Saturday, October 1, 2011

Grilled Cheese Comfort - Vegan Mofo Day 1

Grilled Cheese and Tempeh Bacon

Today is the first day of Vegan Mofo; the vegan month of food celebrated by hundreds of bloggers around the globe. If you want to see and read about some fantastic food that's cruelty free, delicious and good for you and the planet then check out the extensive list of bloggers at Mofo headquarters.  I committed myself to participating a couple of weeks ago, and now find myself desperately searching for something to make, as the sun goes down.  In the last two weeks, life suddenly turned topsy turvy or maybe I should just say my brain is undergoing a revolution.  I'm in the process of developing a few ideas that will change the direction of my days and I'm feeling the pressure of too much on my plate.  It is great to be completely in the zone, immersed in learning about something new.  Strangely, right at the time I'm required to write about food every day, (something I would normally be thrilled to do) all my attention has temporarily shifted away from food which is pretty much unheard of for me.  I would be extremely disappointed in myself if I got kicked out of Vegan Mofo for failing to post so I'll do my best in the coming weeks and we'll see what I can pull out of my hat while under pressure.

Today I'm going to share one of my favourite sandwiches.  We can't all be cooking up fabulous creations every day like my friend Betsy DiJulio of the Blooming Platter who really puts me to shame. :-)   Really, my true fave is a simple vegan grilled cheese with pickles and ketchup.  Today, I'll make something slightly more balanced and throw in a few slices of tempeh bacon and tomato along with that perfectly melted, gooey, vegan cheese.  Okay, I had to scratch the tomatoes, they weren't ripe.  And I guess pickles don't really count as vegetables?  To make up for it I made a delicious banana-berry smoothy to go with this comforting snack.  

This reminds me that there are quite a few vegan cookbooks devoted to comfort food, one of the most recent being Vegan Diner: Classic Comfort Food for the Body and Soul.  I have not read it or even cracked the cover but would love to get my hands on a copy, it appears to have stellar reviews.   Okay everyone, get out there, get inspired and help change the world with the food on your plate even if it's just a sandwich!

Tempeh bacon which my local grocery store carries!


  1. Congrats on day 1 of this year's month long project!

    Yum! No fair making me hungry. I don't even like tempeh but the photograph and your description is making my mouth water.

    Great photo! Great written entry too!

  2. Thanks Lisa, you should have seen me scrambling to get something made and written! I was afraid this wasn't a very auspicious start to the month.

  3. Don't worry - no-one gets kicked off MoFo for NOT posting :-)
    That sandwich looks dee-lish and is making me very hungry.
    Happy MoFo'ing

  4. Thanks Jeni! I'm glad my sandwich doesn't look too lame. I'll have to go and see what you're cooking!

  5. that sandwich looks great! what's your preferred cheese sauce?

    i've been cooking bits and bobs from vegan diner, none of the big stuff yet, and it's all been fantastic.

  6. Hi Corrinadarling, I use the only vegan cheese my supermarket carries which is a brand called Galaxy. This one is rice based (I think!).

    Thanks for the feedback about Vegan Diner, good to know it's all been fantastic so far. Cheers!

  7. Congratulations on doing the Vegan MoFo again, Lee! I don't think I have that much dedication, but I'll definitely keep posting on my blog and post a link to the Vegan MoFo, too! :-)

  8. Thanks Kathryn! Thanks Christina! Sandwiches CAN be yum!