Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Vegan MoFo Survey

I've seen this now on quite a few blogs, so I thought I would join in on the fun. Plus, daily posts are starting to get a little tough. But I'm excited for my new food experiment tomorrow night, hopefully it will be successful and I won't have to replace question number 4 with a new story.... at least it should make for a good post :-)

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
Normally I drink Soy Dream Enriched Original, but I think I may now be addicted to chocolate hemp milk. Luckily I have to order this online...

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
So tough with so many new cookbooks out! Seitan in Mole Sauce (V-con), Chocolate Pumpkin Pie (ED&BV), and Edamame Burgers (Cozy Inside), and something with carob

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
Don't really like popcorn... gets stuck in my teeth. But if forced, covered with caramel and with nuts and chocolate.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
Hmmm, that would have to be my attempt at Vegan Fried Chicken from a recipe on vegweb. So many folks gave it great reviews, but it turned out awful for me. Made us stay away from TVP for quite some time.

5. Favorite pickled item?
Not really a fan of anything pickled....

6. How do you organize your recipes?
Cookbooks are on a few shelves in the kitchen. Anything non-vegan has been banned to the upper shelves :-) Recipes from the web I usually print out and stick in a folder organized by recipe type, but it's getting a little out of control at the moment.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Trash and garbage disposal, though I've been reading up on composting and would love to try that. Not sure what we'd so with the soil...

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)?
quinoa, mango, chocolate pudding

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
I have lots of food memories, but probably the fondest is our traditional Christmas morning breakfast; almond puff. I'm determined to veganize it this year!

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
So Delicious Chocolate Almond Brownie, but if I lived in San Fran it would be Maggie Mudd's without a doubt...

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
My food processor! And my wok.

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Cilantro, it brightens up any meal :-)

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I think my mom or sis got me this while I was in college and they were worried I would never cook for myself.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
Any kind of dessert (always questions about egg and dairy replacements) and roasted veggies (because way too many people boil the heck out of them....leaving little flavor and nutrients)

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Lately, tempeh.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
Breakfast, served any time of day (like in my last post!)

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
Lots. A wooden cutting board, salad bowl, cake tupperware, three boxes of cereal, and countless old soy yogurt containers filled with various toasted nuts.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
wedding cake (coming up on our 2 month anniversary, we're gonna eat some!), ground flax, my mom's homemade bread (veganized!)

20. What's on your grocery list?
Oh this is helpful! I'm going after work today. Peanut butter, greens, red pepper, jalapeno, tofu, tempeh, wild mushrooms, whole wheat tortillas, tofutti cream cheese, sweet potatoes, and black seedless grapes

21. Favorite grocery store?
I shop at Whole Foods majority of the time. Wish I had a Food Fight around the corner though.

22. Name a recipe you'd love to veganize, but haven't yet.
One of my favorite late childhood desserts. It has angle food cake torn in pieces and a chocolate mousse like filling holding it together with lots of pecans sprinkled on top. The tough part is the angel food cake....any suggestions?

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa's because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
This is way too hard to choose. I discover new blogs I love everyday!

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
Crispy Cat... both the roasted peanut and almond variety

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
Although I see it as a necessity, organic pure vanilla extract. Pricey! As far as most extravangant that's not necessary, hemp seed nut butter.

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with?
Phyllo dough. Going to try and overcome this on tomorrow. I did fine with rice paper and sushi making so I'm feeling okay about it...


Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

What a fun list to read! I look forward to your veganized almond puffs!! :)

Celine said...

mmmmm, chocolate hemp milk: there's nothing better than that. now if they could just lower the price a little, well...I guess it would be even better than that? ;p

the little one said...

Will have to try chocolate hemp milk! Thanks for the survey answers.

Veganista said...

I'm enjoying this meme that's doing the rounds!

Almond puff??!! I am utterly intrigued!

s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

urban vegan said...

Fun to learn more about you. I'm with you on the vanilla--necessary!

Ashasarala said...

I have got to try this hemp milk everyone's been raving about!

I am looking into composting as well. My friend, Elly, gave me this link: The New York Composting Project

It teaches simples ways to make a compost in your own home. One of the ways is using a worm bin. Worms are a little creepy, but I've been considering it since they do all the work. You can keep them outside in the warmer weather (easier for you) and under your sink in the chillier weather.

Worms can be cute pets, right? Right?

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I would pick chocolate pudding to bring with me too!!

Enjoy your wedding cake!

VeggieGirl said...

ahh, another awesome survey!! haha, I too am afraid to work with phyllo dough :0)

aTxVegn said...

We share popcorn and pickle dislike and chocolate and cilantro love. I have every confidence in your adeptness with phyllo.

Vegyogini said...

Oooh, I'm totally afraid of phyllo dough, too! I'm not brave enough to attempt it like you are, though. :)

the pleasantly plump vegan said...
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the pleasantly plump vegan said...

i love that yr not a fan of popcorn but if you eat it, you go all the way with it! awesome.
i think if you can make sushi, phyllo will be fun to work with. it is delicate tough. i like phyllo sheets brushed with Earth Balance, bunched up in muffins tins, baked and served with ice kream!

textual bulldog said...

i love reading everyone's answers to these. and i was happy to see you say you liked crispy cats. i've been dying to try the roasted peanut kind!

Vivacious Vegan said...

These are too much fun! I can't wait to try your veganized version of the almond puff!

bazu said...

yay, it was fun reading your survey! It's so interesting reading that lot of people want to veganize angel food cake. Someone should get on that, stat! I also am devoted to a really expensive but utterly necessary vanilla... I might even post about it for VeganMoFo!

s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this