Vegan MoFo: Can you believe that the first week of Vegan MoFo is almost over? And so much has happened this week: over 700 bloggers have joined in on the fun! I’ve been scrambling to keep up with reading all the posts that magically appear in my Google Reader (I think it may take until the end of July to read them all). What on earth made me think I could keep pace with all the young buckaroos on this one and post at least four times a week?? Oh, wait, I’ve already done something similar, nary three years ago. . . well, I was much younger then (a pox on this half-century craziness!). The upside is that I’m learning new things and seeing hoardes of recipes I want to try.
In order to keep up with the frenetic pace of MoFo (in addition to the frenetic pace of my life in general–but that’s another story), I’ve decided that I’ll be posting a few non-food blog entries over this month. To wit, this very post.
As I mentioned in the post title, I’ve got three major bits of information to share: a recent award, a blog birthday, and not one–not two–but three giveaways within a week on this blog!
I. An Award: This past Friday, the Cuisine Canada Culinary Book Awards were held at Exhibition Place in Toronto. These are national awards (one of only two country-wide book awards), so you can imagine how thrilled I was that Sweet Freedom, my cookbook, was shortlisted! (I won’t keep you in suspense: my book didn’t win, but it did receive Honorable Mention. Considering the heavyweights from FoodTV and various national magazines it was up against, I was happy to accept that for my little self-published tome!).
Mingling with culinary luminaries and sniffing at the spectacular buffet tables (sadly, the only food I could eat at the entire affair was a few spoonfuls of quinoa, originally intended to provide cushioning for beef curry) was thrill enough in itself: Laura Calder (one of the Gold prize winners) was there, along with Elizabeth Baird and Bonnie Stern, true dignitaries in the world of Canadian Cuisine.
I even remembered to bring along my camera, for once–and then promptly discovered that the battery was dead! Lest you think the entire event was a mere figment of my overactive imagination, voilà the proof:
My name tag. . . and
[The HH holding the massive book poster that graced the wall (see his wee hands gripping the top and left side? That's how massive this thing was!]
II. A Birthday!
DDD turned THREE last week! Can it really be more than 1095 days and almost 500 posts since I first began tapping out random thoughts, ideas, musings, recipes and corny jokes in this space? (“And don’t forget about us, Mum!”). Oh, and transcribing comments from The Girls, too, of course. Rather than overwhelm you with a 5000-word post today (and because I do have to save some material for all those MoFo posts coming up), I’ll share my thoughts on the b-day later next week. In the meantime, let’s move to the third part of this blog post’s title: prizes!
III. And Three Giveaways: I also introduced this months’ SOS Kitchen Challenge last week (along with a Linky list so you can share up your own recipes), and I kicked off Amy’s Gluten Free Holiday event (with its own linky list).
Finally, I’m planning a third fabulous giveaway on Tuesday to kick off my own “Festive Freebies” series that will continue through the New Year. I’ve shared Festive Freebies before and really enjoy the idea of giving away gifts for the holidays to some of DDD’s readers. You all hang in there with me throughout the year, reading and commenting (and how I love hearing from you! Keep it up!) and standing by when I disappear for days at a time; and this will be my way of saying “thanks” and “Have a great holiday!”.
[A glimpse of my new breakfast obsession. . . recipe--and giveaway--coming soon!]
This year for Festive Freebies, I’ve handpicked foods and products that I personally already love and use, to share with you–and I can’t wait to have you try them. This first one has quickly become one of my all-time favorite foods! I know you’ll love it as much as I do–and it’s 100% vegan, sugar free AND gluten free!
And now, back to our regular weekend madness–the HH and I are having dinner with my friend Sterlin, who’s in town from England (though I doubt any Date Pasta will be had). Between catching up with old friends and catching up on my pile of work, the weekend will be over before I know it–and I’ll see you all here again on Monday for more MoFo madness.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Last Year at this Time: Lucky Comestible 6(1): Roasted Red Pepper and Apple Dip
Two Years Ago: Chili to Last Through the Winter
Three Years Ago: Earth Bowl Breakfast (complete with horrendous photo)
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