Vegan In: London

Last month we showed you the vegan highlights of Manchester.  Now we’re turning our attention to England’s capital city, famous for Holmes, Dickens and…vegan burgers, apparently!

MoFo regulars Jojo from Vegan In Brighton and Jenny from Jenny Marie provided us with these brilliant posts about some of their recent vegan finds in the Brick Lane area of London.  You can check out there full posts here and here, but let’s see some of their highlights!

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Mooshies is the first of two burger joints that both of these bloggers rave about, and it’s not hard to see why!  We’re talking fish burgers, jackfruit, bhajis…very tempting indeed.  Here’s Jojo’s pulled jackfruit burger.

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Alternatively, you could pick up your burger at Pomodoro e Basilico, which doesn’t look too shabby either!  You can find them at Brick Lane Market, which is home to lots of other vegan options…

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…such as the Peanut Butter Bakery where Jojo got this blueberry cheesecake doughnut…

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…or this vegan chorizo roll that Jenny found.

Rainbow Cake

And if you’re looking for something colourful and sweet, follow Jojo’s lead and look no further than Vida Bakery, home of this delicious looking rainbow cake.

Clearly Brick Lane is a great area for vegan visitors to London, but it’s not the only one!  Over at Vegan London you can search by area for all the plant-based options in the city.

Whole Ingredient

And The Whole Ingredient‘s free, downloadable PDF guide to London, organised by meals (breakfast, brunch, dinner, etc). Including sections on pizza delivery places, vegan grocery stores, vegan markets and so much more, the guide is invaluable for anyone looking to eat vegan in London!

 

What are your favourite spots in London?  Any ideas for our next VeganIn destination?  Let us know!

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May MiniMoFo!

Are you ready for May’s MiniMoFo?

This month we’re giving you a lot of leeway as our theme is:  favourite.

Hit us with your favourite breakfast, lunch or dinner!  Showcase your favourite ingredient!  Celebrate your favourite local restaurant!

Whatever you choose, make sure you tag us on social media with #MiniMofo and #VeganMofo, or comment on this post with a link to your MiniMoFo post!

We’ll have a roundup at the end of May where you can find out all about your fellow MoFo’ers favourite things!

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April MiniMoFo Roundup

In April we asked you what was in season, and as usual, you didn’t disappoint!  Let’s take a closer look at you MiniMoFo offerings for April.

 

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Feast your eyes on these fancy potato waffles and seasonal asparagus – perfect for an Easter brunch!

April 1

 

@mrs.spaetzle

And here are some more waffles from Mrs S – these ones are flavoured with seasonal wild garlic.  You can find the recipe in the comments on this post.

April 3

 

Walks, Talks & Eats

Emma has gone for a light, zesty lemon drizzle cake, which is perhaps the perfect cake for Spring.  We’ll even let her off for choosing a fruit which isn’t in season in the UK!

April 2

 

Living the Dream

What do bilimbe, mamey sapote, and jaboticaba have in common? They’re all in season in the Florida Keys!  Thanks to Jen for introducing us to these fruits – check out her blog and youtube channel if you want to know what they are and what she did with them!

April 12

 

@vegansneedsauce

Emily whipped up this fava bean risotto, which used fava beans in three different ways.  Intrigued?  Check out the details on Instagram!

April 4

 

My Apologies for the Novel

MiniMoFo-regular Julie did her research and made an asparagus, mushroom and parsnip dish.  It was her first time trying parsnips!  See what she thought over on her blog.

April 7

 

@onewindowsarah

Even more parsnips from Sarah! They look cooked to perfection.

April 10

 

Vegan Eats & Treats

April 5

Over on Instagram, Amey teased us with this seasonal wonder.  Do you know what it is?

April 6

Almonds!  Apparently you can eat the whole husk!

 

Herbivores’ Heaven

For anyone who celebrates Easter, there’s nothing more seasonal than chocolate!  Jenny selflessly reviewed these five different bars, just for you.

