Premium Chocolatiers Giveaway

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For our final Vegan MoFo giveaway of 2014 we’re thrilled to have a gift pack from Premium Chocolatiers!

chocolate_heavenPremium Chocolatiers is an online retailer that makes a variety of specialty chocolates and truffles. You may have heard of their Kickstarter campaign several months ago to bring about the NoNo’s Milk Like Chocolate Candies. Similar to an M&M, the NoNo has a candy layer over a thin layer of chocoalte but with a marshmallow inside. According to the Laziest Vegans, they are “melt in your mouth”.

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But they also make other bagged candies like their mini peanut butter cups and No Wheys, which are caramel and peanut nougut squares encased in milkless chocolate. You can even order straight bars of their milkless chocolate.

Premium Chocolatiers has kindly donated a bag each of NoNos, Peanut Butter Minis, and No Wheys! for us to give away to one lucky winner!

To enter, you just need to leave a comment below about which of the Premium Chocolatiers products you’re looking forward to trying the most. We’ll select a winner  at 8 am PDT on September 30th. This giveaway is open to US residents only. You’ve got 24 hours to enter! One entry per person please.

 

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Last Sunday Round-Up of Vegan MoFo 2014

It has been nothing less than fun! All you Mo-Foers, we are in the final lap of Vegan MoFo 2014, and the end is so very near! Last week I came down with a nasty bug, which put a huge dent into my personal MoFo blogging, but believe it or not, I’ll be able to make all my burger posts, which goes to show that tribulations can stall the MoFo, but it doesn’t have to completely halt it.

Take heart, and even if you’ve had some personal issues this month, the last lap is happening now, so stick with it and get those posts done.

This is my final MoFo Round-up. It has been a blast and I have loved seeing all the wonderful and really mouth-watering offerings you have all shareed. It makes me feel secure in the fact that veganism is not just here to stay, but is flourishing midst all the creative juices that flow among you amazing vegans (and those cooking vegan this month – keep it up!)

With that in mind, and a bit of a party atmosphere that I’m sensing on the brink, let’s see what you have had to share today:

Firstly is the list maniacs of The Food Duo who have made it their mission to regale us with lists every single day this month. Today they are sharing their list of their favorite adventures for Part II of their Veg Fest UK 2014.

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This just makes it very clear that I do NOT attend as many veg fests as I should. In fact, I think the last one was in Austin more than a decade ago! Anyone know if San Diego is getting one any time soon?

Next up is House Vegan. This post really had me in turmoil as to which picture to feature from it… Halloween…Cadry’s Card Swap…Peanut Butter & Co. ..or kitties! the dilemma! Spare me, won’t you and just go check it out?

In the end, I chose the Trader Joe’s Halloween cookies because my kids have been dragging out the Halloween decorations. It is their opinion that as soon as Autumn Equinox happens, it is officially Halloween season. Not Fall. Halloween season. Officially renamed, take note.

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Now I feel bad. I didn’t choose the kitty. No worries, because East Meets West Veg has a photo series of adorable Chewy stalking and attacking her Amy’s Veggie Loaf dinner. Took that company a bit too long to make it vegan, but when they did…man oh! man! Delish! Can’t blame Chewy for wanting some of that!

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Getting back to fall- themes, Adventures in Vegan Bento runs down how to make Crockpot Apple Butter. With the apple season right here and now (or around the corner for the warmer states), no better time to get to your local organic orchard for some apple picking. That alone is cause for a party! Bring on the cinnamon!

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Finally, bringing it all full circle, it is party time! Freude am Kochen put on this super amazing looking vegan dinner party. I want to be invited to her next bash, please! She has a full series of photos delighting us with all the spectacular pomp and circumstance. Even if Google translate fails you, those photos are worth a thousand words.

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That does it for me, folks! I’m outta here and back to my own blog to finish up my last few MoFo posts. I’m looking forward to the following weeks when I will be ubber busy commenting on all your posts that I missed doing during the actual fun-and-crazy time that us vegans have come to affectionately term Vegan MoFo.

Vegan Hugs to all,

Zsu

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Giveaway – Animal Rescue Bar

This competition is now closed. Congrat’s to Bobbie!

We have a great giveaway for you today from compassionate vegan company Animal Rescue Bar who’ve teamed up with us to offer you the chance to win a whole box of their nutritious peanut crunch bars.

