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Vegan MoFo: Day 3

And another questionnaire, this one from A Vegan Evolution:

1. What single thing most inspired you to take the leap from being an omnivore/vegetarian to being a vegan?

The environmental impact of factory farming was the key fact that switched me over. But somewhere in there the ethical and ideological aspects ingrained themselves in me and they’re what keeps me veg even more so than the environmental.

2. Are you 100% vegan (food wise at least) or do you sometimes eat non-vegan food, and if do so, under what circumstances does it usually happen?

I had been vegan at home and vegetarian when eating out. I’m switching closer to fully vegan. I don’t think it’s actually possible to be 100%. I do my best to minimize my impact along my various ideological lines (eating locally, minimally processed and minimally chemically treated and genetically modified foods, supporting small businesses, not harming animals, etc). The transgressions tend to fall under either forgetting to ask (like this morning I forgot to ask whether the chocolate was vegan in my mocha, I’m out of the habit), though I’ve always tended to allow some random cravings to have their moments. When I was at my most vegan, we’d order pizza (with 1/3 the amount of cheese you would normally use please) about 2 or 3 times a year.

3. Where do you stand on the whole B12 thing? Do you take supplements, eat fortified foods, do you even care? (not to preach but you really should!)

I take supplements when I remember and tend to assume it’s tossed in to a fair amount of vegan things as well.

4. Which rocks – Tofu, seitan, or that other stuff, what do you call it, Tempeh?

Tofu and seitan rock. Tempeh is gross.

5. What are your top 5 vegan meals?

1. My mom made me a killer chicken and dumplings once

2. She also does a kick ass Thanksgiving dinner spread

3. Lazy tacos – flour tortillas toasted over the open flame on the stove, add canned re-fried beans, avocado and sour supreme. No real cooking required, and only a spoon for a utensil.

4. Pierogis with sour supreme, marinara sauce and earth balance.

5. Reuben sandwhich

6. Are you vegan and proud, get used to it! Or do you sometimes keep it quiet? You know what i mean!

I’m a keep it quiet. I get tired of defending myself. I’m not attacking you or telling you what to eat, why do you feel the need to do so to me?

7. What is your all-time favourite vegan cookbook?

The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. Hands down!

8. What is your favourite vegan food blog?

What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway

9. What is the most annoying thing about being vegan? Come on, you can have a good rant if you want, you’re amongst friends!

Feeling like I have to be well versed in all the arguments for every possible thing someone is going to throw at me. I’m just not interested in being an activist.

10. What food do you really hate (vegan food that is)?

Tempeh. Over cooked pasta. Grilled vegetables (as the only choice on the menu).

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2009 in quiz central, veganmofo 2009

 

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Vegan MoFo: Day 1

This whole posting daily thing is going to be a challenge. Luckily others are more creative. For example, Lauren at Whoa Wren posted a survey.

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?

On a whim I tried a boxed oat milk from my local co-op. I’ll have to check the brand name when I get home. [update – it’s Pacific brand] But it’s all I ever get anymore. I find the silk plain kinda weird and the vanilla too sweet. This one is the perfect balance.

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

I haven’t planned that out yet. But there’s a banana layer cake from a recent Vegetarian Times that’s on the list.

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?

Pretzels.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?

Oof, there have been a couple. The first one that comes to mind is a very elaborate thai dish with tons of exotic ingredients that ended up being completely flavorless.

5. Favorite pickled item?

Pickles. Specifically my aunt’s kitchen floor pickles.

6. How do you organize your recipes?

Not very well. The cookbooks are in LC order on my shelf. The cut out recipes are in a 3 ring binder (next to the cookbooks) organized loosely by course, there are a bunch saved on my computer that I usually forget all about, and a bunch more bookmarked that suffer the same fate, and a bunch of starred items in my feed reader that I need to go through and bookmark so that I can continue ignoring them…

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?

Trash sadly. But! I’m proud to report that I have the smallest size bin and don’t even have to take it to the road monthly.

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)?

Philadelphia soft pretzels and slurpees (that’s 1 item FYI), those asian sesame balls, and this pub mix snack from Costco.

