Sunday, 30 September 2018

VeganMoFo 2018 #30: Ice Cream in my Kitchen (Recipe Round-Up: Hearty Vegan Meals)

Sunday 30th: Kitchen Tour – Now the month is concluding, show us where the magic has been happening!

This prompt has popped up a few times over the years of MoFo, and I have given kitchen tours before. So for something a bit different, I thought it would be fun to highlight an appliance in my kitchen. So today I am going to be talking about my ice cream maker, as well as giving a mini recipe round-up.

It is a Sunbeam Gelateria, which Mum got me for my birthday about.... 13 years ago I want to say? I have used it sporadically, but not as often as I should. It is a pretty heavy machine, it has a cooling unit in it so you don't need to pre-freeze any bowls (though you still need the mixture itself to be cool). It makes 1L of ice cream, so I sometimes have to scale down recipes to make sure it fits. No photo of mine, as we are doing renovations and it is currently on the lounge room floor surrounded by other things.

I have recently been trying to use it more, and I turned to Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetite for some ice cream recipes to try. Since I bought it, this book has been republished as Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food, and it was written by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman. You can see what else I've made from this book here.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream: This was so yummy, and had a great peanut butter taste. It is a blend of peanut butter, silken tofu, and cream cheese. I blended these, plus the rest of the ingredients, in my food processor (rather than using an immersion blender), and it is like a thick peanut butter cream when it comes out. Put it in the fridge to chill and you have peanut butter mousse. Put it in the ice cream maker and you have delicious ice cream! It does go super hard in the freezer, I will say, so leftovers need to be taken out to thaw for a good while first.
Rating: :D

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Molasses Shake: This uses the above ice cream, mixed with some molasses (it says to use regular, I used blackstrap), banana, salt, and milk. It makes a small serving, but it is very rich.
Rating: :)

Peanut Butter Molasses Shake

Simply Vanilla Ice Cream and Apple Pie with Pecan Crust: This vanilla ice cream is amazing, with a delicious and intense vanilla flavour (thanks to vanilla bean and vanilla extract... I used vanilla paste with seeds in place of a scraped vanilla bean). The base is a nut creamer, though I also had to add a bit of oat milk to make up the volume. It was perfect with a warm slice of apple pie! The pastry crust of the pie was very sticky, and stuck a lot to my fingers when I was trying to press it into the pie plate. It is filled with home cooked apples, I accidentally cooked mine a bit too soft but it was still fine. Best of all, it cuts into great looking slices!
Rating: Ice Cream :D, Apple Pie :)

Apple Pie with Pecan Crust; Simply Vanilla Ice Cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream: Eehhh... so to preface I don't really like a lot of mint things... too much like toothpaste. But I was making a particularly garlicky pizza, and I knew my parents liked mint ice cream, so I gave it a whirl. They liked it, I found it a lot like toothpaste. Actually it was pretty good before freezing, but once frozen... toothpaste. I also only used half the amount of mint extract - 1 TBS instead of two... two would have been blow your head off minty, I think. The chip aspect comes from chocolate shavings, the traditional form of chocolate in this sort of ice cream, but they really kind of got lost both taste and texture wise. I think either grinding up the the chocolate or using crushed chocolate chips would have been much better.
Rating: :| (but take this with a grain of salt, if you like mint and chocolate you will like this)

Mint Chip Ice Cream

So.... the end of MoFo for another year. I have had a great time reading everyone's posts and seeing their Instagram! It is always a lot of work, but a lot of fun. Until next year, I'll just be doing my regular blogging for whoever feels like reading it here!

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

All Four Kitties

Even though it is a terrible and blurry photo, this always had to be the final photo for my kitty group photo month. All four cats are in this photo, though to varying degrees. This is the only photo I have with the four of them 'together'!

Saturday, 29 September 2018

VeganMoFo 2018 #29: Eating Out: Two Tables Cafe

29th: Brunch & Munch – Because brunch is so awesome, show us your brunch meals!

