Vegan MoFo 2014: Freaky Friday Round-Up

Friday, it’s Friday! Thank god ’cause this was a loooong week. Thankfully, I have MoFo Round-Up duties today, so we can start the weekend off right!

white-russian-lebowskiThe Happy Vegan has the right idea to start off the weekend, Vegan White Russians! Easily my favorite cocktail, I may or may not be The Dude for Halloween. Hey careful man, there’s a beverage here!

BeetSeitan1Allotment2Kitchen is keeping it real with Vegan BBQ Beetroot Seitan Steaks! I took a double take because I thought they were real. I’d love to test one out!

IMG_9152Floral Frosting got my attention with these amazing Espresso-Speculoos Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. What a combo! We Vegans love our Speculoos, don’t we?

2014-09-17-11.25.10This healthy breakfast bowl from Vegan In Berlin caught my eye! It might inspire me put some fruit into my daily oatmeal. Not sure how fruit in my Panda Puffs would go though :)

IMG_06431This sexy looking Coconut Cream Pie is courtesy of Another Hungry Vegan. This could be the nightcap to our Freaky Friday! Pie before bed is alright with me.

Enjoy your Friday and stay safe!

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Giveaway – The Cruelty Free Shop

Good morning Aussie friends, we have a fun one just for you today! As I’m sure you know The Cruelty Free Shop has brick and mortar locations in both Melbourne and Sydney but luckily for Aussies living elsewhere they have an online store too. They stock everything from cruelty free cosmetics to cheese and from shoes to shrimp, all vegan of course.

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They’re constantly adding new products, hello raw macaroons, and they’ve teamed up with us to offer one lucky winner a $50 voucher to spend either in store or online.

To enter leave a comment below before 8am AEST tomorrow telling us which new-to-you product you’re most excited about trying from The Cruelty Free Shop. Please be sure to leave a valid contact e-mail address so that we can contact you if you win. The winners will be randomly selected and announced after the giveaway has ended. This competition is open to residents of Australia only.

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Julie’s Original Giveaway

Today is the day to get your gluten freedom on! I am so pleased to have a giveaway from the great Julie Hasson of Julie’s Original Gluten Free Baking Mixes!

-1You already know of Julie from her hit cookbooks such as Vegan Diner and Vegan Pizza, and she also has a new casserole book coming out this fall. You may have been lucky enough to eat at her Native Bowl food cart in Portland, OR, before she and her husband sold it this past spring to focus on their new baking mix business.

These mixes are a perfect pantry staple for those who are gluten free and those who need to bake up a quick cake for the gluten free friend’s birthday. There are a lot of questionable recipes floating around the internet that can be hit or miss, but with a box of Julie’s Original you’ll know you’re getting consistent quality.

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Her website has a whole recipe section, so don’t think you’re just limited to plain white cake or chocolate brownies with these. You can make a lemon raspberry bundt cake or chocolate cherry almond brownies and many more. Follow the Julie’s Original facebook page to see where she’s sampling and where you can buy a box.

Julie’s Original is offering a box of her gluten free baking mix (white or fudge brownie) to 2 different readers today. To enter, you just need to leave a comment below about which of her recipes you’re looking forward to trying the most. We’ll select two winners at 8 am PDT on September 20th. This giveaway is open to US residents only. You’ve got 24 hours to enter! One entry per person please.

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Thursday Rounduppin’

Hello, hello, you lovely VeganMoFo-ers!!! Jess popping in with an assortment of RandoMoFo.com picks and some bonus Instagram selections from my regular hashtag-clicking-sprees. You know how it goes. I started today’s roundup early this morning while “working from home”, aka seriously enjoying the double Rosies on The View and eating a plum muffin for breakfast. Pleasant stuff.

First up, via Instagram #VeganMoFo wandering, we have Shannon the @anotherhungryvegan hitting up Watercourse Foods in Denver for Buffalo & Memphis BBQ Cauliflower Wings. I want in on this and continue to be content with this saucy, battered cauliflower craze!

Another Instagrammer, Cassie @veganinsanity, serves up a hearty bowl of Smokey Barbeque Chili I can practically smell from here! Yum.

Well, it’s rainy in Portland once again (ba da bum, the season has be-gun) and these Sunshine Pancakes from Green Gourmet Giraffe are helping put a smile on my face and mood. So charming.

Speaking of Portland, this happened around the corner from my apartment and my cats are feeling left out, because dang, yum. Joni’s Seitan Burgers up on Panda with Cookie. They’re George approved. That’s really all you need to know.

What did you do today? Because Beetroot Massacre went for a 3 hour hike and then threw together this satisfying Tempeh Stir Fry with Black Bean Sauce:

I love beer-y, cheesy happenings and now want to try out this Velvet Beer Sauce from Down the Rabbit Hole. It’s time to get my hands on some lactic acid, ASAP.

Back to Instagram hopping, because it’s just so easy to get lost in, we have Stephanie @neatnnutritous with a seriously appetizing dish of Smoky Peppers, Creamy Cashews & Crisp Squash:

Our last featured MoFo-er for today is Babette, who’s baked up some bomb looking Very Vanilla Raisin bread over at Vegan in Montreal. What a perfect breakfast!

