10.13.2008

A vegan MoFo quiz

Since I haven't been photographing my food for Vegan MoFo, I thought I would take a quiz. At least this way I am participating.

1. If you have to choose between locally grown or organic, which do you usually choose?
I always start with Elmwood at the farmers' market since they have local organics, but after that I think that I would choose local over organic.

2. Favorite way to prepare potatoes:
I love every potato preparation I have ever met, it really depends on my mood. Right now I am craving pirogies which I haven't made in years. I used to make a triple batch and just freeze the ones we didn't use for a quick meal later. I think that I will be making a batch this week.

3. Do you press your tofu before preparing/cooking it (if you eat soy)?
Yes, but I hate doing this with every fiber of my being.

4. Name your favorite recipe that is a tradition in your family:
There is this weird cream cheese candy thing that I used to make on Valentine's day every year. I remember the recipe was on an old recipe card, but I don't know if it came from my dad's side or my mom's side. I have been meaning to veganize it for quite awhile now. My dad veganizes his famous bourbon balls so that Philip and I can enjoy them at Christmas, that is pretty rockin'.

5. Any food allergies?
Yes, rose!! I also have a few non-vegan allergies, but I don't really have to worry about them.

6. When you want to go to a fancy dinner, where do you go?
I guess I can't choose Amalfi anymore. I guess we go to PF Changs or Banana Leaf though neither are very fancy.

7. When you have a cold, what do you crave?
Soup and tea. Really any hot liquid that will sooth my throat.

8. What kind of water do you drink? (Filtered, spring, tap, etc.)
Any and all, I am not picky. I try to avoid water in individual bottles, but other than that I will just take whatever is available. At home we filter our tap water.

9. Name a flavor of soda you'd love to see:
I would like to see more spritzers.

10. If the recipes you ate as a child were compiled into a cookbook, what would the title be?
How to eat out six days a week.

11. If you were allowed to grow one food that can't grow in your climate, what would it be?
Bananas

12. Favorite type of mushroom?
This is a tough one. I love it when the fancy mushrooms become available in the summer and the fall, but I guess a favorite should be more standard. I am going to go with the crimini/portobello (same mushroom, different stages.)

13. Most frustrating part of your kitchen?
I rearranged the kitchen last week which took care of most of the layout issues so I would have to say that the most frustrating part of my kitchen is the absence of a gas hookup for a stove. I loath the electric stove.

14. Last food you burned?
Pasta on my first attempt here to cook on the electric stove.

15. Usual response to a veg*n's favorite question, "But where do you get your protein?":
Beans, nuts, seeds

16. If you were baking your own birthday cake today, what flavor would it be?
Lemon cake with vegan cream cheese frosting and blueberries

17. Favorite brand of chocolate chips?
I really don't like chocolate and I seem to accumulate chocolate bars which I store in the fridge so when I need chocolate chips I will often just chop 1-2 bars.

18. You have $200 of your tax return reserved for Williams Sonoma- What do you buy?
My first though was a Le Creuset stockpot, but sadly that is nowhere near enough money. I guess that I would get a double-sided two-burner griddle with a panini press.

19. Do you plan your menus in advance? Any tips to share?
I am trying to be better about this, but I don't quite have the hang of it yet.

20. You have 3 minutes before you have to leave the house and you're starving- What do you eat?
Cereal or peanut butter and jelly

21. If Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, and Rachel Ray got into a fight, who would win?
Paula Deen, she is a tough Southerner

22. If you eat oatmeal, what do you add to it before serving?
This really depends on what we have laying around. Soymilk, cinnamon, fruit preserves, dried fruit, nuts, or flax seeds.

23. If you got to travel to one country and learn all the traditional dishes there, where would you go (ignore commitments in your current place of residence)?
It would definitely be India. There is no food that I crave more than Indian. The two runners up would be Ethiopia and Italy.

24. Favorite late night snack?
Popcorn

25. Favorite springtime food?
Asparagus, tastes great and makes my pee smell funny; what more could I ask of a food?

26. Favorite food-related magazine?
Since I left the Library I never read food magazines anymore, but before that it was either VegNews or the VGR Journal.

27. Which do you prefer: shoyu, tamari, conventional soy sauce, or Bragg's Aminos?
I go back and forth between tamari and Bragg's.

28. What vegetable or fruit do you dislike the most?
Green peppers, they taste like soap to me. Somehow I transfered my hatred to Philip who now hates green peppers so much he won't eat things they touch.

29. Name a holiday food you look forward to all year long:
Green bean casserole. My Vegan version is spot-on and I crave it all year long (though I only have it at Thanksgiving because those little fried onions are bad news.)

30. If you could convert anyone to veganism with your magic wand, who would you convert?
W. I don't know why, but it would be fun.

2 comments:

Pirata said...

I'm just getting caught up. I wonder what Our Lady smells like? Growing up Catholic, I found that post particularly amusing. Also, how do you roast your acorn squash? I've cooked spaghetti squash but I'd like to branch out.

robyn said...

It's really easy. I just cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, and bake scooped sides down at 425 for about 25 minutes. Then I turn them over, pierce the insides with a fork and add margarine and brown sugar and bake another 20 minutes.