Southern Style Fourth of July! »
Looks like I’m going to Atlanta next summer to crash the Fourth of July party Nate and Adrienne will be serving at. I will go anywhere to indulge in this spread!
For more pictures and stories of their fourth of July cooking escapade (and HELLA delicious looking cupcakes), click here! Thanks for the submission, guys!
If you don’t know about Soko, well, my friends, get acquainted. Not only is she the cutest Parisian-turned-Californian/actress/lo-fi indie folkster, she’s a vegan blogger! Our so-called vegan life is a collaborative effort between “two vegan musician friends, Aska & Soko, based in L.A. (vegan heaven), sharing vegan tips and insights from all over the world!”
With posts on recipes, what to eat while vegan in Paris, and New York dinners with Kate Nash and Nick Zinner, I challenge you to not spend the rest of your night alone in front of the computer, reading the entire site and listening to Soko’s complete catalog on youtube. (Please don’t let it just be me who does that kind of thing).
Guest post: An interview with Mihl of Seitan Is My Motor! »
Seitan Is My Motor is not only a cute reference to a clever song by Cake, it’s also an amazing food blog by vegan maven Mihl. She’s been blogging for over three years and has amassed quite a collection of recipes in her blog’s expansive index. And she doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity, not a bit of it. Her photos are light and stunning (how does she do that? She has mad skills), and her prose is clear and unassuming.
Take a look at her beautiful photo of this mouthwatering Pflaumenkuchen (plum cake), which has ENTIRE PLUMS baked into the top of it. I’ve been dreaming about this cake ever since she posted, and only the cruelest tricks and whimsies of fate have prevented me from making it.
If you’re still not convinced, because you’re a total freak, know that the lovely Mihl lives in Dresden and posts selected recipes on a version of her site that is entirely auf deutsch. You have been looking for an opportunity to practice your German, haven’t you? How is she so amazing? I’ll let her explain for herself:
Vegansaurus: When did you start Seitan Is My Motor?
Mihl: Right away when I went vegan back in April 2007.
What inspired you to start a food blog?
The correct question would be “who inspired you?” When I thought about making the switch from vegetarianism to veganism, I started to read vegan food blogs. They provided so much information and since they were packed with awesome vegan recipes, they made the switch to go vegan very easy for me. I talked to my boyfriend about how awesome these blogs were and he suggested to start one as well. He even bought a digital camera. That’s how I started my blog.
What motivates you to keep blogging?
Several things. First of all, my readers, all the people who leave comments or just read my blog. Right from the beginning I got wonderful feedback and I met some awesome people through blogging. People from all over the world stop by my blog and I feel like I am part of a huge international community. It helped me to feel confident about my veganism right from the beginning. At that time I didn’t know any vegans in real life, and I still knew there were many like-minded people out there. Second, if you have access to the internet, blogging is an easy and cheap way of sharing ideas and information for free. And I probably wouldn’t think about cooking and baking that much if I didn’t have a blog. The blog documents how I developed some of my cooking and all of my baking skills. If it wasn’t for Seitan Is My Motor, I would probably still bake from cake mixes.
How would you describe your blog?
It’s a recipe blog that documents my experiences with vegan cooking, developing recipes, trying out new ingredients or flavor combinations.
Any advice for aspiring food bloggers?
Just start! A blog is a great place where you can post whatever comes to your mind. There are endless possibilities.
In a desert-island scenario, what three food items would you bring with you?
A loaf of whole rye sourdough bread, a bag of potatoes, a can of chickpeas.
What do you like best about being vegan?
I am vegan for ethical reasons. I am very glad I made that decision and I try to live my life as cruelty-free as possible. Knowing to have made the right decision and not having to make excuses anymore for consuming animal products is what I like best about being vegan.
What is your least favorite defensive-omnivore question/argument?
I don’t get that much negative feedback. Most people are curious about my lifestyle and their questions are honest. I’ve not always been vegan and I remember that I asked the same questions and made the same excuses. Using animals is such a huge part of our culture that it is really difficult for most people to look behind the scenes.
Now, just TRY to restrain yourself from holing up in your apartment for a week, baking all of her recipes, and slipping into the happiest carb-induced coma the world has ever seen. Photo by Mihl, of course.
Plantmade: New vegan fashion blog! »
Vegansaurus regular, very fashionable lady, and apparel design student focusing on all things vegan Vi Zahajszky started Plantmade, a blog that’s all about the ins and outs of being vegan and not looking like a scrub. I know you’re incredibly good-looking and well put together but I have two modes: baby hooker, or the bird lady after she’s been electrocuted. Anyway, she’s planning on having guest posts from minds behind the biz, cute and ethical fashion tips, and just generally stylish shit. Check it out! And buy me these for when I want to rock the electrocuted bird lady and baby hooker at the same time:
Vegan pumpkin cheesecake pie from VegSpinz, you so crazy, I think I wanna have your baby! Or at least make sweet, sweet human-on-cheesecake love all over you. Dear god, this picture is TOO MUCH.
Oh, and there’s a recipe!! My heart is racing…is this what it feels like to have a heart attack?? If you don’t hear from me on twitter in the next hour, send someone for my body before Hazel eats it. Also, I want all my stuff buried with me and I expect you all to throw your bodies on my grave and scream, “TAKE ME INSTEAD!!!!” Oh, and Jonas never gets to love again and if he does, WATCH OUT. Oh man, I will haunt his ass so hard. I’ll haunt everyone’s asses! When you feel a breeze lifting up your skirt, that ain’t the wind, sister!