One of my favorite parts of Vegan MoFo is the feeling of community that it creates amongst other bloggers who are cooking away in their own kitchens, scattered across the globe, challenging themselves to create, photograph, and post tantalizing vegan food while displaying the joy of vegan living. This month I’ve been introduced to so many new-to-me blogs. And I’ve been simultaneously amazed at what I’ve seen getting whipped up in the homes of bloggers who I’ve been following for years.
Obviously I can’t re-post every eye-catching thing I’ve witnessed this month. (I can’t tell you how hard it was to pare this list down!) But I do want to highlight just a few things that have made me salivate or smile or a combo of the two.
Olives for Dinner is consistently a site loaded with gorgeous photography and stunning recipes, and this month was no exception. This month Erin also posted a few easy recipes with special attention to the method for perfection. An example of that was her post last week on the way to make perfect hash browns. If you’ve ever sat with a pathetic, gray, oily patch of so-called hash browns on your plate, you know that getting them to a restaurant quality of brown and crisp isn’t always easy. Erin breaks it all down.
After my husband read about it, he quickly trotted off to the kitchen to make hash browns following her directions to a tee (along with the classic tofu scramble). They were every bit as crisp and white as described. Then I made her hash browns the next day. Then David made them again yesterday. So, yeah, they’re a hit.
Vegan Eats and Treats has been one of my favorite blogs for years. I simply love Amey’s sensibilities and sweet, cartoon doodles. This month with her “noshtalgia” theme, she really bumped it up a notch. She’s been posting about foods and dishes that remind her of various important people in her life with illustrations to go with them. I didn’t think that someone could make me tear up talking about toast and concord grapes, but Amey has done it. Her recent post on molasses felt like getting wrapped up in a warm blanket. Sit down and read them all, or maybe Amey will turn them into a zine! How cozy would that be to curl up in bed and read about all of her food memories?
I can’t tell you how much I wish that Megan over at Cookbook Aficionado was packing my lunches for me! She’s been brown bagging it for MoFo with dishes like this Tofu BLT with an avocado & coconut bacon spread, this Falafel Sandwich minus Falafel, and this enticing Cobb Salad.
Randi at Laughfrodisiac has had me laughing all September, especially with her Friends-themed posts. She has taken foods that were mentioned in the TV show, Friends, and veganized them, including Rachel’s trifle-gone-wrong. (In that episode, the shepherd’s pie recipe and trifle recipe were stuck together in her cookbook, but Rachel didn’t realize that until people were aghast at the mashed potatoes on her dessert.) Randi made the whole thing in a trifle dish and lived to tell about it in all of its disgusting glory.
For whatever reason, I don’t typically watch a lot of video blogs (a.k.a. vlogs). However, this month I’ve been really enjoying J.L.’s fast and furious vlogging over at J.L. Goes Vegan. Her short video blogs have highlighted how easy and quick vegan meals can be, while still being delicious and healthy.
Susmitha at Veganosaurus has been posting raw recipes this month. In addition she’s been showing some “HowDo’s,” like this one for cashew garlic cheese. The HowDo’s are basically a slideshow with audio of Susmitha describing how to make each mouthwatering dish. Susmitha has such a relaxing, calming voice and puts me to the mind of Bob Ross. (She’s talked about making meditation tapes, and she totally should!)
Joey at Flicking the V’s has been veganizing British standards all month. As a self-proclaimed Anglophile, I’ve been eating up every post. With posts on bangers and mash, tikka masala, and vegan fish and chips with mushy peas, all of the standards have been hit. One particular favorite of mine was this post re-creating the Full English Breakfast with only plant-based ingredients.
JoJo from Vegan in Brighton has been traveling for much of this month. (Check out this really useful post on packing and preparing.) Her most recent posts have been from Las Vegas, where she’s devouring all of the vegan goodness on hand at the Wynn casinos there. I’ve spent a lot of time in Vegas, but not since so many vegan options have become available. This post on getting vegan room service has me ready to get plane tickets to Nevada.
Ashley at Unintentional Vegan has also been traveling this month, albeit virtually. Each week she traveled to a different locale to highlight some of their already vegan foods or to veganize them when necessary. I particularly enjoyed her week in Greece (a place that she visited in real life five years ago with her family). Her Greek Greyhound with orange juice and Ouzo sounds like a tasty combination.
Speaking of cocktails, this Pineapple Cilantro Mojito from Kylie over at Fellowship of the Vegetable makes me more than happy to give mint the night off. I’ve never included cilantro in a cocktail, but for the life of me, now I can’t figure out why.
Other dishes that I’m eager to whip up now that MoFo is nearly done are these curried chickpea flour based “egg” sandwiches from Mel at Veganise This, Jackie’s Beer & Brat Mac and Cheese at Vegan Yack Attack, Ann’s Peanut Butter Crème with Jam Brûlée at An Unrefined Vegan, and spicy chana masala from Richa at Vegan Richa. Ketty at Luminous Vegans even has me curious to try that oft-maligned food, durian.
Okay, so tell me what I have missed! What posts have made you salivate or smile this month? If you’ve been blogging this month, which post did you most enjoy writing?
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