Vegan MoFo : Day 9 : Vegan Survey
This survey was born over at the PPK. Today was a hectic day at work, and I’m just now getting settled in at 9:30, so now is a good time to post this!
What’s your favorite spice or spice blend?
It’s hard to pick just one, but I’d say Penzeys’ Mural of Flavor is the one I use most often.
You have $20 to spend on fresh groceries and produce for the whole week (with a fairly well stocked pantry of dry goods, legumes, grains, and spices). what do you buy?
Tofu, kale, broccoli, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, garlic, and onions. I can do just about anything with those ingredients – baked tofu, kale in soup, apple slices with homemade bread, bananas in smoothies, etc…
What’s your favorite way to make tofu?
I love the Orange Mojo Tofu from Viva Vegan. It’s so flavorful and simple.
Vegan guilty pleasure?
Sweet and Sara Peanut Butter S’mores and Sweet and Natural sweet potato pie and sweet potato cake slices!
If you could make anyone vegan, who would it be?
My mom. Not just for the animals, but for my own selfish reasons. I worry about her health, and I’d like her to be around as long as possible. I don’t think veganism automatically equals healthy, but I do think it’s a good start.
If you could only read one other vegan blog, what would it be?
This is a hard one! So many vegan bloggers have also become friends! I guess if I could only read one, I’d pick Celine, of Have Cake will Travel. Hers was one of the first I’d check on a daily basis when I really got into vegan baking. She’s creative, an amazing photographer, has a lot of healthy, without being health food recipes, and she’s also just an all-around awesome person.
Were you always interested in cooking, or did veganism change the way you saw and interacted with food?
I was always interested in cooking, but my diet is infinitely more varied than it was before I became vegan. Veganism taught me to interact with food in a different way, and to really appreciate simple, fresh ingredients.
Excluding analogues, what new things have you tried that you probably wouldn’t have as an omni?
There are so many vegetables I would never have tried! I’d try out different restaurants, but the dishes I picked always contained familiar ingredients. If you’d told me back then that I’d be eating quinoa and kale, I would have stared at you like you had two heads before asking what the heck your were talking about. Now I go through about 3 bunches of Kale a week!
What is the one vegan staple that everyone seems to love, but you can’t get behind?
Portabella mushrooms. For a long time, it seemed to be the default vegetarian option at every restaurant, but I just don’t like certain mushrooms. I’d rather eat a bread sandwich.
What was your first “wow, I’m such a stereotypical vegan” moment?
When I was cleaning out my keyboard, and quinoa seeds fell out of it!
First recipe you veganized?
I think I started out with fairly simple substitutions – risotto without cheese, enchiladas with nutritional yeast sauce instead of cheddar, but then I moved on to cookies and muffins. I think the first thing I successfully altered substantially was an apple raisin cake. It started out as banana bread, loaded with non-vegan things!
What would you like to veganize, but haven’t yet?
My mom’s bread pudding was one of my favorite things. My mom would make it every time I saw her when I was in college, or visiting for holidays. I remember it being so decadent and sweet, loaded with cinnamon, raisins, and pineapple. Also, 7-Up cake. It’s a kind of pound cake that uses soda instead of baking powder for leavening. There’s nothing unique about the taste, but my grandmother used to make it, and it holds a special memory for me.
Favorite kitchen utensil/appliance?
Probably my Vitamix. It never leaves the counter because I use it pretty much every single day. I make smoothies, sauces, soups, grind things in it, etc.
Most disastrous kitchen failure?
The worst was probably the crunchy pan of brownies I made for company. It taught me to never make something I haven’t tried out for guests! Also, powdered egg replacer doesn’t work in every recipe!
First vegan cookbook?
How It All Vegan – I bought it at the Borders near the building I worked in, during a fire drill. I remember my boss remarked that I was “getting scarier and scarier.”
What question about being vegan do you HATE answering?
“Does your doctor know you’re vegan?” Yeah, I’m an adult, you’re not my parent, and that is none of your business. Also, they do know, and they’re more than fine with it. Would you like a blood sample, too?
If you could tell the world one thing about vegans, what would it be?
We’re just like everyone else. Most of us are too busy to sit around judging individuals and worrying about what they do or don’t consume. We’re just trying to live our lives and make the world a tiny bit better.
Baby carrots. I mean, we all know they’re just peeled and cut regular carrots.
What is a family recipe you have veganized?
Sweet potato pie! It’s just not Thanksgiving without it!
Weirdest food combination ?
I don’t know…kale chips dipped in hummus? Weird and wonderful!
Is there something you wish you could veganize, but can’t/couldn’t?
There’s nothing I ate as an omni that I miss, or that there isn’t a substitute for. I never liked mayo, but there’s a substitute for that, and I was never a huge meringue or angel food cake fan, so the only thing I really miss is convenience, and even then, it’s infrequent that I can’t find something to eat.
Favorite ways to prepare tofu, seitan, tempeh, any other vegan proteins?
I love tofu baked in its marinade, seitan sliced up for kabobs or stir-fry, barbecued soy curls, and tempeh wings or bacon!
Are your pets vegan? if so, what do you feed them? tell us about having vegan furbabies!
Our cats are not. Our dog is at home–away from home, she sometimes gets nibbles of other dogs’ food, but we don’t sweat it. We feed her Evolution , and I make her a stew with oats, soy curls, green beans, pumpkin, nutritional yeast, and other yummy stuff.
Favorite non-dairy milk?
Unsweetened Almond Breeze is my absolute favorite all-purpose milk.
What’s one “vegan myth” you’d like to squash?
That being vegan is difficult. Now, if you have multiple food sensitivities, and live in a place where your options are scarce, it might be harder for you. There are folks who do it successfully every day, but considering the amount of corn, soy, nuts, wheat, and other allergens in processed food, they’re a particularly creative bunch of vegans.
For most people, though, the hardest part is just making the leap. When you realize how varied a vegan diet can be, and that you don’t have to eat tofu, attend weekly protests, or learn the secret handshake to be vegan, it becomes a lot easier. Also, we have cookies.