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?

My grandpa bringing up peanut brittle or fudge from the cellar.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?

Mashti malone’s non-dairy rosewater ice.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?

Calphalon pans.

12. Spice/herb you would die without?

Salt.

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?

I’ll have to look. Probably my around the world one, but maybe the tapas one? [edit – it’s actually “Strawberry Shortcake’s Cooking Fun, published in 1980, though since I would have been not yet 1 at the time, I’d say I’ve had it since I was 5 or 6 ish probably… The Sheila Lukins All Around the World Cookbook can’t hold a candle to that. Thanks to my mom’s inscription I can tell you it arrived on my shelves in Christmas of ’94, so 10th grade.]

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?

My aunt’s homemade raspberry.

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

My vegan nachos.

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?

Tofu and seitan.

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

Dessert. Afternoon.

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?

Cereal, crackers, tea set, Turkish coffee set, cooler, pet treats, cat food, dog food, extra pitchers, paper towels.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.

Tofutti fudge pops, coffee, really old coconut ice bars that I didn’t really like.

20. What’s on your grocery list?

Bananas, sour supreme, oat milk

21. Favorite grocery store?

My local co-op.

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

I finally did the monte cristo, so I think I’m set.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?

What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?

The endangered species one with espresso.

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?

Nothing is coming to mind.

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with?

I tend to be more lazy than scared. It’s not like anything is going to blow up, but I don’t always feel like devoting the time to something that needs hours to rise or has to be checked constantly.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2009 in quiz central, veganmofo 2009

 

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99 Things Meme

Leave a note in the comments if you do it too!

Things you’ve already done: bold

Things you want to do: italicize

Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

  1. Started your own blog.
  2. Slept under the stars. we camped a lot growing up, not sure if I ever really did open air…
  3. Played in a band. kinda sorta… If you count 4th-6th grade band and a couple of garage band practices in high school.
  4. Visited Hawaii.
  5. Watched a meteor shower.
  6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
  7. Been to Disneyland/world. (both)
  8. Climbed a mountain.
  9. Held a praying mantis. If I did, it’s not a strong memory.
  10. Sang a solo.
  11. Bungee jumped.
  12. Visited Paris.
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.
  15. Adopted a child.
  16. Had food poisoning.
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty. I’m assuming I did this in school sometime, I have a vague memory of it I think…
  18. Grown your own vegetables.
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
  20. Slept on an overnight train.
  21. Had a pillow fight.
  22. Hitch hiked.
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.
  24. Built a snow fort. And we used the ice from the bird bath as the window!
  25. Held a lamb.
  26. Gone skinny dipping.
  27. Run a marathon.
  28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.
  29. Seen a total eclipse. This is one I feel like I MUST have done, but can’t remember…
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
  31. Hit a home run.
  32. Been on a cruise.
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. my family has lived in Ohio forever.
  35. Seen an Amish community. see 34…
  36. Taught yourself a new language. if you count html…
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. Thanks Morgan!
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
  39. Gone rock climbing.
  40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.
  41. Sung Karaoke.
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
  43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.
  44. Visited Africa.
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
  46. Been transported in an ambulance.
  47. Had your portrait painted. by some lady in the mall, from a picture…
  48. Gone deep sea fishing.
  49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person.
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.
  52. Kissed in the rain.
  53. Played in the mud.
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater.
  55. Been in a movie. only if you count film school and friends’ stuff. nothing that made it to theatres.
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
  57. Started a business.
  58. Taken a martial arts class.
  59. Visited Russia.
  60. Served at a soup kitchen.
  61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.
  62. Gone whale watching.
  63. Gotten flowers for no reason.
  64. Donated blood.
  65. Gone sky diving.
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
  67. Bounced a check.
  68. Flown in a helicopter.
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy. I still have my teddy bear thankyouverymuch
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
  71. Eaten Caviar.
  72. Pieced a quilt.
  73. Stood in Times Square.
  74. Toured the Everglades.
  75. Been fired from a job.
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.
  77. Broken a bone. (knock on wood!)
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. my dad used to race us through the woods. it sure seemed speeding!
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
  80. Published a book.
  81. Visited the Vatican.
  82. Bought a brand new car.
  83. Walked in Jerusalem.
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper. high school achievements…
  85. Read the entire Bible. maybe not the entire, but more than most people!
  86. Visited the White House.
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. we used to fish a lot when I was very little.
  88. Had chickenpox.
  89. Saved someone’s life.
  90. Sat on a jury.
  91. Met someone famous.
  92. Joined a book club.
  93. Lost a loved one.
  94. Had a baby.
  95. Seen the Alamo in person. I’ve driven past…
  96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.
  97. Been involved in a law suit. Only in those big class action ones…
  98. Owned a cell phone.
  99. Been stung by a bee. (on my thigh and it swelled up to twice the size and thickness of a jumbo pancake)

