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VeganMoFo 2014 – A Very English Round Up

VeganMoFo 2014 – A Very English Round Up

Hey there! This is Jojo here, I’ve been on holiday in Austin, Tx for the last 12 days which has meant I’ve had far less time to peruse blogs than is usual for me during VeganMoFo. The lure of taco trucks, friends and the sun all conspired to drag me away from my smart phone. Austin’s beautiful, y’all. I can’t wait for Vida Vegan Con next May! Now I’m home in foggy, chilly Brighton (okay, it’s 17 degrees which isn’t bad but it makes a big change from the beautiful 34 degree weather I’ve been experiencing these past couple of weeks) and I woke up excited and immediately rushed downstairs, fired up my laptop and opened my reader ready to peruse your blogs and get some serious catching up done.

I love our Where in the World page and I often browse new blogs by picking a country and reading and commenting on all of the blogs on the list. Perhaps it’s inspired by my love of travel. I think it’s a super fun way to mix it up. Today I picked England because it’s nice to be home.

The first post that caught my eye today was this one from Faster, Pussycat! Run! Run! This is a totally new to me blog and these Hazelnut Cocoa Balls are right up my street.

hazelnutballAnyone who knows me knows that I love pancakes and these ones from The Grumpy Sailor look amazing. My US pal’s might find covering pancakes in jam (or, as they say, jelly) a little odd but seriously, just try it! This is how I ate scotch pancakes growing up and trust me when I say I will definitely be trying out this recipe. Look how fluffy they look.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvery Thursday Sal from Alien on Toast is veganising Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals and today she took on his Thai Chicken Laksa subbing in Realeat Chick’n and leaving out the fish sauce. I love that she’s timing these meals to see how close they come to Jamie’s 15 minute plan!

20140911_182812The ladies from To Happy Vegans went to a fancy schmancy vegan pop up dinner at Asparagism together and I have all of my fingers crossed that it returns to London asap. I really, really want to go. The pea shoot salad looked beautiful, the lentil parcel sounded fantastic but it’s this polenta dish that got me all excited. I’m a recent polenta convert and I have no idea what took me so long. Polenta’s delicious especially if it’s battered or coated in something yummy and then fried.

DSCF3654-300x225This Harry Potter inspired French onion soup comes from the aptly named Miss Kitchen Witch. I hardly ever make soup but this one’s tempting me for sure and I love the theme.

onionsoup9blogNext up is Welsh Girl Eats who caught my eye with her Plum and Pear Coconut Crumble. I really, really love crumble and one of the things I find exciting about autumn and winter is that it’s crumble season. I usually go for apple but I would certainly be up for throwing some plums in there.

img_3930Last but by no means least is a post that popped up whist I was writing this round up and I just had to include it. Eat to Inspire posted this delicious looking burger from Cafe Kino in Bristol which was the spot where my husband and I ate lunch just before he proposed to me five years ago almost to the day. Ah, memories.

dsc_0715Happy MoFoing everyone. I can’t wait to read more of your posts tomorrow!

Giveaway – Ten Acre Crisps

Giveaway – Ten Acre Crisps

This giveaway is now closed. Congrat’s Abi!

Ten Acre are a relatively new brand on the UK vegan scene but they’ve appeared with a bang thanks to their amazing The Story of When the Cheese Met the Onion flavour. Vegan cheese and onion crisps are something people have been waiting for for a long time and this companies exciting flavours make me sure they’ll be sticking around for the long haul. If an all vegan crisp company sounds as great to you as it did to me when I first heard about them then you’ll love today’s competition.

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 07.50.34Ten Acre will be sending one lucky winner a months supply of crisps (that’s 32 packs) in a super cute picnic hamper. Flavours range from When Hickory Got BBQ’d to The Secret of Mr Salt bypassing my favourite The Day Sweet and Sour Became Friends. This is a competition worth getting excited about!

