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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes (Steamy Kitchen)

Hi everyone, and Happy Halloween! "Halloween" is of course the prompt for today, the last day of Vegan MoFo, so I made pumpkin mashed potatoes, veganizing this recipe (use vegan butter; canola oil & soymilk in place of the heavy cream; and vegan Worcestershire sauce). 


I had been a bit skeptical about this dish at first, but it was actually pretty good!



Here's my Inktober sketch; it looks super scary lol…



And here's the kitty crew saying they hope you don't get too frightened on this spooky night…





And a throwback photo of Buttons from around Halloween 2014…



Peace. :)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Candied Yams (Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food)

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Practice run a dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or another upcoming holiday," so I made the candied yams from Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food. This was a super simple dish, but very delicious! I had them with some leftover quinoasage.


Here's my Inktober sketch…



And here's Daisy half-in, half-out of the sunshine…



Peace. :)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Peanut Butter Apple Crisp (The Cooking Club)

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "History," so I made another apple crisp, this time with two of my favorite foods -- peanut butter and Granny Smith apples -- that I wanted to learn about more. (The original recipe is from The Cooking Club; use vegan butter.)



Here's my Inktober sketch…



And here's Leela hanging out by my computer chair this morning...



Peace. :)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Quinoasage and Potato Tofu Scramble (House Vegan: Fall FoMo No More)

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Brunch," so I made the Quinoasage and Potato Tofu Scramble from House Vegan: Fall FoMo No More. My only changes were to use canola oil instead of olive oil and to leave out the fennel seeds and the optional scallion at the end. It turned out really well, and I even went back for seconds!


Here's my Inktober sketch…



And from last night, here's Daisy being a pillow for Cringer, the very persistent cuddler…




Peace. :)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Chickpea "Tuna Fish" Sandwich

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Meals for the young (at heart)." Growing up, tuna fish sandwiches were one of the staple lunches that my mom made for me to bring into school, so I decided to make a vegan version for lunch today. To make the chickpea "tuna," I used a fork to mash 1/2 cup chickpeas, then stirred in 1 tablespoon Vegenaise and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

Served with chips and a pickle.

Here's my Inktober sketch...



And here's today's cuteness: Cringer and Leela sharing the bed!






Peace. :)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Showstopper Dessert," so I made an apple cranberry crisp. I had the recipe written down on an index card but no indication of where it came from. I tried looking it up online and found similar ones, but I made some changes anyways so here's what I did: Peeled, chopped, and sliced five apples into a baking dish, then added 1 cup dried cranberries. In a bowl, melted one stick Earth Balance, then added 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1 cup broken-up pecans, and 1/3 cup flour, and mixed together. Poured the contents of the bowl over the apples & cranberries, then baked for 45 min at 350°F. 


It turned out quite tasty!



Here's my Inktober sketch...



And here's Daisy being very alert...



Peace. :)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Vegetable Lo Mein

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Cook for your best friend," so I made vegetable lo mein since that's Zach's favorite thing to get when we go to SuTao Cafe. I referenced this recipe, using angel hair spaghetti since the only lo mein noodles I could find had egg in them. I also didn't use the scallions, used an extra tablespoon of soy sauce, and left out the salt and sesame oil. 


I thought it turned out pretty well, and Zach said he liked it, so, success!



Here's my Inktober sketch...



And here's a sleepy Cringer on the bed...



Peace. :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pizza Crescent Rolls

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Party!" so tonight I made pizza crescent rolls, something fun and vegan that my mother-in-law brought to a holiday party last year. They are super simple to make, just spread a little bit of tomato sauce on before rolling up the crescent rolls. (I also added a sprinkle of garlic salt on top.) I baked them for 12 minutes and had a few with the last of the scalloped potatoes and a couple homemade pickles. They were great!


Here's my Inktober sketch...



And here's Leela on the bed...



Peace. :)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Garlic-Herb Pita Toasts (The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen)

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Fancy," so I thought I'd try making an appetizer from The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. The garlic-herb pita toasts were easy and super quick to make; they were a tasty accompaniment to some leftover scalloped potatoes.


Here's my Inktober sketch; pay no attention to the randomly missing eighth piece of pita lol!



And here's Daisy in the cat tower tonight...



Peace. :)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf (Taste of Home)

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Unconventional grains," so I decided to make a cranberry wild rice pilaf (the original recipe can be found here; obviously be sure to use a vegan chicken broth and vegan butter). Pearl barley, a second unconventional grain, is another main ingredient in this recipe. 


The pilaf turned out really well and was a nice lunch today.



Here's my Inktober sketch...



And here's Cringer up in the cat tower this morning...



Peace. :)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Scalloped Potatoes (My cat loves Daiya!)

Hi everyone! Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Making the humble potato the star of the show," so I immediately knew where today's recipe was going to come from: My cat loves Daiya! I made the scalloped potatoes for dinner tonight, and they were really good!



Here's my Inktober sketch...



Here's Leela on the sleeping bag this morning...



Ramblings: Today felt like a wrapping-up-the-mourning day. I woke up and went to go downstairs to feed the kitties without instinctively glancing in at Buttons' fort (Zach had made it by draping a blanket over a chair). Later, I finished the book I'd been reading when Buttons was still alive. For lunch, I finished the leftovers from the meal I cooked before we brought her to the vet. Nearly everything we'd rearranged to make things easier for Buttons has been put back to where it used to be. I typed up a bunch of memories this afternoon; I don't think I could ever forget her, but I sure as hell am not taking that risk. I certainly don't like the idea of life going back to "normal" without Buttons, but I know she wouldn't want me mourning forever, so I'm OK with it.


A photo from the first day Buttons came to live with us.

Peace. :)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Deconstructed Pizza (Long Island Vegan)

Hi everyone. Today's Vegan MoFo prompt is "Deconstructed dish," so I made the deconstructed pizza from Long Island Vegan. (When I told Zach the prompt and what I was making for our dinner, he reminded me of this xkcd comic.) It turned out really good and was a fun way to have pizza.


Here's my Inktober sketch...



And here's Cringer and Daisy in the cat tower this afternoon... (Guess who got up there first and who decided there was definitely room for two lol.)





Peace...