Louise Hagler’s Blissy Coconut Dream

Here’s the scene, it’s 1990, you’ve just gone vegan, no one has ever heard of seitan and Isa Chandra is nowhere to be seen–you’re all alone, tits, and you’re drowning in nutritional yeast.

I’m guessin’ you’ve figured out  this story is about me, right?  Call it my vegan destiny, but the NFS where I worked sold The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook, and when I laid my hands on it–whoosh zoom zimmy pow–a porthole to veganism suddenly ripped through my galaxy and handed me a whole new repertoire of vegan comfort food:  pancakes, yogurt, grilled cheeze, biscuits, banana bread, chili, spaghetti meatballs and cheezy crackers!  Seriously, without this vegan bible, co-authored by Louise Hagler, and her equally amazing Tofu Cookery, being and staying vegan would have been much, much harder.  I know I’m not the only one that loves Louise Hagler, either.

Twenty years later, and I still crush on this book.  It’s that good.  That’s why I’m so thrilled and delighted at the opportunity to interview Louise Hagler.  Are you with me?  Getting excited?

Thanks to Luna & Larry, not only can you help me come up with some amazing questions to ask her, but you can eat delicious Coconut Bliss ice cream at the same time.  I’m not kidding, I have 2o Coconut Bliss kits ready to ship out, each kit contains two pints of ice cream and a re-usable bag to carry them on your next vegan adventure.  Here’s where you come in, comment on this post with your most awesome questions for Louise, and I will pick my 20 favorite, who will all win cool, creamy, blissy, heavenly, coconutty pints of yum.  I’m giving you until Monday to comment and then it’s all over.  I can’t promise the interview will get published during MoFo, but I’m gonna try–I’m not about to rush the lady who figured out that freezing tofu makes it chewy and neither should you.

Cook on my vegan bubs,

xo kittee
P.S.
Can you please re-tweet, cross-post, and basically pom-pom this entry to death, so we get lots of good MoFo participation for this interview?

P.P.S.  The ice cream offer is only open to those MoFies in the United States or Canada, but you could win for your favorite blog or something!

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Opulence… You Makes It

Okay, I know some of you are probably thinking “Enough already!” with all this Thanksgiving Take Over of the vegan blogiverse, but for those of you who are still dreaming of mashed potatoes & gravy, you can see a huge round up of many vegan Thanksgiving delights over at Quarry Girl’s blog.

I promise not to do an all-thanksgiving-roundup, but you have just GOT to see this amazing “Tofurken” over at VegSpinz... a combo of all the most popular vegan protein sources, all combined into one opulent roast. It is amazing.

And just one more… check out the glory of this Thanksgiving plate of yums from Vegan Mouse. Mmmmmmm.

On the other hand, maybe you are one of these readers living in the Southern Hemisphere, and craving fruits and cucumbers and ice cream. Well, check out this beautiful blueberry ice cream from Gourmet Caravan (super cute blog header, btw!!)

If you are one of those people who is planning your endless holiday baking projects, why not start with these sugar cookies from Islaborg, or check out Millie’s blog for a whole mofo of cookie recipes?

Or perhaps you are in the mood for something completely different. How about Cambodian Kroeung Tempeh Pan Fried in Banana Leaves??? For Realz.

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Vegan MoFo : Random Wednesday Roundup

Whether they’re planning for Thanksgiving or not, MoFoers are cooking up some amazing things, with less than a week left.

Megan, from Down Home Vegan makes a lovely Vegan Salad Niçoise with marinated seitan. At Vegan Gourmet Caravan there is an amazingly beautiful Orange Dragonfruit Ice Cream.

Vegan Orange Dragonfruit Ice Cream

Noelle at An Opera Singer in the Kitchen whips up some tasty Tropical Persimmon Muffins with Coconut Spice Creme. The Ceci with Garlic and Sage over at C’est La Vegan has me drooling, and would make a great appetizer for Thankgsiving, or any time of the year.

Ceci with Garlic and Sage

Allyson at Manifest Vegan makes some perfectly fluffy Gluten and Soy-Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.

Gluten and Soy Free Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Vegangela makes a different kind of risotto using cauliflower instead of rice, while Tofu Mom at Tofu N Sprouts wows us with Pumpkin Polenta with Pumpkin Seed Sage Pesto.

Pumpkin Polenta with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Vegan Epicurean bakes up a sweet and spicy Tamarind, Orange, and Cayenne Baked Tofu, and I would love a slice of this Chocolate Chestnut Tart from the New Vegan Table.

Vegan Chocolate Chestnut Tart

That’s it for the last Wednesday of Vegan MoFo 2011. Have a safe and happy rest of the week, whether you’re celebrating a holiday, or enjoying delicious meals just because!

