Tuesday, November 30, 2010

VeganMoFo: Survey & Compassion Over Killing

I'm not sure where this survey originated because I've seen it on numerous blogs. Since today is the last day of VeganMoFo, I thought I'd give in to the allure of the survey.

What is one food you thought you’d miss when you went vegan, but don’t?
I honestly didn't think I would miss anything! Occasionally, I miss angel food cake, which was the only cake I ever really loved.

What is a food or dish you wouldn’t touch as a child, but enjoy now?
Mustard. Oddly enough, I didn't care for it until I started college. There are a lot of foods that would fall into this category, though; I was a very picky eater when I was younger. (See the next question for proof that I am still a little picky.)

What vegan dish or food do you feel like you “should” like, but don’t?
I won't touch avocado. In LA as a vegan, that is apparently sacrilegious. The rest of my "no thank you list" is onions, scallions, shallots, chives, leeks (i.e. anything that tastes like an onion), fishy-tasting sea vegetables, and raw tomato.

What beverage do you consume the most of on any given day?

What dish are you “famous” for making or bringing to gatherings?
Vegan Cadbury Creme Eggs (also see here).

Do you have any self-imposed food rules (like no food touching on the plate or no nuts in sweets)?
I do, actually! I would rather that different components of the meal not touch on my plate. Also, I tend to eat in preferential order, consuming what I like least on the plate first and leaving my favorite part for last. Oh, and I usually eat at specific times during the day and don't like eating outside of those times.

What’s one food or dish you tend to eat too much of when you have it in your home?
Sweet & Sara Toasted Coconut Marshmallows.

What ingredient or food do you prefer to make yourself despite it being widely available prepackaged?
Any baked goods. I've never tasted a store-bought cookie that's as good as homemade.

What ingredient or food is worth spending the extra money to get “the good stuff”?
Dark chocolate (photo above is of Xan chocolates). Rejuvenative Foods's raw almond butter. Organic veggies and fruits on the dirty dozen list. Rawk-n-Roll kale chips.

Are you much of a snacker? What are your favorite snacks?
I'm so not a snacker! Sometimes I eat a few snack-type things for dinner, though (maybe similar to tapas-style eating?), in which case, see above re: kale chips.

What are your favorite vegan pizza toppings?
Artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, and jalapenos.

What is your favorite vegetable? Fruit?
I seriously love vegetables and fruits, so this is a tough choice. My favorite vegetable is probably kale and my favorite fruit is fresh blueberries.

What is the best salad dressing?
I just like a drizzle of red wine vinegar as salad dressing.

What kind of soup do you most often turn to on a chilly day or when you aren’t feeling your best?
Dreena Burton's Mellow Lentil Sniffle Soup.

What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Frosting flavor?
I might be ex-communicated for this, but I'm not huge on cupcakes. If I had to pick, the Tiramisu cupcakes by Clara's Cakes would win (you can read Clara's blog here)...or maybe her gluten-free vanilla cupcakes with soy-free chocolate icing (in the above photo, Tiramisu is on the right and the GF vanilla with chocolate icing is on the left).

What is your favorite kind of cookie?
My homemade Snickerdoodles.

What is your most-loved “weeknight meal”?
I'm not usually home in time to make dinner on weeknights, but back in the day when I was, my Broccoli-Tofu Stir-Fry and Chili Mac were definite favorites.

What is one dish or food you enjoy, but can’t get anyone else in your household to eat?
This is not an issue in my household.

How long, in total, do you spend in the kitchen on an average day?
On an average day, probably a half hour or so, but on the weekends, when I have time to cook, it can be anywhere from an hour to three hours!

In Compassion Over Killing news, there will be a vegan holiday cooking demo led by Chef Gwendolyn Mathers (aka Miss Kitchen Witch) this Saturday, December 4 from noon until 2 p.m. Registration closes tomorrow, so buy your ticket before you miss your chance. Here's the menu:

Savory Twists
Stuffed Dates

Side Dishes
Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions
Citrus Twisted Cranberry Relish

Main Dish
Pumpkin Risotto with Crunchy Seitan

Cranberry Orange Truffles

The $20 admission fee includes the cooking demo, food samples, and a goody bag containing recipes, COK notecards, coupons, and product samples. Plus, all the proceeds benefit COK!


Allyson said...

The cream eggs!!!

I forgot how much I loved angelfood cake until reading this... surely there's a way to veganize that goodness, yeah? :\

omgoshimvegan said...

Great survey. I have seen it but haven't done it yet so I might have to do it on this last day. The pictures of the food you've posted look wonderful.

JBhumitra said...

i thought i would miss cheese, but have never had a single craving since going vegan. the information about dairy cows was so powerful it eliminated any desires i used to have. excited for the COK demo! thanks for posting!