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Week 4 Roundup!

Week 4 Roundup!

VeganMoFo is over for another year – hands up if you’ve enjoyed it? We certainly have, and the quality of food posted this year has been as wonderful as we’ve come to expect from our lovely MoFoers. So sit back and enjoy reading this final week’s roundup!

Day 23 – Fancy AF!

@gogreenly318

You need to follow the link and read Libby’s description of this salad – it’s clear how much thought has gone into the creation of it! Including a lesson on the “mush factor” of salads, which I will now always analyse.

@1981lisastevens

More salad today – it’s quite a fancy food it seems! This has vegan hoisin duck, five spice veg, lettuce, avocado, and kale, and certainly quells the notion that salad is boring – I’d happily eat this any day!

@laurenginger

Ah, pizza. Pizza is the ubiquitous food, it can be both super casual, and lovely and fancy too! Lauren’s cauliflower crust pizza with olives and arugula falls into the latter category, and it looks so tasty.

Day 24 – Party!

@notfunatparties

Ok, here’s an aptly named instagram handle for today! I think however, this meal would certainly be fun at parties! Jenny’s theme this month has been to recreate burgers from the TV show, Bob’s Burgers. There have been some amazing creations throughout the month and I have serious burger envy!

@veganosaurus

Veganosaurus’ theme this month has been “Conscious Colourful Consumption” and this beautiful photo highlights just how colourful nature can be. Fresh pomegranate looking like a bowl of precious jewels – perfect for her theme!

@diannewenz

I want to go to this party, don’t you? Dianne’s recipe for buffalo cauliflower bites can be found on her blog, send it to people to get them to make this for your parties!

Day 25 – Cook for your best friend

Wing it Vegan

River has a confession to make, one that might make you very shocked…she doesn’t like pumpkin spice! However, apparently pumpkin is still good, so she’s made these pumpkin-vanilla cupcakes for two…and it does actually sound (and look) like a great combo! Just look at that crispy top.

Things 2 Eat

Moon cooked for her Mr, whose favourite food is Mac and Cheese. Good choice, Mr Moon! This is her butternut squash mac and cheese, with some kale thrown in for good measure. Mmmm!

@veg_domesticgoddess

Kira’s best friend is a picky omnivore – but that’s no problem when you can make food as tasty as this! She hosted a nacho party, which is possibly the best kind of party, featuring ancho lentil tacos and cashew queso. Oh yes!

Day 26 – Showstopper Dessert

@meettheshannons

I think we have discovered a vegan magician here, because this is none other than a vegan pumpkin spice souffle! Who says you have to miss out when you’re vegan? Not us!

Seitan Beats Your Meat

These might be the prettiest cookies I’ve seen. These are Italian Rainbow Cookies, and they are very showstopping. Look at the beautiful colours! And the chocolate!

@zuckerbaby.1

The very modest zuckerbaby claims not to be very good at decorating cakes, but this showstopping dessert proves the opposite! It comes from her very own book, and has two types of ginger in it!

 

 

Day 27 – Meals for the young (at heart)

Southern Food Fiend

Katie, like many of us, associates peanut butter and jam with her childhood. Now, you can have it in a sandwich or…make it into blondies! Her baking looks delicious, and she has a link to the Isa recipe she followed, too!

Banana Curl, Vegan Girl

Laura’s theme this month has been “Magical Unicorn Rainbow Party” which is as fun as it sounds! She has had some really great posts, covering some issues that need to be talked about too. Today, she made a bento box featuring rainbows and unicorns – how happy would you be if this was your lunch?!

@happylittlelunch

All of Happy Little Lunch’s posts are suitable for the young – at heart or not! – and getting closer to Halloween they’re getting spookier and spookier…and even more fun, if that’s possible!

Day 28 – Brunch

@vegan_a_piece_of_cake

Hotel food? Good or no? Well, would you believe it, this breakfast comes from a budget hotel chain in the UK! It certainly looks tasty enough – complete with vegan sausages, hash browns, and beans. Perfect!

My Apologies for the Novel

Julie made “quinoasage” which I don’t know how to pronounce, and potato tofu scramble. It sounds really good, and she did a little drawing of it too – she’s drawn a picture of each of her meals this month!

@ambereatsveg

Absolutely in AWE of Amber’s savoury french toast, it’s made with leftover garlic soup! Garlicky french toast! The best.