The people behind Animal Rescue Bar donate 50% of their profits to non-profit animal rescue organisations including Compassion Over Killing, Mercy For Animals and The Pig Preserve which we think is super cool. They’re a great company and you can buy their delicious sounding bars online from Vegan Essentials.

unnamed (1)To enter leave a comment below before 6pm EST tomorrow telling us what your favourite non-profit animal rescue organisation is. 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 anyone living in the US of A.

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Roundin’ up Saturday: cats, eats, fields, kimchi, fall (the best things in life)

Somehow, tragically, the last time I posted a round up on Caturday I forgot to post cats. My cats Lenny and Puddy have pledged at least one visit to the litterbox each every day in September—can we please get a round of applause for Madame Puddington and Leonard (Lenny) Cohen for not a day missed!

Lenny has not slain Puddy; Lenny just prefers the dark side.

Cool. Back to MoFo.

If you are lucky—Saturdays might be a day for farmers’ markets visits and possible a meal out. Even though I was working, I was lucky enough to experience both today. The vegan poutine I was able to procure (at Heartwood in Halifax, NS) has me dying to replicate its deliciousness. Thanks to Tofu Mom, I have a gravy to start with. (PS: photos of gravy are not boring if there is the promise of marmite, a must, in the gravy).

Marmite lava bubbles in cashew savoury goodness.

Oh to be eating Venezuelan food with Abracaposus at Kaxapa Factory in Playa Del Carmen! Seriously, does it get any better?

This is what a Kaxapa looks like.

My personal favourite:

Arepas! Possibly the best sammich invented?

There should always be time to be in the fields on Saturdays, right? Especially for events such as the Norwich FarmShare that just happened to have Dearly Beloved Bakery on hand with its vegan cakes.

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Ooh la la! Olives for Dinner made these delectable kimchi-stuffed sausages from Vegan Finger Foods (a formidable book, get it!).

Kimchi stuffed in everything forever man. And yeah, I’m talking in donuts, your morning coffee, your car’s glove compartment, in your sock drawer. Don’t ever stray too far away from some kimchi (so you can stuff it in something). Kimchi should know no bounds.

LOOK AT IT. Look at the scallion artistry. The perfectly scattered black and white sesame seeds. The ying and yang telling of the promise of kimchi settled resplendently into a vegan sausage.

Popcorn and Nooch takes charming inspiration from The Four Seasons with this gorgeous fall salad with ingredients from all of the seasons.

When you fall, in the fall you’ll see. September can be heavenly!

Have a lovely Sunday tomorrow. I hope you are able to take a walk outside wearing a scarf because I am still boiling to death here so I shall live vicariously through those of you enjoying my favourite season! Keep posting! Home stretch! Many people (such as myself) are still reading as voraciously as ever.

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Cookbook Giveaway Straight From the Earth

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As we round out our fourth week of Vegan MoFo 2014 I’m pleased to bring you another cookbook giveaway for Straight From the Earth by Marea Goodman, published by Chronicle Books.

-1Straight From the Earth is written by the woman who founded Earthbound Farms and is a vegan cookbook that focuses on using fresh produce. With recipes like Mixed Chicory Salad with Avocado, Garlic Croutons, and Pine Nuts and Cumin-Roasted Cauliflower with Carrots, it is an excellent cookbook to have on hand to use up some of those never-used-it-before veggies you get in your CSA box.

It’s not just veggies, though, as there are also recipes such as Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies and Very Chocolatey Chocolate Brownies for your sweet tooth. With 100 recipes covering breakfast to dessert, this would be an excellent cookbook for someone who is veggie curious and looking to expand their diet. And what seasoned vegan can’t use more creative recipes for a perfect vegetable potluck dish?

Chronicle books has kindly donated one copy of Straight From The Earth for us to give away today.

To enter, you just need to leave a comment below about your favorite fresh vegetable. We’ll select a winner at 8 am PDT on September 28th. This giveaway is open to US residents only. You’ve got 24 hours to enter! One entry per person please.

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Let’s Celebrate: Friday MoFo Round-Up

Can you believe it? It’s the last Friday of MoFo! Have you met your MoFo goals? Exceeded them? Have some, um, room for improvement next year? Regardless, let’s have a toast as we kick off the final weekend of Vegan MoFo 2014.

Apple Pie ShrubI can’t think of anything better to celebrate with than this Apple Pie Shrub from Becky at Glue & Glitter. This spiced apple pie soda can be made either with or without rum, depending on your inclinations.   If your fall weekend plans involve hitting up the apple orchard, definitely snag a few extras for the applesauce needed for this delightful fall drink.