My favourite cafe in Brisbane, Two Tables Cafe, has recently changed their hours from a breakfast/lunch place to a dinner place, though they still have brunch on the weekends. But before this change, I enjoyed several meals there as I continued to work my way through their breakfast/brunch/lunch menu on my fortnightly Thursday visits. Technically I generally visit at lunch, but these meals are good for any time of the day! You can see details of my previous visits here.

One day, my tummy wasn't feeling so good. I really didn't know what I felt like, but Annie had my back and suggested and their acai bowl. They promise a satisfying acai experience, not one that will leave you hungry half an hour later. As well as granola, fruit, and chia, I also got a big scoop of peanut butter on mine. This plus one of their lovely hot chocolates was just the thing to gently fill me up.

Acai Bowl at Two Tables Cafe

Did you know that they make all their own bread and bagels in house? I enjoyed the house bagel with the works one day. Spread with sesame cheese with a side of tomato relish, it normally comes with a choice of either mushrooms or avocado. I had both, with a hashbrown as well. So satisfying! I also had a banana smoothie, which is just frozen banana, soy milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon.

Everything House Bagel at Two Tables Cafe

Banana Smoothie at Two Tables Cafe

When they redid their brunch menu, they created an epic vegan share plate. I love a good eating challenge, and had planned to tackle it on my own. But even better, I got to have brunch there one day with my BFF Ashleigh, and we shared it. It has pancakes with berry compote and maple syrup, granola and fruit (normally that would be chia pudding, but they were out), some coconut yoghurt on the side for Ashleigh, tofu, hash browns, mushrooms, eggplant, homemade toast with sesame cheese, and housemade beans. It was such a glorious spread, so many flavours and so much fun! A great way to sample a bunch of their deliciousness. We also got a side of chips, because Ashleigh had the hungries that day!

Vegan Breakfast Share Platter at Two Tables

Bowl of Chips at Two Tables

And finally, a burger. Not the most traditonal brunch fare, but I say eat what you want when you want and they have burgers on their brunch menu. I had tried a couple of their burgers at previous visits, and I continue to work my way through. This is the Artisan Vegan Burger, with a Fenn Veef patty, tomato, lettuce, mustard, sesame cheese, ketchup, hold the onion please, and a perfect sized side of their chips with aioli. I enjoyed this with a Cookies and Cream Milkshake, with the coconut ice cream swapped out for frozen banana.

Artisan Vegan Burger at Two Tables Cafe

Cookies and Cream Milkshake at Two Tables Cafe

As I said, their hours have changed. But you can still get all of these dishes (plus more) on Saturday and Sunday mornings. As for the evenings, PIZZA BABY! I have already had one dinner visit, and let me tell you the pizza was incredible. But you'll have to wait for my next post about them to see more about that. They also have all their burgers, their acai bowls, and their pancakes on their dinner menu (as well as a mixed vegan grill and a banana split).

Two Tables Cafe - 475 Sandgate Road, Albion

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim, Gizmo, and Sahara

How three cats share one sleeping bag with no interaction. I guess I just had to freeze, no room for me!

Friday, 28 September 2018

VeganMoFo 2018 #28: Pretty in Pink Picnic

28th: Prep Ahead Picnic – If you’re going for a picnic or a roadtrip, what do you pack? What do you make?

A few years ago for MoFo, I wrote about what I'd pack for a road trip, and that pretty much still stands. I remain a hoarder of all things snack related! So I thought I would do a little picnic post today.

Pretty In Pink Picnic

I like pink, so I decided to a few pretty pink snacks and sandwich would make a nice little picnic lunch, along with my cute pink Kindle to read.

