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 Post subject: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 8 The First Mess!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:38 pm 
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This is the official discussion thread for week 8 of our blog cooking challenge.

During this week period from Monday August 19 – Sunday August 25, choose 3 recipes (or more or less depending on your schedule) from The First Mess (http://www.thefirstmess.com/). Come back here to tell us all about the recipes you made and post photos** if you can!

As a note, this is a 10 week blog-explore-along challenge, where we try recipes from 10 different vegan blogs and report back.

The current schedule is:

1. Vegan Richa: http://www.veganricha.com/
2. The Elizavegan Page: http://elizaveganpage.blogspot.com/
3. Oh She Glows: http://ohsheglows.com/
4. Fatfree Vegan: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/
5. Olives for Dinner: http://www.olivesfordinner.com/
6. Good Good Things: http://good-good-things.com/
7. Lunch Box Bunch: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/
8. The First Mess: http://www.thefirstmess.com/
9. The PPK blog: http://www.theppk.com/blog/
10. Cookbook Aficianado: http://cookbookaficionado.wordpress.com/

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 8 The First Mess!
PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:44 pm 
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That blog is gorgeous! The pictures are so fresh and crisp. Not sure I can get to it soon, but I will definitely get back to this site.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:39 am 
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Made her mushrooms and tofu en papillote with miso and rosemary. Found it too fussy for the results and surprisingly a bit lackluster.

http://www.thefirstmess.com/2011/10/17/ ... papillote/

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 8 The First Mess!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:48 am 
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Got a little blindsided this weekend because I didn't expect to go grocery shopping on Saturday but did and didn't pick out any recipes to make so basically bought staples. I'll look through the blog but I'm expecting that I wouldn't have anything for recipe making.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 8 The First Mess!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:32 am 
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I'm not participating in the challenge, but I love that blog. It's so beautiful! I will be watching this thread with interest because I haven't made any of her recipes yet.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:31 pm 
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Ooooooh, lovely blog! I don't think I've seen it before. I like the looks of the panzanella, so maybe I'll make that later in the week, if I get to baking a loaf of ciabatta. (If the heat level in the apartment isn't too bad, that is!) Everything looks so fresh and delicious. I might have to look through the recipes and see if I have ingredients for anything, because I also went grocery shopping already. Hmmm...

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 8 The First Mess!
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:02 pm 
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I made the humble chocolate cake with a peanut butter frosting instead of Biscoff. Now I really want Biscoff spread. Ugh.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:23 pm 
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This is a beautiful blog, but it seems like her summery recipes are all just salad. Not that I'm against a nice salad but I need entree ideas for summer, not just sides.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:37 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 8 The First Mess!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:02 pm 
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I made the grilled potato, lemon, and zucchini salad with romesco. http://www.thefirstmess.com/2013/07/18/ ... co-recipe/ I upped the amount of green beans and threw in some chickpeas and made it a meal. I really liked it. It was simple, but filling and good. I would make it again.

Tonight I had the orange and ancho tempeh tacos with ruby grapefruit slaw. http://www.thefirstmess.com/2013/01/09/ ... aw-recipe/ Also really good. My cabbage was a bit bitter, but that wasn't the recipe's fault. My only complaint is that there is actually no ancho whatsoever in the recipe. I added some hot sauce on top of my tacos, so it was fine, but she needs to either edit or rename.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 8 The First Mess!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:56 pm 
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I love this blog! But I'm not home this week to cook, boo. I do really want to try the empanadas with chickpea flour, though.

Also, xanthia, you are awesome. Always right in there with photo documentation too--I'm so impressed!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:06 pm 
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ScandinaVegan wrote:
I love this blog! But I'm not home this week to cook, boo. I do really want to try the empanadas with chickpea flour, though.

Also, xanthia, you are awesome. Always right in there with photo documentation too--I'm so impressed!


Aw thanks! I love challenges like this because it's easy blog fodder. Plus, I love checking out other people's blogs!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:53 am 
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Chocolate Chai Macaroons!

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 8 The First Mess!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:49 pm 
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Last night I made the lemon roasted tofu and kale. I can't remember what the recipe is really called. I had it over basmati rice that I cooked in veggie broth. It was really good. The kale on it's own was too lemony, but everything together had a nice balance. Good, filling meal and my hubby said he would eat it again, so that's a win.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 8 The First Mess!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:52 pm 
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Yesterday I made the Spicy Red Lentil Spread. It's good, although I did find that I had to add a bunch of seasonings to it. It definitely needed salt, and some agave, and I threw extra cumin in. Still, it was simple to make and it can be used in so many ways.


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