Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Vegan Mofo: Survey Says!
I just sang a song to the Man of Science. It went something like this, "I'm tiiiiiiiired of blogging every daaaaaaaay..." It's going to be a number one hit, I just know it.
Anyway, to address my blog fatigue, I've decided to answer this year's ubiquitous Mofo survey. Read on, friends! More actual food and recipes soon!
What is one food you thought you’d miss when you went vegan, but don’t?
Milk. Not to drink a glass of it or anything, but I didn't think I could find a good replacement for it in my tea.
What is a food or dish you wouldn’t touch as a child, but enjoy now?
My tastes haven't actually changed a whole lot as far as foods I didn't like but now do. I certainly eat a lot of things I never tried as a kid. But I remember not liking brussels sprouts, and I'm mostly okay with them now.
What vegan dish or food you feel like you “should” like, but don’t?
Fake cheese. I eat it every once in a while, but I'm not as excited about as other people.
What beverage do you consume the most of on any given day?
Tea. Earl Grey in the morning, green tea in the afternoon, and chamomile in the evening.
What dish are you “famous” for making or bringing to gatherings?
I don't think there's one thing in particular, but I am known for bringing food everywhere, especially desserts.
Do you have any self-imposed food rules (like no food touching on the plate or no nuts in sweets)?
I don't like to eat stuff that's blatantly out of season, like asparagus in the winter or strawberries in the fall. I also never eat bananas raw, ever. They make me want to gag. Also, never ever ever put any citrus rind of any kind in my food or I will puke all over you.
What’s one food or dish you tend to eat too much of when you have it in your home?
Any potato product, but especially chips. I love them. Sweets and chocolate, too. I had a big bag of Skittles in here a while ago and that was a mega-problem.
What ingredient or food do you prefer to make yourself despite it being widely available prepackaged?
Bread. I don't always do it, but I always want to. Granola for sure. Also soup stock, though I've been lazily buying it lately, just because it's easier to store tiny cubes of it than large quarts of it.
What ingredient or food is worth spending the extra money to get “the good stuff”?
Real vanilla beans. Local and/or organic vegetables.
Are you much of a snacker? What are your favorite snacks?
I am a champion snacker. I like celery or apple spread with peanut butter, cereal, the aforementioned chips, nuts, fruit, and toast. But not all a once.
What are your favorite vegan pizza toppings?
Mushrooms and olives.
What is your favorite vegetable? Fruit?
I like broccoli, chard, beets, celery, and garlic. Also Fuji apples, tangerines, and peaches.
What is the best salad dressing?
Tahini lemon anything.
What is your favorite thing to put on toasted bread?
Smushed avocado with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
What kind of soup do you most often turn to on a chilly day or when you aren’t feeling your best?
Either an Asian noodle soup or a pureed squash and ginger soup.
What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Frosting flavor?
I really like the pumpkin and cinnamon cupcakes from Auntie Loo's Treats here in Ottawa. But those are seasonal and a good chocolate peanut butter cupcake is a friend all year round.
What is your favorite kind of cookie?
Ginger molasses, no contest.
What is your most-loved “weeknight meal”?
Soup and sandwiches. Quick to make, there's always leftovers, and there are so many different ways to do it.
What is one dish or food you enjoy, but can’t get anyone else in your household to eat?
The Man of Science will pretty much eat anything, but he's not too hot on sweets, so I have to take those to my office to share when I get in a baking mood.
How long, in total, do you spend in the kitchen on an average day?
Usually half an hour in the morning and anywhere between 1-3 hours in the evening. On weekends if I'm baking or having people over to eat I can sometimes be in there all day. Not that I mind.