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@veganfeastcatering

This is a lot of kale!  We would happily help Janet tackle this gigantic kale salad.

April 9

 

@juli.ane_x

Here’s more kale from Juli – and it’s been massaged!  Veganism truly is a cruelty-free lifestyle, even our plants get the royal treatment.  Find out more over on Juli’s Instagram!

April 11

 

@dimsimkitty

And finally, MoFo star Susan wins MiniMoFo by putting a vegan creme egg inside a hot cross bun and putting it in the panini press.  We’ll all be doing this next year!

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Thank you so much to everyone who participated – what a talented bunch!  Keep an eye out for May’s MiniMoFo announcement coming soon!

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Vegan In: Manchester

Manchester may not be the biggest city in the UK, but it’s definitely one of the best when it comes to vegan grub!  Alongside a wealth of chain restaurants in the city centre with vegan options or even separate menus, there are some great independent cafes and restaurants you should know about.  Here’s a little taster of some of the top spots in this great city –  including the Best Vegan Restaurant in the UK (according to the 2016 VegFest awards).

V Rev

That honour goes to V Rev, a vegan junk food extravaganza.  MoFo regular Jenny (formerly of Spice Box of Earth, now Jenny Mariereviewed it as soon as it reopened in new premises late last year.  Don’t those burgers look incredible?  This place is just as famous for its dessert as for the gigantic burgers.

Teatime Collective

Another all-vegan sensation is Teatime Collective, home of big breakfasts, spectacular burgers and tacos, and an incredible array of cakes and ice cream.  Here’s Jenny’s review.  (They also put on incredible Christmas dinners every year too, FYI.)

Northern Quarter

Back in 2013, MoFo star Caroline from Tea and Sympatico posted on the theme of the Northern Quarter, Manchester’s arty, alternative area which is home to dozens of vegan options.  You can work your way through all of her posts from this one, but here are a few highlights:

This and That

There is no shortage of cheap and cheerful little places offering rice’n’three, including This’n’That Cafe. One such place, Little Aladdin, recently went all vegan too!

Fig and Sparrow

Cake is also plentiful in this quarter of Manchester, and you can always find something sweet in Fig and Sparrow, a lovely cafe and shop.  (Personal tip: you can’t go wrong with a brownie from this place!)

Trof

Restaurant reviewer Vegan Olive is another great resource for vegans visiting Manchester.  You can check out her reviews here, including for this slap-up breakfast at Trof (also in the Northern Quarter).  If you’ve ever wanted to try vegan black pudding, here’s your chance!

Pasta Factory

Olive also has a review of The Pasta Factory, famous for its excellent ravioli, all-vegan alcohol menu and homemade parmesan. Yum!

The Allotment

Venturing further afield from the Northern Quarter, here’s a newcomer to the scene: 100%-vegan fine dining restaurant The Allotment.  There are more Manchester reviews to be found here on Herbivores’ Heaven.

The Garden

You can also find the quintessential British experience in Manchester, with numerous places offering a vegan afternoon tea.  This one at The Garden is a particular favourite – it’s so flavoursome, you won’t even mind the lack of scones!

 

So whether you want a big breakfast, delicious cake, fast food or fine dining, Manchester has you covered!

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April MiniMoFo!

It’s time for April’s MiniMoFo!

This month our prompt is simply: in season.

As always, you’re free to interpret this anyway you like.  We’re looking forward to seeing some regional variations, not least between our northern and southern hemisphere mofo’ers.  How can you make your local fresh produce shine?

Remember to tag us on social media with #MiniMofo and #VeganMofo, or comment on this post with a link to your MiniMoFo post!

Check back at the end of the April for a mouthwatering seasonal roundup!

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March MiniMoFo Roundup

March has come to an end and it’s time to round up this month’s wonderful recipes! We asked you to create stuffed and filled foods which has been interpreted in some lovely ways by our MoFo’ers.

