Saturday, October 1, 2011

We Begin! Fava-cado Dip and a Giveaway from Rishi Tea


Welcome to the first day of Vegan MoFo, the Vegan Month of Food blogging event! Click the logo to the right of this post to visit shenanigans at the main site and find hundreds of other bloggers. I hope you will stop by this blog often this month, because I will be continuing last year's MoFo theme: giveaways! Last year, I contacted companies which produce vegan food-related items and publishing houses that publish vegan (mostly cook)books in the hopes of doing a few giveaways. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and I was able to host at least one giveaway every day of the month. This year, I had a similarly positive response, and I think the giveaway items are possibly even better.

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Before I begin, I'm offering up a recipe I jerry-rigged one summer evening after visiting the farmer's market. I don't have a photo because I was hungry, but I'm sure you can picture it. I made it up on the spot, but you'll find a similar guacamole in Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Appetite for Reduction. I was a tester for the cookbook so there may have been some subliminal crossover!

Fava-cado Dip

1 c. cooked fresh fava beans
1 large ripe avocado
Juice of one lime, about 2 ½ tablespoons
½ t salt
1/8 – ¼ c cilantro

Throw everything in the food processor and turn it on. Whirr until creamy. Add water a tablespoon at a time if ingredients aren't mixing nicely. Serve with baguette or other bread, or maybe with carrots. Cherry tomatoes are good with this also.

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To the giveaway! Once again this year, I have the pleasure of having the first giveaway of the month from Rishi Tea, multi-year award-winning manufacturers of my very favorite teas. I remain especially partial to their tangerine ginger blend, but last year cinnamon plum snuck into my heart as well. Rishi would like to provide one of you with a selection of loose leaf teas and a beautiful teapot. They haven't decided which one just yet, but last year it was the Tsuki, pictured below.

To enter, please leave a comment below. Tell me about your favorite tea, a favorite t-shirt, or anything at all! This giveaway is open to US residents only, but others throughout the month will be open to everyone everywhere. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and posted tomorrow below tomorrow's giveaway. If you win a giveaway on this blog at some point this month, please be kind and don't enter further giveaways--I'd love as many people to win something as possible!

33 comments:

  1. Happy VeganMoFo to you! I love hibiscus tea. I make it by using dried leaves that I let steep for several minutes. I sweeten it with a little stevia.

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  2. My favorite tea at the moment is Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Tea. Happy VeganMoFo(:

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  3. My favorite tea is Numi brand, Smokey Tarry flavor. It wraps me up with warm memories of camping, and of the time I spent in Pennsylvania, as this is when I discovered the tea:) Happy MoFo and I think it's so awesome that you are doing this again and that so many companies are into getting the word out about their products in this way!

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  4. How exciting! My favorite tea of all time is probably Tao of Tea's Topaz Pu-er, but because I've been trying to limit my caffeine intake lately I usually stick to green and white teas these days. I love how beautiful whole leaf tea looks when it's brewing - I really feel like it enhances my tea-drinking experience.

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  5. Happy MoFo! I recently did a 3 week cleanse (no coffee!) and got back in good with my assorted tea collection! I am loving Tazo's apple, Yogi's green tea kombucha, and Celestial Seasonings' Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Yay! MoFo! It's a toss up for me--either Good Earth Original tea or Guayaki Maté. Thanks for doing MoFo giveaways this year :-)

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  7. I'm just posting to say that I'm looking forward to your MoFoing, it's awesome that you're doing so many giveaway's again!

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  8. I'm just commenting not enterting the comp - I love your blog, Celyn! And I'ver never tried adding beans to guac but now I will give it a go!

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  9. I love Earl Grey with soymilk. Simple but always delicious!

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  10. Rishi tea has this awesome peppermint rooibus (spelling?) that I've been feeling, lately. delicious!

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  11. My favourite tea is ginger peach. I can't remember who makes it.

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  12. my favorite t is mr. t! <3

    i do like honeybush and chamomile too, but i like mr. better.

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  13. I have many favorite teas but I particularly like loose leaf fruity blends. Green tea with mango is one fav. Hope I win!

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  14. I am a tea fiend! I'm not partial to any particular brand, but my favorite flavors are English breakfast and anything involving ginger.

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  15. My favorite tea is chamomile (although that is actually a tisane but whatever). I enjoy a cup every night before bed and it helps me have such a luxurious sleep. I swear by it!

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  16. Right now, my favorite tea is Organic Apple by Tazo. I've tried to systematically expand my tea collection by trying one (or two) new teas each week when I go grocery shopping!

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  17. I love a mug of green tea with fresh ginger - it's now the perfect time of year to enjoy warm beverages!

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  18. I love tea! I drink a lot of rooibos, and I love spicy chai teas!

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  20. I love Good Earth-Sweet & Spicy - it's delicious and you can get it with or without caffeine. I also love experimenting with my different dried and/or fresh herbs. :)

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  21. I'm all about Yerba Mate. I haven't been able to drink coffee for awhile, but this stuff gives me just enough energy to get through my mornings at work. :)

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  22. I love tea! My family is from Greece so every summer I bring back mountain tea, it's only grown there and it's so good! :)

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  23. Fava-cado Dip! I really like that idea, but really, you had me at fava beans + avocado. yum!

    How awesome of you for doing so many giveaways.

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  24. My favorite is sakura tea (cherry blossom) from Japan. My mother brings it back whenever she visits my grandmother and I eagerly drink it up the whole week, if it even lasts that long!

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  25. My favorite tea is anyt kind of tea with blackstrap molasses and almond milk mixed in -- YUM!
    ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

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  26. Hibiscus tea, leaves seeds and all.

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  27. I love Tazo Passion Tea! It's my absolute favorite. I also make Tazo PAssion Tea Cupcakes, which are delicious.

    Rachael
    http://www.passingdaisies.net

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  28. anything from indian.....nilgiri, assam, darjeeling

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  29. I'm a fan of CS Blueberry tea. I drink it iced with a little cranberry juice. I also like iced chai. I love that you are giving stuff away every day, but that doesn't surprise me at all because you are a very generous and loving person. xo Jewy

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  30. Lovely giveaway! I really enjoy a Teavana blend of rooibos and jasmine...

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  31. I love any type of green tea and my t-shirt with a drawing of a pig on it that says "Neither one of us is a piece of meat."

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  32. Yum!! Fava beans are one of those things that I forget how much I like.

    I love the name of the blog, by the way. :-)

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