To be in with a chance of winning this bumper prize just let me know what your absolute favourite crisp flavour is by 8pm GMT tomorrow. 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 residents of the UK and ROI only.

Giveaway – Booja Booja

Giveaway – Booja Booja

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Claire, Becky & Imogen!

Booja Booja have been one of my favourite vegan companies for a long time and I’m really happy they decided to take part in another giveaway here, the last one was so fun. This UK based company make deliciously decadent truffles and amazing coconut based ice creams which are a summer staple for me. Their Banoffee Toffee truffles are my current favourite product and if you win this competition you’ll get to try them! Booja Booja have generously donated three boxes of their Gourmet Selection of truffles which have an RRP of £16.99.

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 07.51.40This scrumptious assortment of organic handmade truffles features some of Booja Booja’s classic flavours, the afforementioned Banoffee Toffee as well as Stem Ginger, Around Midnight Espresso, Rum Sozzled Sultana and Champagne. As well as being vegan these are soya and gluten free. The three winners will each win one box and I can’t promise that I’m not a little jealous becuase obvioulsy I can’t enter to win this one myself!

To enter leave a comment below before 8pm GMT September 5th telling us which Boojalicious flavour you’d be least likely to share. 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 the UK and ROI only.

A MoFo Preview in Themes…

A MoFo Preview in Themes…

Our inbox has been flooded with your sign ups and everyone here at MoFo HQ has loved seeing your ideas, plans and themes roll in as the month’s gone on. You only have five days left to sign up so if you’re still debating over whether to throw yourself into MoFo now’s the time to throw caution to the wind and jump right in. To make it super easy for you here’s the link to the sign up sheet again!

It was getting impossible to narrow down my favourite themes for this post, I’m excited about everything! Here they all are, come back to the site on September 1st to see who’s doing what.

  • A – Z Ingredients
  • Adventures in Vegan Eating
  • Around the World in 20 Recipes
  • Baby Bump Cravings
  • Bella Vegan Italia
  • Bento Boxes
  • Burgers
  • Canning & Preserving
  • Carbs & Rec – Veganizing Pawnee One Plate at a Time
  • Celebrating Summer!
  • Community
  • Cookbook Challenge
  • Cookies
  • Cooking For One
  • Cooking With Isa
  • CSA & Farmer’s Market Finds
  • Daily Eats
  • Desserts
  • Dining in NYC
  • Dining with Disney Movies
  • Dinner and a Movie
  • Eat to Live
  • Eating Vegan on a Budget
  • Fermentation
  • Finnish Coffee Table
  • Food from Buffy / Angel
  • Fork Food Shaming
  • French Food
  • Gravy
  • Halloween
  • Harry Potter
  • Healthy & Delicious
  • How This Kid Gets Protein
  • Fighting Inflamation
  • Ice Cream
  • International Cheese & Chocolate Month
  • International House of Pancakes Turned Muffins
  • Intervention of a Food Hoarder
  • Japanese Inspired
  • Jewish and Middle Eastern Recipes Veganized
  • Legumes
  • Louisiana Locavore – Eating Locally for 30 Days in Northwest Louisiana
  • Lunchboxes
  • Mister Rogers Neighbourhood & Childhood Nostalgia
  • Music For Your Mouth
  • New Foods
  • Oktoberfest
  • Packed Lunch
  • Pizza
  • Return of the Mac
  • Roadtrip Across America
  • Salads
  • Sci-fi, Fantasy and Curry
  • Smoothies
  • Southwestern Cuisine
  • Tea
  • Thai Food & Travel
  • The End of the World
  • The Food of Wales
  • The Letter S
  • The World in My Kitchen
  • Travel
  • Urban City Vegan Eats
  • Vegan Challenge
  • Vegan Cheese
  • Vegan Crafting
  • Vegan Eats For Fuelling Your Body
  • Veganising Not-So-Vegan Cookbooks
  • Vegan Faux Show
  • Vegan Food Diary
  • Vegan Wedding
  • Will My Kids Eat It?
  • 10 For 30: A Month of Top 10 Lists



The Return of the MoFies!

