Vegan MoFo Sunday Round Up – Odds and Ends

Greetings from the much cooler southwestern USA – San Diego. Tonight’s Sunday Round Up is all about good stuff. Let’s get to it!

 

First up… kitties! Because …kitties!

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More kitty love at My Apologies For the Novel …and hot chocolate. Kept that in my pocket until now.

 

 

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Because kitties bring to mind their undying need to be wild, these mulberries reminded me of my own kitties’ because they are beautiful. A Fruity Life’s mulberries are just as pretty.

 

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Next up is roasting prickly pear fruit. Cats to mulberries to prickly pear.  Don’t miss Vegan Eats and Treats’s Part One of her cactus encounter.

 

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Once you’ve picked your prickly pear, go pick some almonds from your neighborhood bulk aisle and make milk.  Gorgeous photo by Sprouts and Chocolate.

 

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After you have milk the natural inclination is to enjoy it with challah from Triumph Wellness.

 

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Once you have your delish challah, it’s time to enjoy it with your Tempeh Bacon and Leek Quiche. From Vegetarian Snob. Because deep, deep down in all of us, there is a desire for tempeh bacon.

 

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Just because it made me think,  Fuck Yeah Vegan Ice Cream rounds up some great signage.

 

Finally, this has nothing to do with food, but it is just as beautiful as the foods above, Vaelium 76 has had some great instagram posts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcing the VeganMoFo 2014 Chopped! Champion!

It’s time to announce the winner of this year’s VeganMoFo Chopped! competition! Our contestants showed up for a vibrant, well-rounded entree round with Oolong tea, fresh prune plums, spicy jalapeños and every Fraggle’s favorite, the hot-headed radish.

Here’s a listing of our fab contestants and their variety of exciting submissions, in random order:

You can check out all their photos and more on our Chopped! Contestant! Roundup!

Here we go!  After much deliberation on who really got creative and elevated their ingredients, plus much discussion on presentation, perceived taste and the use of those mighty ingredients, our judges (Julia Legume, Dan Reed & Chelsea Hoshi) came to a decision!

Without further adieu, our new VeganMoFo Chopped! Champion is….Emily of the Vegan Needs Sauce tumblr and her Channa Masala with Plums, Radish Salad and Oolong Rice

Our 2014 Winner! Vegan Needs Sauce’s Channa Masala with Plums, Radish Salad and Oolong Rice

Our judges agreed that incorporating all these flavors into a channa masala, which is a dish they already enjoy, was super special, intriguing and seemed quite balanced in terms of flavor combinations, bonus fresh herbs and that lovely tea-infused rice!

Emily wins a special sweet prize from our friends at Chicago Vegan Foods, a Vegan Iron Chef tshirt to show her vegan cookin’ pride, and the coveted title of VEGANMOFO! CHOPPED! CHAMPION!

More from Emily on her dish:

So when they announced the ingredients for the Vegan MoFo Chopped! basket, I knew I had to give it a shot. They are: radish, oolong tea, fresh prune plums, and jalapeno. It took me a little time to mull it over (look, I won’t do well on the real “Chopped”), but I decided to look to Indian cooking for inspiration and make channa masala with some plums in the spicy tomato sauce base, radish salad, and basmati rice cooked with oolong tea.”

Love it!

Big ups to Chicago Vegan Foods for donating! Check out their new mini Dandies for  your autumn treats and upcoming hot cocoa rounds!

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Thanks to everyone for entering!!

Pssst, Emily, please leave a comment or tweet to us with your email address, so we can connect ya with CVF and send that shirt! – jess

 

 

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Everyday Vegan Eats Giveaway

Everyday Vegan Eats by Zsu DeverHello, all! It’s time for another giveaway! This one is international, and there will be two winners!

Everyday Vegan Eats, by Zsu Dever, highlights her family’s favorites. (You may remember Zsu from the blog Zsu’s Vegan Pantry and her awesome Vegan MoFo burger theme!)

Zsu Dever - author of Everyday Vegan EatsPacked with comfort foods that warm the body and spirit, Everyday Vegan Eats has highly craveable dishes like Arroz non Pollo, Tex-Mex Migas, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Baked Macaroni & Cheese, and Deli Reubens.

Gyro - Everyday Vegan EatsI did a full review of Zsu’s book on my blog earlier this year, and one of the stand-out favorites were these Greek Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce. The gyros can be made with Soy Curls, seitan, or marinated tofu. I went with the tofu, which was packed with the flavors of lemon juice, garlic, and herbs. An explosion of tastes!

If you’d like to get your hands on this book, just leave a comment below telling me about one of your favorite everyday dishes. What is a dish that you make weekly at your house?

The contest has ended!  Congratulations to Maya & Moon!  Make sure that I have some way of contacting you – either by email or by way of your blog. You have until Monday 10 am CST to enter. One entry per person please. I will pick two winners tomorrow for this international giveaway!

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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

This giveaway is now closed. Congrat’s to our winner PL.

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

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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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