Berry Rhubarb Chia Jam from Vegan Yack Attack On The Go by Jackie Sobon: First up, I made some jam to go in my sandwich! This jam was super easy. Just simmer blueberries, strawberries, and rhubarb with some water and maple syrup, then add chia seeds and let cool and thicken in the fridge. I used slightly more rhubarb and not quite as many blueberries, just due to the weights of the fruit that I had. It is a really nice jam. If only has 1 TBS of maple syrup in it as a sweetener, so it is quite tart. I really liked that, I do not like very sweet jam. It had a lovely texture, and kept well in the fridge for several days.
Rating: :)

Berry Rhubarb Chia Jam

Grown-Up AB&J from Vegan Yack Attack On The Go by Jackie Sobon: I used the jam to make this sandwich, which got wrapped up in my little sandwich wrap. It is toasted bread with almond butter, sliced banana, jam, a drizzle of agave, and some cinnamon and cardamom. It definitely is the grown up version of the PB&J, being much less sweet. But it is a really nice combination, and is quite filling as well.
Rating: :)

Grown-Up AB&J

And what of the other parts of my picnic? A cute pink drink and a lovely pink bar to go with it.

Picnic Pinks

The drink is a little Oat Smoothie that I picked up from Ikea, with blackberry, bilberry, and acerola. It was quite tart, which was nice. The bar is from Keep It Cleaner. While I loathe the use of 'clean' in relation to any sort of food (unless you've dropped it in the dirt, no food is dirty), these bars Choc Cherry are actually delicious. They do have to live in the fridge, so not something to keep in your bag. But I always have a couple in my fridge now for a small snack.

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim and Sahara

This is an old photo from a non-digital camera that I have scanned, from back in my Sydney days (same as yesterday). It got cold in Sydney, and this particular house was big and hard to heat, so in winter I kept a sleeping bag on the sofa for snuggling. Of course, it was hot cat property. You can see how Sahara has snuck in and curled up tight behind Dim Sim... and how miffed Dim Sim is.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

VeganMoFo 2018 #27: Netflix and UberEats (and a pizza)

27th: TV Trays – A sit-down meal might be nice, but sometimes getting cosy with food and netflix is also needed. What’s your TV dinner?

In all honestly, unless we are having a special family dinner like some of the ones I have mentioned this month, we eat pretty much everything in front of the TV. We live together, we talk about our days as they happen (or have a brief catch up when I get home from work), and sitting and watching TV while having dinner is an excellent way to spend most evenings.

So let's go even easier. When for some reason, on the odd occasion, I don't have time to cook or energy to cook, we order delivery. Unlike some lucky areas, there are only a few places with vegan options that will deliver to my house. These are their stories. Plus a bonus pizza.


Superoll is my go to, and for a while was the only real vegan option on UberEats. My favourite thing to get these days is the Master Tofu, which is tofu, mushrooms, and vegetables in a dark mushroom sauce. So good! But they have lots of other things, and I have eaten there as well. You can see some of my other orders and visits to Superoll here.

Master Tofu from Superoll


Located in the Westfield Garden City 8 Street Food Court, Bun added some vegan options to their menu a while ago. They have vegan pho, vermicelli salad, rice bowls, rice paper rolls, and fried tofu. The salads, bowls, and rolls have either lemongrass tofu or avocado as the option. I've had both the rice bowl and the vermicelli salad, both with lemongrass tofu, as well as the avocado rice paper rolls (with peanut hoisin sauce, of course!). It is a really nice, fresh option for when you want something a bit lighter.

Vegan Lemongrass Tofu Bun and Avocado Rice Paper Rolls from Bun

Vegan Lemongrass Tofu Rice Salad Bowl and Avocado Rice Paper Rolls from Bun


VeriVego is basically just the veg*n arm of Getta Burger, but they are separated out on UberEats (though you can order vegan burgers off the regular Getta Burger menu now as well). I got the cheeseburger, which had a beefy patty (I think the Fry's patties), cheese (biocheese I am pretty sure), pickles, onions, mustard, and BBQ sauce on an oat bun. I asked for mine without the onion... and it came with no onion but also no pickles. WHAT? I WANT ALL THE PICKLES. I luckily had some pickles in my fridge that I sliced and added. The burger was fine, but really nothing special, especially for what you pay. My mum had one of their vegetarian burgers and was also pretty 'meh'. The chips were better. Sweet potato fries were good, but the potato curls were so delicious! With some tomato relish.