Day 29 – History: What would you cook for your favourite historical figure?

Coastal Vegan

Clare writes about Abraham Moss, founder of the Metrolink…ah…read her blog to find out why this is a bit of a fabrication! She headed to Manchester to find some pie to feed him – mighty delicious sounding pie too!

Hasta La Vegan

Emil has been doing his own theme this VeganMoFo, recounting his vegan experience of surgery and recovery. Which included this pumpkin cheesecake, because cheesecake is the perfect food to help you feel better!

@whoawren

Lauren had African Peanut stew – which sounds delicious enough on it’s own, but take a closer look and you can see some gorgeous fresh bread in the background…now that makes it even better!

Day 30 – Holiday Test Run

@jasmineteainmyveins

Sara describes this as “Super 70s hippie food” but I would like it whatever era I’m in! Potato and spinach casserole – baked to perfection – perfect for a nice filling holiday meal!

@theveganbirdie

How would you like some omelette? Vegan, of course, though Ekta describes this mushroom and red pepper frittata as resembling non-vegan omelette “perfectly” – and it’d be a great food to convert people to veganism!

@veganstride

This isn’t holiday themed, but who cares? It’s a mac and cheese burger! It’s vegan! It’s brilliant!

Day 31 – Halloween!

Spabettie

You could have SO MUCH fun creating these “pepper jacks” – making faces, carving pictures, whatever you’re skilled enough to do! Like a mini pumpkin – and stuffed with delicious food too! What more could you want for Halloween?

@mrs.spaetzle

Need to use up some leftover pumpkin? No worries, Mrs Spaetzle is here to help! Here’s some pumpkin pasta, I quote, “more pumpkin than pasta” – perfect for any on sale pumpkins!

@rosamiex

You need some sweet treats to complete your Halloween, and Rosie has you covered with these chocolate cornflake cakes. Click through to her profile to see the spooky sweets she topped them with!

 

That’s it from our final week’s roundup! Thank you all so much for taking part this year, and don’t forget our monthly MiniMoFo challenges will be continuing soon…stay tuned for what’s next!

Crazy Rumors Giveaway!

Crazy Rumors Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to our winners:  @veganfeastcatering, @j.k.fizz, @jennxvegan, Not Fun at Parties, and Veg Charlotte!

It’s almost winter, which means it’s more important than ever to moisturise.  We’re here to help with our latest giveaway that will keep your lips perfectly soft, and pretty darn delicious too!  If you’ve never used Crazy Rumors lip balms before, you are definitely in for a treat!

Crazy Rumors was started by Edie and Brian Himmel back in 2003 when they realised that they couldn’t find any fun, flavoursome lip balms that were made with natural vegan ingredients.  They swiftly set about changing that, and have now developed a massive range of creative flavours!  You can learn more about their story here, and explore their full range on their website too.

Edie and Brian have kindly donated five pairs of Crazy Rumors lip balms, each one heading out to a different lucky winner!  And brace yourself, there are some incredible flavours:

  • Sweet and spicy:  Ginger Ale and Bee My Honey
  • Ice cream 1: Orange Creamsicle and Raspberry Sherbet
  • Ice cream 2: Mint Chocolate and Banana Split
  • Hot drinks:  Spiced Chai and Hot Cocoa
  • Sweet treats:  Chocolate Strawberry and Candy Corn

If you’d like to win, just comment here on this post or on Instagram to let us know which pair you would most like to win!  (Please note we can’t guarantee that you’ll get your top choice, but we’ll do our best!)  We’ll pick the five winners at random.  This giveaway is open internationally to registered VeganMoFo participants, and it will close at midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

Vegan MoFo 2017 Week Three Roundup

Vegan MoFo 2017 Week Three Roundup

Hello, hello hello! Week three of Vegan MoFo was all about ingredient challenges! Here’s a look back at some of the posts that caught my eye this week.

October 16th – Survival food

Tracy’s living cookbook

Not gonna lie, when I saw the Zombie Apocalypse Cheesy Potato Enchilada Casserole Tracy made, I did a little squee. It looks absolutely delicious and is made from mostly pantry staples and freezer food. Bring on the impending doom, I’m going to Tracy’s for dinner.