Vegan Lemon Meringue PieNeed another reason to celebrate? Kari at Bite-sized Thoughts has done the impossible – a vegan lemon meringue pie. I know, I know, I’d always heard that it couldn’t happen, but this picture says it all. Lemon meringue used to be one of my favorite pies. I can hardly wait to welcome it back into my life.

Awesome tips for traveling while veganAfter your sweet tooth has been sated, head over to The Vegan Word where Caitlin has been talking wanderlust hungerlust all month. She’s shown that vegans can eat well anywhere, and today she’s featuring Jojo, the intrepid traveler. Jojo always seems to be heading off on some far-flung adventure, and today she’s spilling the beans on her insider secrets.

Miso glazed Brussels sproutsSpeaking of insider secrets, Lazy Smurf is letting us in on her secret ingredients, and today she’s sharing the merits of miso. For gravy, dressing, vegan cheeses, and these miso glazed Brussels sprouts, miso is a must.

Layered saladFinally, what would a month of vegan food be without that beloved canister – the Mason jar. It can hold smoothies, iced coffee, dried beans & grains, and oh, yeah, it can be used for canning. Plus, it can be used as a receptacle for layered salads. Bianca waded the waters of the layered salad and tells about it on Vegan Crunk.

This will be my final round-up for this year’s MoFo! It’s been such a blast!

All the best, Cadry

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Thursday MoFo Round-up!

Oh MoFo’ers… the randomofo.com feed is like a field of broken MoFo dreams right about now… And yet, there are the brave few who forge on – either after an occasional fall off the horse, or with an unbroken current of blogging enthusiasm. If you’re one of the bloggers who has lost some steam – either give it a go and make a final push, or commit to participating by continuing to comment on the blogs that are still going strong.

I have had so much fun with randomofo.com this year – I’ve already got about 20 new-to-me blogs that I plan on adding to my blog roll. It’s so fun to discover the variety of voices and styles and recipes that still exist in the vegan blogosphere. I love MoFo!

Here are a few of the posts that caught my eye so far today:

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Vegetarian Snob made these  Healthy Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal, and I think it looks pretty yum. She makes it more on the savory side of things, but suggests that you can add a little sweetener if you like. I just discovered baked oatmeal in the last year, and I loved it! I’m still in autumn-denial mode, but once I make peace with reality, I’ll be back for this recipe.

 

french bread 1The blog New Orleans in Green has been celebrating New Orleans food all month – with everything from famous brands of NOLA goodies to this week’s explorations of culinary influences on NOLA cuisine. Today’s post is about the lasting legacy of the French in NOLA… including some damned fine looking bread!

 

hibachi-dressingVeg Fiend made this super maximus colorful Carrot Ginger Hibachi Sauce & 3-Bean Salad. The colors are so beautiful! I can’t believe that neon orange dressing – vegetables are so amazing! I’d never heard of Hibachi Sauce, but I think this salad looks great. Plus, three cheers to VegFiend for being a non-vegan who is embracing VeganMoFo and doing a great job!

kalesoup1I’ve really been loving Vegga‘s “Where Do You Get Your Protein?” nutrition theme this month. Her blog is doing a most excellent job of demonstrating that eating vegan food can be nutritious, beautiful, and super delicious. Check out this beautiful Kale and White Bean Soup – it’s bursting at the seams with veggie goodness! I’ve already bookmarked a bunch of the recipes from this blog so far. Looks like I’m gonna have a lot of post-MoFo bookmarks to revisit.

Piccata Milanese2From Veggie To Vegan has been doing beautiful posts featuring recipes from different regions of Italy every day this month. They are so amazing, plus the blog is in German and English – so even more vegans can enjoy these blog posts and recipes. Today’s post is a recipe for Piccata Milanese, from the Lombardy Region of Italy. Doesn’t this picture just make you want to start eating your computer screen?

purplepestoRock My Vegan Socks (fun blog name!) used purple basil to make Purple Pesto!!  I love doing fun and playful things with veggies and this looks so fun. Plus, I have my annual Rainbow Potluck on the horizon, and those purple foods are always a challenge.

cherry4So, now let’s move on to dessert! Little Vegan Bear has been rockin’ it with a really excellent “Music for Your Mouth” mofo theme – with foods inspired by music. Don’t these Eagle Eye Cherry / Wild Cherry bonbons look delicious? Plus, you get at least one awesome music video every day LVB’s site!

