Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vegan Mofo Survey 2010

If there's one thing I enjoy doing, it is talking about myself. As a result of this, today's post is a mini-survey that originated from the PPK forums. So, without further distraction:

1) What's your favorite spice or spice blend? Pink salt! I use it almost every day.

2) 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? Mostly produce (especially grapes, bananas and kale!) as well as cereal and coconut milk and some tofu. I am a simple lady. Also, either tots or potatoes, onions and garlic.

3) What's your favorite way to make tofu? Freeze, thaw, marinate and bake! I love the texture that the freezing process gives tofu.
Puddleglum: Picture kind of related

4) What's your favorite vegan guilty pleasure? Skittles. Not only do they have some great commercials but they are really, really tasty.

5) If you could make anyone vegan, who would it be? Justin Bieber. Think of all the Bieber Fever related veganism!

6)If you could only read one other vegan blog, what would it be? Joanna's blog- she does a great job of blending food and life while keeping it interesting

7) Were you always interested in cooking, or did veganism change the way you saw and interacted with food? Oh my goodness. My ability to cook pre-veganism was limited to peeling back the plastic wrapper of Healthy Choice's Fettuccine Alfredo and then throwing it in the microwave. Being vegan forced me to learn how to cook so that I wasn't spending all of my money on tofurky slices, and learning how to cook is one of the best things that's ever happened to me.

8) Excluding analogues, what new things have you tried that you probably wouldn't have as an omni? I have to say it's a toss-up between nutritional yeast and quinoa.

9) What is the one vegan staple that everyone seems to love, but you can't get behind? You know what? I can't think of any vegan staples I can't get behind. Apparently I'm far too loving.

10) What was your first "wow, I'm such a stereotypical vegan" moment? There's an unopened carton of almond milk by my bed, I just came from buying potatoes and kombucha at Whole Foods and I'm wearing one of my many Herbivore hoodies. My whole life is a stereotypical vegan moment. Oh, and I'm cuddling with my rescued cat.

11) What was the first recipe you veganized? It was a cookie recipe before I really learned how to sub out eggs and I still thought carob was the only vegan chocolate. It was bad but I'm pretty sure I still ate all of them.

12) What would you like to veganize, but haven't yet? Runzas. The runza is a combination of ground beef, cabbage and onions inside a bun and there needs to be a vegan version.

13) Favorite kitchen utensil/appliance? I really appreciate my food processor because it makes my life so much easier and now I can make pesto and hummus much faster than in a blender. My most used utensil would be my wooden spoons.

14) Most disastrous kitchen failure? It was a soup. I had never made soup before. I didn't use a recipe. I had to throw it all away.

15) First vegan cookbook? Vegan With a Vengeance. It was the best introduction to cooking (and vegan cooking) that I could ever ask for.

16) What question about being vegan do you HATE answering? I don't hate answering it, but I'm very tired of answering the question of where I get my protein. Could you at least ask me about B-12 instead?

17) If you could tell the world one thing about vegans, what would it be? I would like to have our dietary choices respected. I'm not asking that you immediately become vegan upon the uttering of the word, but I would like to not have to worry about chicken stock or butter in my dinner or someone criticizing my meal and then freaking out if I respond because I am "attacking" them. Any diet of any kind is a choice- you choose everything you put in your mouth, be it an all beef patty, a microwaved dinner or a chunk of tofu. Please respect my right to eat what I think is best for myself and I will respect yours. Thanks.

18) Funniest vegetable? Carrot Top. Yes, I went there.


  1. Puddleglum is like a skinny version of my Fizzgig!
    Is Puddleglum a female?

  2. Vegan Runzas are amazing! I sautee shredded cabbage or you can use spinach. I like mushrooms, onions and red pepper, sautee them all. I also like to use the frozen veggie sausage crumbles. Then I will buy frozen wheat dough or you can make your own. roll it out and put everything inside. Add a mozzerella vegan cheese. I usually sprinkle salt, pepper, and oregano inside and then seal it up. Bake until the runza is golden brown. I usually make several at a time and freeze the others. They are great for a quick dinner, just pop it in the oven.

  3. Daily Grub is doing a vegan runza this week for their Friday/Saturday dinner special! Sauteed mushrooms, onions, cabbage and greens. I am so getting one. I am so going to destroy that meal. I was always, and still am, repulsed by regular runza's. There is just something that makes me cringe when I see one.

  4. Jeni- No, Puddleglum is a dudely dude. I had a female cat who looked just like him before though, which is the reason I took him home.

    Haleyscomet- I have to do that. Have to.

    William- I saw! I'm going to be out of town and missing that is pretty much ruining my life.