It's been a fun four weeks showcasing the delights of Planet VegMel! We've recreated and/or remixed 9 recipes from as many bloggers and plenty other VegMellers have joined the fun too. (See Steph's first round-up here and stay tuned for another.) We got a kick out of seeing a few of our recipes rerun - Johanna made baked beans, Steph tried lemon pepper cashews, and K churned up a batch of salted caramel icecream.
Celebrations culminated in a VegMel picnic last Sunday, where the sun shone down on Edinburgh Gardens and a few of us narrowly escaped our first sunburn of the season. Steph had spent Saturday making badges and zines for all! Amazing. You can download the Happy Birthday VegMel zine here (PDF), which unfortunately but doesn't come with the hard copy's coloured party hat for the tofu coverguy and matching coloured stitching on the spine. There was far too much food had by all - savoury muffins and bread, eggplant salad, Michael's enchiladas, mock crab cakes (inspired by us!), mini tofu quiches, apricot delights, peanut butter balls, cake pops, chocolate caramel slice, my cookie sandwiches and many other delicious dishes soon-to-be or sadly-never-to-be blogged.
Melbourne's online veg community is pretty special! And all the better for having spilled over into face-to-face food sharing and friendship.