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Vegan Mofo 2015 #30: Fusion Challenge

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Well now Marilla, this is a bit embarrassing. It’s the final day of Mofo and our prompt is Fusion Challenge! Aaaaand I didn’t have the time today to make one final Mofo dish. I had planned to make something with the Szechuan pepper I recently bought but didn’t get around to brainstorming ideas. And then I was struck with a bit of brilliance: why not show you all a simple snack that I was once obsessed with? In fact, it’s a fusion of things I’m obsessed with: tahini and a sandwich press. Seriously, if it can go in a sandwich press I will do it just to get those pretty grill marks.

Okay so we have tahini. Which can be your Middle Eastern flavour. Then we have chocolate, which can be, like, from everywhere. Then we have some kind of wheat wrap like a tortilla or roti or whatevs– totes fusiony!

And then you just spread some tahini on the wrappy thing, throw on some chocolate, roll it up and stick it in the sandwich press. And you get something that looks utterly crap but tastes fantastic (so that’s a kind of fusion thing in itself: Craptastic). Throw some token flowers on the plate, take a photo with your phone and voila:

tahini choc wrap

And just like that *finger snap, hair flick* Vegan Mofo is over for another year. Waaaah! It has flown! When I first heard about the changes to Mofo this year, with following prompts instead of choosing our own themes, I admit I was a little ho hum about it as I’d been looking forward to my theme. I also loved some of the themes last year and loved reading them every morning, so I was a little bummed I’d be missing out on that.

I have to say though, the prompts made Mofo much easier for me this year. When I saw the prompts I did have some anxious moments about how I would keep up with them. It didn’t turn out to be a problem at all, in fact it was so good to have days where I didn’t have to cook anything and I was able to prepare some dishes before Mofo began. Last year I enjoyed my Will My Kids Eat It? theme (which I will confess now was slightly sanitised– the uncensored version included lots of quotes from my kids with the word “testicles” frequently being used). But I ran out of puff last year because I was trying to make a Mofo dish for nearly every day of the month and some days I just couldn’t be bothered (even if my kids were boosting my humour levels by referring to some of my efforts as “fetid bladder infection”… WTF?)

There were some bloggers this year that stuck with a theme, or merged their planned theme with the Mofo prompts. I really enjoyed those and kinda wished I saw more themes. But at the same time, I was proven wrong about the daily prompts being a little mehhh in comparison to a fixed theme. I like both equally!

There were so many blogs I enjoyed reading this Mofo that it’s hard to choose stand-outs but I have to tip my hat to the following:

– Lysette from Vegan Varg has inspired me to grow shiso

Rosalie from Quinces and Kale ate her way through the sandwich menu of Melbourne’s Smith & Deli which is a magnificent effort

Jennifer from One Raw Bite wrote about Korean Food 101. I want to watch some of those tv shows!

Joey from Flicking the Vs made fritters in a sandwich maker. I have to try that, stat!

– Emil from Hasta La Vegan had me peeing my pants for yet another Mofo with the wafflizing of everything.

There were so, so many things I enjoyed. The kitchen tour prompt is a standout, as well as the focus on a nutrient prompt. I got some good info that day! The make something inspired by book/film was a lot of fun! I followed along as much as I could on Instagram too and enjoyed seeing what people came up with.

Those ‘select the pictures that contain [whatever]’ anti-spam measures were sometimes a pain in the bum.  There’s one that says “select all images that show donuts”. Well one of the supposedly donut images were actually bagels. Pffft!

I’ve followed some new blogs and social media accounts. I tried to respond to every comment on the blog, which is much easier than on Instagram– sometimes I went to respond on my my Instagram then would press a wrong button on my phone and lose what I was writing and where I was writing it, or I’d clear my phone notifications before realising I was clearing the notifications of who tagged me or commented etc. I’m still learning Instagram but didn’t really have the time this month to sit down and work it out (Instagram frustrates me!) So my big apologies to people who left comments on my ig but didn’t receive a reply.

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Thanks to all involved with putting on Mofo! See you all next year! Or better yet, stick around followww meeeee! I got some changes planned for the blog and hope to make it better! Mwahhh!

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Vegan Mofo 2015 #29: Vegan Road Trip

Today’s Mofo prompt is What would you bring on a vegan road trip?

Given the happy news (because I’m a nerd) I woke up to this morning, there’s only one destination for my road trip!

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Of course, I need a pilot:

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY , INTERSTELLAR

“No, Veganopoulous. We can’t sacrifice rocket fuel for more nooch.”

And a happy co-pilot [edit: I’d spend the trip to Mars educating this particular pilot given his recent comments in the news…]astronautmatt

“I’m going to have to vegan the shit out of this!”

Now given how badly the Earth has been screwed by animal agriculture, Mars is going to be an all vegan planet. I’m fascinated with how plants will grow on Mars and really chuffed to be living in a time where new discoveries like Martian water are being made, though I’m always a bit bummed I don’t live in a time that is essentially all Star Trekky.

