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Call For Submissions: The Vegan Society

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Clockwise, L-R: Pancake in Amsterdam, coffee and beignets in New Orleans, battered tofish and chips in London, tofu and pesto sandwich in Krakow. 

The Vegan Society are looking for international contributions and I thought I’d pass the message along because I’m nice like that.

“Calling all vegans from around the world: Help to bring veganism to a global audience! Write a short article about veganism in your country. We want to hear from you!

In the run-up to our 70th anniversary, it is more important than ever that we reconnect with vegans the world over, and come together to celebrate several decades since we created the word ‘vegan’.

Tell us your stories about veganism, such as:
– What’s happening where you live?
– What has changed in the last five years?
– What opportunities might there be in the future?

Interested in contributing to The Vegan and helping us to extend our international outreach?
Send your ideas to editor@vegansociety.com!

We’re looking for between 500-1000 words, plus high quality photographs. 
Deadline for summer issue: Mon, 11th of March
Deadline for autumn issue: Mon, 10th of June

Please note that unfortunately we cannot pay for submissions. We also cannot guarantee that your article will be published, although all submissions will be given strong consideration.”

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Smokin’ Tofu: 2012 Retrospect

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// Trips // I went on three trips abroad this year:

I nibbled stroopwaffles and scoffed chips with mayonnaise in Amsterdam // munched buttery vegetable couscous and roasted root veg in Marrakech // spent a weekend in Krakow experimenting with 2am Polish street food.

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// Recipes // This blog is still such a baby, I can’t believe how few recipes I’ve posted. Here are a few:

Blueberries 3 Ways // Cajun Spiced Pumpkin Soup // Port & Pomegranate Sauce // Mac & Cheese // Obscene Black Bean Soup

// 2012 in Retrospect // I discovered some amazing cookery books this year and my wishlist for 2013 is as long as a zapiekanka (i.e. really long). Top 5 foodie books I discovered this year:

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// Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes // I love Isa Chandra Moskowitz and I love this book but I hate the title because it sounds like a fad diet book (sorry Isa). This is my most used and food-spattered cookery book to date. Certain recipes – the creamed corn, the jerk asparagus, the eazy breezy cheezy sauce – have become kitchen staples in the Smokin’ Tofu residence and thus far everything I’ve whipped up has been a painless rave.

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// Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar // I’ve had a great time learning to bake cookies this year and look forward to using these recipes as a springboard to create my own crumbly cookie monsters in 2013. The Mexican Snickerdoodles and the Sell Your Soul Pumpkin Cookies have been particular winners, much loved by the menfolk that get high in my flat (on my baking, obvs).

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// Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals // I read this back in March, and it pushed me to adopt a vegan lifestyle. I’m still struggling, occasionally having off-days (and off-weeks), but I’ve reduced my dairy intake dramatically and that’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

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// Niki Segnit’s The Flavour Thesaurus // Okay, confession: I read most of this book during the quiet hours at work (I work in a bookshop, FYI). Even though it covers meat and dairy too, it’s a great tool for developing a mental map of flavour combos beyond the obvious, gives great explanations as to why certain flavours seem to work together so well and offers simple recipes, examples and anecdotes to demonstrate the combos in action. It’s also a gorgeous hardback with a fabric cover and deep pink-edged pages. Serious book-gasm.

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// Jenny Linford’s Writing About Food // I like this series of books. They’re a little old fashioned and most likely to be out of print these days, but they’re concise and well written. This one covers writing about food in every conceivable way, including tips on how to write recipes and how to break into food writing. It came out in the ’90s, so it’s pre-blogging, but what’s the heart of blogging if not writing?

// Goals for 2013 //

// Blog // Learn to bake savoury vegan breads // Start pickling things (thanks to @QuantumVegan who regaled me with tales of curried pickled cauliflower on Twitter the other day) // Cashew dairy a la Addicted to Veggies // Perfect pesto (first batch last night was only so-so) // Improve terrible photography // prepare more raw meals … and perhaps try to collaborate with some fellow bloggers?

// Travel // I’m scheming up a trip to Berlin with my big bro and Amsterdam with my boyfriend (he’s dragging his heels but, come on), as well as a beachy stint somewhere nearby in the late summer/early September with two friends who are based in New Orleans and Dubai. I won’t really be able to afford it but it’s the only way we can all see each other fairly so it’ll have to happen. I’d also like to make it up to Scotland and down to Brighton.

Happy New Year, and sincere thanks to all who’ve been knocking around this blog and making me feel less like I’m standing on an upturned bucket shouting at strangers during rush hour in Camden Town.

love Alice xx
Twitter: @smokintofu
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PS – what have been your favourite food blogs from the past year? I want to fatten up my blogroll and recommendations are always welcome. Mine would be: 101 Cookbooks // A Beautiful Mess // Addicted to Veggies // but where do you get your protein? // My Boyfriend’s Kitchen // Olives For Dinner // Quantum Vegan //

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Thanksgiving Broke Me

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I’ve accidentally given myself a week off from blogging. I think it’s because I’m still pulling myself together after throwing my first Thanksgiving feast in honour of my NOLA buddy Nisha. We cooked for approximately thirteen hours, produced over ten dishes of (vegetarian but mostly non-vegan) southern Thanksgiving cuisine. Afterwards, I felt like a boa constrictor that had eaten a full pig, and just needed to chill with my food baby until I no longer felt vaguely sick at the sight of butter. Anyway, expect some dirty deets after the weekend.

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Smokin’ Tofu: Hello

I’ve had this vague idea of starting up a vegetarian/vegan food blog for ages now. I’ve now got a sizeable backlog of awesome food porn, from homecooked food to restaurants dishes, as well as boozy blog posts and favourite recipes from around the blogosphere, so I thought it was time to get cracking with Smokin’ Tofu. The cover image includes a lot of pink and Instagram. The rest of the blog won’t. It will involve swearing and cans of Strongbow and really crap YouPorn-quality amateur snaps of awesome balls to the wall veggie and vegan grub. I hope you like what you see and stick around.

You might know me as the Assistant Editor of DrunkenWerewolf. I also blog about creative writing at A Cage in Search of a Bird.