October 17th – Let’s get boozy!
Go vegga

Kelly made this warming Spiked Maple Molasses drink with aquafaba whipped cream! I don’t know about you but this looks like the perfect Autumnal evening drink. Mmmmm, maple.


Ichiban vegan

Jess made a Boozy Apple Pie Sundae and it looks incredible. If you fancy making this homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream with hard cider wet walnuts, have a mooch on Jess’s blog for the recipe.

 

October 18th – Chocolate

One raw bite

Alexa and Jennifer over at One raw bite made a chocolate sauerkraut cake! I’m all for including more sauerkraut in my diet and if that can be done by eating cake, everyone’s a winner. Check out the origins of the cake and the recipe on their blog.

Kittens gone lentil

Susan has researched into truly fair trade chocolate and has been reviewing some beautiful looking vegan bars featured on the Food Empowerment Project’s chocolate list. Take a look at her blog post and read more about the Food Empowerment Project here.

 

October 19th – Five ingredients or fewer

Two Happy Rabbits

What a gorgeous dish Graeme and Cally made for today’s challenge, they even made their own pasta from scratch. Check out their recipe for Homemade Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Chili, and try not to drool.

Vegan tho

Natalie made a vegan version of a childhood favourite dinner, Corned Beans Hash. This version using refried beans instead of corned beef looks so much nicer than the original, I’m adding this to my list of MoFo recipes to make on a cold, rainy day.

 

October 20th – Deconstructed dish
@ladyfunk25
Angie took apart the ingredients for a banh mi and made a cracking salad. Just look at the grill marks on that tofu! Nom!

@vegansneedsauce

Emily made a gorgeous ‘unstuffed’ stuffed pepper: a beet ball atop a grilled slice of bell pepper with fresh herb gravy and a smear of roasted cauliflower puree. How delicious does that sound? And it looks impressive, too!

October 21st – Potato

Gonna go walk the dogs

Janet lives in California so has access to great produce all year round, as demonstrated in her Four Seasons Buddha Bowl, featuring slow roasted potatoes. Look at those beautiful colours! How dreamy does her Grilled Peach Tahini Sauce sound?

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@Elephantasticvegan

Bianca’s easy vegan gnocchi ticks all the boxes, a simple yet elegant dish that looks so delicious. A great use of the humble potato.

@raisinsecte

This potato sauerkraut soup with sausage crumbles is right up my street! Who else fancies a bowl of this beautiful soup?

 

October 22nd – Unconventional grains

@vegfullife
Kristy made a wheat berry salad with some lovely summery flavours, a nice change from a pasta salad and great to make in advance for meal prep.

Fake meat and true love

I’ll admit that I’d never heard of the grain Sarra and Mike used in their Italian wedding soup; triticale. They found this relatively unheard of grain at a farmer’s market, and enjoyed their soup with some rad looking ham & cheese buttermilk biscuits. What a perfect dinner! Save some for me next time, ok?

That’s all from me for this week, looking forward to seeing everyone’s posts for the final week of Vegan MoFo 2017!

VeganMoFo 2017 Week Two RoundUp!

VeganMoFo 2017 Week Two RoundUp!

This week, our theme was “Behind the Scenes” which has been brilliant because really, we’re all nosy at heart, and we’ve loved seeing the background behind all your food!

October 9th – Go Go Gadget! 

@moth.spit

We’re starting with Ene, who made mustard with a hand blender! Now isn’t that ingenious? Creating food from scratch is very satisfying, and I bet this tastes really good.

One Raw Bite

Jennifer shared her very pretty looking cocktail shaker (but made sure to reassure us that it isn’t actually her most used gadget!). Go and check out her blog, where she has a recipe for a cherry cocktail that sounds oh so good.

@crumbs.and.caramel

Crumbs and Caramel have some amazing looking desserts on their instagram – have you had a chance to check them out yet? This banoffee pie is from Isa & Terry’s Vegan Pie in the Sky cookbook, so you could even make it yourself if you wanted! (Or make it for me…please?)

October 10th – Secret Ingredient

Just Bloggs

Here we have a history of one of the most innovative recent vegan discoveries – aquafaba! Now, this is one that really gets people talking (especially non-vegans). It’s certainly pretty magical though – who would have imagined that vegan meringues could be this easy?

