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VeganMoFo IV: Survey Time – swell

VeganMoFo IV: Survey Time

Okay, since I spent all day outside the house today, I don’t have any pictures or recipes to share today.  I did, however, assemble a salad with mache, kiwi, apple, avocado and papaya poppyseed dressing at the table within my favorite local coffee shop today and felt very vegan indeed!  Because I have no documentation of this or anything else I ate today, I’m going to answer a smattering of the survey questions that have been floating around this year’s MoFo.

What’s your favorite spice or spice blend? This is hard, because I think there are sweet spices and then there are savory spices (although many can be used either way) and it’s difficult to choose a favorite.  So I’m going to cheat and say coriander for savory dishes and cardamom for sweet ones.

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? As many root veggies, kale/greens, and apples or bananas as I can get for $20!  Root veggies are filling, nutritious, and fairly cheap, I couldn’t go so long without my greens, and fruit helps with my sweets cravings.  Most of my money is spent this way, except I usually spend more than $20 a grocery trip…eep!

What’s your favorite way to make tofu? I’m trying to cut back on tofu to reduce my soy intake, and prefer to use tempeh instead.  But with either one, I love it baked in a marinade of balsamic, tamari, maple, ginger, garlic, and olive or sesame oil best!

Vegan guilty pleasure? Umm…kale?  I have a feeling this is not the kind of answer this question was asking for ;-)

If you could only read one other vegan blog, what would it be? This is way harder than the spice question!  I love so many for so many different reasons.  So I’m gonna cheat even harder and say that for amazingly consistent content and inspiration and several welcome doses of superw00t!s, I’d have to go with Lisa’s or Ricki’s (Canada represent!) or Jessy’s blog.  But you should check my blogroll above for a more complete list of my favorites!

Were you always interested in cooking, or did veganism change the way you saw and interacted with food?  Both!  I have always loved cooking, but becoming vegan meant I had to cook way more often.  It has also shaped my personal relationship with my health because I know better what my body needs and how food is a core component of my happiness and wellbeing.

Excluding analogues, what new things have you tried that you probably wouldn’t have as an omni?  Well, I think a lot of things have been new to me since going vegan, like heirloom vegetables and fruits, and different grains and legumes.  It’s not that I didn’t eat these before, but I have a newfound interest and respect for trying something different that I might not have had when I wasn’t vegan.

What would you like to veganize, but haven’t yet?  These days it’s more about what I’d like to make gluten-free, soy-free, or corn-free…I think I’ve tackled everything I’ve wanted to veganize to a satisfiable extent.

Favorite kitchen utensil/appliance?  A really sharp chef’s knife…I love my Wusthof, but I’m considering a ceramic knife in the near future.

First vegan cookbook?  Something I’ve never used… Vegan Cooking For One.  I got it at a bookshop in Glasgow while studying abroad but it’s just been collecting dust ever since (I seem to remember a lot of overly simple recipes, in the bad way, but to be fair it’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve looked at it other than to move it around in the bookshelf).  So I’ll say Vegan with a Vengeance, which I got as a christmas gift right after going vegan.

What question about being vegan do you HATE answering?  The protein one.  Or anything questioning what I’m possibly going to eat for a big, traditionally meat-centered holiday feast.  I’m getting better at being an advocate for what makes me happy though.

Is there something you wish you could veganize, but can’t/couldn’t?  Because I make the traditional/gluten-free ones at work, eclairs or cream puffs.  There’s just no conceivable way.

Favorite non-dairy milk?  I like homemade nut milks best for drinking or using in smoothies and shakes, but unsweetened hemp milk is my storebought choice for savory goodies.

6 Responses to “VeganMoFo IV: Survey Time”

  1. Mandee says:

    I liked reading your answers, A.K! I think the hardest question is the fave blogger one, I don’t know if I could pick just one! And I would have to pick a savoury & a sweet herb/spice too.

  2. A-K says:

    I almost didn’t even post an answer to that question, Mandee, because I knew this would happen (someone I also love who I didn’t list!). But thanks for reading my survey answers!

  3. veganlisa says:

    A-K, I am so touched that you included my blog in your list. I am so happy that Vegan MoFo has inspired you to post more often – it feels like we’re catching up across the internet.

    I always thought the title, “Vegan Cooking For One” was depressing. Vegan with Vengeance has a much better ring to it (and far superior recipes as well).


  4. Shellyfish says:

    Great answers! You got me thinking, it is probably so much more difficult to de-glutenise than to veganise standards. I agree with Lisa – “Vegan Cooking For One” does sound depressing!

  5. Mo says:

    No way kale counts as a guilty pleasure! Haha.

  6. jessy says:

    ooh boy, you and me both on the protein question (and i’d imagine most vegans, actually. although i get the calcium question almost as much). i think i’d rather insert a pencil into my eye than answer it, so this is what i tell people “where to horses get their protein from?” that shuts them up somethin’ quick. because horses are big, muscley, adorable beasts that are crazy fast and awesome in just about every way – and they don’t eat meat. ah ha ha! i’m a Shun girl and i can’t imagine being without my chef’s knife, but i too have been considering a ceramic knife as well. so awesome! and kale…..glorious, glorious kale. i ate an entire bunch yesterday through the day. kale (and brussel sprouts) make my heart go squeeeeeeeee!

    also awesome – the fantastical superw00ted shout-out. thanks, A-K! i might have to take this survey as well ’cause it’s a really fun one and i’ve enjoyed reading along. thanks!

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