Wednesdays can suck it. Work class class eat class CRASH a.k.a a pitiful amount of time for cooking/blogging in schedule. Thus, a survey was in order. I’ll be honest and admit that I automatically skim any posts without pictures in my reader, so I really hate to let the words take over this one. But words are fun, guys. Read the words!
What’s your favorite spice or spice blend?
I have major lovin’ for nooch, but is that technically a spice? I keep it in my spice cupboard is all I’m sayin’. Worst: I just ran out and now I have to wait a week and a half to get some more and I’m GOING INSANE. If I don’t get nooch soon I may just have to hit up my local apothecary for some cyanide. Jay kay I’ll live.
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?
Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zukes, kale, garlic, basil
What’s your favorite way to make tofu?
I luuuuuurve that little soybean block in almost any way, but all time faves? Probs the VWAV Asian baked tofu. And I haven’t had a noochy scramble in far too long.
Vegan guilty pleasure?
Chocolate and peanut butter, preferably together. I’m also nutso crazy for popcorn, which if I have my way, gets slathered in embarassing amounts of olive oil, nooch, and salt.
If you could make anyone vegan, who would it be?
My future husband, as cheezy as that sounds. I really can’t imagine sharing the rest of my life with someone who doesn’t share one of my biggest passions: vegan food.
If you could only read one other vegan blog, what would it be?
I’m hating all these decisions you’re making me take on! If you had a gun to my head, probably Oh She Glows. Lots of easy recipes, but never boring or overdone. And–the thing that always hooks me–beautiful photography. Maybe someday I’ll be in the mood to empty my bank account for a DSLR.
Were you always interested in cooking, or did veganism change the way you saw and interacted with food?
I would have to say that making the switch to veganism basically transformed me into a fanatical cook from planet Vega. I’ve always loved food, but now I find myself in the kitchen more and more. It’s my go-to activity when I’m bored, procrastinating, or… well… hungry.
Excluding analogues, what new things have you tried that you probably wouldn’t have as an omni?
So many things in the big wide world. Kale, nooch, smoked paprika. Not to mention the ever easy, delicious, and diverse variety of vegan baked goods.
What is the one vegan staple that everyone seems to love, but you can’t get behind?
This is hard because I’m honestly one of the least picky eaters I know. Even when I was pregan, my Opa used to marvel at my love for salad and other “strange” foods for kids.
I’m gonna say casserole, because something about slopping everything together in a mush just doesn’t get me salivating. I tried the VWAV Chickpea Broccoli Casserole and I HATED it. Very odd seeing as those are two of the best foods in the entire universe.
What was your first “wow, I’m such a stereotypical vegan” moment?
When I first began to really crave veggies like the dickens. A outrageously large bowel of chickpeas, steamed veggies, a grain and some sauce is like crack to me. I think the pregan me would have been a little mystified.
First recipe you veganized?
Some strawberry muffins. Banana for egg and muy delicioso, I’d say.
What would you like to veganize, but haven’t yet?
Bleu cheese dressing, but a very specific kind from an Italian restaurant back home. I don’t really miss anything as a vegan, much less cheese, but I do miss that dressing; it’s got a very particular flavor that’s hard to replicate.
Maybe if I’d ask the owners they’d give me the recipe to veganize? They actually know my family and I because we used to go there so much.
Favorite kitchen utensil/appliance?
My air popper (for popcorn, obvs). I’m gonna be buried with that thing, I love it so much.
Most disastrous kitchen failure?
Recently? I blended silken tofu with pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and sugar and it came out disgusting. An overwhelming amount of spice and not enough sweetness. It sat in my fridge for two weeks because I have this thing where I can’t throw away food, especially if I’ve made it. Taught me a lesson: when in doubt, follow the damn recipe.
First vegan cookbook?
That I actually use? Vegan with a Vengeance. But I think I got a PETA cookbook for free a long time ago that’s underneath my bed somewhere. It’s full of “vegan celebrity” recipes that probably aren’t half-bad.
What question about being vegan do you HATE answering?
“But what do you eat?” Obviously food you ignoramus! It’s like omnis have NO IDEA what other food options they are out there and that makes me angry. And also a little sad.
If you could tell the world one thing about vegans, what would it be?
We don’t always want to talk about our veganism. I’m happy to talk with you later if you’re truly interested, but I hate having the same convo with the same clueless omnis every time I meet/eat with someone. It’s tiring.
Carrots that have… ahem… members. I’m not elaborating.
What is a family recipe you have veganized?
I don’t really have any “family recipes.” I learned to cook hashbrowns and a few other simple things from my dad (who used to work as a cook), but nothing fancy schmancy.
Is there something you wish you could veganize, but can’t/couldn’t?
The aforementioned bleu cheese dressing
Are your pets vegan? if so, what do you feed them? tell us about having vegan furbabies!
No, but Leeloo loves strawberries. Will turn up her nose at any dropped carrots though.
Favorite non-dairy milk?
Sweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze disappears like crazy in my house. I put it in my fridge and then POOF! gone.
What’s one “vegan myth” you’d like to squash?
We eat just as well, if not better, than those who dine on animal products. So please put away the pity pony and just accept that being vegan is a cheap, easy, and delicious lifestyle.
And…. I’m getting off the pulpit.