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VeganMoFo Giveaway: 2 Copies of Vegan in 30 Days

CONGRATS to Winnie and Krista!  We’ll be contacting you soon.

Winnie says: Most certainly my husband. It would make things so much easier and he would be so much healthier.

Krista says:

I’m trying to transition to veganism. I’ve been vegetarian for more than 10 years, but would really like to cut all animal products out of my diet for health reasons and environmental reasons.

 

Howdy everybody!  Today, we are giving away 2 copies of Vegan in 30 Days by Sarah Taylor!

This is a perfect book if you are transitioning into veganism or know somebody who is doing so.

Vegan in 30 Days will make sure that you reach your goal of becoming vegan in a healthful, fun, and successful way. Filled with incredible insight and dozens of practical tips, this book is a complete resource for making the transition to a vegan diet.

Included are over a dozen starter recipes of flavorful, easy-to-make dishes. Weekly assignments keep you actively involved in the process and lists of resources help keep you motivated. Guidelines for social engagements, i.e. hosting or attending a dinner party or eating out in restaurants, show how to make others aware of your diet without offending them and their dietary preferences.

The book focuses on whole foods and offers the options of transitioning completely in 30 days or taking the same amount of time for each phase.

To enter please tell us about a person you wish would transition into veganism.  The giveaway ends at MIDNIGHT tonight (Pacific time) and the two winners will be chosen at random.  Please be sure to leave your email and blog info when entering.

Sorry, but it’s only open to people in the domestic U.S.

Good luck everybody!

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VeganMoFo Roundup: How Many Days ‘Til Pie, Again?

I know some people out there are still looking for Thanksgiving ideas, and the big day is swiftly approaching.  Whether you need roadtrip eats like Cold and Sleepy or are reminiscing about the menu from your childhood like Katie, there is plenty of awesome Thanksgiving stuff floating around the vegan blogosphere right now.  It warms the heart.

If you still haven’t finalized your menu, SGCorrie already has one in mind!  Some are opting to scale down the menu, while others want to feast.  Stuffing (or dressing) is always on the menu, though!  Check out this classic onion and sage stuffing recipe from Desdemona.  Or how about this mushroom and spinach one thrown together by Dianne?

A little homemade cranberry sauce would go great with that stuffing!  Sherry is throwing all sorts of orange goodness in her sauce.

I can’t really talk pre-Thanksgiving without talking gravy.  Tofu Mom’s apple pecan bourbon gravy sounds most excellent!  In fact, her entire MoFo theme is gravy!  Does it get any better than that?

Well, maybe if we’re throwing in some rolls.  I can’t believe I missed these butterflake rolls until now!  I’m also a huge sucker for veganizing family favorites and Meggie veganized her great grandmother’s rolls!

Nothing goes with a dinner roll like a delicious bowl of soup.  The Coburn Family made a comforting one out of autumn root vegetables.  And over at Vegan and Awesome there is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make easy homemade broth out of veggie scraps!

If you still haven’t settled on a Thanksgiving dessert, why not make something not-so-traditional?  Take a look at Rachwins sticky toffee pudding or the poached pear chestnut gallettes at New Vegan Table.

That’s all for now!  I’m going to continue my days-until-pie countdown.  Mmm.  Happy MoFoing, everybody!

mo

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Win a copy of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice

And We have a WINNER!

Congratulations to Tofu_Mom who said:

Beets, apples and ginger. My kids LOVE this and it gives us all bright red lips – heehee!!

Thanks to everyone who entered, we really enjoyed reading all about your favourite juice combos.

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Today’s give-away is from the awesome and talented and awesome Nathalie VanBalen.

Nathalie’s book Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice is described by the authoress herself as “A silly story that raises questions about eating animals.” Nathalie is a gifted artist having designed and hand-crafted all the characters herself.  She also self-published and promoted the book. It must be all the juice she drinks that gives her so much energy!

To find out more about this book visit the website here

There’s some great turkey colouring pages over on Nathalie’s Blog for kids to colour in and enjoy and MoFo’ers will appreciate this I’m sure.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy simply leave us a comment telling us your favourite combination of fruits and vegetables to juice. We’ll pick one lucky winner at random, tomorrow at around 4pm PST.

Please note that this is limited to folks in the domestic U.S.

Please include the link to your blog OR your email address when you make a comment.

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VeganMoFo Roundup: Hey there, good lookin’!

Hey there MoFo-ers! I hope you had a fabulous weekend, filled with good eats and scrumptious food porn ogling.

