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Veganmofo: The Inevitable Quiz – swell

Veganmofo: The Inevitable Quiz


I feel like a total slacker for doing this, but… the weather has been cold and dreary and too horrible for any decent food photography.  To avoid missing another day, I’m going with a quiz I’ve seen pop up on a few blogs during MoFo.  Have no fear, the weather isn’t going to be getting any better, and in fact, we have possible SNOW in the forecast!  So I’ll be cooking a lot inside to keep me warm and happy, and hopefully whipping up some apple-centric delights with my orchard and farmer’s market haul.  On to the questions…

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?

Homemade nutmilks are my very favorite because they’re so fresh and tasty!  But since I usually don’t have enough foresight to have a continual supply (and I actually don’t use milks very often anyway), my favorite store-bought brand is Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?

I don’t really know what the parameters are for this, but I’ll tell you that 3 dishes I’ve been wanting to make for a long time and was waiting for fall-like weather to follow through are: a raw Swedish apple crisp with vanilla cream, a portabella wrap, and, I’m totally not kidding about this (because I had some when I was in Scotland and it was super amazing), a soy-free vegan haggis.

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?

To be honest, I’m not a huge popcorn fan (it sticks to my teeth).  But on those rare occasions, a little bit of salt works fine for me.  I’d really love to try nutritional yeast sometime…

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?

I tried “health-ifying” a recipe for these sweet saffron rolls that are made in Sweden around Christmastime by trying some different flours and using coconut oil and other well-intentioned substitutes.  They ended up like dry, crumbly, and brown flavorless bread shapes, instead of moist, soft, and golden yellow rolls of ultimate joy and happiness.  I was very very sad.

5. Favorite pickled item?

Cabbage aka sauerkraut!  Yum yum yum.  Sometimes I eat it out of the jar.

6. How do you organize your recipes?

I have far too many recipes with far too many organizational methods.  Notebooks, scrap paper, MacGourmet, printed out from the internet… Chaos, basically, and I’m trying really hard to bring it all to one place so I stop forgetting to make things I’ve discovered.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?

Trash.  I keep a compost bucket in the freezer, but I don’t have a place to compost it, so I put all my wet food scraps in there since we re-use paper bags as trash bags.

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)?

Man, I hate these kinds of questions, but… individually: kale, dates, and black beans.

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?

Not one in particular comes to mind, but I always remember being in the kitchen with my mom.  Watching her when I was too young to help, and increasingly squirming my way into shaping cinnamon rolls or making stir-fry until I started making dinners on my own.  She never complained about anything, although I’m sure at least a few of the things I made were pretty horrible.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?

Coconut Bliss Vanilla Island… plain or topped with fresh berries.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?

Vita-mix!  I would use that to make every meal if I could (but I like using a fork and knife sometimes).

12. Spice/herb you would die without?

Cardamom.  I don’t use it in everything I make by any means, but the smell of cardamom makes me weak in the knees and brings back a flood of memories of baking with my mom.  I admit to opening my jar of ground cardamom several times a week just to smell it.

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?

I inherited my mom’s 1972 copy of Vår Kok Bok (trans. Our Cookbook).  It’s a hardcover and I’ve retaped the spine and several pages inside on many occasions.  But my first vegan cookbook was Vegan With A Vengeance, and it’s in far better shape so far :)

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?

I go back and forth between apricot (not a crowd-favorite) and strawberry.

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?

Indonesian Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup from Moosewood’s Simple Suppers.  It’s so delicious and customizable with all those fresh herb toppings!

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?

Tempeh.  Again, not a crowd favorite, but I’m weird like that.  Well-prepared tempeh kicks seitan and tofu a$$ anyday in my book.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?

Dinner, because I can usually spend the most time on it when I’m in the mood.

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?

Mixer, cat food, catnip, and a 21-quart tamale steamer.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.

Frozen blueberries, frozen bananas, shredded coconut.

20. What’s on your grocery list?

Greens, frozen fruit, onions, goji berries… Everything else is pretty well stocked!

21. Favorite grocery store?

I work at a natural foods co-op, so that’s my favorite since it’s so convenient, I know where everything is, and I get a discount.  Whole Foods makes things look so pretty, but everytime I get through the checkout I can’t believe how much money I’ve just blown.

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.

As noted above, vegan haggis.  It’s much tastier than you would think.

23. Food blog you read the most.

I use Google Reader, so it generally shows me the way.  I’m always happy to have an extra gander or two at Have Cake, Will Travel, though.  It’s so so pretty and makes me hungry no matter what may or may not be in my belly.

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?

I…don’t…really…like…candy or chocolate?  Umm, but that Terra Nostra rice milk chocolate really reminded me of Marabou milk chocolate, and a square every once in a blue moon is pretty alright by me.

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?

Living Tree Community’s Coconut Mango Persimmon Butter.  It’s not as good as Artisana Amazon Bliss, but it’s damn tasty on bread or apple slices.

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with?

Irish moss (never tried it), silken tofu (it just really creeps me out, I’m sorry), mustard greens (the smell of it blanched at work overwhelms me a bit).

16 Responses to “Veganmofo: The Inevitable Quiz”

  1. Gia says:

    Going through your list, I see we have a lot of food tastes in common! Kale, and dates, and black beans, oh my!

    I’ve been thinking about getting a vita-mix but they’re SOOO Expensive! Even on ebay its hard to track down a bargain.

  2. Nicole says:

    I agree with you and Gia on that one.. kale, dates, and black beans are my ultimate favorite foods too. Mmmmmm. Vitamix is also my favorite kitchen appliance, except I don’t have one yet. I can only imagine the deliciousness I can whip up with it..

  3. Heather says:

    You don’t like chocolate?! Oh my, I… am… speechless! Although I wish I didn’t like chocolate.

    I think if I worked a health food store/co-op I would end up spending my entire paycheck there. I like shopping for food more than anything else.

    • a-k says:

      I like chocolate OK. It’s good with peanut butter, or mellowed out by other things. I just don’t feel overwhelmed by a desire for chocolate ever. I grew up this way, it’s not anything recent :)

  4. Nora says:

    Haha, I’m with Nicole (and I said this in my survey too…) the VitaMix is my hypothetical fav kitchen appliance! yay for tempeh!

  5. Mary says:

    I’ve got that Moosewood cookbook and haven’t made that soup, I’ll have to try it. I have had vegan haggis, in Scotland, and it was delish! I can’t wait for your recipe (esp. if it’s gluten-free)!

    • a-k says:

      The soup is truly amazing! My gf’s sister introduced it to us at xmas one year (she is also a vegan). It wowed everybody.

  6. Zoe Poeschl says:

    I have to ask, and you totally don’t have to answer if you’re uncomfortable with it, but do you work at the Wedge or the Seward? I’m about equally 3 miles from each in different directions and shop at them all the time… and I don’t think this post is a cop-out, I always love reading everyone’s responses!

  7. liz says:

    oh, the jujubes were just a really happy surprise at my favourite greek grocery! So cheap, too, I think those were 50 cents total, I should get more!

    my knees melt for cardamom, too, and I even gave someone a cardamom scone the other day and they said (I quote) “this tastes like mom”. funny, no? I don’t know if his mom was swedish, though! :P

  8. Thanks for the Coconut Bliss mention! We are grateful!

    Vince Da Blisser, from

    Coconut Bliss Mothership/HQ, Eugene, Oregon

  9. Alyssa says:

    That was very cool to read. I don’t want to make you sad, but I really wish that I could have met your mom. She sounds like such an awesome lady.

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