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06/14/2012

This is the fifth submission (yes, counting mine and Laura’s) to the Vegansaurus June Challenge! I’m so proud! This time it’s Kirstin’s mystery backyard plums! Kirstin writes,

These are the plums that grow on the tree outside our neighbor’s house in the Midwest. I’ve done some urban harvesting before, but the June challenge got me excited about what else might be out there in our college town for ravenous and thrifty vegans to consume! Next on our challenge list: conquering homemade soygurt?

Don’t they look beautiful? Sharing fruit with your neighbors is awesome. It totally makes you feel like part of a community. Oh and Kirstin, if you need tips on making vegan yogurt, we’ve done it!
Please let us know when you take the June new foods Challenge, so we can celebrate your accomplishment with all of Vegansaurus!

This is the fifth submission (yes, counting mine and Laura’s) to the Vegansaurus June Challenge! I’m so proud! This time it’s Kirstin’s mystery backyard plums! Kirstin writes,

These are the plums that grow on the tree outside our neighbor’s house in the Midwest. I’ve done some urban harvesting before, but the June challenge got me excited about what else might be out there in our college town for ravenous and thrifty vegans to consume! Next on our challenge list: conquering homemade soygurt?

Don’t they look beautiful? Sharing fruit with your neighbors is awesome. It totally makes you feel like part of a community. Oh and Kirstin, if you need tips on making vegan yogurt, we’ve done it!

Please let us know when you take the June new foods Challenge, so we can celebrate your accomplishment with all of Vegansaurus!

06/13/2012

Vegansaurus new food challenge: Vegg vegan egg!  »

I took Meave’s challenge because you DO NOT FUCK WITH MEAVE. I know everyone else is making delicious veggies and shit but you know what I like to say: FUCK A VEGETABLE/IT’S COOKIE TIME/I’M SLEEPY. So, I made stuff with Vegg, the new vegan egg yolk product stuff! Sarah made a realistic fried egg that looked to be the bomb and I had to get in on the action. Here’s what I made.

1. Scrambled Veggs (using the recipe from their website)—really good! I think it tastes like eggs but what do I know? It has that same consistency, and, for lack of a better way to put it/my limited vocabulary, it’s kinda slimy in the way that eggs are? Like, in a good way. Does that make sense? WHO CARES WHAT DO YOU KNOW.

2. Pad Thai (using Chloe Coscarelli’s DELICIOUS recipe, adding in scrambled veggs, subbing the new chili lime cashews from Trader Joe’s—LOVE THESE—for the peanuts and adding Soy Curls!) IT WAS SO DAMN GOOD. Seriously, stop doing everything and make this right now!

3. WAFFLES! These were eggy and funky fresh! We made regular sized ones and then monster ones and we topped them with maple syrup and ginger syrup and organic Earth Balance (We’re weaning off EB until we know more about the palm oil, but we have tubs left…next time I’ll make this coconut butter!) and we FEASTED!

4. Hollandaise sauce (using the recipe from their website)—HOLY SHIT. My mom used to make this every holiday for breakfast and it was always my favorite seasonal treat. This tasted freakishly like the one my mom used to make! I’m gonna invite her over to confirm my findings but I think we can safely say that IT’S ON HOLLANDAISE. 

Sorry for the shitty photos but I’m an amateur, all right! Anyway, A++++ will do business with again, love Vegg, love what it does, it tastes like egg yolk, it has the consistency of egg yolk, and it’s versatile! I’m gonna make a custard next, and then who knows?! The sky is the limit! Or, my pants size is the limit! LET’S GO. 

06/12/2012

Hey look! Another one of you pretty babies took the June Challenge! These are Felicity’s loquats! Of them, she says,

I asked my friends for ideas for unusual foods and they came up with a bunch of things. Someone mentioned loquats and the next time I went to the farmers’ market, there they were! They kind of look like small, oval apricots. I tried one and it was a little tart but very tasty. For dessert, I cut them in half, removed the seeds, and sprinkled them with sugar. Definitely awesome! Apparently, some people say that the seeds are toxic but others say you can make a liqueur with them, which will probably be my next project. Yay booze!

And yay you for trying something new, Felicity! These are terrific! Make sure to tell us when you take the June Challenge—we want to see your new foods!

Hey look! Another one of you pretty babies took the June Challenge! These are Felicity’s loquats! Of them, she says,

I asked my friends for ideas for unusual foods and they came up with a bunch of things. Someone mentioned loquats and the next time I went to the farmers’ market, there they were! They kind of look like small, oval apricots. I tried one and it was a little tart but very tasty. For dessert, I cut them in half, removed the seeds, and sprinkled them with sugar. Definitely awesome! Apparently, some people say that the seeds are toxic but others say you can make a liqueur with them, which will probably be my next project. Yay booze!

And yay you for trying something new, Felicity! These are terrific! Make sure to tell us when you take the June Challenge—we want to see your new foods!

06/07/2012

Another reader took the June Challenge! Our wonderful commenter tofupuppy tried fiddlehead ferns! She says,

I’ve been eating fiddleheads this month! I read an article about them long, long ago and have been curious. I saw them at Rainbow Grocery recently and, despite the price (like $15/lb!), thought I’d give them a try. I’ve been preparing them by blanching in salted water and then sauteing in olive oil. Last night I made a fiddlehead, “chicken chunk,” garlic, and nooch corkscrew pasta. They taste a little like a cross between asparagus and artichoke. Really yum!

