Wednesday, October 17, 2012

VeganMoFo Day 17: revisiting the past

I was looking over my old posts today and I came across this survey. I did it first back in 2009 for the third VeganMoFo. So I'm doing this survey again to see if any of my answers have changed much over the last three years. My new answers are in red below my old ones

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
Chocolate almond milk is pretty darn tasty.
Chocolate almond milk is still delicious, but my favorite is now the almond milk from Trader Joe's--the original flavored one in the red box in the refrigerated section.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
I was recently lusting over the chicken wings from Vegan Dad, so i'll probably make those at some point this month. Also lasagna and Puerto Rican rice with gandules (pigeon peas)
Pumpkin cookies tonight, loaded sweet potato fries tomorrow, and roasted chickpeas (can't do a month of beans without that!)

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
Salt. NOTHING else, people!
Okay so I used to be popcorn purist. But I recently (very recent, like a month ago) grew to love nutritional yeast. I used to be able to just barely tolerate it. But now I take my popcorn covered in earth balance and nooch

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
Maybe the time I put baking soda instead of baking powder in biscuits. ugh that was so gross.
I think that was the most disappointing because I didn't know anything was wrong until the very end. Most of my other fails have been saved by a generous dose of Sriracha.

5. Favorite pickled item?
Pickles! I don't think I've ever had anything else pickled.
Still pickles, though I have expanded to other pickled items.

6. How do you organize your recipes?
I don't. It's horrible. I keep meaning to put everything on index cards and put them in this recipe box I have, but then I just lose the index cards.
omg it's still terrible. and it's getting worse as I have begun to stray from the safety net of Isa's books and try online recipes.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
I started and then abandoned a compost heap, but I keep saying I'll start it up again!

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)?
Rice, garlic, and tofu.
Hmm I'm going to keep the rice, but dried beans would last longer than tofu and garlic seems like a waste of a food item. I want something to fill me up. Let's see...Rice, lentils, and chocolate (all right, so chocolate won't fill me up, but it's too yummy to leave behind)

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
Eating tuna sandwiches on toasted bread with friends at my house. We used to say "one more bite and I'll go crazy!" with every bite until the last one. Then we'd go crazy. Ah, good times.
 This is the same, still!

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
That chocolate peanut butter one from Soy Delicious
Chocolate-cake batter twist on a wafer cone from Lula's

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
Ooh it's between the food processor and the stand mixer. They are both wonderful.
Yes, these two are still on top. I definitely use the food processor more, but I could probably do without it and just do everything by hand. But there is no substitute for a stand mixer when it comes to a really good fluffy frosting.

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Wait, does garlic count? I guess if it did then, it still does.

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
I don't know if any of the non-vegan books were mine. My first vegan cookbook was How it All Vegan
Same, but I don't really use it that much. I got VWAV just a few months later and I use it waaaaay more.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Mixed berries (specifically the kind they sell at my farmer's market)

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
Tofu and Quinoa salad
It depends who it is and what I have time for. Tofu and Quinoa salad is still a staple, but usually the first taste of my cooking would be cupcakes or cookies.

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
It's been tempeh lately, but usually tofu
Tofu wins for price, convenience, and versatility.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
I'm starting to like to cook brunch more and more lately. I always cook dinner, but having the time to make a big huge brunch is a special treat.

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
Empty jars

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Bagels, Boca chick'n patties, and apple pie
Beans (garbanzo, white, and red), Trader Joe's chicken-less tenders, over-ripe bananas

20. What's on your grocery list?
I actually went shopping recently, so I don't need anything now. I'm running low on rice flour, though.
Agave and flour 

21. Favorite grocery store?
Trader Joe's
Yep, still TJ's

22. Name a recipe you'd love to veganize, but haven't yet.
Ham and cheese on a croissant. I just don't feel like making croissants ever. They're just so labor intensive.
Same. and crescent rolls are not the same.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa's because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
Henry and Zelda!
I still love Henry and Zelda but I have become obsessed with The Kitchn lately.

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
Just plain dark chocolate. But I really want to try the Chick-O-Stick
Plain dark chocolate will always be fantastic, but when I want something really special, Jokerz bars!

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
I bought a wrap from a store near my school. It was like $8, and I was just going home anyway so I could have easily made myself something. But I just had to buy something from them--support the vegan businesses ya know?
I recently put myself on a strict food budget, so I get angry with myself whenever I buy non-essentials and convenience foods. Most recently I bought Lightlife bologna slices, those Trader Joe's chicken-less tenders that are in my freezer, and daiya

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with?
Nutritional yeast because I hate the flavor. So I always have anxiety trying to decide if it can be left out or if it's necessary/not noticeable.
Now I love nooch! but I still have issues with squash. I never used to like squash that much so I just wouldn't cook it for myself, but now I'm part of a CSA and I get it regularly. and I'm sort of freaking out about the three delicata squash sitting in my pantry!

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