Vegan Cheeseburger from Veri Vego Burger

Potato Curls and Sweet Potato Fries with Tomato Relish from Veri Vego Burger

Michael's Oriental

For as long as I can remember, Michael's Oriental has been basically just up the road from my house. A couple of months ago, they introduced a vegan menu, that is now also available on UberEats. I ordered a selection for the family - cashew chicken, chinese greens, mongolian chicken, and fried rice. It was really nice and satisfying. The mongolian chicken was a little on the spicy side for me, but OK when mixed with the other things. A lot of their menu looks too spicy for me, but I am keen to try out some of their noodle dishes and they sweet corn soup at some point.

Chicken and Cashew, Chinese Greens, Mongolian Chicken, Fried Rice, from Michael's Oriental


I didn't UberEats this, I didn't even get it delivered. I picked it up on the way to watch a movie at a friend's house, but I think it still counts. Domino's is the latest pizza chain to introduce vegan cheese, and the one I am most excited about. I've posted before about Crust and Pizza Caper's vegan pizza, but they use Biocheese which is very heavy on the coconut oil for me. Domino's uses Follow Your Heart, which is my very favourite vegan cheese for pizza! Yay! In fact, when they first announced vegan cheese, they sold out in about two seconds and had to spend a month working out exactly how much vegan cheese they need. So I was excited to finally get to try it. The Vegan Cheesy Bread is like a garlic bread with cheese and is SO GOOD and why am I not eating it right now? They also have three vegan pizzas, though none of them really spoke to me. So we got the Vegetarian Pizza, minus the feta and capsicum, added pineapple and olives, and using vegan cheese. It was a really good pizza. This will be my go to vegan pizza delivery/pick up for sure.

Vegan Cheesy Bread from Dominos

Vegerama pizza with vegan cheese, pineapple, and olives (minus feta and capsicum) from Dominos

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Gizmo and Sahara

No washing up needed when Gizmo and Sahara are on the case! They will lick your bowls super clean.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

VeganMoFo 2018 #26: Celebrating Family

26th: Favourite Holiday – What’s your favourite holiday ever? What do you like to make for it?

I don't really have a favourite holiday these days. It was Christmas, but that doesn't have quite the same level of joy and excitement for me these days that it used to. So today I am going to focus on Mother's Day and Father's Day. Basically, I love celebrating people I love. And I love cooking for people I love. Every year for Mother's Day, Father's Day, and their birthdays, I make my parents a special dinner. I've already showcased a few of the Indian menus that I have made for my dad over the past couple of years during my menu week of MoFo. But sometimes there is not handy book menu, and they pick random things from different books. That is what happened for both Mother's and Father's days this year.

Mother's Day

Benedict Pizza from Veganize It by Robin Robertson: My mum loves benedicts (in fact, the reason I now try every vegan benedict I come across is due to her influence), so making a benedict-inspired pizza seemed like a pretty fun idea! This recipe uses a few different components from the book, all put together. Pizza dough, marinated baked tofu, and hollandaise sauce. There is also the option to make a mushroom bacon or hamish loaf from the book, but I took the easier way and used some slices of Tofurky ham. The pizza base is topped with hollandaise, ham slices, baked tofu, wilted spinach, and sliced tomato, and then more sauce after baking. The pizza dough is easy to make, and is pre-baked for 5 minutes before topping. I would bake it a little longer next time, as it was just a little undercooked. The marinated tofu had a good, strong flavour. It is baked in the pan with the marinade, though I took it out and put it on a baking sheet for the final 20 minutes (the marinade was mostly absorbed) to get it nice and firm. I didn't want smooshy tofu on my pizza. The Hollandaise sauce is also very lovely, buttery and lemony, and got my mum's stamp of approval. All together, it was a lovely combination of flavours.
Rating: Benedict Pizza: :), pizza base :), tofu :), sauce :D