The Return of the MoFies!

Our official VeganMoFo awards ceremony, The MoFies, is coming back this year and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. Why I hear you ask? Well, this year the MoFies have a sponsor! Can I get a fork yeah?!

RCC logo vector-hiresThe Raw Chocolate Co have come on board to offer every MoFie winner a bar of their award winning raw chocolate and a bag of their raw chocolate covered berries, how exciting (and delicious!) does that sound?

44g-02-pitch-award-2014-08_WEBThe_Raw_Chocolate_Co-ChocolateMulberries-WEBYou get to blog your hearts out just like usual and you might even win a prize. Categories will include Best Theme, Most Adorable Companion Animal, Most Epic Post, Putting Your City on the Vegan Map and many more so get ready.

Sign ups close in just under a week on Wednesday 27th August and if you haven’t joined us yet what are you waiting for? The sign up sheet’s right here!

2014 Vegan MoFo Graphics Are Here!

2014 Vegan MoFo Graphics Are Here!

Yay! You have two weeks to sign up and in two and a half the blogging begins! Get your logos here, we have different themes as well as banner sized and sidebar sized graphics so hopefully everyone can find room for one somewhere.

Thanks as always go to Amanda Chronister for making these for us, if you’re looking to support a vegan doing the freelance illustration and design thing please check out her work.

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Why Take Part in VeganMoFo?

Why Take Part in VeganMoFo?

Hey there! Jojo here, I’m franticly working on my mofo theme, attempting to trace / draw/ collage myself a logo with minimal artistic skills and getting ready to eat everything in sight come September. What are you doing? Are you working hard on your theme? Are you planning to wing it? Are you still undecided about hopping aboard the MoFo train? Let us know in the comments but, if it’s the latter, I’m here to give you 5 good reasons why you should join in.

  1. It’s super fun! I’ve seriously loved every moment of taking part in VeganMoFo since I first joined in back in 2010. Even on days when I’ve felt a little burnt out I’ve been inspired to continue by everyone else’s amazing posts.
  2. During MoFo you’re not just one person out there in the blogosphere cooking, photographing, eating and typing your little heart out, you’re part of a community. And an awesome community at that. We’ve had over 100 sign ups so far and the only thing missing is you!
  3. Year on year I gain new followers and make new blogging buddies. Whether you’ve been blogging for years or are just starting out this is a great way to get involved in the online vegan community.
  4. Discovering new blogs is great. If, like me, you enjoy starting your day gazing at other people’s gorgeous foodie creations whilst you nom on your own breakfast then MoFo is the place for you. We’ll be organising the participating blogs by country and category so you can browse that way. The site randomofo (link coming soon) is aother fun option for browsing through the feed. I also like to add the blogs I’m enjoying to a folder in Bloglovin’ so that I don’t miss anything during or after MoFo.
  5. Challenging yourself is fun. Whilst we ask that you blog 20 times during the month (and a lot of us shoot for the full 30) we won’t be putting you on our shitlist if you miss a day! Just hop back on the hobbyhorse the next day and keep on blogging.

Are you convinved yet? We sure hope so! If not we’ll be back next week with a post on Community Building!

We’ve got 3 weeks to go! Happy MoFo!

Newsflash! VeganMoFo Returns September 2014.

Newsflash! VeganMoFo Returns September 2014.

That’s right! VeganMoFo is coming atcha’ this September. That means you have seven whole weeks to think on your themes, stock your pantry with every flour in existence, and prepare to take part in the worldwide blogging extravaganza that is Vegan Month of Food.


Whether you’re thinking of  focussing on Farmer’s Market finds, writing an A – Z of Italian food, eating pasta every day for a month, trying a 30 day raw challenge or just winging it we’d love to have you on board. It’s going to be a month long vegan party which will even include the much anticipated return of our online award ceremony, the MoFies!!

