Vegan MoFo – Failure Club

This post is not about food, instead it’s about a really cool Web show called Failure Club.  Morgan Spurlock, the prolific documentarian of such films as ‘Super Size Me’ and ’30 Days,’ is the producer of the show.  The fear of failure has been the death knell of so many great dreams. But what if you could remove fear from your pursuit of happiness? What would be the one thing you would change about your life? Would you do it?

I’ve been following it off and on this year and it’s inspiring to see people step out of their comfort zone, how hard is that, right?

Failure Club Episode 77

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Vegan MoFo – Trick or Treat

We were lucky enough to be invited to a Halloween/Birthday/Season Premier of the Walking Dead party by a fantastic Vegan Hostess.  Not only were her decorations fabulous the food was frighteningly good.  Enjoy!

On the wall behind the table it said “Eat, Drink, and Be Scary”

The Spread

One of the guests was super hungry

Homemade Ghost chips in guacamole

Rest in Peas (English peas with toast gravestones)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finger bone pretzels with almond fingernails

 

 

 

 

 

 

My contribution – Candy Corn Cupcakes (chocolate cake, orange buttercream tinted candy corn colors)

 

 

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Vegan MoFo – The Infamaous Hugh Jass Salad

Salads should be eaten every day.  The beauty of salads is you can take last nights leftover __________(insert grains, beans, protein, etc) and make it into something new depending on whatever else you have lurking in your refrigerator or cupboards.  My cupboards have been known to house bits of this, that and the next thing (think mango chutney or olive tapenade) that turn plain old brown rice into something magical.   Check out the dark recesses of your cupboards, remember that jar of lavender salt you bought on vacation last year, how about those spiced almonds that haven’t been cracked open.  Dried figs, yes please.  Throw everything in a bowl and then have fun perusing your bottles of flavored vinegars, you know you have some.  As the weather cools down I like to toss things in my salads that have those warm fall flavors.  Today’s Hugh Jass featured, a half a Granny Smith apple, pomegranate arils, rosemary almonds, and a champagne citrus vinegar and olive oil dressing, all on top of a bed of herb salad mix.  Crunchy, salty, sweet, and tart…not a thing was missing.  So go create and enjoy your own Hugh Jass, I’m not sharing.

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Vegan MoFo – Simmzie’s a Review

Remember when eating out vegetarian meant a grilled cheese sandwich or an iceberg salad with bleu cheese dressing?  What about dining out vegan?  It’s so nice now that you can find entire restaurants devoted to vegan dining and most establishments have at least several options that are either vegan or can easily be made vegan.  I like that; makes eating out with friends who don’t embrace the whole animal free thing, much easier than it was 20 years ago, or try 38 years in my case.  We ate at a new for us place down in the trendy neighborhood of Belmont Shore, no stray dogs or gray chicken lurking around Simmzie’s.  They’re proud of their local sourcing and fresh ingredients and they make a mean Hummus Burger.  Leave off the mayo and you’re right there.  Crispy on the outside with a taste between falafel and hummus, it was really good.  Their fries are thin and of the shoestring variety which I love…those crunchy bits and pieces make me happy!  Maybe it’s just vacation that makes me happy, but good fries don’t hurt.

Sunshine, ocean and a good burger…ahhh

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Vegan MoFo – Cleo’s a Review

Being on vacation this week has left little time in the kitchen for me, that included yesterday when we spent most of the day in L.A.   First at the Cleopatra exhibit at the California Science Center, then dinner at Cleo’s (how fitting is that) and finally The Book of Mormon?  Adrenaline pinching enough for you?   The exhibit and show were great but really folks you know I’m all about the food and this was some delicious feast.  With two vegans in our group the two of us ordered enough to split between the two of us plus share (when we felt like it).  Cleo’s is a small plate Mediterranean restaurant located on Hollywood and Vine.  It was dim and romantic which probably made the food taste twice as good.  We ordered Babaganoush, hummus, Brussel sprouts (to die for), spinach salad with fresh figs and dried cherries, falafel, and spicy potatoes.  I was so stuffed I could have fallen asleep during the show if it hadn’t been so hilarious!  Recommendation – – Go see the show and eat at Cleo’s if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Hollywood!!

Excuse the dark photos

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Vegan MoFo – The Best Pumpkin Muffins (Reposted)

I baked up a batch of the Best Pumpkin Muffins from VWAV.  I brought a plate over to my daughter’s for her and my son-in-law.  He’s always wary of my baking, when he hears the word VEGAN it scares him.  I fooled him once with a chocolate ganche pie that I made from The 30-Minute Vegan.  I gave him a slice to try out before I made it for a 4th of July potluck.  He practically inhaled it and was just licking the crumbs from the plate when I told him the main ingredient was tofu, SURPRISE!  Needless to say, my daughter and I just leave well enough alone now.  He knows they have a steady supply of baked goods in their house, he just pretends he doesn’t  know where they came from.  Funny though, he always eats them!

So here is my muffin pictorial:

All mixed up and ready to pour.

Filled cups ready for the oven.  I’ve put a muffin scoop on my Christmas wish list, one can always wish.  It’s one of those things that would come in handy but not something I’m going to buy for myself.   I love baking muffins…so.  It’s funny, I have a nice new silicone muffin pan but I always go back to my beat up tin pan that I’ve had for the past 25 years.

Plated and ready for delivery.

Close-Up!  YUM!

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Vegan MoFo – Enchiladas in the Crockpot

Remember when cooking in a crockpot meant mom plunking some hunk of mystery meat in the pot and pouring a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup on top; throwing a few chopped up potatoes and carrots in and calling it done???  No, don’t remember that?  Me neither.  My mom didn’t make dinner in a crock pot.  But looking at some of the old slow cooker cookbooks hanging around that’s pretty much what slow cooking meant.  Over the past few years those old meat and potatoes books have been replaced with some awesome vegetarian and vegan slow cooker cookbooks, The Vegan Slow Cooker, by Kathy Hester; Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking by Carla Kelly; and Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson to name a few.  Of course I needed all of them and these are books I actually use.  Tonight it was Chorizo and Sweet Potato  Enchilada Casserole that simmered all day while D and I painted and hung shutters.  Shutters that have been sitting in my garage for at least 6 years waiting to be hung.  Why am I such a procrastinator?  Did I put that on my list of things to do, by the way, stop being such a procrastinator?  Probably not, I thought I could do it tomorrow, right?

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