Kitteh-heavy Vegan MoFo 2013 Wrap-Up


I fell behind in MoFo-ing a little. This has been my busiest month of the year since driving halfway across the continent for 4 long damn days. So, in an effort to redeem myself, I give you: my (short-ish) answers to all of the 30 writing prompts... almost.

Your Origin Story (what led you to become vegan?)
I wanted to go vegetarian since I was about 10 because I loved animals and thought raw meat was a pretty gross and obviously cruel. I tried going veg at 19 when I went off to university, and a doctor told me I had a cold and would stay sickly because I was lacto-ova vegetarian, so I quit. (This is also why I don't pay a lot of heed to doctors in-general these days! With very few exceptions.) At around 23-24, I woke up after a dream (I can't remember now) and hopped straight on the internet to order go vegetarian starter kits

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Potato waffles are a thing? Vegan finds, compulsive purchasing...

So apparently savoury potato mini-waffles are a thing now, at least according to a nearby European-owned stupormarket... They're new to me, anyway!


Have you seen these things before?


They're almost ok with dahl and stuff... almost.


But they're not super.
Aren't waffles supposed to have indents,
not holes punched right through them?

I found these on a quick jaunt through an Aldi store, and was all, "Potato what-now?" I checked the ingredients, then was all, "OMG VEGAN MUST BUY BECAUSE VEGAN." Normally this is not something I would buy. These mini-waffle things were a bit greasy, like oven-bake fries. The directions say to oven-bake or deep-fry(!) so I baked. Not potatoey enough for my taste, too fluffy, oily, processed-tasting, etc.

Do you ever buy daft food products just because they're vegan? Found any gems? Or anything absolutely appalling?


They weren't a total waste.
They provided fuel for some ballet!

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Vegan Pizza Favourites

Every pizza enthusiast has their own way of throwing together pizzas, their own topping preferences. My basic method: I like a good marinara sauce on the bottom with some onion and garlic, a HUGE amount of chopped greens on top of that (makes the pizza taste "fresher"!), a light sprinkle of cheese to hold those together, and a thick covering of my favourite seasonal and perennial fruit and veg on top, followed by another sprinkling of cheese.

pizzaOther people go lighter on toppings, some people like diced toppings and others like big old chunky chunks. Some folks like thick bases, some like thin, some like mini-pizzas some like a pizza that wouldn't fit in most standard ovens! Some people like making wholemeal or spelt bases, others gluten-free, and some go for a dehydrated raw zucchini-flaxseed base with fresh raw toppings on top!

Whatever your preference, the end product is always fairly darn delicious. In fact, if you're like me, you

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Baked Broc Mac & Cheese: Macaroni Monday!

You know what's awesome about vegan mac and cheese, besides it being vegan as well as tasty mac and cheese? It's cholesterol-free! Bam. A significant improvement on the original. This one also only has less than 8g of fat per serve. Bam bam. And don't cashews make just the greatest cheesy taste of all time? Bam bam bam.

I'm on a casserole jag at the moment. Spying a bag of gluten-free macaroni (at a certain German-owned stupormarket) while Vegan MoFo is doing Macaroni Mondays was rather timely... This is a lighter, lemony-fresh recipe compared to traditional or fast-foodie mac & cheeses. A generous amount of lemon juice combined with nooch and miso is halfway between a cheese tang and citrus tang - I love that. If you're in the mood for saucier food, increase the sauce by half... or double it!

Baked Broc Mac & Cheese

Serves 8

1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cups dry macaroni or penne/ziti

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Veganising French food en Australie, trying new vegan cheeses

All this talk of croissants has me thinking about French food. Additionally I picked up a teeny tiny 200g block of Vegusto (piquant) from a health food shop to try, with a massive $14 pricetag. Whaaaat. Admittedly I'm not used to forking enormous amounts of cash for vegan cheese, as I'm currently hosting a Notzarella maker and I make my own nut cheese - both of which are very fresh compared to something imported from Switzerland... But! I finally tried it. Piquant cheese that smells of sweaty gym socks was never my thing, but it's ok. It's a little bit like smokey gruyère cheese, something for putting on platters and crackers.

But what to use it for besides the obvious? I thought I'd find a recipe that used stinky cheese, and I found one for vegan parmesan - a courgette (zucchini), mushroom, brown rice tian from A Vegan Taste of France - so I added double what the recipe called

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Review & Giveaway: The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

Quite a few people stumble into veganism by way of researching their food because of allergies, and if you're one of those vegans The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free will dazzle you with its crazy-huge collection of baked delights including sweet breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls, donuts, savoury crackers, biscuits, scones, tortillas, yeast breads, rolls, pitas, bagels, and pizza crusts.

Blogger and author Laurie Sadowski delivers an amazing number of recipes free from gluten, wheat, dairy, and eggs, as well free from soy, yeast, corn, tree nuts, peanut, and citrus. This book is the most comprehensive allergy/gluten-free bread baking collection I've seen to-date.

The array of ingredients used is incredible: this way of gluten-free eating is a way to vary your diet significantly, not restrict it! There are so many flours mixed and matched throughout this book that ye olde world wheat flours start to look pretty darn dull by comparison. With 7,000 edible plants in the

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