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Vegan Mofo 2015 #2: Recreate A Meal From Your Childhood

Faye's Mousse Your Own Adventure vegan aquafaba cake

Okay, so I’m cheating a little here and simply including a link to something I’ve previously blogged about: my Mousse Your Own Adventure Cake!

See, this was THE most special cake evahhh when I was growing up and that includes in my adult pre-vegan days. It was my mum’s specialty and was highly requested at family gatherings. This was the requested cake for birthdays, a cake at Easter lunch or a cake at Christmas lunch. There was no way I wanted to try and replicate it using things like silken tofu in the mousse– if I was to replicate it, it had to taste and feel EXACTLY like mum’s version. I was able to achieve that when I discovered aquafaba and I made a mousse with dark chocolate, vegan butter, aquafaba and psyllium husk. All my relatives said this was 100% exactly like the non-vegan version (though of course, the cream on top isn’t dairy cream and I’ve used cashew cream here, hazelnut cream there).

I want to share this for Mofo because to me, nothing else stands out as much as this childhood favourite!

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Vegan Mofo 2015 #1: Tell Us About Your Breakfast

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It’s Day 1 of Vegan Mofo for 2015! The Vegan Month Of Food is a month long event where, for all of September, bloggers around the world write about vegan food. Anyone can join in, as long as your content contains vegan food only. In previous years, participants were able to choose their own theme. Last year my theme was Will My Kids Eat It, where I wrote about making the kids try new stuff and their reactions. This year the rules for Mofo have changed and participants now have daily prompts to follow instead of choosing a theme. I had picked out a theme before reading the rule changes and to be honest I wish we had the choice of following the prompts or our own theme. Vegan Mofo is now also open to users of Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.

I’m not sure I will be able to blog daily but here goes for day one.

Vegan Mofo 2015 Day 1: Rise and Shine! It’s MoFo time! Tell us about your breakfast.

Today’s breakfast is carrot cake pancakes made with aquafaba, with my choice of aquafaba being the liquid from canned chickpeas. This was kind of a throw-it-all-together (and hope it turns out non-mooshy) experiment so there’s no recipe I’m afraid! I used a mix of plain (all purpose) flour and wholemeal flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, aquafaba, oat milk, maple syrup and finely grated carrot.

Carrot Cake Aquafaba Pancakes

I’m really loving using aquafaba in place of oil and eggs in recipes. I’m not particularly fussy about changing up pancake recipes, as long as they turn out puffy and not mushy I count it as a win. There’s a good recipe for carrot cake pancakes in Isa Does It, or you could try your favourite plain puffy pancake recipe and add in the carrot and spices. Sprinkle with toasted walnuts, get happy with maple syrup, try to stop your cats from interfering when you’re taking pancake photos and you’re set.Carrot Cake Aquafaba Pancakes

Okay, gotta go wash that doily. I used a cake stand plate for these photos and forgot that the syrup would leak through the hole…

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Water Drop Tea House at Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Melbourne

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery Melbourne

Water Drop Tea House at Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery is always a place I want to return to. The last few times I’ve gone, it’s taken me ages to decide what to get from the appetisers menu. This time though, the menu was sporting the all-awesome V for vegan. Everything else is vegetarian, making ordering so much easier than it was in the past. You can read about my first visit here.

Arthur was with me so I ordered stuff I thought he’d like. He’ll always go for spring rolls and lately he’s been liking sweet potato so I got the crispy sweet potato and taro rolls. I chose well because he loved both. I also love the buckwheat steamed BBQ pork buns.

The menu includes fixed offerings based on what day it is. From the Monday menu I chose the chicken skewers in peanut satay with sweet potato fritters. The meal comes with rice, carrot and cabbage salad and some fruit. What we ate is shown in the top photo and we left feeling quite stuffed.

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery Melbourne

Service as always is really friendly. A word of caution though, when you enter and pass a reception desk before going in to the dining area, there’s a no photography sign stuck on the desk. I didn’t see it but I had asked for permission from wait staff before taking my photos of food and the restaurant area. They told me it was okay, but when I took the photo of the restaurant area another member of staff mentioned the no photos rule, though they didn’t seem to mind photos of the food. Perhaps they thought I was going to take photos of the gallery/non-restaurant areas.

