Sunday, 26 October 2008

VeganMoFo: Cooking for Cancer

No posts for a week! What a poor showing for VeganMoFo. Hopefully I can make up for it today with a bounty of exciting photos! Today I hosted a Girls Night In (though it was more of an Afternoon In) as a fundraised for the Cancer Council, and invited a bunch of the girls from work around to partake. So naturally I have spent the preceeding 36 hours more or less cooking non-stop, except for some much needed sleep last night! I wish I had a picture of the entire spread on the table, but I did get separate pictures of each dish.

Holy Moly Hummus from How It All Vegan

I *love* this hummus, it is one of the best recipes I've made. With sauteed garlic and bucketloads of tahini, it has an amazing flavour. Best the day after making, the flavours grow together overnight.

Black Forest Cake from Now Vegan

A bit of a potential disaster, but it all turned out OK, if not very pretty looking. Firstly, ignore the instruction that says to add soy milk, which is not in the list of ingredients. Secondly, I needed to cook this about half an hour longer than it said. Alas, when I took it out after the initial 40 minutes the centre was all wobbly and so promptly sank down. This made the cutting in half after cooling interesting, as I ended up with a donut for the top half. Also, the cake did not want to stay together when moving from the cooling rack to the serving plate. I salvaged it by pressing it back together with my hands, as it was very moist. I then used the marinated cherries to fill the hole in the centre. The chocolate cream icing I ended up accidentally freezing trying to speed chill it, then had to zap it, then accidentally froze it again, but I finally got it fairly sorted. Had to finger paint it on around the sides of the cake though. Despite the drama and the fact it looks no where near as neat as the one in the picture, it was a big success taste wise. This particular one has a very strong coffee taste. Also doesn't have a creamy layer in the middle, just chocolate and the cherries.

Gorgeous Guacamole from How It All Vegan

Truly gorgeous, tasty and super quick and easy to make. Very strong on the lime juice. Perfect for corn chips.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes from The Joy Of Vegan Baking

With Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting, of course. These are great! The frosting stays quite runny though. But winning combination.

Sesame Asparagus Sushi from Vegan Planet

Hurrah for home made sushi! It is so much fun to make. I was a bit pressed for time so I cheated and used my mum's rice maker, which made the rice a bit gluggy. But otherwise it was great. The recipe says to use one thin asparagus spear per roll, but definitely increase it to two or even three for extra flavour.

Wild Mushroom Pate from Vegan Planet

Made in honour of my mushroom-freak friend who attended. Who doesn't love mushrooms anyway? Shiitake, porcini, cremini and button mushrooms. Very yummy and quite easy to make. And it has a very nice texture as well.

Strawberry Shortcakes from Vegan With A Vengeance

These are magnificent! The scones are spot on, light and delicious tasting. The macadamia cream is outstanding. And the strawberry sauce is ridiculously easy to make. These were the first things to go, people loved them! I served them disassembled for people to make up themselves so they didn't go soggy. Cut a scone in half, then put some cream and sauce on each one. Delightful! I wish I had a photo of a made up one, because they were super cute.

Sweet Basil Pesto Tapenade from Veganomicon

I had some walnut oil I needed to use, so this blend of basil, walnuts and maple syrup seemed the thing to make. It is quite sweet, as the name would suggest, but it is really nice. Quite different.

OK, this isn't something I made. But it is a chocolate raspberry slice from The Forest that one of my friends brought me. I haven't actually had it yet because my belly is too full from the other stuff!


  1. Wow! You really must have cooked non stop and the shopping list, I can only imagine it was pages and pages in length!

    What a great feast you made and now I HAVE to buy VwaV just to be able to make the scones and macadamia cream!

  2. ::applause applause:: This is fantastic! And such a good cause.

  3. *is in awe*

    So much fabulous food!

  4. And you'll be making these foods for me when you come to visit, right? Right??! *requires to nom upon the delicious foods*

  5. I'm sorry but I had to giggle at your cake story, it sounds so much like ALL my cake stories!

    Plus I'm coming over for peanut butter chocolate cupcakes, I hope that's okay. YUM!!

  6. Thanks guys! The best bit of all is that we raised a nice chunk of mulah for the Cancer Council. The second best bit was that no animals were harmed in the raising of this mulah. Well, except for Dim Sim who was *deeply* traumatised by the invasion of peoples into her home. Poor silly black kitty!

    ZB - And *when* exactly are you coming to visit *me*, missy? Because we have a massive Alibi Room breakfast to share if I recall. Tee hee.

    Vegetation - I have had a few doozies in the past. But as long as you can laugh about it and make something up, it pretty much always still tastes good. But yeah, my mother was most bemused watching me reconstruct the cake LOL

    Still have lots of nom in the fridge. Loads of dips and a fair chunk of black forest cake, which I still haven't had a whole slice of! I shall be doing that tonight after my lasagne dinner of awesome.

  7. Oh wow! What a spread! I'm also a huge fan of homemade sushi ... but I always use a rice cooker! I'm a cheat ... but I honestly think I could mess up rice in a pot, so this way's much safer fo rme and my poor culinary skills! :)
    Miss T

  8. Hey - a vegan cancer survivor says, thanks for your efforts! And everything looks so beautiful!!!