Archive of September2011

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Exploring the Bay Area

On October 1st Vegan MoFo will once again flood the blogosphere with incredible photos, recipes, and reviews of amazing vegan food. I love that Amey, already posted about putting on her MoFo pants.  It is good to be prepared, because it requires a lot of focus to keep on top of the tempting treats, creative […]

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An autumn afternoon of apple adulation.

I’m a bit of an apple addict. I often imagine that first refreshing bite when I’m struggling to finish a long run. Craving the crisp texture and sweet flavour of an apple picked ripe from the tree can really hurry me home. I’m not a secret apple admirer, either. Last year my birthday card from […]

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gluten-freenut-freesugar-free Blossoming Lotus Inspired Hot Hummus

Heart Warming Hummus with Basil

The best raw mini pie recipes

zv7qrnb span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”background-color: white; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;”The final entries of thea href=”http://www.blogger.com/Here’s%20what%20I’ve%20got%20so%20far%20for%20the%20pie%20post.%20I%20wrote%20most%20of%20it%20but%20then%20ran%20out%20of%20steam.%20%20%20The%20best%20of%20raw%20mini%20pies%20The%20final%20entries%20of%20the%20Raw%20Mini%20Pie%20Challenge%20rolled%20in%20on%20September%201%20while%20Lisa%20and%20I%20were%20away%20enjoying%20the%20vegan%20food%20scene%20in%20San%20Francisco,%20and%20so%20we%20were%20eager%20to%20spend%20our%20first%20weekend%20back%20home%20studying%20all%20the%20delicious-looking%20entries%20and%20gearing%20up%20for%20recipe-testing%20and%20judging.%20%20%20%20If%20you’ve%20already%20seen%20our%20challenge%20roundup,%20you’ll%20understand%20why%20we%20were%20both%20beyond%20impressed%20by%20the%20adorable%20mini%20pies%20you%20churned%20out.%20We%20loved%20that%20most%20of%20them%20highlighted%20traditional%20flavour%20combinations%20using%20fresh-picked,%20seasonal%20fruit%20and%20other%20local%20ingredients.%20After%20scoring%20the%20entries%20based%20on%20the%20judging%20criteria,%20three%20finalists%20emerged.%20These%20three%20finalists%20moved%20on%20to%20the%20recipe-testing%20round%20and%20became%20the%20guests%20of%20honour%20at%20Saturday’s%20mini%20pie%20tasting%20party%E2%80%94and%20what%20better%20way%20to%20gather%20volunteer%20taste%20testers%20than%20at%20Toronto’s%20Vegetarian%20Food%20Festival?%20%20After%20a%20morning%20of%20pie-making%20in%20Lisa’s%20condo%20kitchen,%20a%20lovely%20tasting%20party%20in%20the%20middle%20of%20a%20vivacious%20crowd%20of%20animal-friendly%20folks%20at%20the%20food%20festival,%20and%20much%20discussion%20among%20our%20volunteer%20taste%20testers%20(there%20were%20so%20many,%20we%20had%20to%20keep%20a%20scorecard),%20we%20ranked%20the%20finalists.%20Do%20you%20want%20to%20know%20who%20came%20out%20on%20top?%20%20First%20Place:%20Natasha’s%20Key%20Lime%20Mini%20Pie%EF%BB%BF%20%20%EF%BB%BFNatasha’s%20pie%20began%20with%20a%20soft,%20buttery%20crust%20using%20local%20macadamia%20nuts%20and%20pine%20nuts.%20This%20lucky%20Florida-based%20foodie%20also%20has%20tropical%20fruit%20growing%20in%20her%20area,%20so%20she%20made%20use%20of%20key%20limes%20in%20a%20cashew-based%20filling%20and%20topped%20it%20off%20with%20a%20lovely%20vanilla%20creme.%20Inspired%20by%20her%20state’s%20pie%20flavour,%20Natasha’s%20tropical%20pie%20flavour%20was%20a%20perfect%20treat%20for%20a%20hot%20summer%20day.%20All%20of%20our%20testers%20raved%20about%20the%20refreshing%20lime%20flavour%20that%20balanced%20nicely%20with%20the%20buttery%20crust.%20We%20were%20also%20impressed%20by%20how%20the%20use%20of%20such%20simple%20ingredients%20could%20be%20transformed%20into%20an%20elegant%20dessert.%20%20Second%20Place:%20Rachel’s%20Blackberry%20Almond%20Petite%20Pie%20Rachel’s%20petite%20pie%20was%20a%20very%20close%20runner-up.%20Prior%20to%20her%20creation,%20Rachel%20took%20a%20trip%20down%20memory%20lane%20and%20went%20berry-picking%20in%20the%20neighbourhood%20she%20grew%20up%20in,%20and%20she%20thought%20a%20raw%20pie%20was%20the%20perfect%20place%20for%20her%20berry%20haul.%20Our%20own%20version%20was%20made%20up%20of%20huge,%20fresh%20berries%20that%20were%20bursting%20with%20flavour.%20Paired%20with%20an%20almond%20creme%20filling%20and%20a%20simple%20nut%20crust,%20each%20bite%20reminded%20us%20of%20summer’s%20best.%20%20Third%20Place:%20Jackie’s%20Neopolitan%20Pie%20As%20soon%20as%20we%20read%20this%20post,%20we%20knew%20it%20was%20something%20we%20had%20to%20try.%20The%20classic%20neopolitan%20reinvented%20as%20a%20raw%20pie%20was%20quite%20impressive,%20and%20although%20Jackie’s%20lack%20of%20mini%20pie%20pans%20meant%20that%20her%20mini%20pie%20was%20giant-sized,%20we%20still%20thought%20the%20recipe%20sounded%20like%20a%20winning%20combination.%20All%20three%20layers%20of%20her%20pie%20came%20together%20nicely,%20but%20we%20agreed%20the%20chocolate%20avocado%20layer%20was%20quite%20distinct.%20Some%20of%20our%20taste%20testers%20absolutely%20swooned%20over%20this%20triple%20layered%20treat.%20If%20you%20adore%20avocado%20and%20dark%20chocolate%20than%20you%20probably%20would%20have%20voted%20for%20Jackie’s%20pie.%20The%20bright%20pink%20colour%20of%20the%20strawberry%20layer%20was%20another%20draw.%20We%20easily%20attracted%20eager%20eaters%20at%20the%20Festival%20with%20this%20lovely,%20little%20pie.%20%20%20%20Congratulations%20to%20all%20the%20winner%20and%20to%20pie%20lovers%20everywhere!%20We%20had%20such%20a%20wonderful%20response%20to%20this%20challenge%20that%20now%20we%20each%20have%20a%20long%20list%20of%20pies%20to%20try%20before%20we%20run%20out%20of%20the%20season’s%20best%20bounty.%20Thank%20you%20to%20everyone%20who%20participated%20and%20to%20our%20generous%20prize%20sponsors%20VegNews,%20RawMazing%20and%20Vegan%20Essentials.%20%20%20We%20hope%20this%20has%20inspired%20you%20all%20to%20press%20a%20little%20crust%20into%20a%20tiny%20tart%20pan,%20layer%20on%20something%20luscious,%20and%20finish%20with%20a%20topping%20that’s%20fresh%20and%20fruity.”nbsp;Raw Mini Pie Challenge/anbsp;rolled in on September 1st whilenbsp;a href=”http://adashofcompassion.com/”Nicole/anbsp;and I were away enjoying the vegan food scene in San Francisco, and so we were eager to spend our first weekend back home studying all the enticing entries and gearing up […]