@ladyfunk25

Angie’s secret ingredient is avocado…in a smoothie! It sounds strange when you first hear it, but actually makes a lot of sense. I mean, avocados are lovely and creamy, right? Apparently it gives the bowl a lovely rice pudding texture – this is one to try.

KZ Cakes

KZ’s tomato soup with grilled cheese looks so lovely and warming and comforting! It sounds like just the meal you want to cheer you up on a cold, grey day.

October 11th – Kitchen Tour

Two Happy Rabbits

Just look at this outdoor kitchen! If you’re ever considering travelling and taking a portable kitchen, definitely read this blog post for advice. And whilst you’re there, check out all their other meals and marvel at how they were created outdoors!

Little Vegan Eats

Okay, so this kitchen looks pretty much straight out of a magazine. Hands up who is jealous? Maybe it’s the most beautiful kitchen I have ever seen.

@pennyrakau

Penny posted a shelfie…get it…shelfie…selfie….ha ha! with her cookbooks. How many do you recognise? How many do you own?

 

October 12th – Grocery Store Tips and Tricks

Gonna Go Walk the Dogs

Here we have some great advice – find a farmers market with local produce! If you’re lucky, you’ll have a farmers market nearby with produce as beautiful as this. Just have a look at those amazing carrots!

@steffers_the_gnome

Steph offers advice for anyone travelling – if you fly with Alaska, you can get a vegan picnic pack on the plane! That’s great, for an industry that’s still pretty behind with vegan options. I’d eat this, for sure.

@the_bearded_vegan

On his own theme, The Bearded Vegan cooked up loaded nachos with quinoa, kamut, black beans, Daiya cheeze sauce, and loads more. My mouth is watering just looking at this photo!

October 13th – Sell Yourself

@rosamiex

Rosie would sell pizza, such as this pictured vegan meat feast pizza – featuring homemade soy chicken, chorizo sausage, and lots of cheese! Who says vegans miss out? I’m missing out on this pizza right now though.

@mosolyoga

I think this idea sounds really, really delicious. Sweet vegan snack balls in a recycled paper box, with flavours suitable for adults and children. And they’re so pretty too!

@filthyrichvegan

Filthy Rich already “sell themselves”, ah, so to speak, and took the opportunity to share their vegan muffins! Don’t you think these flavours look really tasty?

October 14th – Repurposing Food

Seitan Beats Your Meat

Now, how comforting does this recipe sound? Tofu noodle soup in homemade bread bowls. The bowls are best a few days old so they hold up to the soup better, which means they’re great for any bread you have leftover!

VeganHaHa

Continuing on the bread theme, we have a classic dessert here – bread and butter pudding! If you’ve never had it before, you should definitely try it! Sure, it sounds a little strange in principle, but it’s so good in reality.

Herbivore’s Heaven

Jenny has been spending VeganMoFo talking about being vegan in Italy (don’t you wish you had a months worth of Italian food to write about?!) and today has some really special gelato on her blog! Actually, keep checking out her posts because there has been a lot of special gelato so far this month.

October 15th – Spicy!

Ichiban Vegan

Would you look at the colours on this? That’s what you get when you combine sweet potatoes with some lovely spices like turmeric, smoked paprika, and more. Check out Jess’ blog for the recipe, and a funny cat too!

Vegansk For Alle

It might not be spicy, but it sure is good. This mississippi mud pie has an oreo biscuit base and a lovely creamy topping (just look at it!).

@masalavegan

With an instagram name of “Masala Vegan”, you’d be expecting lots from their spices, after all, how else would you make masala? And you’re not going to be disappointed. A proper spice tray, full of whole spices – it’s beautiful isn’t it?

 

First Week Round Up 2017

First Week Round Up 2017

VeganMoFo’ers, thank you for everything you do!  It’s been an amazing first week of VeganMoFo 2017, and we’ve been dazzled by all your creative offerings and culinary delights.  Choosing a few highlights for each day is a tough old job, but here are some that have stood out this week.

The week one theme was Changing Vegan Perceptions, and I think you will have easily convinced the rest of the world that a vegan diet is in no way a boring one!

1st: Re-inventing the veggie option

Fake Meat & True Love

Mike and Sarra livened up the dull old hummus and veg offering by making hummus-crusted tofu with an exciting range of veg (blueberry sweet peppers, anyone?) and sticking it all in a taco. Talk about an improvement!  They’ve posted a taco dish every day this week, so have a look at their other fillings too on their blog or Instagram.