The restaurant area is called the Water Drop Vegetarian Tea House but most people seem to know it as Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery. It seems to be one of those places where people, not just the veg*ns, express surprise along the lines “where is this place and why don’t I know about it?!” There’s no indication from the street that there’s a fantastic Buddhist vegetarian-vegan restaurant inside. Since my first visit I’ve had plenty of conversations with veg*ns who work in the city and never heard of it. If that applies to you, hopefully you’ll get to visit soon as it really is worth a good look.

Water Drop Tea House at Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery

141 Queen Street, Melbourne

http://www.bliav.org.au/exhibition/galleryindex.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fo-Guang-Yuan-Art-Gallery/292810194068355
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More Visits To Raw Trader, City

Raw Trader Melbourne

Since my first blog post about Raw Trader in the city (Melbourne’s CBD) I’ve been back a few times on my own and with company. I follow Raw Trader on Instagram and sit there drooling every morning when they post a photo of what’s in the cabinet, though I get bummed out when I see the stuff I really want to try on days when I’m not in the city! Still, there’s plenty more to keep me happy.

As the name suggests, everything at Raw Trader is raw as well as organic, vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free. I love the creativity and seeing what they come up with next.

Here’s a look at what I (and company) have had over the past year. The $15 tasting platters are great when you want to try some of everything. The banoffee slice (far left) is one of the more popular treats. I really like the peppermint slice (second from left) and the caramel slice (far right):

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This apple crumble cake is so good. What I really like about Raw Trader is that nothing, to me, is sickly sweet:

Raw Trader Melbourne

Lemon layer cake! Arthur and I shared this and I was happy to learn Raw Trader don’t use agave, as Arthur (we suspect) is allergic:

Raw Trader Melbourne

The cappuccino cake may be my favourite. The texture of these cakes are so beautifully smooth:

Raw Trader Melbourne

No, maybe this white chocolate salted caramel cake is my favourite… (hello raw mint slice biscuit!):

Raw Trader Melbourne

Everything is hand made there at Raw Trader, including their nut milks. You can also order tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juices and smoothies. There are breakfast options, chocolate bark, bliss balls and raw versions of biscuits.

Raw Trader Melbourne

I always look forward to seeing what Raw Trader have in the cabinet, even if I can’t be there in person. I’ve been told that there are some items like custard tarts that fly out the door so I’m hoping to get lucky one day and finally grab one. Until then, I’m content with eating my way through whatever’s on offer 😉

Raw Trader Melbourne

Raw Trader

10 Sutherland Street, Melbourne

http://rawtrader.com.au/

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Lentil As Anything, Preston

Preston Lentil As Anything

Lentil As Anything in Preston have recently re-opened and are now Melbourne’s first fully vegan Thali bar, serving up Southern Indian meals. If you’re not familiar with how LAA operates, they’re a non-profit community organisation and you pay-as-you-feel. You can also find other LAAs in Footscray, Abbotsford, St. Kilda, Thornbury and Sydney.

Preston Lentil As Anything

It may look a little small when you walk in, but it’s light and comfortable. More seating is out the back. In the front room, where you enter from the street, there’s an art exhibition space where artists can display their work without having to pay big hire fees or commissions. There was some great work displayed (check out the astronaut below, that was my favourite):

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There’s the Upstairs community Co-Op space where events like yoga, swap meets, markets, exhibitions and skills shares are held. The outdoor eating area at Preston LAA is all undercover and it’s a pleasant place to sit with a little veggie and herb garden:

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Food! I’m not sure if it’s thali time all time, or just when I went on the Saturday. This was a tasty selection of dishes, with rice underneath. Arthur stole half the curry pastry, argh:

Preston Lentil As Anything

When you eat at LAA, your contibution (i.e. what you choose to pay) helps support a whole number of community initiatives. From the LAA website, their mission is

Caring for people: Provide a wholesome and nutritious meal where money is not a concern.
Promoting Multiculturalism: Fostering an environment of inclusion and not exclusion.
Reforming Society: Acting on the structures of society to restore justice.
Extending/Spreading it’s ethos and values: Hiring volunteers, the long-term unemployed and the marginalised.
Encouraging: Young people to be active citizens and get involved in community based initiatives

All great reasons to give it a go!

Lentil As Anything Preston

288 High Street, Preston

http://lentilasanything.com/preston/
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Preston Lentil As Anything