My Apologies for the Novel

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Julie made vegan stuffed pasta shells! Using different types of vegan cheese and sauces (including a chipotle vegenaise!) these sound and look like great comfort food.

@onewindowsarah

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The first of this month’s sweet potato recipes comes from Sarah, who made a simple but tasty looking lunch, stuffing potatoes with arugula, olives, tahini, lemon, and hot sauce. Mmm!

Vegan Yack Attack

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Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack also used sweet potatoes this month! She made burrito-stuffed sweet potatoes, filled with beans and rice, salsa, and guacamole. What a great idea!

Herbivore’s Heaven

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Jenny wrote about her visit to a pasta restaurant! That’s right, a restaurant dedicated to pasta – and it has vegan options. She had a mushroom ravioli for a main, followed by chocolate ravioli. Yes, chocolate ravioli!

Walks, Talks & Eats

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Emma did some baking for this month’s prompt and made Bourbon Biscuit Brownies. Brownies stuffed with filled chocolatey biscuits – chocolate galore!

@thehale_vegan

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The Hale Vegan made stuffed bell peppers – filled with red quinoa, beans, taco seasoning, and topped with salsa, avocado, vegan cheese and cilantro. Some great flavours here!

@veganinbrighton

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Jojo made this amazing mac-and-cheese toastie! What could make vegan mac and cheese better, but putting it in a sandwich? And toasting it? Heavenly!

@diannewenz

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Dianne shared her recipe for lentil stuffed eggplant. Don’t they look so cute and tasty?

@piesforpdx

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Vegan bakers Pies for PDX made cheezy broccoli potato hand pies to sell at a charity bake sale – I bet they went down a treat!

Living the Dream

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Jen never misses a MiniMoFo prompt, and this month she delivered with these cheezy bacon pierogi and some sweet little hand pies.  You can check out the recipes on her blog.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s challenge – and keep an eye out for April’s prompt, coming soon!

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March MiniMoFo!

It’s time for March’s MiniMoFo!

This month we’re looking for all kinds of stuffed and filled foods.

We’d like to see all kinds of interpretations of this prompt – will you make savoury food? Sweet food? Something in between? You could stuff a cupcake or a courgette, fill a cookie sandwich or a dumpling – whatever takes your fancy.

As always, tag us on social media with #MiniMofo and #VeganMofo, or comment on this post with a link to your MiniMoFo post!

At the end of the month, we’ll post a round up featuring many of the month’s best creations – check back to see them all!

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February MiniMoFo Roundup

In February we asked you to cook up something red for the most romantic month of the year – and here’s what you delivered!  If you’re looking to expand your vegan social media network, make sure you check out the accounts we’ve featured.

@tofuhead_

Heini tested this new strawberry and raspberry Alpro fromage frais.  Bonus points for the red background too!

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@beautifullybohemian

Sticking with strawberries and raspberries, have a look at this smoothie bowl from Randi. How cute is the little man on top?  She also shared this strawberry shortcake – recipes for both are up on her blog.

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My Apologies for the Novel

Julie made a series of red dishes from the classic vegan cookbook Isa Does It:  banana berry scones, peach raspberry cobbler and this strawberry and cream bread pudding.  Yes, please!

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Lisa’s Project Vegan

VeganMoFo’s blogger of the month, Lisa, was on form as usual with these raw strawberry tarts.  They look so neat and perfect!

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Living the Dream

The good people at our favourite vegan B&B went all out for their guests on Valentine’s Day with some double chocolate waffles done strawberry shortcake style and these mini bundt cakes with colourful sprinkles.  Their guests were very lucky indeed!

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Walks, Talks & Eats

If you’re in the mood for something savoury, look no further than these pizza sausages from Emma.  Did you know it was National Pizza Day in February?