Benedict Pizza

Basic Favourite Dressing from 500 Vegan Recipes by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman: I served the pizza with some salad tossed with this simple dressing. White balsamic, nutritional yeast, oil, and some dried herbs. I am not sure about the dried herbs, in all honestly, they kind of stuck in your teeth and gave a weird texture. But the basics of this was easy and yum.
Rating: :)

Basic Favourite Dressing

Chocolate Orange Pots from Cooks Share Eat Vegan by Aine Carlin: These rich little pots are so delicious. They are that classic vegan combination of silken tofu and melted chocolate, with orange extract added. One recipe filled three small little cups. As often with this sort of recipe, I find several hours in the fridge helps the flavours to melt. And also is required by the recipe t set up, so that works well. The topping is a Toasted Hazelnut and Cacao Nib Crumb, which was a lovely texture. I only made a half recipe of the crumb, and still had heaps left over! It was a nice topping for some oats.
Rating: :D

Chocolate Orange Pots

Father's Day

Dad normally picks Indian as the themes for his dinner, but this year he decided to branch out with some Chinese!

Vegetable Sweet Corn Soup from The Asian Vegan Kitchen by Hema Parekh: Sweet corn soup has to be one of my favourite soups. This one is based on stock (a Clear Vegetable Stock is another recipe in the book), creamed corn, and finely chopped vegetables (green beans, carrots, mushrooms, and cauliflower). I halved the recipe, which made three small starter sized bowls. The book suggests making another recipe, Green Chilies in Vinegar, to go on top of the soup, but I declined. The Clear Vegetable Stock was easy to make, though had a very subtle flavour (the only seasoning in it were some crushed black peppercorns), but makes a good base for many of the recipes in the book.
Rating: :)

Vegetable Sweet Corn Soup

Shanghai-Style Chow Mein from The Asian Vegan Kitchen by Hema Parekh: This was fast and easy. I was able to find some fresh wheat noodles without eggs at an Asian grocery store. They were quite thick and chewy, and it was a 500g packet (rather than 400g for the recipe), but I used all of it and scaled up accordingly. I wish I had scaled up the vegetables even more, because I love a heavy vegetable to noodle ratio. It was still good though, with onion, carrot, shiitakes (it says to use fresh, but I used reconstituted dry), cabbage, and bean sprouts (I used canned). Also green capsicum, which I left out and replaced with green beans instead. I left out the chilies as well. I served with some bok choy in mushroom oyster sauce.
Rating: :)

Shanghai-Style Chow Mein

Ispahan Crisp from Vegan Desserts by Hannah Kaminsky: So... not Chinese. But when I asked what sort of dessert he wanted, he was thinking lychees, and I ran with it. This is based on some very famous french chef macaron flavour, but made into an easy fruit crisp. Except I used strawberries rather than raspberries, as my did is not a big fan of raspberry pips (and strawberries are the best). I used fresh strawberries, but tinned lychees. The recipe calls for an 8x8 inch pan, but you can see that it is quite flat. The topping was a bit too dry, I think it needs more vegan butter in it. It was pale and dry after baking, so I spritzed it with some canola oil and put it under the grill to make it got nice and brown. But such a lovely flavour combination, especially the rosewater in the topping. I served this with some So Delicious Strawberry coconut milk ice cream (I can eat their coconut ice cream, it doesn't make me sick).
Rating: :)

Ispahan Crisp

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim and Sahara tails

Red and black, touching! Did I move Sahara's tail to actually rest against Dim Sim's back in this photo? Maybe. Who can tell.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

VeganMoFo 2018 #25: Happy birthday to vegan me! At the Eco Expo.

25th: Birthday Bash – Would you rather others make food for you on your birthday? Or do you like to do it yourself? And what would you like?