 

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2009 in quiz central

 

Christmas Meme

Saw this one on Sweet Little Domestic Life and SarahMade.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

I do both. Typically wrapping paper for my immediate family open on Christmas morning presents and gift bags for most other people and occasions. This is mostly because in my personal stash I have mostly received gift bags, so that’s what I have to use, whereas, at my parents’ there is much more wrapping paper to be had and fewer gift bags. I have done the wrapped box inside wrapped box ad nauseum for my brother’s gifts growing up, and I do like to be eco friendly, but it usually comes down to poor pre-planning and grabbing whatever is at hand.

2. Real tree or artificial?

I’ve yet to have my very own tree, but my family always does a real one, sometimes from our own woods! Last year I hung my few little ornaments on my warping board.

3. Why are you willing to answer these questions?

I’m pretty much always up for a meme 🙂

4. When do you take the tree down?

Again, it’s the parents’ tree, but mom likes to leave it up to enjoy for a while.

5. Do you like eggnog?

I can take it or leave it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

I don’t know if it was my favorite at the time, but I have very fond memories of these gigantic blue teddy bears my brother and I both got. They were bigger than us at the time. I used mine like that husband style pillow with arms for ages.

7. Hardest person to buy for?

Usually my partner. My family all believes in wish lists and somehow my partners never seem to…

8. Easiest person to buy for?

I’d say it’s a tie between my brother and my dad. Dad gives great lists.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

Nope.

10. Do you send your card by mail or e-mail?

I’ve varied on this one throughout the years based on where I am in my life. Usually a card or my name added to my mom’s cards. This year I didn’t do anything.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

I can only think of gifts that I was a bad receiver of, not that were actually bad gifts. And I’m too ashamed to share those stories.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

The Nutcracker.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

I pick up things as I see them throughout the year, then try to make sure I’ve got enough once December hits.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Yes, and I would more often if I had a better memory of who gave them to me…

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

My mom’s cooking. Oh, and cherry winks!

16. Lights on the tree?

Of course!

17. Favorite Christmas song?

Walking in a winter wonderland always comes into my head when I go up our street after there’s been a snow.

18.Travel at Christmas or stay home?

I always go home to my parents’.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s?

Probably?

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

I think we have an angel…

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

Morning. We used to open one on Christmas Eve but one year we stopped and any time I mentioned it after that they all called me a present grubber, so I stopped mentioning it. My theory is that we were always opening something to wear to Christmas Eve service, then one year they didn’t get us fancy sweaters, so the tradition stopped.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

Crowds!

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?

I like the ornaments that my brother and I made in school as different craft projects and have pictures of us at the time in them.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?

My mom makes a ham and does a brown sugar glazed vegan Canadian bacon for the veggies. Yum!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?

I have some wish lists, but mostly just to spend time with family and decompress, it’s been a stressful year.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2008 in quiz central

 

Style Finder

via How About Orange:

WORLD TRAVELLER

Global influences abound in the way you’ve decorated and furnished your home. It’s a look that works well on a budget, and at the same time it says something about you and your interests: you particularly love collecting things that tell a story or trigger a memory and help make your place relaxed and inviting.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2008 in quiz central

 

The Vegan’s Hundred

Ooops! Looks like I posted this when I just meant to save it for later. This is a neat thing I saw over on BitterSweet. Leave me a comment if you do it too!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1) Copy this list into your own blog, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Post a comment here once you’ve finished and link your post back to this one.
5) Pass it on!

