Tuesday, July 8, 2008

FOOD!

Everyone else is doing it so why can't I? Keeping a food blog I mean.
Since I spend so much time in the kitchen lately making delicious vegan meals, and since I lust after so many vegan products that I could never convince them to carry in Saint John, and since my dream job (other than being a full time mom) is to run a vegan restaurant, I thought it was a fun idea to share what goes on in my kitchen.
So I will post pictures, reviews, and even a recipe if I created it myself. If its something I'm lusting after I will just post a link and picture. I'll even have cook book reviews since I'm such a junkie. Its the standard food blog stuff.
Since I haven't gone to get groceries yet and just ate ramen noodles (cooking blog blasphemy!), I will spare you and only do a survey for my first post.

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
Almond Breeze, The chocolate and natural flavors are both awesome. I don't really like any vanilla flavored milk, but if you do, I'm sure you'll find it awesome too.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
I need to put a link for this one. Dan's birthday cake this year will be...
Chickpea Cutlets from Veganomicon, and Spanakopita's from Veganomicon (its the newest cookbook around here until Alternative Vegan arrives in the mail.)

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
I just like it with lots of vegan margarine and salt. I'm boring like that.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
Once when I was a kid I tried to make donuts, but I wasn't allowed to use the deep fryer, so I tried to bake them, but they were the deep fry kind and it didn't work. So I tried to fry them in a pan, but the oil caught on fire. So I panicked and tried to run outside with the flaming pan. On the way a bunch of flaming oil fell out and onto the rug on the kitchen floor. I nearly burnt the house down.

5. Favorite pickled item?
Pickled garlic. All the goodness of raw garlic but without the burn.

6. How do you organize your recipes?
I have a special cupboard where I keep all of my recipe books, and anything else that I have tried and liked gets copied into this other little book thats called "Jennifer's Kitchen". Then of course I have a folder on my computer of vegan recipe sites and recipe's I have found, but thats not organized at all.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Hmmmm. Well I kind of have two compost's. One for greasy gross food that the city takes away every two weeks and another for veggie scraps. Since I don't have a bin for the veggie scraps (I really have to get on that), I just bury them in between the rows of my garden. It works out quite well and makes the soil kick ass for next year.

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)?
Chickpea's
Olive's
Coffee, is coffee considered a food?

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
Just sitting down for dinner. The times with my immediate family were great but when the holiday's rolled around and my mom's side gathered at my grandmother's house, those were the best. Eating till we were bloated, making fun of each other, being together.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
I wish I lived in a vegan friendly city but alas...
I did have this chocolate mint kind once though. I think it was from Soy Good. I enjoyed it a lot.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
The coffee maker.
But if your talking cooking junk then I guess it would be the food processor. Anything that keeps me from getting carpel tunnel and saves me from standing for long periods is A-OK.

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Definitely garlic.

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
The Compassionate Cook aka Please Don't Eat the Animal's. Its a Peta Cookbook that I found when I tried vegetarianism for the first time when I was 15. I've only made like 3 things out of it though. It doesn't have pictures so it never seems worth it to flip through.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Blueberry, especially homemade.

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
It was this Chocolate Pie, but I've been branching out.

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Tempeh is hard to come by around these parts so we mostly eat tofu. Seitan, well I've never made it and I don't know if the stuff I buy would be considered seitan.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
I like to cook supper. I'm never that hungry at breakfast, and lunch doesn't seem like an appropriate time to stuff you face to the max. Supper it is.

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
A steamer machine thingy that my mom gave me, the wine rack, some crappy movies that Dan's dad lent us and The Omnivore's Dilemma (a book a friend lent Dan, that I swore I would never read but did anyway, and then Dan didn't even finish it, so we couldn't bitch together about the pathetic attempt at vegetarianism at the end. It did make me want to go hunting for mushrooms though.)

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Tofu, some leftover mushroom gravy, frozen corn and peas.

20. What's on your grocery list?
I haven't made it yet, but it will be things that we don't already have for making:
Sushi (avocado, mushroom's, cucumber, etc)
Spring Rolls
Tabbouleh
Pea Soup with Tarragon
Fruit Smoothie's
and thats as far as I got picking out this week's recipe's.

21. Favorite grocery store?
We only have the standard's in lame old SJ. I tend to buy my veggie's and fruits at the City Market and everything else at the bulk barn and Superstore. Superstore has more selection for vegan versions of non-vegan food's but we have been eating less and less of those lately.

22. Name a recipe you'd love to veganize, but haven't yet.
Every time I think I have one I find a recipe online. I never have to veganize anything thanks to the internet. I do modify a lot of recipe's though. Make them lower in fat and sugar, or just more herby.

23. Food blog you read the most. Or maybe the top 3?
Eat Drink and be Vegan, Alternative Vegan and Post Punk Kitchen

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
I'm really into chips, and licorice every now and again. I'm not really a candy person.
I do like the odd Ritter Sport Mint Chocolate bar though.

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
We don't get special vegan items because they aren't available and we don't have credit cards (but when we do it will be maxed out in no time!). I cringe every time I spend 4 dollars on a block of vegan cheese...that seems expensive.

26. Favorite Vegan Recipe that you thought would be kind of gross.
Green Goddess pizza from Vegan with A Vengeance. I thought it would be all soggy and "healthy" tasting, but its just damn good.

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