Other People’s Munchies. . . and Please Share Your Own

October 1, 2008

Odd. . . my Google Reader seemed to be filling up at an alarming rate, sort of like the rising waterline in The Poseidon Adventure.  Then I remembered:  Not only is October the official World Vegetarian Month, it’s also the Vegan MOFO (Month of Food)!  This is the 31-day period in which vegan food bloggers worldwide pledge to blog at least 20 days of the month about, well, vegan food.  And blog they have!

Given my vida loca schedule these days (and The Girls do make me put my clothes on and go walking in the rain), as well as the imminent festival of the harvest here in Canada, I accepted that I simply couldn’t commit to that esteemed blog event, for fear of ending up committed myself as a result.   Instead, I thought I’d bring to you some highlights of recipes I’ve tried and enjoyed from other vegan and vegetarian bloggers in the past while. 

Every now and again, I scroll through my photos and realize there are dozens of dishes I’ve cooked and photographed, but never blogged about.  It may be that they were less than stellar in their final form, or that my woeful skill as a photographer resulted in a photo that, ahem, didn’t quite do the dish justice.  More often than not, however, it’s just that I ran out of time and went on to blog about something else–and then, weeks (or, in some cases, months) later, I stumble upon the photos and rack my brains to remember what the heck it was.  And so, here’s but a brief sampling of some of the things we’ve been sampling here in the DDD household.

Happy Vegan MoFo, everyone!

Caramelized Tofu (101 Cookbooks)

As Heidi mentions in her post about this, this deceptively simple dish is incredibly addictive.  I made it once to try it out, then repeated the venture three days in a row.  Stupendous.  (And this is one of those aforementioned cases in which the photographer is not up to par with the quality of the recipe!).

Crumb-Topped Brownies, sans topping (My Sweet Vegan): 

Hannah’s Crumb-Topped Brownies are everything you’ve heard they are, and more.  As I mentioned a while back, I recently found myself with some soy yogurt in the house, so I finally had the means to try these out.  They were superb–soft, gooey, and with a moist, almost custard-like texture that literally melted in the mouth.  Even without the white sugar or flour, these were fabulous, and irresistibly decadent.

Curried Tofu Scramble (Moosewood New Classics):

My favorite scrambled tofu recipe. With just a touch of curry paste, a hit of jalapeno, the requisite turmeric–this dish provides a spicy, juicy, eggy and convenient scramble.  I could eat this every day (and I do, for about 3 days after I make it, since the HH will no longer indulge with me).

Broccoli and Rice Salad (Jean Lemlin’s Quick, Simple and Main Course Vegetarian Pleasures):

Got broccoli?  Got rice? With the addition of a tangy dressing and chopped almonds, Lemlin elevates the basic rice and veggies to a step beyond the quotidien.  And gluten-free! 

Nori Condiment-Baked Potatoes (Nourish Me):

As Lucy mentioned in her original post about this condiment, it may be just a tad too pungent for some tastes on its own; but these taste buds thoroughly enjoyed it roasted with russett potatoes. Yes, it does sound quirky, and yes, it does resemble the habitat of plankton, but it is, nevertheless, uniquely appealing!

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Destiny’s Vegan Kitchen):

Rich. Chewy. Chocolatey. Totally indulgent.  All that, even though I made my usual substitutions of Sucanat for sugar, spelt for regular flour, coconut oil for margarine, etc.  The HH almost scalded his tongue eating four of these babies straight out of the oven.  What are you waiting for?  Go bake some, pronto!

And coming up. . . .got any coconut of your own?

I deliberately ended this list with these coconut cookies as a segue into my next post, which will introduce a new Lucky Comestible series–on coconut!  I’d love to include any recipes you may have made featuring this ingredient as well.  While I’m not quite ready for my own blog event, I will happily provide links to your posts at the end of each Lucky Comestible recipe in the series. 

So feel free to send along those URLs for your coconut-based recipes (and I’m already planning to feature at least 2 of your recipes in the batch. . . but you’ll have to wait to see which ones!).

Oh, Mum, talk about MoFo!  You’re so cruel to keep us all waiting. . .especially when you’re cooking all those yummy coconut dishes just a few feet away. . . *sigh*. . . “

“Chaser, don’t you use such language!  And don’t worry, when she’s done, we’ll get to polish off the extra coconut milk.” 


29 Responses to “Other People’s Munchies. . . and Please Share Your Own”

  1. Tofufreak Says:

    YUM! hooray for MoFo! i love looking at everyone’s food pics 😀 everything looks yummy!!