The sign up sheet is RIGHT HERE (all caps for excited shouting!)  so just have a read of the instructions on the oficial form and jump right in. You can sign up anytime between now and August 27th but no later so don’t delay. (Submissions have closed fro 2014)

Everyone is welcome to join in with VeganMoFo but all content must be 100% vegan, which means no meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy or honey on your blog for the month of September.

Not 100% sure yet? Check out the FAQ’s or drop us an e-mail!

For more ideas, inspiration and information keep an eye on this blog and our social media. we have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as a dedicated room on the PPK message boards. Categorised blogger lists and feeds, shiny new 2014 logos and banners for your blogs, our 2013 favourites post and more will be coming your way soon so stay tuned.

Happy Blogging!

Giveaway – Veganic Cheeses

Giveaway – Veganic Cheeses

We have our winners! Brier, Jessica & Aleshi we’ll be in touch soon.

We have another amazing giveaway for you today and this one is just for our European readers. We’ve partnered up with Berlin based company Veganic to offer three of our lucky readers the chance to win an amazing prize pack of cheeses. Each prize pack will contain all ten (yes, seriously!) flavours of their cheese slices.

-2 And a bag of their amazing Pizza Cheese.


Veganic recently sent me these cheeses to review on my blog and I have to say that I’m wowed. I’m currently working my way through the packs of pre sliced cheeses and I can tell you that they all make delicious grilled cheeses as well as perfect cheese and tomato sandwiches. I actually ate almost all of the original flavour straight up out of the pack!

My local pizza place recently switched over to Veganic Pizza Cheese for their vegan pies and I was so impressed when I tried them, this delicious cheese really lives up to its name and I got to eat the best melty cheesy garlic bread I’ve ever had.

As well as being vegan these cheeses are soy, palm oil and gluten free.

You’re eligible to enter the competition if you live anywhere in Europe and were not one of the bloggers Veganic have already sent their generous cheese pack out to. To enter you just need to name a blogger who has blogged about something cheesy during 2013’s MoFo.

To enter you just need to leave a comment below with your answer by 7pm BST on the 24th. Please make sure to include a valid e-mail address so that we can get in contact with you if you win. The three winners will be randomly selected and announced after the giveaway has ended.  This competition is open to anyone currently residing in Europe.



Today we’re giving UK & Ireland based MoFo peeps an exciting opportunity to try all of Vegusto’s award winning meats and cheeses. Just incase you haven’t heard of them already (have you been living under a rock?!) Vegusto, who just launched their shiny new website, hand-make their products in Switzerland in an entirely vegan factory and have created some of the most exciting vegan cheeses in the world. The contents of the award winning pack are as follows.

  • No Moo Piquant Cheese Alternative
  • No Moo Mild Aromatic Cheese Alternative
  • No Moo Melty Cheese Alternative
  • Farmhouse Sausage
  • Mushroom Burger

The No Moo Piquant, which has been likened to French Gruyère, perks up any pasta dish and is my absolute favourite cheese & cracker cheese.


I also adore Vegusto’s Farmhouse Style Sausage, they’re sinilar to a classic banger and are definitely the meatiest vegan sausages I’ve tried.



Vegusto will send this fantastic collection of cheese & meat products to ten lucky MoFo bloggers. If you’d like to be in the running just check that you meet the following criteria and then leave a comment with a link to your blog below.

To be in with a chance of receiving the goodies you need to:

  • Be living in the UK or Ireland.
  • Be a committed MoFoer, if you’ve only posted a few times this month this one probably isn’t for you.
  • Be willing to write a blog post about something you’ve made using the products before Vegan MoFo ends. If you need ideas Vegusto have a great recipe section on their new website.
  • Pay attention to the blog and your e-mails on 21/09 because we’ll need the chosen bloggers address details asap!

Just leave a comment below if you fit all of the above criteria and we’ll be in touch on the 20th if you’re one of our chosen bloggers.