Sunday, October 11, 2009

Vegan MoFo survey time!

 It's survey time, kiddos! I usually don't do surveys unless I'm either A) completely bored or B) can't think of anything to write. Tonight, I'm a combination of the two. This one comes from a post over at Vegan Mecca Love!

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
I only really use non-dairy milk for cooking, or on the rare occasions I eat dry cereal, so usually it's plain soy, though lately I've been getting behind almond milk in a big way.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
Beer battered seitan tacos, matzoh ball soup and Moroccan Tagine from Vegan with a Vengeance.

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
I'm boring. Just a little bit of salt does the trick for me. Seasoned salt if I'm feeling sassy.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
Hmm. That would probably be my first waffle. I was so excited, and it turned out so bad.

5. Favorite pickled item?

6. How do you organize your recipes?
What is this 'organize' you speak of?

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
I wish I could say compost, but garbage disposal or trash depending on the food.

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)?
hummus, couscous and lentils

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
So many! I loved cooking with my grandma when I was young. If I wasn't cooking with her, I enjoyed just watching and taking in as much of her food knowledge and technique as I could. I wholeheartedly believe that if it weren't for my time spent in the kitchen with her, I would subsist entirely off jarred marinara sauce and spaghetti.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
I don't typically eat much ice cream. Once a month (if you know what I mean, ladies!), so I don't have a favorite per say. Right now I'm loving Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge by Coconut bliss. I also really like fruity sorbets.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
Total toss up between my rice cooker (which cooks WAY more than just perfect rice) and my food processor.

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Umm, all of them!

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
I have a Better Homes & Gardens cookbook that was my grandmother's from 1949, but it is really only used for kitsch value and to marvel at how far women have come since then. Seriously, there is a section on "How to plan the perfect meal for your man", which talks about how after a long day at work, your husband shouldn't have to worry about waiting for dinner (which MUST contain meat, cos men needz ther proteenz!). :sigh: The cookbook I actually use and have owned the longest would be Vegan with a Vengeance.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Again, not something I use on a regular basis, so no real favorite. My mom did send me a red wine jelly that is pretty awesome, though.

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
My friends generally have a pretty open mind when it comes to food, so they like most everything I serve. The ones I get the most complements on from omnis are: Spaghetti with 'Meat' balls, the potato kale enchiladas from Veganomicon, and my cashew nacho cheeze.

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
I love all three depending on what I'm making!

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
If I'm cooking on the weekend, I like making a slow cooking meal (such as a soup or stew) so I can start it around 1pm and lounge around until dinnertime. Other than that, I enjoy any time I get in the kitchen!

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
An old dog food bowl, and a ceramic owl.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Okra, mixed berries and corn

20. What's on your grocery list?
I grew up in a pretty European household, and we never did the 'traditional' American grocery shopping thing. We typically bought what we needed for the day's meals fresh from the farmer's market (which we lived next to) and that's about it. I still shop this way; I plan my meals for the day and buy only the ingredients I need on that day. I do need to pick up some more red wine and balsamic vinegars, though.

21. Favorite grocery store?
I usually go to Sun Harvest, as it's within walking distance. Central Market if I need an exotic salt or spice.

22. Name a recipe you'd love to veganize, but haven't yet.
I really want to make a vegan cheese ball for the holidays.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa's because I know you check it everyday). 
So many! I am a total vegan food blog nerd! Check my links as they contain the ones I frequent. I love finding new blogs, so suggestions are welcome!!

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
Not a huge sweets person.

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
Lobster mushrooms! $45/lb! I only got a quarter pound, which was plenty, and definitely worth the $$!

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with?
I'll try anything once. If there was a vegan Iron Chef, I'd be down!

27. Favorite food cart?
Counter Culture!

28. Top 3 favorite cuisines!
Mexican, Indian, Ethiopian

1 comment:

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

I really want to do that shop everyday thing. Although, I'm so hectic that I'd probably never eat anything.