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?
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.
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.