Friday, 5 November 2010

No Bake Survey from I Eat Trees

I'm being lazy today and doing the survey from I Eat Trees because I haven't cooked anything for a while. I'm still feeling a bit queasy but I hope to get back to eating beyond farley's rusks, tinned spag, mash and toast over the course of the weekend.

What is one food you thought you’d miss when you went vegan, but don’t?

Artisan cheeses- the smell of cheese disgusts me now

What is a food or dish you wouldn’t touch as a child, but enjoy now?
Olives, mushrooms, dried fruit, beans

What vegan dish or food you feel like you “should” like, but don’t?
Hmm, apart from fake cheeses, mock meats and some vegan milk chocolate attempts, I'm not keen on some aubergine dishes (don't mind thin roasted slices, but big chunks are yucky)

What beverage do you consume the most of on any given day?
Water, followed by black coffee, following by herbal tea

What dish are you “famous” for making or bringing to gatherings?
Spicy one pot things or dessert, either incredibly chocolately tarts or apple/pear tart

Do you have any self-imposed food rules (like no food touching on the plate or no nuts in sweets)?

The only real rule I have is no compromise on veganism. I have a few guidelines like eating very little processed food, eating vaguely macrobiotic, eating only when I'm hungry etc, but I do break them in the name of pleasure every now and again.

What’s one food or dish you tend to eat too much of when you have it in your home?
Granola and other naughty breakfast cereals, non dairy ice-cream

What ingredient or food do you prefer to make yourself despite it being widely available prepackaged?
Bread- I don't eat a lot but prefer to make the no knead stuff in my Le Creuset when I fancy some. I never buy pre-made salad dressings either.

What ingredient or food is worth spending the extra money to get “the good stuff”?
Wine, spices, chocolate, proper bread

Are you much of a snacker? What are your favorite snacks?
I don't really graze at all, more of a 4-5 small meals throughout the day girl. Although I like peanuts, peanut butter and pumpkin seeds.

What are your favorite vegan pizza toppings?
Roast veggies, homemade pesto, black olives

What is your favorite vegetable? Fruit?
Any brassica (espescially dark cabbage or cauliflower) and raspberries are my favourite fruit

What is the best salad dressing?
Homemade pesto or vegan tapenade thinned out with balsamic vinegar

What is your favorite thing to put on toasted bread?
Crunchy peanut butter

What kind of soup do you most often turn to on a chilly day or when you aren’t feeling your best?

What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Frosting flavor?
I don't get the world's obsession with cupcakes, and get even less why vegan bakers have jumped on this short lived bandwagon. I hear we're on to whoopie pies now (wtf). I'm more a classic un-iced cake fan- like banana loaf cake, chocolate and nut cakes, fruit cake etc.

What is your favorite kind of cookie?
Not a big cookie lover either. PB and dried cherries would be good.

What is your most-loved “weeknight meal”?
Coconut curry with rice noodles or quinoa and loads of spring greens/collards.

What is one dish or food you enjoy, but can’t get anyone else in your household to eat?
Roast turnip is really the only thing my SO will not finish off his plate. We have differing tastes; he eats more stodgy carbs and I prefer creamy things like chocolate and ice-cream

How long, in total, do you spend in the kitchen on an average day?
An hour


  1. Great survey! I'm with you about the cupcake thing. I think it's because they are little and shaped like mushrooms. Adults think they are being naughty when they eat them. I'd rather have a big slice of regular cake, with icing threaded through the middle! :)

    I'd love to eat some of your food sometime - I dig your sensibilities! :)

  2. If you ever find yourself in the UK Anney, you'll have to come to Belfast for a vegan (IBS friendly) dinner party! With groovy GF beer;)

  3. I swear crunchy peanut butter has addictive properties. Well, all PB (I hope you have not been enticed by PB&Co yet, because well, I always find I have to run a couple extra miles when I crack a jar but oh it's so worth it...)

    On an unrelated note, I'm tired of people thinking you can be a good athlete and a vegan. I was over the moon when my workplace put vegan candy and a coupon to a vegan-friendly site in the 9k racebags! At least they get me.

    Glad I stumbled upon your blog! Yay MoFo!

  4. I have always wanted to try PB&Co, but sadly it can't be found for love nor money in the UK. My boyfriend's brother is visiting NY in the New Year, Dark Chocolate Dreams, Cinnamon and Raisin and Mighty Maple are on my list for him. But I will be a big fatty after that much PB!
    I take it you meant it annoys you people saying you can't be a good athlete and a vegan. Totally, it is annoying. But I'm glad you have found some acceptance among your colleagues, it's just a pity it takes so much effort to get it! Thanks for the comment, I have been a terrible Mofoer though!