Congratulations, tofupuppy! Fiddleheads are a wonderful spring food, I love their funny shapes. I’ve got total dinner-envy now.
Have you taken the challenge yet? Let us know when you do!

Another reader took the June Challenge! Our wonderful commenter tofupuppy tried fiddlehead ferns! She says,

I’ve been eating fiddleheads this month! I read an article about them long, long ago and have been curious. I saw them at Rainbow Grocery recently and, despite the price (like $15/lb!), thought I’d give them a try. I’ve been preparing them by blanching in salted water and then sauteing in olive oil. Last night I made a fiddlehead, “chicken chunk,” garlic, and nooch corkscrew pasta. They taste a little like a cross between asparagus and artichoke. Really yum!

Congratulations, tofupuppy! Fiddleheads are a wonderful spring food, I love their funny shapes. I’ve got total dinner-envy now.

Have you taken the challenge yet? Let us know when you do!

06/06/2012

Check it out! One of you took the June Challenge! This is Natalie’s avocado, which she made into guacamole. Natalie says:

My new food wasn’t terribly interesting, but it was a major fear food. Before developing an eating disorder I LOVED avocados. Chop one in half, add some salt and pepper, give me a spoon, and I’d be a happy camper. Sadly, they now scare the shit out of me—fat content and whatnot. I challenged myself last night in honor of your challenge to have some guacamole with my bean burrito, and it was delish. and I didn’t die. So all is well in the world. And who knows, maybe soon I’ll be snacking on avocados again.

Natalie! We’re so proud of you! It takes a lot of courage to fight a food fear, when your brain has decided that the thing you really want to eat will only harm you. Congratulations, and may your future hold many more avocados.
Let us know when you take the June Challenge! Be adventurous! Food is wonderful.

Check it out! One of you took the June Challenge! This is Natalie’s avocado, which she made into guacamole. Natalie says:

My new food wasn’t terribly interesting, but it was a major fear food. Before developing an eating disorder I LOVED avocados. Chop one in half, add some salt and pepper, give me a spoon, and I’d be a happy camper. Sadly, they now scare the shit out of me—fat content and whatnot. I challenged myself last night in honor of your challenge to have some guacamole with my bean burrito, and it was delish. and I didn’t die. So all is well in the world. And who knows, maybe soon I’ll be snacking on avocados again.

Natalie! We’re so proud of you! It takes a lot of courage to fight a food fear, when your brain has decided that the thing you really want to eat will only harm you. Congratulations, and may your future hold many more avocados.

Let us know when you take the June Challenge! Be adventurous! Food is wonderful.

06/05/2012

Who’s taken the June Challenge yet? I did! I got fava beans in the produce box last week, and I shelled them, blanched them, removed the second shells, and cooked them up with a ton of olive oil, garlic, herbs, red pepper flakes, salt, beet greens, and cherry tomatoes, deglazed with a little white wine, and served the whole mess over polenta.
It was delicious, oily and salty and garlicky and rich. Fava beans are lightly earthy, and are totally satisfying to chew, so big they’re like a cross between a regular bean and a vegetable.
Now it’s your turn! Try a new food in June! And share!

Who’s taken the June Challenge yet? I did! I got fava beans in the produce box last week, and I shelled them, blanched them, removed the second shells, and cooked them up with a ton of olive oil, garlic, herbs, red pepper flakes, salt, beet greens, and cherry tomatoes, deglazed with a little white wine, and served the whole mess over polenta.

It was delicious, oily and salty and garlicky and rich. Fava beans are lightly earthy, and are totally satisfying to chew, so big they’re like a cross between a regular bean and a vegetable.

Now it’s your turn! Try a new food in June! And share!

06/01/2012

Vegansaurus June challenge: Try a new vegan food!  »


Lots of blogs have regular reader challenges, but Vegansaurus rarely (NEVER) does, because we’re incredibly busy/lazy/busy being lazy and don’t have time for things like fancy cooking or travel or whatever. We have IRL jobs! And books to read in the sunshine!

Still, we know lots of you are go-getting action types, and most vegans are into self-betterment as a concept—what is a vegan lifestyle if not an attempt to be a better person—and we like it when you tell us about your vegan lives. We thought, why not try a reader challenge? We didn’t want it to be too expensive, or time-consuming, or super-annoying and impossible to start, because Vegansaurus rolls slowly and easily. Obviously it had to be food-related.

We all get into food ruts, especially during these lean years of low paychecks and high costs of living. I eat the same meals five, maybe six days a week. I must have gone through five pounds of quinoa and black beans in April, and I’ve been eating Dr. McDougall’s oatmeal packets nearly every morning since December. It’s cheap and convenient! But being vegan means inhabiting a world full of culinary possibilities, and although budget and time constrain our food choices, they don’t prevent us from being brave or creative.

What do you think? Should we all try a new food this month? It doesn’t matter what food group, how bizarre or mundane, as long as it’s never been in your mouth before June 2012, it counts. Record your results in the comments, or send me some proof. We’ll feature some of your more interesting foods in future posts, including some of our new foods. What if it turns out one of you has never tried waffles? Or edamame? Or sauerkraut? Once upon a time I had never had churchkhela!

Maybe it’s not a challenge, maybe it’s a dare! We dare you to try a new food. Something that grosses you out? I taught myself to enjoy raw tomatoes! Are you afraid of really spicy food? Or are you food-crazy and need to know it’s OK to eat mashed potatoes with tons of salt and Earth Balance? Whatever it is, you can do it! Just don’t forget to let us know, so we can praise you. Try a new food in June!

[Dragonfruit photo by Alice via Flickr]

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