@ambereatsveg

How do you make avo toast fresh and exciting? Strawberries, pomegranate balsamic and cocoa powder! We like Amber’s thinking!  All of her dishes this week have been beautiful and are worth checking out.

Living the Dream

Of course, you don’t have to be following the weekly theme or daily prompts to be featured in our round ups!  MoFo regular Jen is posting about hurricane recovery in the Florida Keys, and we were so happy to see her again!  Week 1 has been full of honest and hopeful videos from her B&B, along with inspiring tales of human kindness and generosity.

 

2nd: Junk food forever!

Coastal Vegan

Feast your eyes on this! Clare has a mouthwatering review of this vegan junk food haven in South Devon that will have us all descending there for a holiday! Clare has also shared some of her own flavoursome recipes this week if you’re in the mood for some cooking.

@vegfullife

Kirsty also went out for junk food:  where would you even start with this sample platter from Portland’s vegan BBQ joint Homegrown Smoker?!

Two Happy Rabbits

If you’re in need of a sugar fix, check out the recipe for this spectacular concoction: funnel cake topped with pumpkin pie ice cream, pecan pralines and caramel sauce.  Truly a work of art!  There’s a recipe every day on their blog, so do check it out for meal inspiration.

 

3rd:  But where do you get your protein?

Vegans Need Sauce

Emily (who happens to be VeganMoFo’s resident IT expert) went to the trouble of googling high-protein foods and then whipped them up into a veritable feast: baked tofu with a sun-dried tomato and pepita pesto, garlicky sauteed spinach, and a quinoa-lentil pilaf. Yum!

@tofumom

We have a lot of respect for Tofumom’s no-nonsense protein response:  plants, duh!  Check out this colourful array of protein-packed veg – just one of her vibrant pics from week one!

@elephantasticvegan

And you can’t talk about protein without mentioning the humble chickpea!  Bianca shared these collard green falafels, and you can find the recipe right here.

 

4th:  Catering

Accidentally Meatless

There were no catering disasters at this wedding – Michelle took a look back at her wedding, a week long celebration of vegan food (oh, and true love) culminating in this tower of five different kinds of cupcakes. Happy anniversary!

Walks, Talks & Eats

Emma’s worst catered meal was so unbelievably bad, you really do have to read it yourself to believe it. Let’s just say that this lasagne (made using actual lasagne pasta sheets!) was a huge improvement! She’s shared her recipe so you can make it yourself at home.  Look at her other daily recipe posts while you’re over there!

@suburbanvegan

Kristen pointed out that we vegans quite often miss out on little nibbles like hors d’oeuvres, so she made a whole meal consisting of delicate little appetisers!  They all looked amazing, but these fried chick’n tofu and waffles a really something else.  She’s posted some really beautiful dishes throughout the week.

 

5th:  Conversion meal

@dauliflower

Everyone tells Danielle that she makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world, vegan or otherwise. Judging by this picture, I’m inclined to believe them!

@naschaer

First of all, yes, this would win anyone over.  Second, did everyone else know that banana blossom is a good fish alternative?!  You can find more details over on Natalie’s Instagram post.  She’s been serving up delicious and hearty feasts all week, so don’t head over there on an empty stomach!

@vegan.raptor

Checking in on another personal theme, if you ever watched The Wire this one’s for you! Every morning vegan.raptor posts a photo of a vegan dish inspired by the name of a character with a little clue as to who it is.  In the evening all is revealed!  This isn’t just bacon, it’s Wee-bey-con!  Play along and see if you can guess any of them!

 

6th:  Vegan Cheese is “real” cheese!

Banana Curl, Vegan Girl

Laura’s theme is ‘magical unicorn rainbow party’, and this mac’n’cheese seems to fit perfectly! Natural colourings abound, including something called butterfly pea tea powder.  You can find the recipe on her blog and check out her other great and thought-provoking posts this week.

@mrs.spaetzle

Check out this elegant looking homemade tofu chevre from Mrs S!  This would look at home on any cheese board.

@raqinthekitch

First time MoFo’er Raquella shared this tempting mac and cheese.  This was a popular dish for this prompt, but hers was the only one we spotted that was made with split peas!

