check the labels carefully.