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Lisa’s Project: Vegan has been doing daily round-ups on her own favorite recipes, and today’s recipe round-up is all about coooooookies! I am a cookie monster, so this is right up my alley. Plus, I am putting on an event this weekend, so I will be baking cookies all day tomorrow. These Lace Cookies look especially lovely to me.

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Chickpea Magazine Giveaway

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As we head toward the end of MoFo 2014 we still have some great giveaways coming up. Including today’s giveaway, which is for a year subscription or single issue of Chickpea Magazine!

chickpea 1Chickpea is a quarterly publication founded in 2011 and is known for its gorgeous photography and layout.  Each copy includes recipes, food musings, and DIY projects such as the do it yourself bouillon in the current fall issue.

Whether you’re interested in a collection of autumnal mushroom recipes or a tutorial on camping kits, there will be an article in Chickpea for you. Their fall 2014 issue has just been released and you can head over to their website where they’re having a sale on some of their previous issues. Check it out!

chickpea 2The fab folks who put out Chickpea are giving away a year subscription to 1 winner in the US and the current fall issue to one non-US international winner. With your entry you must mention if you are US or international so we can ensure everyone gets entered into the correct pool.

To enter, you just need to leave a comment below about your favorite legume.   We’ll select two winners at 8 am PDT on September 27.  You’ve got 48 hours to enter! One entry per person please.

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GIVEAWAY: Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero

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Salad SamuraiWhen you are a vegan people ask you the same annoying questions over and over (ie Do you eat chicken?). But if you are a vegan that doesn’t like salad, let me tell you from first hand knowledge, that you are going to have some serious ‘splainin’ to do. People look at you, aghast, “But what do you eat???”.

Well folks, with this amazing new book by Terry Hope Romero I can easily answer now with salads like “Spring Herb Salad with Maple Orange Tempeh, or Deviled Kale Caesar Salad or Seared Garlic Chickpeas, Spinach, and Farro”. Terry’s book is full of recipes that I would actually not just eat but completely enjoy. The book has so many dressings like Chia Chipotle Dressing and toppings like Curried Cashew Pepita Crunch that you can add to any old boring salad you make to make it awesome too! Proteins like that 70’s tofu have been huge hits over on the PPK. And it’s arranged seasonally so you won’t be trying to use so-called “tomatoes” in the dead of winter. I am a salad hater no more! Here is a great and thorough review from Vegan Eats and Treats if you want to learn more and see tons of pictures.

Now if you want to win a copy from one the greatest vegan authors of our time you must have a US or Canada address, fill in your email, and answer me this question in the next 24 hours. What is the one thing that you like to add to any salad that will make it pop? Extra Rule! You can not answer with anything that someone ahead of you has already said. SO if the first comment is “Olives” you bet your ass you better not answer olives. Unless you want to lose!

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Tuesday Round-up: Ready to Rumble

I always learn a ton of things during veganmofo and find so much inspiration from other blogs. It’s amazing how everyone has the same parameters, write about vegan food every day for a month, and then takes it in so many different directions. For example, some people come up with themes like The Miss Kitchen Witch Recipe Blog doing Harry Potter inspired recipes every day. Today her Mrs. Weasley’s Vegan Bacon Butties looked pretty much to die for.baconbutty5blog

On of my most favorite things is seeing dishes prepared in ways that I am unfamiliar with and I’ve pretty much only seen jackfruit as a fruit or a meat sub so it was super cool to see this dish, Jukut Nangka, from Bali. VegFusion says that it’s “a local dish which is slow cooked young jackfruit with local spices and beans, served with red and white rice.” 

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I love seeing new ways to use ingredients that I make the same way every single time. In this case, these Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash sound delightful and festive. I love sweet roasted vegetables and I bet the coconut bacon adds a lot.

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Some dishes I see just make me swoon, not literally, I don’t know if I’ve ever literally swooned but I think you’ll know what I mean when you see these Chilean Panqueques con manjar or Crepes with Dulce de Leche in English from Vegan Sweet and Simple. It’s the kind of food you want to marry.

Panqueques-con-manjar-2-1024x765And finally, I love new ways to get more chocolate into my diet AND Earl Grey Tea so I can embrace my inner Captain Picard. I wish I could embrace the outer Captain Picard…and these truffles.

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Hope you all still have your mofo mojo! Only 7 days to go!

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