So, Vegan MoFo is all over for this year. It was my first year participating (it’s my first year blogging) and I loved being part of the event.
Thank you again to everyone who has read and commented this month, and especially to those who’ve made my recipes and let me know how you liked them.
I set out with the aim of posting 26 times, with an A-Z theme highlighting a pantry ingredient for each letter in the alphabet. I managed 25 times ( I had to skip X) plus a bonus post reviewing my favourite Oxford restaurant, Al-Shami. Overall I’m pretty pleased as I really wasn’t sure I’d be able to make my goal, especially as September also saw me moving to a new city and starting my Masters programme! There were definitely some panicked moments, but the fun of it all far outweighed those.
Below is a little photo gallery I made with pictures of all my creations this MoFo, from A to Z. If you joined the party half-way through and/or missed some posts, or just want a reminder of what I posted, I’ve created a new page (see menu bar) with a list of the ingredients I chose, photos and links to the posts and recipes.
The most-viewed post this month was: “P” is for…Pesto-Polenta Triangles, Balsamic White Beans with Cherry Tomatoes & Basil
The most commented post this month was: “L” is for…Raw Lemon-Lucuma Macaroons
My Personal favourite post this month was: “I” is for…Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Pilaf, Nutty Crusted Tofu & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Did you have a favourite?
Of course I couldn’t write this post without mentioning all the wonderful, other bloggers who took part in Vegan MoFo this year. I was blown away, every single day, by the creativity I saw. I’ve stashed away an overwhelming number of recipes to try!
My 3 favourite blogger themes this month were:
– Amy of Vegan Eats & Treats‘s “Noshtalgia”, which featured foods and recipes with memories attached to them such as “Mommy’s Mexican Bean Salad”, “Grandmommy’s Applesauce Spice Cake” and “Grandpa Slim’s Pasta Primavera”. The series brought up lots of lovely memories for me too and I especially loved Amy’s charming cartoons.
– Megan (Maggie Muggins) of the Vegan Cookbook Aficionado’s “Brown Baggin’ it”, with a new packed lunch-appropriate recipe every day and an abundance of useful “lunch lady tips”. I’m going to have to start packing lunches a few times a week for when I’m up at university all day, so I’ll definitely be trying out some of these.
– An Unrefined Vegan‘s “Peanut Butter + Jelly” theme. The PB + J combination is far less common over here than Stateside, but is a flavour pairing I’ve come to love. The recipes featured here this month were unbelievable and included such deliciousness as: Seitan Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Plum BBQ Sauce, and the one I’m most excited to try, Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Chocolate-Blueberry “Fudge”
Where to now?
Of course the end of Vegan MoFo doesn’t signal the end of Coconut and Berries! This month I’ve truly come to love this little space on the web, recipe-creating, photo-taking, writing posts and connecting with all you amazing people! There’s no way I can keep up the same blogging schedule, as much as I wish I could, but I’ll still try and post as frequently as possible.
I’ve got plenty more recipe ideas and reviews in the pipeline. Also, especially given the number of other bloggers’ recipes I’ve amassed this month, I plan to make and photograph some of these dishes and share the successes with you so you can make them too. The only negative for me about blogging is that creating my own recipes has meant I’ve neglected my bookmarked recipes and cookbooks! I hope this will go down well with you folks.
Mid-way through September I set up a new print recipe feature on the blog so you can print a pdf of individual recipes rather than having to print the whole post. Do check this out and let me know if it’s useful or if another format would be easier.
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