Vegan Mofo: The Vegan Survey
Ok, so this is sort of cheating since, technically this survey was going around last year, and it is also a thread on the PPK, but weekdays are hard. Last night I had 3 buffalo chik nuggets, a handful of baked chips, and fell asleep. Hey, at least I’m posting. I really need to catch up, though, this is Day 8 of Vegan Mofo and I’m falling behind.
- Favorite non-dairy milk?
I like different types for different reasons. Rice milk is great on cereal, and I like cooking with unsweetened almond milk, but I love soy milk in my beverages and I love flavored Silk. I used to hate cow’s milk with a passion. I would make cocoa packets with just water, and I wouldn’t even drink chocolate milk. I am in love with soy milk, though. I started drinking it in my pregan days,
- What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
Now that fall is upon us in the DC area, I want to make some lentil, sweet potato, and chard soup. It’s nice and filling on cooler nights. It’s also time for freshly baked bread and cookies. Right now, though, all I can come up with are recipes for sweet rolls.
- Topping of choice for popcorn?
I like sugar and salt with EB or just salt. Boooring, I know.
- Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
I sent a cloud of greasy smoke down the hallway of an apartment building in college. Do not add frozen fries to oil you have left on high for 15 minutes. Also, my roommate had an asthma attack and several doors were coated in sticky grease. They probably still are.
- Favorite pickled item?
Do green olives count. or are they technically in brine? I guess pickles, then. Crunchy, garlicky, pickles.
- How do you organize your recipes?
Ha. Haha. Hahahahahahahahahaha. That’s hilarious!
- Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
When we are back in our own house again, we will compost, but for now it’s garbage or the disposal with recycling of all things well, recyclable.
- If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)?
sourdough rosemary bread
oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, with raisins
- Fondest food memory from your childhood?
The first time I made bread, forcing my parents to eat food I added food coloring too, such as brown cake that wasn’t chocolate, green pancakes, and some sort of green/marble swirled cookies. Also, helping my mom out in the kitchen was always fun. She must have had a lot of patience because I was quite inquisitive…and bossy once I wanted the kitchen to myself.
- Favorite vegan ice cream?
This isn’t a fair question! I’m partial to blood orange sorbet, though I suppose that isn’t an ice cream. Mint chocolate chip if I had
- Most loved kitchen appliance?
My red Kitchenaid mixer.
- Spice/herb you would die without?
Garlic, or cilantro if that doesn’t technically count. Then I could have both.
- Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
Meta Given’s Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking, Volumes I and II. The cookbooks were my mom’s and they are literally falling apart. Although, any cookbook that has a recipe for fricasseed muskrat is not “modern.” In all seriousness, though, I did learn a lot of really useful cooking techniques, and it helped develop my love for cooking.
- Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Apricot or homemade strawberry. Just not grape.
- Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
VWAV Spanakopita, or cupcakes. People cannot resist cupcakes.
- Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Again, it depends on the recipe or occassion. I like the ease and versatility of tofu, tempeh is great in wings or as bacon, and seitan is lovely in lots of different recipes. I’m just too lazy to make seitan most of the time, and the packaged stuff doesn’t do it for me.
- Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
Probably brunch. I love being able to have sweet and savory all on one plate. It’s like being able to eat dessert and lunch at the same time. People frown upon that at dinner.
- What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
Chips, a couple of sweet potatoes, probably an empty beer can or two.
- Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Spring roll wrappers, frozen banana chunks, carrot cake rice dream
- What’s on your grocery list?
Always orange juice and fresh produce, lately the revolving iten is soy yogurt
- Favorite grocery store?
It would have to be a tie between Roots Market for variety and Trader Joe’s for price
- Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.
My mom’s bread pudding. I know there are vegan bread pudding recipes out there, but this stuff is special. It’s kind of like french toast, but more firm, with raisins, cinnamon, and crushed pineapple. One day I will make it!
- Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
I can’t pick! I visit lots of blogs, but I am pretty faithful to Have Cake Will Travel, Orangette, and 101 cookbooks for a while. My Google reader is full of great sites that I read as often as I can, though!
- Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
I was never a fan of milk chocolate, but I do love the Ricemilk Truffle Bars. Something about the bitter and creamy combo is just delicious! I’m sort of off and on with candy. Sometimes I’ll go for Sour Patch Kids or some random fruity vegan gummy.
- Most extravagant food item purchased lately.
Sun-dried Tomatoes and kombucha, which I really need to learn to make! Kombucha is so addictive, and so expensive! GT’s Divine Grape Synergy is my absolute favorite.