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gluten-freerawsugar-free The Banana Bonanza at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival

3 Amazing Raw Blizzards

Vida Vegan Con was full of my favourite things.

I had a wonderful weekend at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival – but since I’m still behind in sharing all my adventures in Oregon and California, here is another shout-out to VVC! Cookies on cupcakes and dark chocolate treats

Getting testy

I hope that you’re enjoying all of the fun recaps from my time in Portland. There are a few more to come plus my review of San Francisco’s best vegan spots (I’m still dreaming about my meal at a href=”http://www.millenniumrestaurant.com/”Millennium/a).br /div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: left;”br //divdiv class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: left;”Since I’ve been back […]

When Avatars Animate

The internet can be a scary place. nbsp;It has the potential to make you feel both anonymous and exposed. It has become the first place we turn to for answers and then doubt everything we read. Although I was vegan before the internet, besides my blender it has probably been the greatest tool to improve […]

How to plan an impressive conference menu

I’m home! I’ve finally uploaded and edited the hundreds of photos I took while in Portland, Oakland, Berkley and San Francisco. I have lots of great moments to share but I’m going to offer it all up in a number of shorter posts so that you don’t feel as overwhelmed as I do about all […]

Raw Mini-Pie Recipe Round-up

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/–XQoxdST3Ak/TmJB8p92BLI/AAAAAAAABfU/M1PTrNmJ1kE/s1600/raw+mini+pie+challenge%25281%2529.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ height=”320″ src=”http://www.veganlisa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/raw+mini+pie+challenge%25281%25291.jpg” width=”640″ //a/divdiv class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: left;”As summer fades into fall, we hit our peak harvest season in southern Ontario. It is a time for canning, preserving and freezing the season’s best so that they can continue to be enjoyed […]

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