Vegan MOFO is almost here!

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It’s come along fast hasn’t it? Vegan bloggers all over the world are currently raiding their fridges and hammering their keyboards in preparation! This will be my second year taking part and I’m excited to reveal my theme to you guys!

When I became vegan I kept all of my old cookbooks even though I didn’t think I’d ever be able to use them again. I have a huge collection of books though and I hate to see an unloved one! I have been working my way through popular cookbooks like Jamie Oliver and Delia and veganising some of my favourite recipes to share. I’ve also made some gluten free versions of recipes from books like Veganomicon and Linda McCartney.

So dig out those old books and use my tips to make your old recipes good again!

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Vegan MoFo Round Up!

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has read along with my A-Z of Gluten Free Veganism theme for my first Vegan MoFo. It’s been really fun writing it and I very almost hit my goal of posting every day!

Also, thank you to all the bloggers who have been involved in this year’s MoFo, I’ve got a huge list of pinned recipes to try out and I’m going to try and work my way through them over the next few weeks! I’ve found a lot of brilliant new blogs to add to my reader too.

Here is a summary of my A-Z of Gluten Free Veganism (Vegan MoFo Year 1!)

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Vegan MoFo #1 – The month started off with a post where I got to know british followers and bloggers! It’s been really great getting to know you all and I’ve loved reading your blogs.

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Vegan MoFo #2 – With my vegan origin story I went back to the start of my gluten free veganism journey and took you along with me.

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Vegan MoFo #3 (A – Aubergine) – I shared a smoky aubergine and courgette stew, the perfect dish for autumn!

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Vegan MoFo #4 (B – Broad Beans) – How I came to like broad beans in a creamy soup!

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Vegan MoFo #5 (C- Calcium) – A useful guide on how to keep calcium levels up on a vegan diet.

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Vegan MoFo #6 (D – DS Ciabattas) – I shared a useful gluten free and vegan bread which is easy to find in supermarkets.

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Vegan MoFo #7 (E – Eggs) – An explanation of why I’ll never eat another egg.

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Vegan MoFo #8 (F – FAQs) – Frequently asked questions and answers about gluten free veganism.

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Vegan MoFo #9 (G – Gingerbread Men) – Some gorgeous little gluten free and vegan treats!

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Vegan MoFo #10 (H – Happy) – The way veganism makes me feel!

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Vegan MoFo #11 (I – Iron) – A quick guide to keeping your iron levels up in a vegan diet.

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Vegan MoFo #12 (J – Jelly) – Vegan jelly crystals!

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Vegan MoFo #13 (K – Kitchens) – How to share a kitchen and still eat gluten free.

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Vegan MoFo #14 (L – Lunch) – Tips on how to pack a vegan and gluten free lunch to take to work.

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Vegan MoFo #15 (M – Milk) – My journey to plant based milk

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Vegan MoFo #16 (N – Nakd Bars) – A review of my favourite snacks

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Vegan MoFo #17 (Observers) – My two babies!

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Vegan MoFo #18 (P – Pastry) – A gluten free vegan pastry breakthrough!

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Vegan MoFo #19 (Q – Quinoa) – Protein packed goodness!

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Vegan MoFo #20 (R – Risotto) – A carrot and coriander risotto recipe

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Vegan MoFo #21 (S – Snacks) – Gluten free and vegan snacking!

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Vegan MoFo #22 (T – Tomatoes) – A round up of my favourite tomato recipes.

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Vegan MoFo #23 (U – Utensils) – My top 5 kitchen essentials

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Vegan MoFo #24 (V – The Vegg) – The amazing vegan egg yolk

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Vegan MoFo #25 (W – Walnuts) – One of my favourite nuts!

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Vegan MoFo #26 (X – Xanthan Gum) – The must have ingredient for gluten free baking

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Vegan MoFo #27 (Y & Z – Yummy Zero Zebra Bars) – Some gorgeous children friendly vegan chocolate

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So that’s this year’s MoFo over! Check back here over the next few weeks as I work my way through the recipes I’ve accumulated!

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Now a quick question… what do you want to see on this blog? I’m going to reorganise my themes this week so if there are specific types of things you’d like to read about please let me know!

Vegan Mofo #27 – A-Z of Gluten Free Veganism (Yummy Zero Zebra Bars)

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OK guys, I’m aware that I am cheating twice here!

1) The last day of Vegan MoFo was yesterday

2) I’m doing Y and Z together

I’m sorry for missing the last day of MoFo! Hopefully this chocolate review will make up for it!

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Zero Zebra are a small brand that make dairy and allergen free chocolate aimed at children. Their products are all free of allergens, fair trade, vegan and organic and so are perfect for vegan or lactose intolerant kids. I bought one of each of their three chocolate bars to give a try.

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Their original bar is a gorgeous rice based milk chocolate. Many vegan milk chocolates can be too bitter or grainy but this is soft, creamy and delicious.

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I expected the Crispy Rice Pop bar to be reminiscent of the Nestle Crunch Bars that I used to adore before I was vegan (and before I gave up eating Nestle!). It is not like these bars at all but don’t let that put you off! The rice pops are scattered through this bar but there aren’t so many that the quality of the chocolate is hidden. It’s a creamy bar with small crunchy bits.

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This is the bar I was most excited to try. My favourite flavour in everything used to be strawberry so a vegan milk chocolate with strawberry is right up my street. This bar wasn’t what I was expecting at all but it was delicious nonetheless. It actually contains dried bits of strawberry so the fake sugary strawberry flavour I was expecting was replaced by a more realistic sweet strawberry flavour. This is sure to be a favourite amongst kids!

