VeganMoFo Round Up: Half way around the world!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Everything Else | 4 comments

Wow, we are half way through VeganMoFo and what a journey it has been! My theme is around the world in 20 recipes (though it may end up being more!). Throughout the month I’m taking you on a whirlwind trip around the world, sharing thoughts from my travels and vegan, gluten-free recipes that have been inspired them.  Today I’m recapping our adventures so far!

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China: Spicy Sichuan Eggplant

We spent the first week of VeganMofo in Asia. We kicked off our journey in China, where we visited Chengdu, its surrounds, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. I shared a recipe for a spicy sichuan eggplant in garlic sauce with beyond meat beef crumbles and kale. 

Nepal: Sel Roti

Nepal: Sel Roti

The next stop on our tour was Nepal. Such a magical country and amazing cuisine. Sel roti, our recipe from Nepal, is like a Nepalese donut that is a decadent, but delicious treat. 

India: Curried Okra and Chickpeas

India: Curried Okra and Chickpeas

Our third stop was India! Oh how I love that crazy, complex country. I shared pictures from my travels in Mumbai, Goa, Delhi, Agra and Hyderabad and a delicious and incredibly quick and easy recipe for curried okra and chickpeas. 

Crispy Tempeh in Sweet Soy Sauce & Nut-Free Gado Gado

Crispy Tempeh in Sweet Soy Sauce & Nut-Free Gado Gado

Then we headed further south to Indonesia, where we all took a collective gasp at the gorgeousness of Bali.  I shared a recipe for an unusual crispy tempeh in sweet soy sauce, along with a nut-free gado gado.  The crispy tempeh, which is dried before frying, is really something special. A yummy, nutty treat! 

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Japan: Matcha Green Tea and White Chocolate Mini Tarts

On Friday, we went back north to Japan. I shared my love of green tea and to celebrate it a very special recipe for a raw matcha green tea and white chocolate tart. This is one heavenly treat. 

Korea: Kimchi, rice Cakes sautéed with greens & gochujang sauce

South Korea: Kimchi, rice Cakes sautéed with greens & gochujang sauce

Then we veered west to South Korea and I pulled out all the stops, sharing three recipes for spicy, gluten-free gochujang sauce, kimchi and rice cakes sautéed with greens. 

For the second week of VeganMoFo we headed to Africa and worked our way up from south to north. 

South Africa: Bunny Chow

South Africa: Bunny Chow

South Africa is one of my favorite countries in the world. The recipe I shared was for Bunny Chow, the ultimate street food: curried beans and sweet potatoes in a hollowed out loaf of bread.  This is the definition of comfort food. So so good. 

Mozambique: Bananas com creme de coco

Mozambique: Bananas com creme de coco

In Mozambique, I provided a raw and vegan take on a traditional dessert, swapping out condensed milk for nice, thick raw coconut cream. 

Zambia: Nshima, ifisashi & tomato gravy

Zambia: Nshima, ifisashi & tomato gravy

Many traditional foods in Zambia are actually vegan, like the somewhat tweaked versions of the classics I shared: nshima (a thick white cornmeal poltenta), ifisashi (greens in nut sauce), and tomato gravy. 

Kenya: Coupe Mount Kenya!

Kenya: Coupe Mount Kenya!

I shared memories from my safari in Kenya and a recipe for a Coupe Mount Kenya, which is essentially mango ice cream with a boozy pineapple sauce. Delicious!

Ghana: Red red and kelewele

Ghana: Red red and kelewele

In Ghana I recapped a moment when I ordered something I thought was vegan and got a distinctly fishy dish in return. So I brought you a definitely vegan version of Ghana’s famous red red and added some greens to it, along with a recipe for kelewele, or spiced, fried plantains. 

Morocco: Raw tagine with cashew-jicama couscous

Morocco: Raw tagine with cashew-jicama couscous

Finally, in Morocco I shared my friend Joana’s beautiful pictures of our travels there and a recipe for a raw tagine with a cashew-jicama couscous.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey with me so far. Tomorrow, we head to Europe! 

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4 Comments

  1. Such a great theme! I’m loving your recipes :)

    • Thank you!

  2. Wow, such an epic theme in the truest sense of the word! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, I’m especially excited about Japan and China.

    • : D

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