The vegan month of food has arrived at Conscious Cooking. I will be blogging daily. Here is a draft of what I will be posting with updates in bold with links to the results:
Vegan MoFo2015 Challenges
September 1 Rise and Shine! It’s MoFo time! Tell us about your breakfast. It was going to be Scrambled Soy Chorizo and Tofu with tortillas and Nopales Salsa, but this morning I had no Soy Chorizo. So, instead, I shot video for my vegan version of eggs Benedict, called The Benedict Cumberbatch. I will upload it as soon as I figure out how to edit the footage. Grin.
September 2 Recreate a meal from your childhood. The Pink Soup
September 3 Quick, easy and delicious. Garbanzo Soup or Rosemary Kabocha Pasta
September 4 Tell us about a weird food combo that you love. Popcorn Toppings- I like strange things atop my popcorn. You might too. Baked Grapefruit Sweet Potatoes among other things…
September 5 Best sandwich ever. There is always the Moth Sandwich or The GLBT Sandwich: What do vegans do when invited to a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich party? They don’t covet the woven bacon, but they admire the cleverness and bring their own twist to the sandwich- Veganase, Guacamole, Lettuce, Fake bacon and Tomato with Spicy Chao Cheese.
September 6 Re-create a restaurant meal. Thinking about perhaps: Sushi, Avocado Appetizer things from The Cheesecake Factory, cheesecake, or a Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart, penne pasta, artichokes grilled, maybe even Marie Calendar’s Cornbread and????
September 7 Make / eat some thing inspired by a book or film. Still thinking about this one too. I loved the book, Heidi. I remember she carried cheese and bread in her pockets… maybe some kind of vegan fondu? Or what about a To Kill a Mockingbird mock pork roast? Maybe I should look for inspiration in kid’s books like Chocolate Fever, or Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Or James and the Giant Peach, pizza from math fractions books, maybe something from Rol Dahl’s The Witches, or Sandra Cisneros, or Gary Soto, he had a poem about oranges, what about made up names for foods, like the Science Camp meals were named for marine life. Like Water for Chocolate was both a movie and a book and about cooking, perhaps something with shaved chocolate in it.
September 8 Reach out! Make a new vegan friend & tell us about it. I keep making my friends into temporary vegans.
September 9 Most retro recipe. Raspberry Pineapple Jell-o mold? That weird spinach dip? A cheese log?
September 10 Something blue. My hair, now can I just cook something that doesn’t have blueberries in it? Okay, I just peeked in my Color Me Vegan cookbook under blue/purple. I imagined I would find sad food, or foods to eat when feeling blue. Instead, I found kale, then remembered I have made blue flower ice cubes with borage. I could do blue potatoes, with blueberry ketchup or blue cornbread with blueberry butter like spread. I settled on Black Bean Wasabi Burgers with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce.
September 11 Focus on a nutrient. B12 or D3 Shitake mushrooms, I’m going to check my food nutrient book. This is not a good day for me.
September 12 Tell us about your favorite cookbook! The vegan biscuit one. I will say more on my birthday. September 12th.
September 13 It’s kitchen tour time! video? Oh sheesh! I wish my kitchen looked like my grandmother’s with the light curtains, the white step-stool, the retro red table with shiny chrome edge, red matching chairs with gold sparkley flecks in it and the plate which read around the rim, “you are special today you are special today” into infinity. This is not my house, I’m renting, but one thing that happens to stay the same in all my kitchens is that my spices overflow their drawers, my herbs grow on the balcony and I pinch things to add to my plating, or flavor a meal. The table is in my dreams packed with people enjoying food and conversation, most often I am cooking for two. But making enough for more. I am also big on appliances.
September 14 Share something vegan (and delicious, duh!) with a non-vegan. I enjoy sharing my favorite vegan restaurants with non-vegans. I have also appreciated when non vegans share delicious foods with me, the vegan. Later, I will post The Mushroom Chili of Judy’s and the Mango Bean Salad of Lynnette and Andrea.
September 15 OMG, Barack Obama is coming over because he knows you make awesome vegan food! What are you going to make? I heard he doesn’t like beets, I don’t know how anyone could not like beets, maybe I can change his mind.
September 16 What’s your favorite late summer food? Kabocha squash, squashed, souped, sliced.
September 17 Make (or eat!) a traditional local dish. Croatian hand made pasta with truffles. Eaten, check. Recreated, check!
September 18 Honor a human or non human animal who inspires your veganism. Ghandi something hot and spicy? Indian food toned down for my mouth.
September 19 Lunch on the go. I want to iron something like Ted Lai, but maybe I will just make some grab and go foods I like to bring to picnics, like hummus and veggies, what else? Bento Box? Dill Pickle Potato Salad, sushi, fruit? Sculptures?
September 21 What three endless food supplies would you take if you were going to be stranded on an island? (Imagine your nutritional needs have been met, these are a bonus!) Sweet potatoes, the purple ones from Hawaii, popcorn and Reed’s Premium Ginger ale.
September 22 Make a dish using all seasonal produce. What season? Each week I use everything in my CSA veggie box. Maybe I can see how many meals I can fix with one box?
September 23 My brother’s birthday. Autumn equinox eats. research. Equal? Opposites? Light and darks, color complements color wheel, autumnal colors? It has to be the surprise cake.
September 24 What (inset well known person) would eat if they were vegan. The Marlboro man- smoked everything. Maybe what Harrison Ford, as Indiana or Han would eat? Maroon 5- color or number? Lady Gaga? Robin Williams? Georgia O’Keefe, yep her, since I just picked squash blossoms from my garden.
September 25 Share your favorite cuisine. to eat or cook? Mexican, anything fresh from the garden, Croatian, Slovenian soups? Foods that honor refugees.
September 26 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? This is September in California, it is 90 degrees outside. Okay, I’ll play.
September 27 Favorite herb or spice? Cuban oregano.
September 28 Tacos VS Burritos. Where do you stand on this important issue? I am burrito all the way and have explored all the burrito places this side of the Santa Cruz mountains and that side of the Santa Cruz mountains, so here will be my top 5 list of best vegan burritios to eat when your mountain biking partner needs a carnitas fix. Dara likes a soft tortilla around hard shell taco. What about the tostada?
September 29 What would you bring on a vegan road trip? Meals on wheels, what do I bring camping, glamping? pancake mix, corn, sprouted lentils, tostadas, Marinated tofu for shish kabob…
September 30 Fusion Challenge! Still confusion.