 

7th:  Original vegan

@ladyfunk25

Angie made the smart choice of going for Indian cuisine today with red lentil soup and curried okra.  Let those vegetables and lentils shine!

My Apologies for the Novel

Julie turned to our vegan goddess Isa for this original vegan dish: the goddess noodles from Isa Does It.  In every blog post Julie included a drawing of her dish for Inktober, so make sure you stop by to admire her artistic skills!

@whoneedssalad

Look at this magnificent plate of food from Tania (or, to give credit where it’s due, her husband)!  As she points out, respecting your vegetables is all it takes to create a wonderful dish.  This seared cauliflower is served with steamed millet and braised thyme-scented white beans, finished with a lemon-tahini cauliflower puree.

 

8th:   You do make friends with salad

Kittens Gone Lentil

MoFor regular Susan treated us to a fabulous review of Terry Hope Romero’s Salad Samurai. Salads like this avocado tofu breakfast one are will win you friends any day of the week!

@andivert

Andrea recognises the importance of adding well-seasoned tofu to any salad. Doesn’t it just elevate every dish?

@veganistamama

Occasionally we might be persuaded to skip the tofu and instead get these black pepper candied maple bacon pecans!  Don’t they sound amazing?!  Oh, and they’re served with baby spinach, homegrown black krim tomatoes, and smoky pumpkin vinaigrette.

 

So that’s it for week one!  Week two starts today and we’re curious about what’s going on in your kitchen:  it’s Behind the Scenes week!  We’ll have another round up for you next Monday, but keep an eye on the blog for a daily cookbook giveaway Monday-Friday this week. And keep serving up that delicious food!

New 2017 Graphics!

New 2017 Graphics!

Are you excited for this year’s VeganMoFo yet? Don’t forget, you can still sign up here if you haven’t yet!

In the meantime, we’re pleased to present brand new graphics for this year’s event. Thanks to Tansy Rees Illustration (also find her on Instagram here) we’ve got a variety of vegetables you can use to show off your participation in VeganMoFo. Use them on your blog or your Instagram, share them on Facebook or Twitter to let people know you’re involved – spread the word about vegan food!

 

September MiniMoFo

September MiniMoFo

It’s already September, meaning there’s only one month to go until VeganMoFo gets underway! To get you in the mood, here’s our new MiniMoFo challenge.

In September our theme is:  a meal inspired by a book you love.

And there’s a deadline this month – we’d love your submissions before 25th September, so we have time for a roundup before October comes around.

8th September is International Literacy Day, so we’re asking you to cook up something inspired by a beloved book.  Harry Potter fans, how about some vegan butterbeer?  Can you give Willy Wonka a run for his money and create a sublime chocolate concoction?  Show us what you’ve got!

As usual, remember to use the hashtag #MiniMoFo or post your link in the comments below, and check back at the end of the month for our roundup.

September MiniMoFo

June Blogger of the Month: Living the Dream at Deer Run

June Blogger of the Month: Living the Dream at Deer Run

It’s time to shine the spotlight on one of our regular VeganMoFo’ers again, and this time we’re introducing you to Jen, a vegan superstar:  she runs a vegan B&B in the Florida Keys, maintains a blog (Living the Dream @ Deer Run) and YouTube channel, and is an all-round great advocate for veganism.  And somehow she still had time to answer a few questions and help us get to know her a bit better!

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How long have you been vegan?

Approximately 16 years, but I’m not sure of the exact date…it could be closer to 20.

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How long have you had your vegan B&B, and what inspired you to open it?

About 13-14 years. We used to come here for vacations (it was a non-vegan B&B) at the time. I really fell in love with the area and together we started coming here 3-4 times a year.  As we became friends with the prior owner through the years, the other happy vegan began to help her fix things and tinker around the place to help her out (she was a little older). Ultimately, a few years into our visits he finally said to her, “If you ever want to sell this place, give me a call.” She called!

I was reluctant to take the plunge at first as back then The Other Happy Vegan (my partner) was not yet vegan (he is now, and for about 10 years or so). I knew I couldn’t run a business serving non-vegan food. I agreed to partner in the business and move here for one year ONLY if it would be run vegan. He agreed immediately. We’re still here.

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What’s the best thing about running a vegan B&B?