I'm taking some liberties with this prompt. While I am not super into birthdays like some of my other friends, I have definitely had some fun birthday times over the past several years. It is about 7 weeks until my birthday this year, and I am have some pretty low key plans. Probably go to my favourite cafe for dinner with my parents on the actual day, and then I also have a few days off afterwards to have some fun times. I suspect some birthday yum cha will also be in order. I generally like to eat out on my birthday.

But for this post I want to celebrate another birth, of sorts. My veganniversary is mid-September, and this year I celebrated my 18th year of being vegan! I had heard about a Vegan Pop-Up market being held inside the Eco Expo. I like vegan food, and I am definitely interested in trying to reduce my waste, so it seemed like a natural fit. Plus a great chance to eat doughnuts to celebrate my veganism being old enough to vote! One thing I really enjoyed about their advertising was the focus on 'small steps', rather than a hard-line zero waste agenda.

Doughnuts, you say? Oh yes. Not only doughnuts, but the BEST DOUGHNUTS EVER. The aptly named OMG Decadent Donuts have been popping up around Brisbane in markets, though I had never had a chance to experience them. I was super excited though, because their doughnuts are all hot and coated in different flavoured sugars. Here's their flavour list.

Menu from OMG Decadent Donuts at EcoFest

As well as selling their delicious, hot, fresh doughnuts, they also sell their doughnut mix and their sugar blends for at home fun.

Sugar Mixes from OMG Decadent Donuts at EcoFest

I immediately ordered the OMG Cinnamon (cinnamon doughnuts are so good) and the Strawberry Patch and they were both SO GOOD.

Strawberry Fields from OMG Decadent Donuts at EcoFest

Cinnamon Sugar from OMG Decadent Donuts at EcoFest

The Vegan Expo was mostly sweet stuff (cupcakes, raw foods, doughnuts, ice cream) and take-home products (sesame cheese, baking mixes), but I needed a bit of savoury as well. There was a small area with food stalls, though only two of them had vegan savoury options. I got a savoury crepe, and also some vegan momos. The momos I have had before. I was particularly excited about the crepe. It was OK, full of spinach, tomato, olives, and dressing, but I wish it had some vegan cheese in it as well.

Vegan Savoury Crepe at EcoFest

Vegan Momos from Tibetan Momo House at Eco Fest

Of course, it wasn't JUST about eating. I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the stalls at the expo were really, really good. There was even more food out on the floor (vegan chocolate, kombucha, other things I am forgetting), as well as lots of great stalls selling awesome reusable products. Being that it was not a vegan-specific expo, there were a few stalls I gave a wide berth. But in general, I was interested to see what stalls were selling. And I bought some stuff! From Flora & Fauna I got some reusable silicon gladwrap, a biodegradable scour pad (made from coconut fibres), and two biodegradeable dish cloths for wiping surfaces in my kitchen (they last for 6-9 months, can go in the laundry, and then can be composted!). I also got three bottles of Tonicka Kombucha - Elderflower, Ginger Beer, and Berry & Spice. I'm pretty excited for these! You also don't need to keep them in the fridge until you open them, which is great for fridge space storage. Even though the weather is heating up here, I am still keen for this Turmeric & Ginger Chocolate powder from Pure Melt Chocolate. Sign me up for anything turmeric! Finally, I also got some reusable cloth panty liners from Hannahpad to try out. I also got some Fenn Foods smoked sesame cheese, in their new glass jars, which is not pictured.

Purchases from EcoFest

My favourite I Should Coco was there, selling their ice cream. And I had every intention of buying one to celebrate veganism. But... I just had to get more doughnuts instead. I can get ice cream at any of the Brisbane Vegan Markets, but due to politics with another vegan doughnut maker at those markets, I can only get OMG Donuts if I go to random markets that are not near me. I had to take the chance! So I got a few flavours to take home. Another cinnamon, a Berry Toasted, and an Eve's Downfall. All of the flavours I tried were amazing, but I think the Eve's Downfall was my favourite. The apple flavour was just the perfect mix of sweet and tart. SO GOOD!