1. Natto – this looks gross, but I'd probably try it if it was in front of me. Wouldn't seek it out though.
2. Green Smoothie – I'm not sure whether this means wheatgrass or something else. I've had little sample shots of wheatgrass things and Good Flow has a juice that's green, but if it means something more like a smoothie with kale in it, then I don't think I've had that. Again, I'd try it, but not seek it out.
3. Tofu Scramble
4. Haggis – this vegan version looks good!
5. Mangosteen
6. Creme brulee – I've had regular, but not vegan that I can remember
7. Fondue – Same as above
8. Marmite/Vegemite – another I'd try it, but won't be seeking it out.
9. Borscht – I like beet, but this looks gross
10. Baba ghanoush – YUM!
11. Nachos – I make a KILLER vegan nacho plate and have several meat eaters who will back that up.
12. Authentic soba noodles – define authentic, does Chinatown count?
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Taco from a street cart – no, but I frequently drive by ones and want to stop
16. Boba Tea – YUM!!!
17. Black truffle – probably?
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – probably?
19. Gyoza – used to live on these and veggie munchies!
20. Vanilla ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries – wine berries grown on my parents' properties
23. Ceviche – I've always thought ceviche seemed super gross, even when I ate meat. This recipe looks great though.
24. Rice and beans
25. Knish – not my favorite though…
26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper – I don't do hot
27. Dulce de leche – regular, not vegan
28. Caviar – regular AND vegan! and the vegan was actually really good!
29. Baklava – a total favorite!
30. Pate – I've had some excellent walnut and lentil pates, never had the meat version
31. Wasabi peas
32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl – not vegan sadly. I've had other vegan soups in bread bowls.
33. Mango lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Mulled cider
37. Scones with buttery spread and jam
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Fast food french fries
41. Raw Brownies – not that recipe, but store bought ones
42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans
43. Dahl
44. Homemade Soymilk
45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more – it's possible from my casting days, but I'm not sure
46. Stroopwafle
47. Samosas
48. Vegetable Sushi
49. Glazed doughnut – there's an amazing bakery in Allentown that a friend brought me some from. Even fooled my dad!
50. Seaweed
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Tofurkey – the lunch meat, not the whole bird thing
54. Sheese
55. Cotton candy
56. Gnocchi
57. Piña colada
58. Birch beer – not really that different from root beer…
59. Scrapple – real and vegan
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Soy curls
63. Chickpea cutlets
64. Curry
65. Durian
66. Homemade Sausages – just unlikely to bother
67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake
68. Smoked tofu
69. Fried plantain – ooo, makes me miss Versailles in LA.
70. Mochi
71. Gazpacho
72. Warm chocolate chip cookies
73. Absinthe
74. Corn on the cob
75. Whipped cream, straight from the can
76. Pomegranate
77. Fauxstess Cupcake
78. Mashed potatoes with gravy
79. Jerky
80. Croissants – regular only
81. French onion soup – not a vegan version though…
82. Savory crepes
83. Tings
84. A meal at Candle 79
85. Moussaka – don't love it though…
86. Sprouted grains or seeds
87. Macaroni and “cheese” – love love love mac and creese
88. Flowers
89. Matzoh ball soup
90. White chocolate
91. Seitan
92. Kimchi
93. Butterscotch chips
94. Yellow watermelon
95. Chili with chocolate
96. Bagel and Tofutti – oo, a total favorite
97. Potato milk
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee – I have an awesome uncle that sent me some
100. Raw cookie dough

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2008 in quiz central

 

Pure Nerd

Your result for The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test…

Pure Nerd

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations / interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the “dork.” No-longer. Being smart isn’t as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.

Congratulations!

Thanks Again! — THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

Take The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test at HelloQuizzy

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2008 in quiz central