The best thing about running a vegan B&B is a combination of meeting like-minded people, because that really bolsters our own morale knowing we’re not alone being vegan in a non-vegan world.  The other best part, although it sounds very cliché, is when people tell us they have “seen the light” and are going to go vegan. We never know for sure if those who tell us they have had a perception shift decide to stay vegan, but we are able to offer support, resources and an abundance of gratitude to them when they set their intentions. We really do believe food is a large part of advocacy and activism – every bite of food we serve or distribute is literally saving lives.

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What inspired you to start your blog and YouTube channel?

I started these things because I needed a positive outlet to discuss veganism and all the changes in my own life. Instead of feeling isolated being vegan in a non-vegan world, I opted to do something positive and constructive and create my own support system. Despite running a social business, a lot of my part of running this business is solitary – being in the kitchen alone. Since this region of the world is so different from where I’m originally from, I thought maybe a few others would like to experience part of this. I don’t write as often as I used to for the first few years, but I will not abandon my blog. I also really enjoy VeganMoFo as it holds me accountable for a reason to get a post up.

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

If you said “what’s the worst feedback” that would be easy, but the best? There are people who have said my food was life changing for them. Being brutally honest, the people that will forever stick with me are those who are in some type of health crisis and are searching non-stop for ways to restore health.

I do remember one person who had a very debilitating chronic health condition who I made a very special breakfast for. After she took a bite, she literally began to cry. Long story short, it turned out it had been over a decade since she had any form of pancake as she thought she couldn’t have any with her restrictions. She loved pancakes before her chronic disease diagnosis and missed them immensely. I didn’t know any of this. I gave her the recipe I had created for her to take back home so she could make them too. That was really the first time here that I realized the profound effect my food might have on some people.

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How often do you create new recipes?  Where do you get your recipe inspiration from? 

I used to create new recipes on a weekly basis because I get bored easily.  However I don’t have as much free time anymore, plus it is pretty costly and labor intensive getting a recipe from research & development to the table. I write a few new recipes every year just to keep my edge, but my latest passion is buying vintage cookbooks and veganizing recipes I think have potential. I live on an island, so my access to books can be limited. Vintage cookbooks are fun to play with, and they give me a “base” recipe. My professional culinary training has been almost exclusively privately with chefs, I’ve never had the time to go through an entire culinary program for a chunk of years at one time.

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Are there any other vegan blogs you love?

I absolutely love reading blogs. I get really disappointed and sad when authors I grow attached to either don’t keep up or abandon their blogs (insert sad face here). Thankfully there’s a lot of bloggers I look up from time to time (SO many I’ve discovered through VeganMoFo!).  I especially love The Vegan 8 because the concept is perfect for my life… vegan and 8 ingredients or less is speaking to my soul. I’m a passionate baker, but a very reluctant cook. I could spend all day in the kitchen baking (and often do), but if someone puts a pile of cooking ingredients in front of me I have nowhere near the same excitement. The Vegan 8 to the rescue for sure.

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What’s your favourite cookbook?

Truthfully, my favorite cookbook is a VERY old school out of print vegan book which I don’t talk about because no one can get it anymore. For great modern vegan innovators, I especially enjoy Isa Chandra Moskowitz‘s books and always recommend them (I can’t wait to visit one of her restaurants too!).

I also think the Vegan Black Metal Chef (pictured above in gingerbread form) is fantastic as he is able to connect with an often ignored segment of vegan society: metalheads! He’s edgy, smart, a good thinker, and has a sharp sense of humor too. I think anyone who can inject humor into life is probably someone I’ll gravitate towards. It’s a hard world, and a little levity goes a long way. I think his cookbook (I have it, we backed his Kickstarter) is brilliant. Out of hundreds of cookbooks his stands out for the photos, the ease of creation, the philosophy and personal element he has injected into every aspect, and the music. Additionally, it’s very modern in that every recipe has a QR code. There is so much thought and work behind his book, it far exceeded my own expectations. It’s helped me be more adventurous in my own personal meal creation.

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What’s your favourite cuisine?

My favorite cuisine by far is Italian. Good authentic Italian food is exceptionally limited in the Florida Keys, but there is one authentic Italian restaurant in Key West we’ll go to occasionally. There are limited vegan options, but what they do offer to us is excellent. When I travel up north, I practically live on Italian food to make up for lost time down here.