Keep it up, folks!! 

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Giveaway – The Raw Chocolate Co

This giveaway is now closed, congrats to our winner Liliana!

We have another super exciting giveaway for you today from The Raw Chocolate Co who are the company sponsoring this years MoFie prizes! Yup, you heard that right. MoFies are back and this year they have prizes! This super eco-friendly vegan company are offering you the chance to win six raw chocolate bars and three 100g packs of raw chocolate covered berries and they even ship internationally, hurrah!

Mixed 44Flavours include Vanoffe, Vanoffe Dark, Mint and The Raw Chocolate Co’s award winning Goji and Orange bar. Another of their award winning products, the raw chocolate mulberries, are my favoruite product. I always buy the 100g bag which is great for sharing, they even come in a resealable bag so they make a great travel snack.

Mixed 100To enter this fantastic giveaway just leave a comment below before 8pm GMT / 3pm EST tomorrow telling us which of the Raw Chocolate Co’s products you’re most excited about trying. Please be sure to leave a valid contact e-mail address so that we can contact you if you win. The winner will be randomly selected and announced after the giveaway has ended. This competition is open to everyone everywhere, yay!

 

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Vegan MoFo 2014: Wondrous Wednesday Round-Up

Hello, MoFo Land! It’s Cadry here from Cadry’s Kitchen.

I have been popping all over the blogosphere, and I can’t believe the mouthwatering stuff on offer. Here are just a few things that caught my eye:

Upton's Seitan Bacon Breakfast SandwichIf you started your day with a boring slice of toast or a banana, you may not want to look… Jenna at Good Good Things got her morning off to a rockin’ start with this heavenly tomato and seitan bacon sandwich. So jealous.

Chia jamI’ve been eagerly following along at Veganopolous, where Faye is giving a play-by-play account on whether or not her kids will eat various meals, often to hilarious results. (They don’t mince words when it comes to their preferences.) On the menu today – Magical Chia Seed Jam from The Oh She Glows Cookbook. Will they eat it? You’ll have to go find out for yourself.

Pumpkin Pie SmoothieThe official beginning of fall is mere days away. Are you ready for the impending barrage of non-stop pumpkin mania? Well, here’s where you need to start – the pumpkin pie smoothie from Allyson Kramer.

Butternut Squash AlfredoHow pretty are these tripoline noodles? Even better, they are topped with a butternut squash alfredo sauce made extra creamy by way of cashews. Read all about it at Iheartcrapkitchen.

Black Bean Salsa BurgerJenn at Veggie Inspired Journey spilled the beans on how to make these Black Bean Salsa Burgers & Crispy Potato Rounds.  Yes, please.

Roasted Garlic and White Bean Soup with KaleFinally, if you feel like you’re doing dishes non-stop in the middle of MoFo madness, perhaps it’s time to dig in to dishes you can eat. Ashley at A. Cook In the Making has you covered with this Roasted Garlic and White Bean Soup with Kale.

Happy cooking, and I’ll see you next time!

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GIVEAWAY – Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry

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aFRO-vEGANBryant Terry is one of the most captivating vegan cookbook authors in the US. His books are always full of storytelling, music suggestions, and involved techniques that really put you in touch with a recipe in a more holistic way than just following directions. In that way, he’s kind of like my favorite food bloggers which makes his books a joy to read. Here is a great review of what you can expect to find inside from Beard and Bonnet who had it as her veganmofo book of the week on September 4th. I’ve heard really positive comments from everyone who has this book including our own Gabrielle who says “the dukkah cornbread is life-changing”. I love African, Caribbean, and Southern food and Bryant Terry’s use of seasonal produce and greens in almost every recipe will make it a winner for many mofo-ers out there who love to cook.

If you are interested in winning a copy of the book please have a US address, leave an email that you check in the form below, and ANSWER ME THIS QUESTION: What song would best fit your style in the kitchen. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow!

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Chopped! Contestant! Roundup!

Oolong Tea! Jalapeño! Fresh Prune Plums! Radish

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Today, I’m featuring our 2014 Chopped! VeganMoFo Edition contestants! You all seriously rocked this collection of intriguing, hand-picked ingredients and showed us flavor combinations we never thought possible.  Thanks for all the hard work and showing your kitchen skills! Your panel of esteemed vegan culinary obsessed judges, J. Legume, Dan Reed, and Chelsea Hoshi, along the spirit of VeganMoFo, are heatedly discussing the results and their consequent new cravings, so stay tuned for who’s being declared our new Chopped! Champion! and prize delivery info from our sweet friends at Chicago Vegan Foods later this week! -

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You can read more about the ingredients and rules at: Ready, Set…Chopped! VeganMoFo 2014 Edition!!! The official entries are below, in random order. Click on the links to read descriptions and cooking methods behind the dishes. Enjoy! -

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Oolong Marinated Tofu with Plum Chutney and Pickled Apples and Radishes, @marylangmt on Instagram

Mary’s recipe + instructions are right here.

