Wednesday, January 2, 2008


I've just been surfing the web, and come across a whole world of vegan bloggers! So, in the spirit of blogging, and vegans, and also because theres nothing on tv, I thought I'd fill out this survey :)

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
Alpro soya is my favourite, but the Tesco's own is cheaper, so I usually have that instead. I've also started getting into my rice dream, although its far from pleasant in tea :(

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
Chocolate and brandy truffle torte, off the back of a Viva Veggie leaflet. Although I'm not sure if I could bring myself to use 4 and a half bars of chocolate AND a pot of glucose syrup in just one dish!
Also, a japanese buckwheat noodle soup with tofu and broccoli
And lastly, some sort of cookies!

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
Usually a tiny bit of salt, but I'm interested to try these yeast flakes on it - sounds intriguing.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
I tried making icecubes with my sister when I was little, with marmite and milk, which you can imagine were pretty nasty, but mum made us use them up in our tea!

5. Favorite pickled item?
Pickled onions, or chilis. I don't tend to eat pickles much though, as I can feel them dissolving my teeth...

6. How do you organize your recipes?
I've got a bunch of loose bits of paper, a few books, a few leaflets, and theres a few on this laptop. So, not very well, is probably the answer.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Trash or the recycling bucket.

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)?
Broccoli, basmatti rice and a bag of mixed nuts/seeds.

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
Making bread buns with sisters on a pull-out table surface - getting to choose the shape of the buns, and then the smell of the baking bread...!

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
I'm not an ice cream person - too cold for my teeth!

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
Knife. Can't do much without one of those, and I've got a nice razor sharp japanese chopper.

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Garam massala. Even the simplest of foods are made tasty with this. It can turn "stewed onions", into "5 minute curry".

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
Rose Elliot's Vegan Feasts. Stayed faithful with this book all through uni. The fruit cake is especially fun, with its strangely effective vinegar to make it raise.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Blueberry spread. Jam is too sweet, and jelly is just wrong.

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
Potato curry, 'cause its the only thing I know I can do well, although I've almost got my chocolate/expresso cake up to a reasonable standard.

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Tofu. Never tried seitan and only tempeh once, but would like to use them more to see what they are capable of.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
6pm. I'm a dinner person.

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
Some empty tupperware.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Frozen peas from the previous tenant. And some of my housemate's random frozen lumps of stuff. Ohhh i saw a stalegmite growing in there earlier. I don't really use the freezer.

20. What's on your grocery list?
Quinoa (inspired after reading ruby red vegan's post and seeing the picture.
Also either some "Good Oil" (hemp oil) or linseed oil, as I hear its pretty healthy.

21. Favorite grocery store?
I'd like to say Gaia, the local health store, but its too expensive for me, so Tesco...

22. Name a recipe you'd love to veganize, but haven't yet.
Ramen. Naruto always eats it and it looks pretty darn good.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa's because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
I've only just discovered the world of food blogging, but so far I've enjoyed (and subscribed to!) these:
Vegetable Japan
Ruby Red Vegan

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
Greens+blacks ginger. The darker the better, but this one with the added ginger mmmmmmm. The Maya version (orange+spices) is a close second, with the regular plain dark as a runner up.

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
I shop for my food on the cheap, so it was probably an aubergine.

26. Worst three vegetables?
Okra! Whoever thought eating a chewy mucusy gross vegetable shaped like a ladies finger was a good idea?!
Bitter melon! I got a can of these from an asian supermaket the other day, and they were probably the vilest things I've ever had the displeasure of ruining my meal with. I later read that the seeds in these things were actually pretty toxic, and known to induce all kinds of badness, which is probably why they tasted so bad...
Grapefruit. Okay, not a vegetable, but there's something about them that isn't quite right.

1 comment:

Ruby Red Vegan said...

It's so fun to read this survey! I get to learn about yummy stuff that I haven't tried :) The Green & Black Ginger chocolate sounds gooood.

Awww, thanks for linking to me in the post - that makes me happy! Definitely try quinoa, you'll fall in love!