Thursday, October 15, 2009

Survey Says

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
Plain silk. Very vanilla silk and chocolate silk are very good frozen into popsicles, too.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
French silk apple upside-down bread pudding with cashew cream (this started out as french silk toast and now has a life of its own, and its own post office box, and is learning how to drive the car), tofu scramble alla Helsa, stewed green beans with seitan in my crock pot.

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
Salt and pepper.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
When I tried adding peanut butter to ramen noodles? Also lately I have been making everything too hot.

5. Favorite pickled item?

6. How do you organize your recipes?
As Christopher Wren said, circumspicere.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Trash elf.

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, tofu, and kimchee.

[ETA: I answered this question very seriously: rice for carbs, tofu for protein, and kimchee to keep me from getting scurvy & also kimchee goes with the rice and the tofu. I just realized, though, that these are the exact three answers that my dad would have given. Yiiiii. I really am turning into my dad, just like in District 9 aaah.]

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
Spreading peanut butter on one slice of bread after another, teeth sinking into the peanut butter and the bread. No wait, that was last Tuesday—

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
Frozen juice or silk popsicles.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
Can I say trash elf again?

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
If you've read King Lear, you know that the answer is salt!!

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
My Fannie Farmer cookbook, which was my first cookbook, and my mom's Betty Crocker cookbook. And I actually only own one other cookbook, The Cake Bible.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Bonne Maman cherry preserves.

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
I got into vegan cooking for my vegan friends, you know? I have no plans for vegan world domination. Though I did bring this spicy black bean coconut soup from Girlie Girl Army to Pom's chili cookoff, and I made it so too hot. People were going around daring each other to try that number five, they sure weren't thinking about it being vegan—

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
I've only ever had tofu, but I'm going to try seitan soon.

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

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
Unopened two-gallon container of water from last winter when the pipes froze, retired Brita pitcher, neverused Rubbermaid pitcher, salad spinner, seltzer siphon, paper towels, stray napkins from takeout orders.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Coffee, chicken parts, one or two popsicles.

20. What’s on your grocery list?
Coffee, plain silk, lowfat plain yogurt, sliced almonds, medium grain brown rice, extra-firm tofu, hummus, tortillas, apples, peanut butter, whole wheat bread.

21. Favorite Closest grocery store?

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.
Well, I had replaced the meatless grounds in the original pasta alla Helsa recipe with ground turkey & now I'm about to take out the turkey and put in scrambled tofu instead. Ah, the circle of life.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
101 Cookbooks, Cake Wrecks, and I just added It Ain't Meat, Babe because just that cracks me up.

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
I really don't eat candy, too sweet!

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
I seriously spend a fortune on bananas from the shop downstairs. Not very economical to buy bananas one at a time, but I only like perfectly yellow bananas. What. Brown bananas are gross!

26. Ingredients you are scared to work with?
What, you mean like fresh vegetables? I ain't scared, I'm just lazy differently prioritized.