  2. Diann Says:

    You shall be an honorary MoFo’er! That “blast from the past” below was obviously in my subconscious.

  3. BitterSweet Says:

    Aw, thanks for the glowing review, I’m just so happy that you liked the brownies! And to think, I’ve been trying to revise that recipe, too…

  4. Lucy Says:

    Oh, it’s weird alright. But oddly alluring.

    Your photo makes it look much yummier than mine did.

    Yum to scrambled tofu.

  5. gosh those look lovely. I’ve always meant to get my sweet vegan, I’ll have to go out and actually do it…

  6. VeggieGirl Says:

    Hooray for the return of Vegan MoFo!!

    That brownie recipe from My Sweet Vegan is definitely a favorite – yum!!

    I ran out of coconut, actually, haha!! You just reminded me that I need to stock up on more :0)

    Love the photos of The Girls, as always.

  7. Celine Says:

    the pups are my favorites! I could seriously eat them up. not vegan, you say? ok, ok, I’ll take the cookies instead.

  8. Ricki Says:

    Thanks for the honor :)! I’ll be there reading every day, anyway!

    Hope the photo of the Girls is a cheery thing, anyway 🙂

    I have to work on the HH first; Girls second!

  9. shellyfish Says:

    My mouth is just watering…I shouldn’t look at your blog -ever- when hungry!
    Can I just say that I LOVE that plate Hannah’s cookies are on?!?
    And I am more than super excited about the coconut explosion coming our way! I am such a big cocnut fan!

  10. mihl Says:

    This was too much deliciousness for me. I am fainting;)

  11. DC Says:

    Those look really good. I just don’t know how to cook tofu. 😆

    Cute dogs. 🙂

  12. Kiersten Says:

    I loved that caramelized tofu recipe too. Thanks for reminding me that I need to make it again.

  13. I am so super-excited for your coconut recipes, because I adore coconuts! They make me think of Hawaii :o).

  14. Vegannifer Says:

    Thanks for featuring these recipes. They all look amazing!

  15. Lizzie Says:

    Did you say coconut??? I love using it in all forms: water, milk, flour, flaked… I can’t wait to see what you made!

  16. Maureen Says:

    Happy MoFo!! Love the pics. Especially the brownies!

  17. Johanna Says:

    great way to celebrate vegan mofo – those brownies look so lovely and gooey! You are making me realise how little I use coconut in my blogging despite using it quite regularly – but I am a whizz at colouring coconut for cake decoration 🙂 Will try and send you a few recipes

  18. Vegan_Noodle Says:

    Yep, my Google Reader is out of control as well!! Even if you’re not “officially” participating.. this was an awesome mofo post! It’s inspiring me to get out a bunch of cookbooks and try new things! Oh, and can’t wait for the LC series on coconut!

  19. guz Says:

    What a great array of dishes. I probably haven’t had enough tofu cooked properly – seems the only time I really love it is in hot and sour soup.
    The rice dish would be a winner for me – I mean, it is carbs right?

    The doggie conversatioins are a riot. They’re such good buddies too.

  20. Those chocolate mint cookies on Shellyfish’s and Vegyogini’s blog look amazing! Do you have an idea as to when your cookbook is scheduled to come out?

  21. Lisa Says:

    I know what you mean about the google reader piling up. Coconut is a great theme. I assume recipes using coconut milk are welcomed too. I’ll see what I can dig up from the archives.

  22. Maggie Says:

    I want to try all of these recipes! I love your sleepy/bored dogs at the end.

  23. bee Says:

    great array of flavours. thanks for sharing these inks. we have tons of coconut recipes.


    how does this work? do we send you an e-mail. or will you just pick your favourites from that link?

  24. holler Says:

    I like the look of that carmelised tofu Ricki! It looks really good and Lucy’s potatoes too! *mouth watering*

    You could try my truffles for your coconut list. I am sure the HH would love them 🙂


  25. bex Says:

    mmm you’ve given me some yummies to seek out.

  26. veganlisa Says:

    Hi Ricki,
    It was great to meet you yesterday. Your blog was already in my favourites so it was fantastic to see your amazing buttertarts in person. Thank you for your contribution yesterday, you are clearly very talented in the kitchen. I can’t wait to see your book when it is ready. I hope there will be a big launch party!

  27. KarynMC Says:

    I love the looks of those cookies!

  28. coulditbeseitan Says:

    Oh wow, everything looks SO great!

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