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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Very Belated Vegan MoFo Survey

What is Vegan MoFo you ask? It was originally created on the Post Punk Kitchen in honor of National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write as much as you can about food (especially vegan food) in the month of November. Being that I didn't start this blog until after November 2010, I didn't get to participate last year. But I recently found this neat Vegan MoFo 2010 survey on a vegan blog, and I love taking surveys, so here are my responses:
What is one food you thought you’d miss when you went vegan, but don’t?

What is a food or dish you wouldn’t touch as a child, but enjoy now?
I was a ridiculously picky eater, so I probably wouldn't have eaten nearly 75% of the things I eat now

What vegan dish or food you feel like you “should” like, but don’t?
Tofu! It's too mushy and moist for me

What beverage do you consume the most of on any given day?
Lots of water and 2-3 cups of tea

What dish are you “famous” for making or bringing to gatherings?
I don't really have a famous dish, but I won an "honorable mention" for my Paradise Casserole at a Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Event

Do you have any self-imposed food rules (like no food touching on the plate or no nuts in sweets)?
I have a lot of rules involving foods with certain preservatives/additives (I absolutely won't touch anything with high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils)

What’s one food or dish you tend to eat too much of when you have it in your home?
Peanut butter - I've been known to finish off an entire jar in less than a week

What ingredient or food do you prefer to make yourself despite it being widely available prepackaged?
Hummus - it's hard to find organic hummus, and I don't like the preservatives added to most packaged versions

What ingredient or food is worth spending the extra money to get “the good stuff”?
Organic food is worth every penny in terms of health and nutrition in my opinion; also spices - I used to buy 99 cent spices on occasion and they can definitely ruin a dish

Are you much of a snacker? What are your favorite snacks?
I eat about once every 3 hours, so I definitely snack. I usually eat healthy things like fruit and nuts, and I rarely eat junk food or desserts.

What are your favorite vegan pizza toppings?
tomato sauce, cashew tofu ricotta, grilled eggplant, grilled portobello, broccoli rabe

What is your favorite vegetable? Fruit?
vegetable - kale, sweet potato, Sungold tomatoes
fruit - apple, mango, persimmon 

What is the best salad dressing?
I'm not a huge salad fan, and I have yet to come across a favorite dressing. I usually just mix some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, black pepper, and oregano

What is your favorite thing to put on toasted bread?
nut butter, hemp seeds, raspberry jam, and raisins

What kind of soup do you most often turn to on a chilly day or when you aren’t feeling your best?
curried split pea soup with a side of basmati rice

What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Frosting flavor?
carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

What is your favorite kind of cookie?
gingerbread cookies or peanut butter cookies

What is your most-loved “weeknight meal”?
tempeh and black bean "sausage" patties with tahini drizzle, roasted herbed carrots, kale chips

What is one dish or food you enjoy, but can’t get anyone else in your household to eat?
each person in my family has such different tastes - my mom will try most things I make (but won't eat anything with cilantro), my Dad will only eat anything with Mediterranean ingredients (he wouldn't dare touch anything Asian), and my sister is your typical meat and potatoes girl (and won't eat anything with whole tomatoes in it)

How long, in total, do you spend in the kitchen on an average day?
I cook a full meal 3-4 times a week and make enough so that I will have leftovers for a few days; each time I cook I spend close to 2 hours in the kitchen 


  1. Suggestion on tofu - buy "extra firm" and try drying it out REALLY well first. This involves using a million paper towels. Press it until no more liquid comes out. And then you can try sauteing it, it will still be a little bit soft, but more firm than before. Another preperation we recently discovered was on VegWeb's General Tsao's Tofu - you coat the dried tofu in corn starch and then fry it. It gave it a very crispy coating with a sort of soft/spongy center.

  2. I always buy extra-firm tofu, but I haven't tried pressing it yet. I want to make the VegWeb recipes too, since it's one of the top rated on the site! When cooked the right way I enjoy tofu, but I generally avoid choosing tofu recipes because my boyfriend isn't a fan (but he lovess tempeh!)

  3. Loved the questionnaire! To be honest I am not a big fan of tofu and do miss cheese but I've got to agree the gingerbread cookies is the best possible kind of cookies in the whole world!

  4. Laura, the Irish Soda Bread looks scrumpcious, and this blog is so creative! (I'm your mom's friend Diane's daughter from the library :)) Can't wait to make my first "vegan" cake this weekend with Organic Powdered Sugar (thanks soo soo much for it!) :)

  5. Thanks! Good luck with your first vegan cake! I'm using the organic powdered sugar this weekend also to make carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing for I should be posting pics of those soon! My mom told me that you were just getting into veganism, so if you ever have any questions or just want to talk about food let me know! (Just ask my mom and she can give you my email/number).