Vegan MoFo – Traditional Local Dish

Hello!

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I’ll be honest today has been a sitting in my pants day eating leftovers and having a long afternoon nap. Therefore the thought of doing something productive and actually making what I had planned to for today’s theme was too much, so I bought….

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Whoop! Vimto was created in Manchester by a man who sold herbs and stuff so he decided to make some money by mixing herbs with fruit and making this shiny purple cordial juice in 1908.

vimtoMy university even has a statue to the wonder drink as its on the site of the original road where it was created.

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I never really drink fizzy drinks, but I thought I’d take one for the sake of MoFo.

I can’t wait to read a few of the (far) more inventive posts than mine! xx

Vegan MoFo – Barak Obama is coming to dinner!

Hi there!

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Apparently Barak Obama tried to come to my house for dinner yesterday, unfortunately I was too busy helping Gary with prepping for a job interview so I couldn’t invite him in, but today is his lucky day because I’m making hot-dogs. Apparently he’s a fan….

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And makes hot dog eating look a lot more appealing than David Cameron!

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I used a new to me recipe from ‘The Complete Guide to Vegan Substitutes‘. They were really easy to make and pretty tasty*. I make seitan sausages pretty frequently now, but it wasn’t long ago I found the whole process terrifying, so there is a few (literally) photo’s below that might help you to realise that you haven’t actually made a godforesaken mess and the weird blobby stuff will actually turn out to taste good.

The general rule is to mix all your dry ingredients together, ensuring the spices (especially) are well distributed
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Then you simply add in your wet ingredients until it all comes together into a slightly strange blobby bready amalgamated dough. This will taste good, promise!

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Then you wrap them up in tin foil and twist the ends to shape them into sausages!

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Once the hot dogs are ready, of course you need to smother it in ketchup, mustard and serve alongside fried onions :) delicious!

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Apparently Barak’s favourite vegetable is broccoli and of course I needed a vegetable so I cooked some for on the side. I made blackened broccoli as per Isa :) Overall it was pretty good :)

I hope he’d enjoy it!

Elise xx

* I’ll be honest, I felt this recipe had such potential but it didn’t quite work for me. It was missing a depth of flavour     somewhere along the line. Next time I’d adjust the flavourings and add more salt I think.

Vegan MoFo – Share something vegan with a non-vegan

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Hello everyone.

I have always found that one of the most convincing foods to feed non-vegans is cake. Everyone loves cake! Well pretty much everyone, I’m not here to judge the few strange people in the world!

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Gary recently got made redundant from the job he’s been working in for the past 3 years…boo! I wanted to give all the guys a little something to recognise how hard they had all worked and how rubbish the redundancy (and everything that came alongside!) was. So I made cake.

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In the end after a 3 week process the guys contracts were TUPE‘d over to another company which was cause for celebration, hence the cupcakes being topped with 2p’s. Yeah, I would not fulfil the GSOH requirement in most dating adverts!

I used recipes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World by the awesome Isa Chandra Moschowitz. The ones you see here are the Pineapple Right-Side-Up cakes and the Marble cupcakes. I’ve made the marble ones before, I don’t quite know what I did but they turned out much heavier than last time, but still very very delicious. The pineapple cupcakes were a new-to-me recipe and they are going on my favourites list, they were really delicious!

As you can see, they were a success!

Cupcake Boobs!

Ta daa...

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All in all I think the cupcakes were a pretty great success, I love winning people round to the vegan way of life with cake! And to be honest I think they’re glad I do too. xx

Vegan MoFo – Kitchen Tour

Hello, and welcome to my kitchen!

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We live in a semi-basement flat so I can only apologise for the lighting (I struggle with food photos too!). I love our kitchen, it’s so spacious and it directly leads onto our lounge making this the ideal party flat! It’s also really nice to be able to have a table set up in the kitchen because when we have people for dinner I can keep chatting whilst I cook, as long as I don’t make too much of a mess (which people who know me know I struggle with!).

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I would also love to tell you that my kitchen is always this tidy, but that would be a massive lie! In fact I tidied inside my cupboards just for these photos, turns out vegan MoFo is good for household chores as well as delicious food! It’s lucky I did to be honest, I found a long abandoned bag of spirulina had exploded covering quite a few things in dark green powder…yay.

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After I cleaned and sorted the cupboard I wrote a list of everything in there to encourage me to use up some of the ingredients…

...It got quite long.

…It got quite long.

My name is Elise, and I’m a spice addict!

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These are a few of my favourite things….

My Dr Who paraphanalia

My Dr Who paraphernalia

My magimix....makes so many kitchen chores easier!

My magimix….makes so many kitchen chores easier!

My canvas of a photo that I took in India

My canvas of a photo that I took in India

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My herbal tea collection

A wire artwork that my sister made us :)

A wire artwork that my sister made us :)

We only have under the work surface cupboards so we needed some more storage for my collection of cookbooks (well some of them anyway!) and the dried ingredients such as couscous and other grains. So we bought a really basic set of shelves from Ikea, I think it turned out really well :)

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Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed the tour of our kitchen. We rent, so it’s still a little far from where my ideal kitchen would be, I’d like a LOT more colour. My next project is to paint our kitchen table, I’m thinking bright yellow!

See you tomorrow,

Elise xx

I loved reading about everyone’s favourite cookbooks, I don’t need an excuse to buy any more as you can see above but I must admit I’m tempted, very tempted by Miyoko Schinner’s Homemade Vegan Pantry as talked about by Kelly. Dawn also reminded me that I’m still missing Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar from my Isa collection.