Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #31: The Grand Finale

 Whatever happened to Herschel's leg? I think it's still on the prison floor. At the end of MOFO, I'm always stumped for ideas, and a reader suggested making a leg of Herschel sandwich. I didn't have the time to put a lot of love into that idea, but I did buy some pizza dough from my local eatery and made a pizza instead.
 I give you the Herschel. It's a pizza with my pesto sauce and sun dried tomatoes. You can rip the toes off and dip them in your favorite sauce if you so desire.

This has been a great MOFO and I appreciate everyone hanging in there with me. I certainly hope you've enjoyed yourself. I feel my theme wasn't as strong as last years, but I stuck with it and that's all that really matters. I already have an idea for next year's mofo, so I'm going to start taking pictures and working on recipes so I can have my ducks in a row come next October. Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #30: Woodbury Special

 In Woodbury, folks like to keep life simple: no Starbucks, no cell phones, no adult movie theaters, early curfew, and no zombies. Hell, I'd move there--even if the Governor is a mega crazy ultranationalist who keeps a collection of walker heads in aquariums. Everyone has their vice.
 The town special isn't special at all. It's just some potatoes, onions, green peppers, and Yves Italian Sausage slices all fried in a skillet. Serve it up with some strong coffee-(sorry, no fancy foo-foo drinks in this town) and you've got a breakfast that will keep you focused on protecting the borders of your little slice of heaven. Let's face it, no one wants a town crawling with the undead ruining your Tea Party.
 If you like the Walking Dead, you should tune in to Bankrupt Vegan's geek blog, titled Jen The Geek . She likes to dish out her views and news about all things from the nerdly kingdom.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #29: Using What You Have

 So what are they gonna do with all that canned and prepackaged food in prison? Make some seitan n' dumplings. It's super easy. You don't even need a recipe, right? Just make yourself some seitan stew using broth, veggies, and seitan. I like to thicken the mix with a little cornstarch so I have a nice thick stew. I used about 3T total for a 32 oz container of no-chicken broth. While the concoction is all nice and bubbly, plop your dumpling batter in the mix. Cook for 10 minutes covered, then another 10 minutes and you have a filling dinner.

Since I'm no recipe master, I used Bisquick-(accidentally vegan!) to make the dumplings.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #26: Instant Gratification S'mores

 What would a zombie apocalypse camp be like without s'mores? I'll tell you: a zombie apocalypse camp from hell. We all need to gobble something sweet to distract ourselves from the herd. So I whipped up a batch of graham crackers from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and slapped some Smucker's marshmallow ice cream topping-(accidentally vegan!) and a handful of vegan chocolate chips in between 'em. Wrapped it in some foil and warmed it in the Georgia heat. It was gloriously delish and messy.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #25: The Governor's Stir Fry

 The Governor wants everyone to eat more vegetables. He'll make it law. Someone should probably tell him he's not really the governor anymore now that the 'pocalypse is hizzere. This all reminds me I have to vote pretty soon, but I digress.
 The people agree that veggies are important, and vital in making one healthy enough to dodge a walker. He told everyone he marinated some tofu in teryaki sauce/sesame oil and broiled the crap out of it. SIDE NOTE: spell check just suggested "Trekkie" for teryaki. Guffaw. Then he served those nomable planks of soy over some cooked rice mixed with steamed veggies. "If you mix the veggies with the rice, you won't eat too many carbs." Says Mr. G. Doesn't he know carbs are good in zombieland? Fad diets are all out the window. The motto these days is eat or be eaten.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #24: The Nom-Nom-Nom Salad

 Hey Kids, I'm not feeling so hot so today's entry will be short and sweet. Cold and flu season is here-- I hope I'm not turning into a zombie.
 Everyone else on the show has had a dish, but I haven't told you what I've been eating. I give to you the nom-nom-nom salad. It's a mixture of chard, arugula, and kale topped with roasted eggplant, roasted yellow peppers, and olives. Perfect fuel for those days when you're on the go running from walkers until the sun sets.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #23: Great Escape Butterscotch No Bakes

 What were these prison survivors up to in the kitchen?
 Making cookies, of course. Isn't that what everyone does in the zombie apocalypse?
 Great Escape Butterscotch No Bakes

You'll need:
  • 1 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c vegan milk
  • 1/2 c earth balance or other vegan butter
  • 1/4 c peanut butter
  • 2/3 c vegan butterscotch chips
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 3 .5 c oats I used old fashioned, which wasn't smart. Use 3 c. quick cooking oats instead.

