Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vegan Survey/Quiz Thing, Round 2

What is one food you thought you’d miss when you went vegan, but don’t?

Cheese and hot wings.

What is a food or dish you wouldn’t touch as a child, but enjoy now?

I ate pretty much anything and everything when I was a kid, so there isn't really anything I wouldn't touch then but enjoy now. Although before I went vegan I thought tofu was gross. This was even before trying it, and it was more because other people thought it was gross and slimy so I just went with it. Then I had vegan pumpkin pie with tofu. It was the first time I ever actually liked pumpkin pie and had tried tofu. It was heavenly/wonderful/life changing/every other positive complement that you could ever think of.

What vegan dish or food you feel like you “should” like, but don’t?

Collard Greens. Sorry. I really want to like them, and I think it was just the timing that was wrong when I tried them (too early into my veganism, and then on a raw food stint that lasted about a month during which I ate a lot of food I wasn't crazy about and hated vegetables for some reason)

What beverage do you consume the most of on any given day?

Water. <3

What dish are you “famous” for making or bringing to gatherings?

Uh, maybe vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream icing. Actually that's a lie. That's just my favourite. I try to bring something different to every get together, but it's always dessert.

Do you have any self-imposed food rules (like no food touching on the plate or no nuts in sweets)?

Haha, nope. I don't even eat things in order. I just randomly take bites from around my plate, making sure I get to taste everything.

What’s one food or dish you tend to eat too much of when you have it in your home?

Junk food/processed food in general, whether it's ice cream (Coconut Bliss is my favourite), bread, granola bars, granola, cookies (especially Oreos... yum), or whatever other processed foods I may have in my room.

What ingredient or food do you prefer to make yourself despite it being widely available prepackaged?

Everything. It's killing me to not have a full kitchen at my disposal.

What ingredient or food is worth spending the extra money to get “the good stuff”?

Hah, everything, but especially your produce. Organic apples are way better than conventionally grown apples. They're so much better, in fact, that I before I started eating organic I didn't like eating apples.

Are you much of a snacker? What are your favorite snacks?

Oh man, I love snacks. I don't snack as much and have larger meals instead now that I live on res (I realize that this is not a good thing but I don't really have much of a choice) because I never have any snacks in my room, but when I was at home and wanted a snack, I would snack on hummus with veggies and whole wheat pita, or whatever baking I had done recently, or sometimes Clif bars if I knew I was going to work out that day or really didn't have any time, or fruit. Yup. Long list. Whatever.

What are your favorite vegan pizza toppings?

Chickpeas, onions, radicchio, red peppers... uh, I can't think of anything else right now, but lots of veggies.

What is your favorite vegetable?

I love squash, swiss chard and sweet potatoes.

Fruit?

Fuyu persimmons, but they have to be ripe or else...

What is the best salad dressing?

Just a simple balsamic vinaigrette.

What is your favorite thing to put on toasted bread?

Earth Balance Buttery Spread, or peanut butter, or Tofutti Cream Cheese and jam (it tastes like cheesecake to me.)

What kind of soup do you most often turn to on a chilly day or when you aren’t feeling your best?

Homemade soup/stew with lots of vegetables and beans.

What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Frosting flavor?

Anything as long as it's vegan, but I usually don't go for chocolate cupcakes (I <3>

What is your favorite kind of cookie?

Oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip... or oatmeal raisin chocolate chip.

What is your most-loved “weeknight meal”?

Veggie stew with crusty bread and balsamic vinegar and olive oil on the side, or hummus with a whole wheat pita and veggies with a salad or two from Planet Organic. Their vegan potato salad, hail to the kale salad, moroccan cous cous salad, and quinoa salads were divine.

What is one dish or food you enjoy, but can’t get anyone else in your household to eat?

Nothing. My mom will pretty much eat anything that I eat, and my brother and my dad will usually eat anything I make.

How long, in total, do you spend in the kitchen on an average day?

Right now I don't spend any time at all (obviously), which is rather unfortunate, but at home I honestly loved spending the whole day in the kitchen. I should be a vegan chef.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Vegan Survey? Check.

I've seen this survey on so many vegan blogs that I decided I just had to do my own. If you do your own, then let me know and leave a comment!

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?

Silk holiday nog.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
Vegan chili, pumpkin cinnamon rolls and sweet potato gnocchi.

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
Olive oil and pepper. SO GOOD!

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
Raw soup. Ugh,

5. Favorite pickled item?
Pickles! So cucumbers I guess. Or jalapenos!

6. How do you organize your recipes?
By not organizing them. At home I have a pile of recipes in a cupboard, held together with a bulldog clip, and on my computer I have a bunch of websites/blogs/recipes I want to try either on my bookmarks bar or in the bookmarks menu, both of which aren't organized or cleaned out very often.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Compost if I eat at the caf because they actually have a compost bin (eek!), but otherwise just in the garbage. I recycle everything I can, though, and even reuse things that should be disposable.

8. 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)
Quinoa and cranberry stuffed squash, strawberries, and So Delicious Coconut Milk Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
Eating polenta and gnocchi at my nonna's house. They're both vegan (at least when she makes them!), and now she even makes me my own tomato sauce... not that I need sauce because the polenta and gnocchi always taste so good by themselves!

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
Oh my. I really have no clue. Anything by Luna & Larry's, or So Delicious, or Tofutti Cuties. Seriously, with all the vegan ice cream out there, it's hard to choose. Although I think my favourite experience with vegan ice cream would have to be in Italy. I always got sorbetto over gelato (lemon and pear, for anyone who's wondering) but at some places they had soy chocolate gelato! Going back just to try it is a good enough excuse.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
This is like the ice cream question. I can't choose! I love the oven, but I also love the stove, and the barbeque (um, hello, pizza on the barbeque anyone?), and my Kitchenaid standing mixer (perfect for vegan buttercream icing), and the little toaster oven I had at home (so easy to make sweet potato fries or vegan pizza).

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Cinnamon. Or curry.

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
I got a world cookbook when I was in grade three. I loved looking at the pictures of the cool fruits and vegetables. #foodnerd and born to be a vegan cook!

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
A little while ago I got this delicious jam from the farmer's market. It's called plumbleberry and it is to die for!

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream icing from VCTOTW. My friends all think they taste better than "the real thing." Success!

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Tofu, but I think that once I try seitan (probably for Christmas because I begged my mom to let one day this holiday season be completely vegan and am therefore making a seitan roast/loaf... recipes, anyone?) I'll love it.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
Any time! =)

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
Spelt flour, pine nuts, whole grain pasta, multigrain pitas, an organic lemon (they cost the same as the conventional ones at Whole Foods!), a colander, and garlic from the farmer's market a month-and-a-bit ago.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Daiya Cheddar Style Cheese. That's it. The communal freezer is broken (my ice cream always melts!) and my personal freezer is much too small to put anything else in there.

20. What’s on your grocery list?
Chocolate, canned pumpkin, baking soda, baking powder, possibly corn starch, and then the usual, so vegetables, fruit, and maybe a bread or non-dairy milk. I think this week it'll have to be almond milk because I'm baking with a friend who has a soy allergy.

21. Favorite grocery store?
In Vancouver, it's Whole Foods aka Capers. In Calgary, it's either Planet Organic or Amaranth. <3>

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
Rene Roy Soy Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles. I'm not 100% sure if that's the correct brand name but I get it whenever I go to Amaranth. They're heavenly.

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. I swear they're better than normal marshmallows. Once you start, you just can't stop.