Okay, so what would I pack? Well let’s pretend we don’t have the pesky problem of my food floating everywhere when we’re en route to Mars. There’s some nice artificial gravity going on.

– NOOCH.

– popcorn, for the nooch.

– For kicks, we would have a bike attached to a blender so I’d have a big supply of coconut water and protein powders (hemp protein and Prana ON protein powders are my favourites) along with dehydrated fruit and veg that I can put in the smoothies.

– For snacks, I’d have a good supply of pretty much anything that contains tahini and chocolate. Maybe some spacey freeze dried chocolate halva ice cream (I did get some astronaut ice cream in a packet once, unfortunately it wasn’t vegan and I’ve been bitter about it ever since). And protein kinds of bars which contain tahini.

– kale chips and flaxseed crackers with some kind of space friendly dip.

– Cinnamon buns.

– Somehow, I can rehydrate beans and legumes to make hearty stews so I’ll be doing that too. Seriously, is there anything better than eating a steaming bowl of chilli when gazing out a space shuttle window when you’re going to Mars?

 

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Vegan Mofo 2015 #28: Tacos VS Burritos

Today’s Mofo prompt is Tacos VS Burritos. Where do you stand on this important issue?

TEAM BURRITO. All the way! It’s like that one time when someone asked me “Team Edward or Team Jacob?” and I was all DUDE. I am TEAM CHARLIE. That’s how I feel about burritos. They’re a snug cosy blanket stuffed with goodness! As much as I like tacos, wellll they kinda remind me of when I’m trying to wrap myself in my bed blankets but they’re on crooked so my butt is flopping out and goes cold right away. Plus with tacos I always make a mess and that kinda takes away from the enjoyment of a meal.

When I want a burrito fix, I go to Zambrero:

zambrero

I’ve used the Spicy Nacho Bean Balls from Colonial Farms (found in the freezer section of some supermarkets here) to make my own. This was one of my favourites, I really like the Bean Balls:

nacho bean ball burrito

The Cornish Arms here in Melbourne have a wicked awesome vegan menu, serving up common ‘pub grub’ meals. They had this Mexican popcorn chicken wrap as a special a while back. The popcorn chicken was really excellent. Terrible photo:

cornish arms mexican wrap

I did have some tasty tacos at Trippy Taco in Fitzroy but my heart belongs to the burrito. Let us travel back to a time where I thought flash photography of food was a perfectly okay idea (in my defence I did recently break out the flash in a dark restaurant because my family were waaaaaiiiiiiiting for me to take proper pics but I couldn’t get it right so I went with the Auto setting with flash):

Trippy Taco

Burritos for the win!

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Vegan Mofo 2015 #27: Favourite Herb or Spice

Today’s Mofo prompt is Favourite Herb or Spice. Eaaaaasy! First up, cinnamon. There was a lot of cinnamon when I was growing up, in all those Greek sweets though I used to love it when we’d sprinkle cinnamon on the rice pudding my grandmother would make for us. Gotta admit though, I’m more a fan of cinnamon in sweet stuff than cinnamon in savoury/main dishes. If I have cinnamon in a main meal, it has the be the most minimal hint of cinnamon possible. I recently bought some organic cinnamon and the smell was amazing (and I always have a good sniff of the jar when I use the cinnamon).

My favourite cinnamon treat would have to be the cinnamon buns from all vegan bakery Mister Nice Guy’s Bake Shop here in Melbourne:

Mister Nice Guy Cinnamon Bun

I love chai flavoured smoothies too, though I tend to throw in more cinnamon than anything else.

For favourite herb, coriander (cilantro) comes to mind straight away though basil brings back memories of childhood because my family and grandparents always had non-edible basil growing on the porch. Whenever you’d walk past it, you’d get a nice good whiff (this reminds me I need to plant my own!).  Parsley was easily the most commonly used herb in my childhood but mehhh, you know, parsley. I also love Vietnamese mint and Thai basil and every now and then I have a craving for fresh dill in something.

I’ll get another sneaky option in and give my vote for curry leaves. Because they are just super awesome.

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Vegan Mofo 2015 #26: Snowed In

Today’s Mofo prompt is It’s cold and rainy and there’s a snow drift outside your door! What are you going to make using the ingredients you have? Welllll I’ll just pretend I’m snowed in, and that Melbourne doesn’t really look like this today:

spring day melbourne

I can’t go outside because there are WILD SNOW CREATURES:

wlld snow creature

I want to get this Mofo post up and I haven’t cooked dinner yet, but my snowed in food will be a can of black beans and a can of kidney beans turned in to a Mexican style stew with all the veggies I have here (loads of them too), some lime, fresh coriander (cilantro) and tortilla chips. It will look something like this:

Mexican style bean and veg stew

If I was going to be snowed in somewhere, that’s what I’d make! I always have emergency cans of beans and diced tomatoes and sweet potato is always hanging around.

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