Mix sugar, milk, vanilla and add vegan butter over medium-high heat until you get a soft boil. Add the butterscotch chips next and allow them to melt with the mixture, you'll want to turn down the heat to low for this and stand close watch. Did you hear me? Stand close watch for both walkers and watching your mixture. Those chips don't melt easily and the walkers can smell something good. After the chips have melted, add your peanut butter and stir until that's melted. Finally, add your oats and scoop mixture out by using an ice cream scoop by plopping it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Give these babies about an hour or so to set or you'll be pissed and sad. Enjoy with a cold glass of your favorite non-dairy milk.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #22: Go Fudge Yourself

 Michonne is a gal of very few words.
 What gives this superbabe her amazeball powers? Dip. Yeah, that's right--dip.
 Not just any dip, it's her signature Go Fudge Yourself Dip

you'll need:
1/2 c. black beans
2/3 c. chocolate chips melted
1/2 c. vegan vanilla yogurt
1/2 t. vanilla

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler and add to the beans, yogurt, and vanilla. Blend in a blender or use a food processor. Serve immediately with graham crackers or fruit. You'll wanna keep any unused dip in the fridge. Once cooled, the dip takes on a different texture which reminded me a lot of chocolate mousse.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #20: Down on the Farmwich

 What helps Jimmy with shooting practice? A nice veggie sandwich. We like to call this one, down on the farmwich.
 I know you can't see it, but there's eggplant in there underneath all that olive ranch dip-(see yesterday's post!), chard, and tomato. You don't always need a bean burger or seitan to make a nice sammy, the fleshiness of eggplant is perfect for noshing. The key is roasting the eggplant with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Yum. That's what the zombies said when they ate poor Jimmy.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #19: Ears to You, Daryl

Reader Erinwiko from Aussieland asked if I was going to do a post about Daryl's ear necklace. Yep! I wanted to save this for later this month. I didn't make my holes big enough, so I couldn't make a necklace, but that doesn't mean these ears and dip weren't tasty. Getcha some.
The cracker recipe is the cheezy quackers by Celine Steen. The dip is by me and is my new favorite: Olive Ranch. Super easy to make. And Mike Tyson thought he'd never get to eat ears again once going vegan.
Olive Ranch Dip
You'll need
  • 1/2 c. vegan mayo
  • 1/3 c. vegan cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. chopped spanish olives
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1T no salt all purpose seasoning
  • 1/4 t. dill
  • 1/4 t. parsley

Mix it all together and let it chill overnight in the fridge, so the flavors can meld. Serve with your favorite cracker or veggie.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #18: Beth's Pretty Pink Cookies

When Beth was going through her depressed-I-wanna-die-in-the-zombie-apocalypse phase, the real thing that made her turn around were these pretty pink chocolate chip cookies.

Andrea thinks it was her speech, Maggie thinks it was her love, but it really was just cookies. When the shit hits the fan and people start turning into zombies a sad thing happens to the survivors. They get bummed out and become the walking living. True dat. So if you think about it hard enough, everyone is a type of zombie in the apocalypse. Not all zombies eat brains. Some of us are peacemongers that enjoy a good cookie.

To make these, it's a cinch. Just take the recipe for chocolate chip cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and sub the vegan milk with beet juice-(I used Biotta brand beet juice). That's it. Beautiful pink cookies. And you can't even taste the beet flavor! Who needs red food coloring? Secret to having chocolate chips in every bite? Don't fold in the chips/chunks. I roll out the cookies and add them to the top by hand. You use less chips that way, and you don't end up with a wad of dough that's missing chips while the rest of the cookie sheet has a population problem. I'm digressing.

Anyway, cookies=no depression. And everyone can use cheering up when the world is crawling with flesh eating walkers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #17: Shhhhh....


Shhh, it's secret time! You know who got everyone at camp 'Pocky to go vegan? That's right, Merle. Scrape away the racism, drug addiction, and misogyny, and you have the makings of a passionate tofu lover. He preached the good gospel of the mental, spiritual, physical, and environmental benefits of eating a plant based diet. He didn't even drop an F bomb.

In fact, he avoided going to camp after chopping off  his hand so he could make a b-line to the local Target. Why? To use one of the sandwich presses. Running away from zombies can make one really hungry.

He took two slices of italian bread and stuffed it with West Soy brand tomato basil tofu, daiya mozzerella, arugula, sun dried tomatoes, and a little Earth Balance Mindful Mayo. That sammy made him feel so good, he never came back. Rumor has it the plant power helped  him grow a new hand.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Vegan MOFO Day #16: Did Somebody Say Cheese Danish?

Patricia can make a mean cheese danish. Fear not, it's not that hard to do, all you need is some crescent roll dough-(accidentally vegan! check the label.), vegan cream cheese, and strawberry jam. That's it. I personally make my own cream cheese because I don't have the money to buy the store bought stuff. To make your own cream cheese, simply rig a mason jar with a coffee filter and fill with unsweetened plain soy yogurt:
You let it set overnight and in the morning you have cream cheese.

 First you take your crescent roll dough and you lay it out like this.
 Then you put some vegan cream cheese and strawberry jam in the middle.
 Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes and you get this! 1 tube will give you 4 large and pretty danishes. If you're entertaining a large herd, you might want to make plenty because they'll get devoured in a hurry.