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What’s your favourite travel destination? 

Admittedly I am not well traveled anymore since we came to Deer Run. Our focus remains on our community, volunteer work and our business. Despite this we make an effort to do a road trip in Florida for a week or so every year. Plus we both have a desire to rent an RV, load up our animals with us and see our country (especially Oregon, we hear it’s so vegan friendly). As far as international travel, we’ll be visiting Thailand most likely when we are able to set aside enough time. Vegan food, beaches, and Thai massage sums up my idea of perfection.

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Have you stayed in any all-vegan accommodation?

YES! The White Pig Sanctuary in Schuyler, Virginia is WONDERFUL. It’s truly an oasis. We have been there a couple of times, and will absolutely go back. It was actually at The White Pig that the other happy vegan went vegan on the spot. Dina (owner/proprietor) allowed us into the pig area to interact. One of the pigs went up to The Other Happy Vegan and began nudging him…. He started to pet the pig, and soon enough this giant sweet pig rolled over just like a dog for a belly rub. At the time, The Other Happy Vegan was not yet vegan (this was a long time ago….) although I was already vegan. I could almost literally see the paradigm shift within him as he was petting that pig. It was in that actual moment that he declared himself vegan, and never looked back. I think if everyone could visit a sanctuary and visit with animals in safe and loving environments allowing their (the animals’) personalities to come forth, it would be a much better world with a heck of a lot more vegans in it.

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You can find out more about the Deer Run B&B via their Facebook page, and make sure you also check out fellow MoFo’er Kelly’s glowing review of her stay.

May MiniMoFo Roundup

May MiniMoFo Roundup

It’s the end of May, and time for our monthly MiniMoFo roundup! This month, we asked to hear all about your favourites. It’s been great seeing the different interpretations of this prompt – from favourite foods, to favourite restaurants, and more.

@lisasprojectvegan

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For Mother’s Day, Lisa went to Modern Love Brooklyn, our very own Isa Chandra’s restaurant! It’s easy to see why this could be someone’s favourite place. Grilled asparagus with cashew hollandaise? Yes please! Check out her instagram post for photos of the other courses she had – all delicious looking.

@veganfeastcatering

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Where would a vegan be without their avocado? I’m sure it’s a firm favourite of many vegans and Janet from Vegan Feast Catering is no exception. Also, how perfect does this avocado look? Jealous here!

@things2eat

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Moon’s account on instagram is packed full of mouthwatering meals, and her birthday meal is no exception (Happy Birthday!). She followed it up with a chocolate brownie, which makes it even better!

Herbivore’s Heaven

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Jenny blogged about one of her favourite restaurants, Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen in Manchester. She posted about a huge variety of foods her and her family ordered – including these prawn toasts, which she describes as “a deep fried toastie” – which definitely sounds very appealing.

@lisarturner

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Lisa’s favourite dessert is strawberry and rhubarb crisp – a classic combination, perfect for a summer fruit harvest. She’ll be posting the recipe to her blog soon, so that’s one to look out for!

@juli.ane_x

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Juli went to Kent’s first vegan pub – and this “Elvis burger” with peanut butter, pickles, and vegan bacon certainly looks like a good favourite to have. Yum!

Walks, Talks, & Eats

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Emma shared her favourite food – chocolate! This time, in the form of chocolate cake. Chocolate cake is always something we can get on board with!

Alien on Toast

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Sal shared a blog post with her current favourite foods – including Tofoo, a new type of tofu she makes scramble with. Plus, ice cream, pancakes, tea, and more – some great favourites to check out!

@dimsimkitty

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Susan also went to her favourite restaurant, Easy House Vegetarian, where she ordered yum cha, including bean curd rolls. They look intriguing and delicious!

Living the Dream

Jen from Living the Dream came through with another wonderful video sharing not one but two of her favourite things – kombucha and tiramisu! She also shares the recipe for the tiramisu on her blog. Watch the video and enjoy!

My Apologies for the Novel

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Julie shared a round up of her favourite things – including a corn & mac bake (the recipe is on her blog) and many more tasty things.

@nicolearciello

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Nicole made pepperoni pizza and pepperoni bread with her homemade pepperoni…any guesses as to her favourite food?

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s MiniMoFo, stay tuned to find out what we’d like to see in June!

Vegan In: London

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.

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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!