Aaaaand another week has flown by (and where I realise my last blog post was a week ago and think how did that happen?)!
Up top here we have our cat Maltesers (Malteezies, Maltshitskis, etc etc) who lists sleeping and eating as two of his favourite habits. Like me, really.
So I’ve just waddled back home after going to a potluck picnic hosted by Cindy and Michael from Where’s The Beef? to celebrate 2000 blog posts and over eight years of blogging. Great weather, great company and of course great food! I got to catch up with some fellow veg*n bloggers and meet others I’ve followed for ages but never met in person. Check out the awesomeness:
Banh Mi made by Cindy and Michael’s friend Clamps. Faaaaaaantastic!
Linda and her daughter from The Lentil Institution made these chocolate cupcakes. I took one with the plan of taking it home to share with the kids. But I ate it:
Angie made a chocolate ripple cake. Is this cake known outside Australia? I’ve always thought of it as an Aussie icon. Plain chocolate biscuits sandwiched together with cream (vegans can use whatever cream alternative they favour), left in the fridge overnight and the next day the biscuits are all soft and awesome. Many people consider leftover chocolate ripple cake a perfectly suitable breakfast food:
Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe brought these chocolate zucchini brownies topped with coconut bacon. Johanna and I did a swap with our leftovers and even though I’m really full, I still snuck a piece in because I love the coconut bacon with the chocolate:
Rosalie from Quinces and Kale made brownies too, I did manage to sneak a piece back home to share with the family but I’ve already eaten half of it and tempted to eat the other half and not tell them:
Someone (I’m sorry Someone, I don’t know who you are!) made this awesome salad:
I made the Chive and Cashew Creme Cheese recipe from Leigh Drew’s Veganissimo! but used dill instead as that’s all I had. This is a great recipe with either chives or dill and there wasn’t much left!
I also made my vegan Greek no-honey walnut cakes (‘Melomakarona’) and you can find the recipe for those here:
Look at all this food! I wish I could have tried everything but I was so full. I did have the famous Where’s The Beef? sausage rolls, some dips, salads, caramel slice and chocolate covered coconut bars (like Bounty bars). So much good food that I’m doing that regret thing of “okay so I was really full but WHY didn’t I try this and this and that and that”!
Melbourne and Victoria News:
– The Mantra Lounge are hosting a four hour cruise on March 29th! Food! Entertainment! Speakers! Are you going?
– A new vegan friendly wholefoods store has opened in Sale! The Nutrition Pod also provides prepared meals, including prepped meals for competitions. Check out their Facebook page for more info and photos.
– And we have a new bulk store in Brunswick! The Source Bulk Foods have opened on Sydney Road and I’m hoping to get there soon to check it out.
– For all my plans, I ended up doing nothing for St. Patrick’s Day as I had forgotten Husband and Arthur were going to be out. Well, I did have a green smoothie and DeeW had some broccoli… anyway! I love this Potato and Facon Pie recipe by Johanna at Green Gourmet Giraffe.
– I really need to use up the dried bean curd skin that’s been sitting in my pantry forever. I love the roast crispy mock duck from Divine Realm in the city but when I bought a prepackaged version from a supermarket I didn’t like it much. I might try this recipe for Buddha’s Roast Duck with Yuba by Bryanna Clark Grogan.
From Other Bloggers:
– I really enjoyed reading this recap by Cadry from Cadry’s Kitchen about winning a Gardein competition. What a fabulous prize! We don’t get Gardein products in Australia but I see them mentioned all the time on blogs from North America.
– Have you all heard about making vegan meringue from canned chickpea or bean liquid? WHO THOUGHT OF THIS??? I shake you warmly by the hand. There was some discussion at the potluck today about the beany aftertaste, though perhaps some flavourings can be added to kinda overpower the beany taste?
Articles and Other Interesting Stuff:
– Study finds that scrunchies are being used to keep wildlife from being killed by cats. Personally, I think it’s great for cats who wished they live in Elizabethan times.
– We Should Do More For Pets That Need Our Help. So many animals are put down and not enough time or effort is given to try and find them homes
– Lynch syndrome carrier speaks out as Australians are urged to become aware of family cancer history.
– I bookmarked this page for a gorgeous magnetic spice storage idea. I still want to do it one day.
– not as much this week, it seems the days have flown by. I did pick up a bunch of home decluttering/organisation books from the library, but they’re hidden underneath piles of stuff I need to sort…
– whatever’s on the radio. It seems like the same songs are playing every time I switch it on! Previously I was listening to one of the oldies stations, with music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. You’d think with such a huge catalogue I’d hear something other than We Didn’t Start The Fire every day. Gahhh!
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week, with a better one ahead!