Cinnamon Sugar, Toast My Berry, Eve's Undoing from OMG Decadent Donuts at EcoFest

These are an annual markets, and I'd definitely be keen to go again next year. I just would like there to be some more vegan savoury options, and some more seating around the food areas.

And yay for being vegan for 18 years!

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim and Sahara

Once again, Dim Sim's pinky had been stolen. This time by a cheeky, smug looking Sahara. Dim Sim sits on a cushion, looking bereft.

Monday, 24 September 2018

VeganMoFo 2018 #24: Pot Luck Perfection

24th: Pot Luck Perfection – What would you bring to a pot luck?

Are you having a party? A food party? Can I come? I will bring food! Actually, I am not really one for large parties. More small gatherings. But I am serious about the food. Here are some things that I might bring to your pot luck.

Never underestimate the power of snacks at a potluck, and they don't have to be super fancy made yourself snacks (though that is always fun). If you are short on time, or spending your time making another dish, there are lots of fun snacks you can buy and bring. Here are a couple of things I have picked up recently. I have tried the cheddar snacks before, they are great and tasty and cheesy. Lots of fun. I haven't tried these cauliflower puffs yet, but I have heard good things from Hillary about them. Plus apparently they are probiotic, which always tickles my fancy.


I know a lot of recipe books have hot dishes as potluck dishes, but I always worry about reheating them at the place. I prefer to bring things that can be served at room temperature. Living in Brisbane, it this works pretty well as well. A sturdy salad is a great option.

Sweet and Sour Brown Rice Salad with Fresh Herbs from Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: I LOVED this salad. But I changed it a lot, using the recipe more as a guide. First up, I changed the dressing. No way was I going to be using a whole cup of sweet chilli sauce, or any amount of sweet chilli sauce. Instead, I used a 150mL bottle of Chef's Choice pad thai sauce that I had got in a CFS mystery box, and adjusted the rest of the ingredients accordingly (I used 1 TBS of lime juice, but I did still use the whole amount of agave as the miso made it quite salty). I also changed the ingredients in the salad a bit, using a large bag of microwave brown rice as my base (about 3 cups, rather than 4). I left out the scallions, used roasted crushed peanuts instead of whole ones, and used a small tin of bean sprouts rather than fresh. I also added some Japanese marinated tofu (instead of the aduki beans), chopped celery, and grated carrots, and served it over some soft lettuce leaves. The fresh herbs were coriander and mint. This was so lovely, and had fantastic and fresh flavours. I only got about three and a half serves, so definitely scale up for a pot luck! I'd also suggest taking the leaves separately if going to a pot luck, so they don't go smooshy under the salad.
Rating: :D

Sweet & Sour Brown Rice Salad

I always like to bring something sweet as well. I love vegan baking!

Spring Fling Muffins from Vegan Desserts by Hannah Kaminsky: These muffins are studded with rhubarb and strawberries, spiced with cardamom, and topped with a crunchy oat and sugar mix. The rhubarb is chopped finely and added raw, so you don't need to fuss around with stewing it first, and it cooks through perfectly. When I first took these out of the muffin tins, they seems pretty soft and soggy on the bottom and I was worried that I didn't cook them long enough, but as they cool down they firmed up perfectly. A great, not-to-sweet treat.
Rating: :)

Spring Fling Muffins

Of course there are many other things I can make and bring to pot lucks, including working to a theme! But these were a couple of things I made recently with this prompt in mind. Invitations can be directed to Dim Sim, who is my social events coordinator.

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Possum, Sahara, and Dim Sim

A blessed event, three kitties on the bed. Possum, Sahara, and Dim Sim. Possum didn't normally sleep on my bed, but he would when my parents were away (he wasn't shy about seeking out snuggles). This photo was taken after my sweet Gizmo had passed away, but when she was alive there were a few magical times when I had four cats on the bed with me! I don't care how weird and uncomfortable I have to sleep, I want them with me always.