Today’s roundup features sweet treats that caught my attention and set my mouth a’ watering.

Lauren over at Whoa Wren made some delicious sounding Apple Fronch Toast.  She’s welcome to make breakfast over at my home anytime (as long as she brings a few of these lovelies with her!)

Once you take a look at this next treat, I’m sure your mouth will be watering too.  Joni Marie made Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing.  Yes, she really did combine everyone’s favorite dessert flavors into one amazing treat!

These Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies are less dessert and more breakfast.  They sound like such a good, tasty meal-on-the-go!

For you raw dessert-lovers (or, you know, just dessert lovers) how about a raw Coconut-Frosted Brownie from Raw Bento?  This looks so incredibly rich and fudge-a-licious!.

Not to play favorites, but have you checked out Loony Louzilla Lovegood Letters lately?  Not only did Louzilla create these Deathly Hallows Trail Mix Cookies in time for a certain movie’s release, she hosted a Gay Cake Contest on her blog and the results are in!  Check it out!

That’s it for now, folks!  Enjoy the lovely week ahead!

 

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Another Give-Away from Vegan MoFo!

And we have our 2 winners!!

One copy each of Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness goes to

Jennifer from Bankrupt Vegan
and
LenaBena from Veg*n Soul

Well done to both of you.

Please email VeganMoFoBlog@gmail.com with your name and address.

Thanks to everyone for commenting.

See you soon for some more AWESOME MoFo give-aways.

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A massive THANK YOU to the awesome people over at The Book Publishing Company and the authors for yet another fab give-away.

Today’s give-away is 2 copies of Vegan Bodybuilding by Robert Cheeke.

Renowned for his passion, dedication and determination, Robert Cheeke has inspired athletes, trainers and anyone interested in a strong, healthy body. He has been at the forefront in ushering in a different way to fuel and nourish bodybuilders in an industry riddled with animal-derived body-enhancing supplements. Being one of the most prominent figures in vegan bodybuilding, his advice on diet, training, and other facets of the lifestyle make this book a fantastic resource for beginners and experienced athletes alike.

To enter into the contest leave a comment telling us what your favoutite Thanksgiving food is and we’ll pick two winners at random, tomorrow at around 4pm PST.

Please note that this is limited to folks in the domestic U.S.

Please include the link to your blog OR your email address when you make a comment.

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It’s a multi coloured MoFo

I can sing a rainbow and the MoFo’ers can eat a rainbow, it’s true!

This Peach Melba over at Our Life in Sandarna has the beginnings of a very good rainbow – isn’t it pretty.

Slow-Cooked Tofu and Cauliflower in a Tomato Cream Sauce from The Global Vegan sounds and looks absolutely divine

What a great winter warmer

Life’s too Short to Make Others Shorter (love that name) was having a totally orange day with this gorgeous looking Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Salad

In the yellow corner Mihl’s been making these delicious looking Coconut Macaroons – don’t they look amazing. And she had some honeycomb made for her as well. Jealous!

Coconut Macaroons

Honeycomb - yes please!

Megan has gone all green with her delicious looking Crispy Vegetable Pancakes

Crispy Vegetable Pancakes

How Not to be a Skinny Vegan is also feeling the green vibe with her mouth watering Green Risotto

Green Risotto

This Shepherd’s Pie from Kitsch and Kitchen is truly a thing of beauty

Shepherd's Pie Awesomeness!

And if you’re wondering what to do with the rest of your Sunday, go make a Gay Cake and enter the contest being held over at Loony Louzilla’s blog. The prize is a cool rainbow bag.

So pretty

Rainbows make everything better.

Happy MoFo’ing peeps.

I reckon you’ll all be whipping up a MoFo frenzy this week and I’m looking forward to seeing all your amazing creations.

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Another Give-Away from Vegan MoFo!

And we have our 2 winners!!

One copy each of Becoming Raw goes to

Sayward from Bonzai Aphrodite
and
KT from Vegan Noms

Well done to both of you.

Please email VeganMoFoBlog@gmail.com with your name and address.

Thanks to everyone for commenting.

See you soon for some more AWESOME MoFo give-aways.

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It’s the awesome people over at The Book Publishing Company and the authors that we have to thank for being able to offer yet another MoFo give-away!
So THANK YOU!

Todays give-away is 2 copies of Becoming Raw by Brenda Davis, RD, Vesanto Melina, MS RD and Rynn Berry.
I know this book is going to be coveted by a lot of you, so to be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment here telling us which MoFo recipe have you made so far and LOVED.

We’ll pick two winners at random, tomorrow at around 2pm PST.

Please note that this is limited to folks in the domestic U.S.

Good luck everybody.

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