The Great Vegan MoFo Vegan Pizza Roundup!

November 5th, 2012 3:58 pm by Kelly

Non-vegans might have missed it, but October was the Vegan Month of Food (Vegan MoFo for short) – a month-long blog carnival during which bloggers pledge to write about vegan nomz every day (or at least during the weekdays! I logged 36 posts ’cause I’m an overachiever, but who’s counting?). This was the seventh annual VMF, and my sixth year participating. If you noticed a sad, sorry lack of new pizza recipes here, that’s because I was publishing them over on my personal blog. I meant to post some photos at least, just to keep y’all updated, but in all the chaos of daily blogging I never quite found the time. And so: a giant pizza roundup!

My theme this year was “Eat to the Beat,” meals and desserts inspired by songs. Fertile ground for pizza, am I right people?

The first pizza was straight off the Blackbird Pizzeria menu: a Nacho Pizza with jalapenos, avocados, and cheddar Daiya cheese. I’ve never had the pleasure of dining at Blackbird – or any all-vegan pizzeria, for that matter! – but I think we nailed the look and taste. As with most of the pizzas pictured here, I have a recipe to share!


Nacho Pizza, a la Blackbird (0003)

Nacho Pizza, a la Blackbird (0028)


Paired with “Blackbird” by The Beatles, if only because it provided a handy excuse to make pizza!

Next up is my own personal favorite, Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread. Basically what we’ve got here are ~48 (give or take) little pizza bites, stuffed with Follow Your Heart cheese and Lightlife pepperoni, coated with margarine and assorted spices, and then baked together to make one ginormous, coffee cake-shaped, pull-apart pizza. Fancy, right? Don’t let its gorgeous neon hues and seductively lumpy bits fool you, it’s ridiculously simple to make. A little tedious, but worth it. Click through for the recipe, mkay?


Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread (0014)

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread (0026)

Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread (0064)


Photographed with the Tree Loot monkey ’cause he’s adorable. You two can share a pizza while singing along to the theme song from The Monkees. So much retro win right here.

One of the Iron Chef challenges featured two ingredients that I knew I could easily make into a pizza: potatoes and sesame seeds. Behold: Rosemary Potato Pizza with a Garlic Sesame Sauce! This is a rather simple potato pizza on a rosemary crust and topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds; the real star of the show is the dipping sauce. Basically it’s just homemade vegan mayo seasoned with sesame oil where plain old olive oil would usually be. So good though, and it adds a little extra moisture to what can sometimes be a dry pizza.


Rosemary Potato Pizza with Garlic Sesame Sauce for Iron Chef (0013)

Rosemary Potato Pizza with Garlic Sesame Sauce for Iron Chef (0041)


Apologies in advance for the tunes: “Gimme Pizza” (Slow Jam) by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. This was an impromptu post, so cut me some slack.

Last but not least is the only pizza for which I followed an existing recipe: Pizza Margherita from Mark Sutton’s Heart Healthy Pizza. The cheese is really cooked millet processed with raw sunflower seeds! There’s also a recipe for a parm-like cheese called Parmiso that uses sesame seeds and has a really unique taste. (For my homemade parmesan, I usually stick with almonds and nutritional yeast – nooch being known for its dairy cheese-like flavor.)


Pizza Margherita from Heart Healthy Pizza (0004)

Pizza Margherita from Heart Healthy Pizza (0025)


Enjoy with Ghost Mice. Free Pizza for Life, yo!

Close on the heels of Vegan MoFo was the Virtual Vegan Potluck. It’s held twice a year, usually in May and November, the November date scheduled to coincide with World Vegan Day. This was my first time participating, and I signed up to bring bread. Specifically, Hot Cross Buns and Pepperoni Pizza Breadsomething sweet and something savory to satisfy everyone’s palates!


Pepperoni Pizza Bread for the Virtual Vegan Potluck (0014)

Pepperoni Pizza Bread for the Virtual Vegan Potluck (0034)


The pizza bread is deceptively easy to make: you just roll the dough out into a rectangular shape, add the toppings, roll or fold, and bake! You can use any toppings, but we kept it basic with red sauce, mozzarella Daiya cheese, and Lightlife Pepperoni. But just in case you’re still intimidated, I have a recipe!

Next week we’ll resume our regularly scheduled pizza blogging. Until then, make some pizza bread and stuff it. IN YOUR FACE.


VeganMoFo V!

September 19th, 2011 11:00 am by Kelly

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People! The dates for VeganMoFo V have finally been announced! This year the Vegan Month of Food is October. By signing up, basically you pledge to write about vegan food – emphasis on VEGAN, and vegan only! THAT MEANS NO DEAD TURKEYS, Y’ALL! – all month, weekends optional, for a total of at least twenty posts. Challenging but fun, and an awesome community-building project to boot. There shall be contests, and giveaways, and prizes, and daily nomz roundups, and more vegan sweets that you can wag your tongue at, and a marvelous time will be had by all! Until week three, when everyone is exhausted and burnt out. (BUT WE’LL WORRY ABOUT THAT LATER, MKAY?)

2011 will be my fourth year participating (I missed the first go-round. Boo! Hiss! Boo!), and I’m really overextending myself by throwing three of my who-knows-how-many blogs into the ring. (Err, kitchen?) Over on tumblr, fuck yeah vegan pizza and fuck yeah vegan ice cream will be a breeze, since I already post four or five time per day, per blog. (Microblogging, gotta love it!) And though the PPP blog won’t be a part of VeganMoFo V (VI, perhaps?), I’ll also be blogging daily at my personal blog, V for Vegan, if you’d like to follow my progress there. (YES, THERE WILL BE PIZZA!)

If you’d like to play along too, here are some links to get you started.

Official VeganMoFo blog

Vegan MoFo sign up form

VeganMoFo on Facebook

VeganMoFo on twitter

VeganMoFo on flickr

The deadline to sign up and be featured in the official VeganMoFo blogroll is September 28, so get to it!

And now, let the post hoarding commence.

Oh, but first: the first batch of Mags & Finnick photos are up!

(Mags and Finnick being the “senior” rat terriers we adopted last week. “Senior” in scare quotes cause Fin’s more like 6, and Mags is maybe 9. The shelter staff said 10, at least. WHY OH WHY DO THEY ALWAYS DO THAT! I know that guessing a dog’s age is just that – a guess – but if you’re bound to err, why not err to the dog’s benefit? The same thing happened when we adopted Rennie: we thought we were getting a four-year-old adult, and ended up with maybe one-year-old pup. Ack! But I digress.)

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Seven dogs, only one photo (so far!) in which they all appear.
And of course I’m not in it, pfffft. No justice.

More to come soon – but for the time being, I have my hands full with SIX RAT TERRIERS AND AN ORNERY OLD DACHSHUND! Oh, and now twenty mofo posts too. Seriously what was I thinking! Plus I think I’m coming down with a cold. Oh, the horrors.