Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Halloween Stuffed Peppers!

VeganMoFo has taken over the world! So many posts, so little time! It's been so much fun reading about everyone's stories and anecdotes, collecting awesome recipes, and even learning about intriguing German foods that I'd never heard of before (thank you Mihl!)

Today I made more phonies - pumpkin phonies. See, tomorrow is grocery shopping day, which means today the refrigerator looks quite empty and sad. We were going to have an Improper Cottage Pie for dinner but then I wouldn't have had anything to post for Halloweegan. So I was trying to figure out what to do, when I saw the lonely bell peppers looking at me from the veggie drawer. They just wanted to make themselves useful, so I picked them up and we had bell peppers stuffed with the (already prepared) improper cottage pie mince and croutons. I carved their faces like jack-o'-lanterns before I stuffed them and baked them at 400 degrees C for about 30 minutes.

I love'em! You can make your favorite stuffed pepper recipe and all you have to do to make them Halloweegan-friendly is carve them like a pumpkin before you stuff them. Of course the orange ones are the most "Halloween-y" but multicolor peppers are fun too!

Moving on, here's a cool survey from Food Snobbery is my Hobbery. Surveys freak me out because they usually make me look like a weirdo, but this one was fun so here it is!

1. Name a song that involves food in some way.
Does Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band count?
2. What criteria do you use when choosing a new cookbook to buy?
I always look up reviews online before buying.
3. What did you eat today?
Dinner was Halloweegan Stuffed Peppers and dessert was Happy Halloweegan Pumpkins.
4. Name a vegan food that you know exists but you have never tried.
5. The Food Network just called and needs you to start your new show tomorrow. What will the title of the show be?
The title is: "Please don't mind the host hiding behind the counter because she's too shy to show her face."
6. Favorite hot sauce or other spicy condiment?
Spicy = heartburn = :(
7. How old were you when you became vegetarian/vegan?
24. Vegan. Cold tofurky.
8. Favorite vegan cheeze?
Follow Your Heart.
9. Cutest baby animal?
I just can't answer this! How can I choose?!
10. Favorite type of jam/jelly/marmalade/preserves?
11. Do you take any vitamins/supplements?
I take a multi every other day.
12. What food/dish most embodies the Fall season?
Anything pumpkiny.
13. What food would you have a hard time living without?
Bread! And chocolate.
14. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Coffee. Decaff.
15. It's 10PM and you're starving. What do you eat?
Must control myself! Must not eat after 8 pm or the evil nightmares will haunt me all night!
16. If you have an animal companion, what is his/her favorite food?
George! He's a Beta fish that used to be my mother in law's buddy. All he wants to eat is fish pellets.
17. Worst injury you've gotten in the kitchen?
I've grated my fingers several times whilst shredding things. Not any more though, graters are banned from my kitchen. Those things are the work of the devil!
18. When you have a food-related question, who do you call?
My fellow super bloggers!
19. Summer is ending- What food will you miss most?
Fresh strawberries.
20. What snacks do you keep in your purse/backpack/desk at work?
Luna bars and nuts.
21. Favorite soup to make on a rainy day?
Chicken-less noodle!
22. What's your favorite combination of fresh vegetable and/or fruit juices?
Strawberry-banana is always a winner.
23. Favorite brand of root beer?
24. Make up your own question!
What's your favorite kitchen utensil?
Tongs! They are so handy! I feel like "Edward Tong-Hands."


  1. another cute halloweegan post! I love the idea for the peppers, you are so creative!

  2. I'm just gonna go ahead and say it: you are my new favorite person! These posts are seriously AMAZING!

  3. Yup, I second the Halloeen Queen title.

    And I'll definitely be making those peppers!

  4. Oh my, these are so adorable! I am definitely making jack'o lantern stuffed peppers this month.

  5. MORE AMAZINGLY CUTE FOOD!!! I can't take it!!! Haha ;0)

    Fun survey!!

  6. Oh my gosh, so cute!!! I need some of those around my house!

  7. may i third the halloween queen nomination? :) AMAZINGLY cute!

  8. River, I love that pepper! You make it sound very simple, but it really looks festive.
    And I thought that I was crazy for Halloween!

  9. Hi River,

    Your stuffed pepper is very cute. I wish I was having dinner at your house!

    This is an idea that I will definitely try. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  10. Those peppers are the cutest thing ever!
    Thanks for taking the survey- I definitely think Sgt. Pepper counts!

  11. I just found your site, and my mind is being blown by all of these awesome halloween posts - can't wait to check things out! The jack-o-lantern pepper is adorable.

  12. will my marriage proposal still count after you receive a thousand of them each day? remember, I was here first. ;p

  13. Damn River - you're so creative! I am just loving all your wonderful ideas! And of course everything sounds delicious, too.
    Love they survey - it's so fun to read about everyone.

  14. wow again, you are so creative. You should seriously think about putting together a little e-cookbook for vegan Hallowe'en ideas with all your cool photos & recipes in it, I'd buy it :)

  15. You are so sweet!

    These peppers are definitely on my list.

  16. I really need to do some haloweegan posting. You are so darn creative! I have one lonely orange bell pepper from my garden left. He is just about ready to be plucked. Maybe he will be a cousin to yours. :o)

  17. I showed my mom this post and she is all about making those peppers! THANKS~ and yes you are definitely by far the "Halloween Queen!" ;)

  18. Oh my goodness! I love love love reading your posts. You never EVER disappoint me. Always something wonderful, cute, creative and scrumptious looking. You rock River.

  19. i would have a hard time living with out bread, too! mmmmmmmmmm - bread! your stuffed peppers are the most adorable ever! wow, River!

  20. Cutest peppers ever! I've really been thinking about stuffed peppers lately, now you've just got me thinking about them more!

    Tongs are fun!

  21. The peppers are such a cute idea!

  22. You are killing me with the cuteness!!! I would never have thought to carve pumpkin faces in peppers. But I think I just may do that for a Halloween meal later this month! I can't get over how precious that is...too cute to eat really.

  23. I love the expression on the face of the pepper. (Did I really write that sentence?!)

  24. this is my favorite halloween food of yours so far! do you have the recipe!?

    also, cute survey. those are always fun to read :)

  25. could those little pepper pumpkin wonderfulness get any better...i think not...
    and edward tong kills me...i would like to see johnny depp whip out that role...coming to theatres near you :)

  26. That is such a great idea! So cute! You really should consider a cookbook!!

  27. Woah! Everything in your blog is AMAZING. I can't handle it. These are the best posts EVAR.

  28. who would ever have thought stuffed peppers could be cute. The stuffing layer looks like a headband. these are so cool.

  29. these are so creative yet simple to make, think i will stuff mine with some home-made mushroom fried rice. is it okay if i link here on my own blog (so I can share the halloweegan love)? x

  30. Of course! Go for it! And you can't beat mushroom fried rice. Will you share some with me? I cannot cook rice to save my life! It's the truth! :D

  31. WOW again, you are so creative. You should seriously think about putting together a little e-cookbook for vegan Hallowe'en ideas with all your cool photos & recipes in it, I'd buy it :)