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Overall I think these bars are fantastic. They are a lot bigger than most vegan milk chocolate treats at 35g and I didn’t feel like eating another bar once I’d finished! I think the cute packaging and the shape of the bars will stop children from becoming jealous of the kids with the milky bars and parents can be sure that they are allergen free!

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What are your favourite vegan chocolates?

Vegan MoFo #26 – A-Z of Gluten Free Veganism (Xanthan Gum)

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Welcome to the last 2 days of Vegan MoFo! This month has sped by hasn’t it?

We’re up to X in our alphabet of gluten free veganism so I’m going to tell you a bit about one of the most important components of gluten free baking – xanthan gum. The key feature of gluten in wheat flour is that it binds the baked good together. Gluten free cakes can therefore be very crumbly and fall apart easily. Xanthan gum is a gluten free and vegetarian corn based powder which can be used to mimic the texture in gluten containing baked goods. It takes practice to get the right amount in a recipe as too much can leave a very dense cake. If you’re new to gluten free baking I’d recommend following recipes so you can get the hang of it.

Xanthan gum is made by a few different companies and can be found in the free from aisle in supermarkets. There have been people who’ve had reactions to this product though so be sure to do your research!

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Do you use Xanthan Gum in your baking? Do you have any tips for gluten free baking?

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Don’t forget to enter the competition for gluten free chocolate Frank Bars! It’s the last day!

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Vegan MoFo #25 – A-Z of Gluten Free Veganism (Walnuts)

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Welcome to day 25 of Vegan MoFo and W in our A-Z of Gluten Free Veganism!

Today we’re looking at one of my favourite nuts – the walnut. These nuts are full of good fats, omega 3 and vitamin E which makes them an excellent addition to the vegan diet. They can be used in a huge variety of recipes. Here are some of my favourite ways to use walnuts.

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In this Sundried Tomato and Basil Scrambled Tofu recipe they add crunch and texture to an otherwise soft dish.

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A traditional way to use walnuts is to add them into a Waldorf Salad with apples and celery.

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I used walnuts in this roasted mushroom and aubergine recipe to add some crunch and intensify the earthy flavours.

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What are your favourite walnut recipes?

While you’re here don’t forget to enter our Frank Chocolate Bars competition!

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Vegan MoFo #24 – A-Z of Gluten Free Veganism (The Vegg)

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The last thing I gave up before I went vegan was eggs. I used to love them fried, boiled, scrambled or poached and didn’t imagine what I’d eat for breakfast without them. When I went vegan I tried scrambled tofu and my first impression was not a good one as I didn’t flavour it anywhere near as much. While I got better at making scrambled tofu (for some tips on this check out my scrambled tofu post), it never truly tasted like egg.

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Recently I’ve read a lot about the first plant based egg yolk replacement. There were rave reviews all over the internet about this amazing stuff. The price always put me off (£5.99 seemed a lot!) and I was worried that it would contain all sorts of processed ingredients. When I actually looked at the ingredients though I found that it contained nutritional yeast, sodium alginate, black salt and beta carotene. I decided to get a packet to review for Vegan MoFo!

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The Vegg looks mostly like nutritional yeast and doesn’t have a very eggy smell when you first open it. Don’t let this put you off as when I followed the instructions and blended it up with some water, the aroma of eggs was definitely coming out of my food processor! The texture after blending is exactly like egg yolk which is quite incredible.

There is a whole cookbook devoted to recipes using the Vegg. Some of the few that caught my eye were french toast, scrambled Vegg and bread/cake recipes. However after some googling I found that many of the Vegg recipes contain tofu or other forms of soya. I actively avoid soya in my diet so these were no good to me!

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Eventually I found a vegan, gluten free and soy free recipe for a Vegg based omelette which I made with mushrooms and leeks. It was delicious and remarkably eggy! The recipe can be found over on A Vegan Obsession.

I am officially a Vegg convert now! I’ve also tried it made up with warm water and drizzled over cooked mushrooms and tomatoes for breakfast and it’s a winner this way too. Next for me is a dish of warm Vegg and a plate of chips to recreate the fried egg and chips meal I loved as a child.

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Have you got any Vegg recipes to share?

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Don’t forget to enter my competition to win some Frank Chocolate Snack Bars!

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Vegan MoFo #23 – A-Z of Gluten Free Veganism (Utensils)

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Welcome to day 23 of Vegan Month of Food and my 100th blog post! Today I’m using one of the prompts given to us by the Vegan MoFo team – the top 5 utensils I couldn’t live without.

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1) Wok

I use my wok for more than just stir fries! This brilliant pan is used in my kitchen for everything from curries and stews to pasta sauces and much more.

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2) Tefal Fresh Express

Salads are so much easier to make now that I have a Tefal Fresh Express. This little machine can grate a whole carrot in seconds.

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3) Peeler

My mum always peels vegetables with her little vegetable knife but I’ve never been able to master it. With my vegetable peelers I can peel without taking half the vegetable away with it!

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4) Heart shaped oven dish

I got this little dish from B&M Bargains and it only cost me about £2.99! It’s the perfect size for an individual portion and it’s cute too!

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5) Roasting pan

My roasting pan gets a lot of use, especially in winter. There’s nothing better than a plate of roasted vegetables.

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What are your favourite utensils?

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Don’t forget to enter my Frank Chocolate Snack Bar competition!

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