 

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Dumpling Soup with Radish & Radish Leaves, served with Jalapeño, Plum Chutney and Spiced Lentil-filled Dumpling, Eating with the Rabbits

It’s true, this contestant had some tweaks, just like on the show itself, but I still enjoy the presentation and these quotes a bunch: “Isn’t VeganMoFo the best? ” So, yeah, this was far from perfect. BUT! The actual soup tasted pretty good, considering, and I never would’ve come up with this combination on my own. All in all, I’m happy with the result.”

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Sweet Heat Sushi, Veganista Mama Assam Tofu, with braised radishes topped with Jalapeno, Assam, Plum sauce, Hasta La Vegan

Plum & Radish Tart with a savory Jalapeno, Oolong Tea, and Apricot Preserve Glaze, Bedazzled Vegan

Bedazzled has my favorite quote so far: Voila! The finished product was edible!” Score!

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Channa Masala with Plums, Radish Salad and Oolong Rice, Vegan Needs Sauce 15051981937_4333cefc2e_z (1)   A Very Special Marinara Sauce, Monsieur Avocado (The blog’s in French, so GO GO Google Translate if needed)

Plum and Jalapeño Glazed Tempeh with Picked Radishes and Butternut Squash Purée (plenty of oolong in there too, I just couldn’t fit it into the tile), The Picky Vegan

Oolong Banh Mi Burger, Zsu’s Vegan Pantry 

Mexican Hot Lips Cake, The Mess in Messenger

Radish cakes with Prune Sauce, Kohlrabi and Quince

Barley Paella with Grilled Tofu & Fresh Plum Salsa, Cadry’s Kitchen

Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash in an Oolong-Plum-Red Wine Reduction with Jalapeno-Apple Radish, Rubber Cowgirl

Sweet Heat Tacos, Veganista Mama (Another creative submission from Veganista Mama!) Thanks to everyone who joined us for this eye-opening and tastebud-pushing competition! I hope they’ve gotten folks thinking differently about all of these lovely flavors and foods.

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Stay tuned for the big reveal, our Judge’s Choice of Chopped! Champion!, and let us know what’s piqued your interest!

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Tuesday Round-Up: Balls from around the World

I can’t believe VeganMoFo is more than half over! It feels like it’s only just begun. Maybe that’s because for the first time in five years I haven’t been meeting my post quota. URGH! I’m happy to see so many folks persevering through. Today I  saw a theme seem to emerge or maybe I couldn’t help but be struck by all the balls from all over the vegan world.

First, is Little Vegan Bear’s Fiona Apple themed Baked Stuffed Apples which look delicious and are stuffed with dates and nuts and all sorts of delicious spices. Every day Little Vegan Bear’s posts are dedicated to bands with foodie names and I am wondering how she keeps coming up with them!

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Next is VGNGF = VEGAN, GLUTENFREE, DELICIOUS‘s Banana Beignets and Lemon Curd. I want to eat every single one of these. They sound so delicious.

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I also fell in love with the fluffy and beautiful looking Bánh bao chay – Nh? Lan (Vegan steamed dumplings) from Vi?t Nam ?n Chay. It’s amazing how many of my favorite foods are made from just flour, yeast, sugar, and water.

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1410421337-banhbaochay1I also saw these Korean omelette rolls (????) from VEGALINA and I wanted someone to feed them to me ASAP. I had to double check that there was no egg because, Jeez, they look eggy. It’s amazing what a bit of turmeric and chickpean flour can do. I bet they tast eggy too with that black salt. korean-omelet-roll

I’ve really been enjoying Olives For Dinner’s theme of cooking recipes from Vegan Cookbooks because  and I seem to have the exact same books! It’s wonderful to see so many of the recipes I’ve looked over come to life in their beautiful photography. johnny blake cake

 

Finally, my favorite post I saw today: Smurf Tarts! I didn’t even know this was a thing! I know what my theme is going to be next year! Thanks Fiekefatjerietjes for turning all of us on to this amazing dessert. taart-smurfentaartjes-fiekefatjerietjesDon’t worry no Smurf’s were harmed in the making of this post, that’s how vegan we are.

 

 

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Vegan Dish Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED

It’s week three here at Vegan MoFo headquarters and I am super excited about our giveaway today. The fabulous Vegan Dish has made some special Vegan MoFo mugs for us to give away!

icm_fullxfull.45601284_2mi1groeqtc0gk8kw4cwIf you haven’t seen her work check out Vessels and Wares on etsy. She has a wonderful variety of both vegan themed and plain ceramics for your perusal. You’ve probably seen her work in some of your fellow vegan bloggers photos and will recognize the classic lines and colors.

bowlsYou can get a whole stack of bowls and use one each day of the week for your cereal or oatmeal. Starting the day off with handmade is guaranteed to make your morning breakfast a more pleasant hour (or five minutes). Support small vegan businesses! Follow Jeanette on twitter @jeanettezeis or instagram to see more of her work.

Vessels and Wares is offering a mug to 4 different readers today. To enter, you just need to leave a comment below about your favorite morning beverage. We’ll select four winners at 8 am PDT on September 18th. This giveaway is open worldwide, with a limit to 2 winners outside the US. You’ve got 48 hours to enter! One entry per person please.

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