My teenage daughter, phone glued to ear, heads my way. Giggling. Whispering. “OMG, you have to hear my mom…”
“Yeah?” I already know what’s coming.
“What’s that thing called where you blog every day for a month about Vegan stuff?”
Sigh. “Vegan Mofo.”
She shoves the phone under my chin so her friend on the other end can hear better. “Vegan what?”
“MoFo.” I do an involuntarily eye roll. “Short for Vegan Month of Food.”
She retreats to her room. More giggling. Whispering. “OMG – my mom said MoFo.” Snort.
Welcome to Vegan MoFo 2013, dear readers – also known as the month in which I become lost in an endless episode of Beavis & Butthead. The things I do for you people.
- I am not a Vegan (I don’t even play one on TV).
- “What’s for Dinner, Mama?” is not a Vegan blog.
However, during September 2013:
- I will be a Vegan (at least on the Internet).
- “What’s for Dinner, Mama?” will be a vegan blog.
Why, you ask?
Because there is a lot everyone can learn from embracing a vegan lifestyle, whether it is for a week or a lifetime. Or, as the case of Vegan MoFo, a month.
This is the third time I’ve participated in the MoFo (the last two times played out on my other, writing focused, oft neglected blog, Sock Monkey.) The truth is Vegan MoFo is single-handedly responsible for turning me into a food blogger. The first time I participated, in 2010, I had an amazing time and I learned SO MUCH! I learned how to make dairy products out of nuts!! For example, did you know that you can make sour cream out of cashews?? How freaking cool is that?!?! The second time I participated, I spent hours deconstructing some of my favorite dishes from my favorite vegan restaurant and developing some wickedly delicious copy-cat recipes. Which was also totally awesome!! So this year, I am excited to learn even more new things. I’m not sure exactly what all those things will be yet, but I know that I will be utilizing my newly hatched sourdough starter in at least a few recipes, so there’s sure to be some learning going on right there! And you definitely don’t need to be a vegan to appreciate good sourdough bread, right? That’s the big secret, folks – (most) vegan food is like that: you don’t have to be a vegan to appreciate it. So there it is – my goal for Vegan MoFo 2013 – to offer great vegan recipes to everyone, and help my non-vegan friends learn along with me to appreciate all that veganism has to offer.
So welcome – Vegans, Vegetarians, Omnivores all – to this first day of Vegan MoFo.
Snort. (You just said “Mofo.”)