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Herbivores’ Heaven

And yet more pizza from Jenny – a roundup of some of the best pizzas she’s tried, including this frozen one.

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@veganfeastcatering

If healthier food is your thing, then fear not – don’t you feel virtuous just looking at this veg for juicing?

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Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  As usual, we love seeing your creative efforts.  Stay tuned for an announcement this week about March’s MiniMoFo theme!

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Vegan In: Paris

Whether you love veganism, love food, or love love – we have got some French classics and some Paris recommendations for you in this month’s installment of VeganIn.

Up first, a review of four restaurants offering vegan options in Paris, courtesy of Vegeeter:
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Read about Cafe Ginger, Brasserie Lola, Hank Vegan Burger, and Vegan Follies.

Next, Lyra has been playing with cashew cheese for a while and has made this simply stunning blue cheese:

Go give her all the compliments @herb.cuisine so she shares her recipe!

SBE Paris

The lovely Jenny over at Spice Box of Earth was in Paris back in 2015 and ate all the good food!  Read all her Paris travel trips, and find out about Le Potager du Marais, Cafe Ginger, Un Monde Vegan, Hank Vegan Burger, Las Vegans and Vegan Folie’s.  Doesn’t her photo of these delicious cakes make you want to book a flight to Paris right now?!

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A lot of the same restaurants are reviewed over at Herbivores’ Heaven, along with Brasserie Lola, Gentle Gourmet and a pet cemetery, for all the animal lovers! Vegan croque monsieur? Yes please!

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MoFo regular Jojo over at Vegan In Brighton has a number of Paris-related posts, the most recent from a weekend trip last year.   Check out her thoughts on Brasserie 2eme Art, Ara Chocolat and Cloud Cakes, amongst others.

And April lived many people’s dream by going to Paris for her honeymoon. Just look at all the food she and her new husband devoured!  (For more food inspiration from April, check her out on Instagram.)

Cafe des Deux Moulins, 15 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France

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I really wanted to check this place out on my honeymoon to Paris – I mean, it’s Amélie’s cafe! Unfortunately, they don’t have much for vegans, and the waiter seemed a bit exasperated with me when I tried to hand him my “I’m vegan and I don’t eat these things” card. My husband and I ended up with a baguette, some jam, fruit juice, and espresso. It was still tasty, for all that it was simple.

It was also our first foray into the world of Paris coffee – a few places have non-dairy milk (especially the 100% vegan restaurants), but nobody orders cafe mochas here. You get espresso. Everywhere that serves it generally gives it to you with a packet of sweetener (raw sugar and/or agave nectar at the fancy places, plain sugar elsewhere) and some kind of sweet (usually a small square of chocolate or a cookie, which was often a vegan Speculoos!) As for the cafe, it’s adorable and they know it – there’s a few pictures of Amélie throughout, but don’t expect to see the clear board where she writes the menu backwards; it’s not there.

 

Le Potager de Charlotte, 12 Rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009 Paris, France

Le Potager du Charlotte

My husband and I decided to go to Le Potager de Charlotte for weekend brunch. If you decide to do the same, COME HUNGRY. I can not stress this enough. There’s a ton of food, and it’s all delicious. We started with several types of fresh bread and a few different spreads, all made in-house. I also got fresh juice and hot chocolate, pancakes with fruit, a breakfast chia oat pudding, and an avocado spinach salad. It’s a good thing we were walking so much while in Paris!

 

Hank Vegan Burger, 55 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris, France

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Cozy, comfy, and quick – that’s Hank Vegan Burger. They have a bunch of inventive topping combinations for their burgers, as well as sides, drinks, and desserts. The majority of the dining area is upstairs from where you order. We loved our burgers, fries, cookie, and cake!

