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Vegan MoFo: How I spent my summer.

This summer was looooooooooong.  So long.  And super hot.  Most of the days in July and August, it was at least 90 degrees.  I did manage to have some fun with food though!  Here are some highlights:

There was a little grilling.

BBQ seitan and red peppers.

BBQ seitan and red peppers.

I finally got to try Temptation Ice cream!

Cookie dough with a brownie.

Cookie dough with a brownie.

There was the heartache of ordering a tofu dish and having them bring me warm silken tofu in a sauce.

No one likes silken tofu like this, jerks!

No one likes silken tofu like this, jerks!

I made Hufflepuff cupcakes for my friends birthday, even though I don’t give a crap about Harry Potter.

This is the nerdiest thing ive ever baked.

This is the nerdiest thing i've ever baked.

We also had pie because Jim’s birthday is two days away.  This is like my calling card, this pie.  Because Jim hates cake and it’s so easy to make.  If we lived in bizzaro world and everyone else liked pie and he wanted cake for his birthday, he’d be totally screwed.

Hands by Andria.

While I was in Illinois (I actually went to see Joan Jett and Huey Lewis, the birthdays were just a coincidence) my mother-in-law said we had to do something with her tomoatoes.  They planted a few plants and they grew out of control.  It was perfect timing because Isa had just posted her entry about making tomato sauce.  We didn’t have as many tomatoes so it didn’t take quit as long, but it was a good three hours from start to finish.  It was good, squishy fun.

We made the sauce on Saturday before I went to the concert (didn’t take my camera, sorry!) and ate it for Sunday dinner with salads and breadsticks made from rolled out pizza dough from the health food store.

A Chipotle opened in my hometown and I became obsessed with their vegetarian bowl pretty quick.  I even got one to go on my way out of town and ate it when I got back to Tennessee.  There isn’t a Chipotle within driving distance even if gas prices weren’t crazy, so I recreated it at home.  Lime cilantro rice, seasoned black beans, smoky grilled onions, fresh corn and tomato salsa, and guacamole.  It was close, but my rice wasn’t quite right.  I think I need to break down and buy a rice cooker, mine always comes out mushy or undercooked.

So that was the later part of my summer in food.  I meant to have a cookie recipe to post today, but I lost my wallet (and got it back) so I didn’t have the time or focus to bake.  I’m really excited about the Vegan MoFo being in October this year, because it’s birthday and Halloween time and I have a few fun things planned.  See you tomorrow!

posted: 08 October 2
under: animals, food, pictures, veganmofo

  • Amy

    Sounds like you had fun! I wholeheartedly endorse the use of a rice cooker – it’s saved me so many hours in arguments over the proper method of rice cooking…..

  • Wow, that pie looks amazing! And so does that sauce. What a delicious looking summer!

  • I am still stuck on that pie, even though everything else looks great! But that pie…most delicious looking dessert EVER!!! Can you make ME one for my birthday? Lucky guy!

  • The vegetarian bowl looks great!

  • those kabobs look amazing! whoa.

  • That all looks great except for the silken tofu obviously. Why do they do that? idiots.

    That pie is looks crazy delicious as does the chipotle bowl!

  • what an awesome load of food! you’re lucky you got the pie gift…i struggle with my own pies. i made that tomato sauce from Isa’s blog this summer too, it was sooo good. and also, when are restaurants going to realize that cubed silken tofu is seriously gross? no one wants to eat that.

  • Temptation is the best, glad you got to try it!

    Warm silken tofu, though? Ick. It’s these people that are giving vegans a bad name.

  • “There was the heartache of ordering a tofu dish and having them bring me warm silken tofu in a sauce.”
    —->this happened to me once when i ordered delivery REALLY late at night and was super hungry…..needless to say, i was not a happy camper

  • Glad to see you posting again! I’m planning to make your pumpkin cinnamon rolls as part of my VeganMoFo this year. I don’t work with yeast, often, so I thought I’d challenge myself. 🙂

  • The pictures are incredible! It looks like you had a great summer filled with great food.

  • I had Temptation icecream for the first time last week at Penny Lick’s–incidentally, it was cookie dough! So amazing. Next time I get back there I think I’ll ask them to throw in a brownie as well.

    That pie-whatever it is–looks amazing. And I want Hufflepuff cupcakes.

  • I LOVE CHIPOTLE’S! it’s like a godsend because my omni friends never have any complaints about going there since they can get whatever they want and so can i! looks like your summer was yumm filled!

  • Yum Temptation ice cream with a brownie is just what I want to stuff in to my face at this moment.

  • everything looks so yummy! I don’t make white rice often, but when I do I make it in the mircowave and it’s so fast & easy – just put it in the bottom of a large/deep bowl and put in twice as much water (I never measure). Put it in for about 17/18 minutes and voila.
    I like your T-shirt. I have the same one!

  • Sal

    Those cupcakes are adorable.

    My friend ordered something similar to that tofu thing in a chinese restaurant once, it looked like snot in a toilet bowl. Gross.

  • bex

    That’s an awesome collection of photos.
    My co-op had temptation ice cream. We all bought it saying things like “yum” “That’s so cool they started carrying this””yippee” and so on. So then they stopped carrying it after about a week.

  • Sarah

    Aah…Chipotle. I LOVE that place! I try to recreate the veggie bol at home, but my rice is never quite the same. (Maybe the lack of oil and not enough cilantro?) Luckily the closest one to me is about 30 minutes away, otherwise I would eat there every day! (My sister did that for about a month–3 to 4 times a week. Needless to say, she put on a good 5-7 pounds…without guacamole!)

    Everything else looks delish…except that warm silken tofu mess. That pie looks awesome!

  • Ariann

    I like silken tofu like that! Bean Curd Szechuan Style, man, with peas!

  • That pie looks insane! I <3 Joan Jett.