 

Cafe Ginger, 9 Rue Jacques Cœur, 75004 Paris, France (Inside the Grand Appetit Macrobiotique produits naturels)

Cafe Ginger

We ended up at Cafe Ginger after an attempt to go to a vegan restaurant down the street that wasn’t open. It’s a tiny macrobiotic cafe inside Grand Appetit, which is a macrobiotic and natural foods store. When you go, pay attention to their hours – we got there towards the very end of their open times, and they had pretty much stopped serving their main menu, and we were left with ordering something out of the case. That being said, we ended up with a couple slices of delicious vegetable tart, side veggie salads, and hot tea. Lucky for us, there was a customer in the restaurant who was happy to explain to us what the owner was telling us (the owner had no English, and my French wasn’t quite up to the task). Interestingly, the customer turned out to be an employee of the restaurant down the street to which we had originally tried to go!

 

Veg’Art, 123 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France

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All vegan pizza, all the time! This was, by far, the smallest restaurant we went to while in Paris, consisting of only 4 or 5 tables, and barely enough room to walk between them. All of the pizzas are personal size and have some very inventive toppings, and they had a delicious strawberry cake while we were there (not sure if that’s a regular menu item or not; my French wasn’t up to the task of communicating with the gal behind the counter.)

 

Cafe Pinson, 6 Rue du Forez, 75003 Paris, France

Cafe Pinson

The ordering system at Cafe Pinson was a bit confusing to us, and we ended up sort of pointing at things in the case while the gal behind the counter tried to explain what we could get. For one price, you get an entree and main dish, or main dish and dessert. They also have fresh juices and coffee. Luckily, the gal behind the counter had enough English to catch that we were vegan, and was able to point out which things were vegan and which were just vegetarian. The salads and main dishes were fresh and healthy, and I was happy to get hot cocoa with vegan whipped cream on top.

 

Vegan Folie’s, 53 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France

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Vegan Folie’s is mainly a bakery with punny names for their sweets (the James Brownie, Rosa Pinks, Red Astaire, and Choc Norris, for example). They also have giant sandwiches, which are probably enough for most people to split (though my husband wanted a whole sandwich to himself – again, I was glad for all of the walking we did!).

 

Gentle Gourmet Café, 24 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France

Gentle Gourmet

This was, by far, the fanciest restaurant that we went to the entire time we were in France. Also, the priciest, but for a splurge, it’s a great choice. Gentle Gourmet goes for quality over quantity, and their plating is exquisite. We experienced all sorts of complex flavors and textures. For dessert, we got the sampler plate, which was the first time in my life I’ve ever eaten French macarons! These were made with aquafaba and were little bites of absolute heaven. Reservations are very important here – if you don’t have one, you might not be able to eat there that day.

 

La Verrière, 24 Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris, France

La Verriere

We weren’t quite sure what to expect from this restaurant, and found a sort of buffet set-up. We spent some time foraging amongst the offerings, and came out with all sorts of fresh veggie dishes, as well as tasty savory and sweet tarts. The ambience is spare and modern (makes me think of IKEA a bit).

 

Crepe de la Joie, 4 Rue du Fer À Moulin, 75005 Paris, France

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Seriously, y’all – vegan crepes! My husband and I each got one savory crepe (galette) and one sweet crepe. They were delicious, and we also got hot cocoa with non-dairy milk to go with.

 

Un Monde Vegan, 64 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris, France

Monde Vegan

Not a restaurant; this is Paris’ only 100% vegan grocery store. They had *two whole cases* of vegan cheese, which was quite exciting. My husband and I stocked up on vegan cheeses, “meat” sticks, drinks, and chocolate to snack on at our apartment and on the train to Angers. We also got a vegan paté that was quite tasty!

Le Potager Du Marais, 24 Rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris, France

Le Potager du Marais

This restaurant is larger than some of the others we visited in Paris, but not by a lot, and diners will be seated in fairly close quarters with others. Also, reservations are important here. This was one of the fancier places we went, and the flavors in the dishes were interesting and fun. This was another place where I got super-fancy vegan hot cocoa (yay!) and delicious pudding.

Facebook friend Donna (whose son created the Is It Vegan? app)  agrees with this recommendation, and notes that reservations are essential here as she saw people being turned away.  She also shared a few notes on a couple of her other favourite places in Paris:

Loving Hut, 92 Boulevard de Beaumarchais, ParisFrance,75011

We ate at Loving Hut a couple of times. It was economical and close to the metro stop. Their food was better than the Loving Huts I have been to in the US.  The appetizers were all so good.

Veget’Halles, 41 Rue des Bourdonnais, 75001 Paris, France

We also liked Veget’Halles, a vegan/vegetarian restaurant  near Le Centre Pompidou with a lot of options.

 

Are there any places we’ve missed? Have we motivated you to book a trip to the city of love and vegan macarons?  Let us know, and stay tuned for the announcement of next month’s VeganIn destination!

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February Blogger of the Month: Lisa’s Project Vegan

This month we’re shining the spotlight on Lisa’s Project: Vegan, a wonderful blog full of Lisa’s simple yet delicious recipes.  You can also lust over all her food on Instagram: it won’t be long before you’re clicking through to her recipes!  As a bonus, most of her recipes take just 30 minutes to make, so you’ll never be slaving away.

Lisa was kind enough to answer a few questions and help us get to know her a bit more.

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How long have you been vegan?

I have been vegan for over a decade.

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What inspired you to start your blog?

I started my blog 6 years ago. When my son was a baby, and took long naps, I would be I the kitchen experimenting. I didn’t have a repertoire back then and was kind of amazed when I made cream sauce out of cashews. I posted my lunch on Facebook because I was so impressed with myself! An old friend from high school asked for my recipe and if I had a blog. I didn’t even know what a blog was but once I figured out that I could post and record my recipes online, I created Lisa’s Project: Vegan.

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What’s the best feedback you’ve had on one of your recipes or dishes?

I have gotten a lot of great feedback over the years but mostly that my recipes work, are easy, and inspiring. I always remind people that cooking is an art and often people tell me that they added this or that to one of my recipes and came up with something they love. Nothing makes me happier.

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Where do you get your recipe inspiration from?

I am inspired by my family and what we like to eat. If we go out to a restaurant and we love the menu, I will figure out how to make a dish at home. If we see a recipe in a magazine, a cookbook or a cooking show, I will adapt it to work for us in terms of flavor profile, portion size and technique.

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Are there any other vegan blogs you love?

There are so many great blogs out there now but I will always have a special place in my heart for the old PPK (Post Punk Kitchen).

 

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What’s your favourite cookbook and cuisine?

Right now I am obsessed with Salud Vegan Mexican by Eddie Garza. It is so different than a lot of the new vegan cookbooks that have been coming out lately. Mexican has always been one of my favorite cuisines and this book takes it a whole new level for me. It is going to be a cooking challenge the likes of which my kitchen has not seen since my early vegan cooking days. I have already made churros (my son thinks I am a genius) and cauliflower palm heart ceviche. I will be posting a book report and these recipes on my blog soon!

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Which holiday do you most love cooking for?

I love cooking for Thanksgiving. It was a big deal when I was growing up when my entire extended family descended on my house and my mother went all out. That tradition continues today when everyone comes to my house and I get to feed my family with healthy, vegan versions of old traditional foods and, of course, some new ones too.

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Do you have any plans to create a recipe book/ebook in the future (or a different cooking/blogging ambition)?

Yes, in fact, I am working on a book about how to cook vegan. I want to teach people the basics of vegan cooking – from tofu and tempeh to beans and grains – and how to plan, shop and create custom recipes and meals that they, and their families, will love.

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What is the one recipe of yours that we should all check out?

Try my tempeh meatballs and beet burgers.

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So if you’re stuck in a rut of the same old recipes all the time, head over to Lisa’s Project: Vegan for something healthy and delicious!

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