December 05, 2009

Say what?

Taking it easy ...

(I've done something stupid and thrown out my back so no cooking for me for a while. And I can't work at my computer. I'm typing this on my husband's laptop while lying in bed, and it sucks. I just happened to have this "filler post" sitting around in case I ever needed it, and this seems like a pretty good time to cash it in. Hope to be blogging again soon. Until then, I'll keep reading your blogs though I may not be doing much commenting.)
I first heard the expression "say what?" when I moved to the Midwest. Now that I'm in the Pacific Northwest, not so much. I guess it's better than, "huh?" It means, "what did you say?" Anyway, here's what I say to a poll I found during vegan mofo. It's shorter than a similar poll that was also going around, and thus more appropriate to my short attention span. I never used it during vegan mofo, so here it is now.

1. What single thing most inspired you to take the leap from being an omnivore/vegetarian to being a vegan?
I recently posted about this - it was a health thing that triggered the conversion, but it was built on the triumvirate of ethical, planetary and health issues.

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 never knowingly eat non-vegan food.* I also buy vegan toiletries and household products. I buy vegan shoes and accessories. I don't buy wool or down. But, although I've donated most of my leather shoes, I still have some old leather shoes that I intend to wear out. *I don't buy honey and prefer not to eat it but I can't say I never do. I buy vegan vitamins but medication is a gray area. And my dog isn't vegan. :o(

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.

4. Which rocks – Tofu, seitan, or that other stuff, what do you call it, Tempeh?
I love tempeh - it's my favorite. But I also love tofu and seitan.

5. What are your top 5 vegan meals?
This is hard. Baked polenta with braised greens and tofu, spicy winter squash soup, chickpea salad, pasta with artichoke hearts and olives, anything with kale

6. Are you vegan and proud, get used to it! Or do you sometimes keep it quiet? You know what I mean!
I'm kind of a live and let live vegan. I'm happy to oblige if asked about veganism, and can be quite persuasive (obnoxious, if you will), but I don't like to force my opinions about food choices on others.

7. What is your all-time favorite vegan cookbook?
I'm very bad at picking favorites. It's probably because I'm a Libra and can't make decisions. I have so many cookbooks, I don't know the answer to this question. Lorna Sass' books are very reliable. Crescent Dragonwagon uses big flavors. Madhur Jaffrey's world Vegetarian is cool.

8. What is your favorite vegan food blog?
Favorite. Favorite. I have lots of favorites - I read so many - but I can't pick just one. See answer number 7.

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!
1. Going to restaurants and having to verify which things are vegan. (As in, "what about the soup stock? So, the vegetable soup is made with chicken broth? Can I get the potatoes without milk and butter?") 2. Having salad be the only vegan choice when it doesn't even include such simple add-ins as chickpeas, sunflower seeds or nuts. 3. Enduring the smug attitudes of so-called "foodies" who think they are somehow more sophisticated than vegans because they eat octopus and foie gras.

10. What food do you really hate (vegan food that is)?
I really HATE the flavor of anise. I HATE it in black licorice - ugh - and in fennel. Strangely enough, when fresh fennel is baked, it tastes good! I dislike slimy okra. I don't like nuts in baked goods or ice cream but will eat them in salads.


  1. Oh poor you Andrea! You make sure you take care of yourself. Hugs from me (gentle ones) :)

  2. Oh girl, I'm so sorry about your back. That happens to me sometimes and it STINKS. Hope you've got some good movies and books. And a hot water bottle.

    Oh, and your top 5 vegan meals sound AMAZING. Get better soon so you can make 'em. Then invite me over. Especially for that baked polenta.

  3. Andrea, I am really sorry about your back! I hope you feel better soon!

  4. I'm sorry to hear about your back. Take care of yourself! I hope you're better soon.

    I agree with your answer for #9 100%! All 3 of those things irritate me too.

  5. So sorry to hear about your back, that's a real bummer. Hope it gets better real soon! :-)

  6. Oh, Andrea! I'm so sorry about your back, hope you're feeling better soon:)

    Baked polenta with greens and tofu sounds so yummy, I'll have to click through your blog to find the recipe, YUM! Oh, and the chickpea salad, Mmmm!!!

  7. Thanks everyone, for your good wishes. I'm doing much better, anxious to be fully recovered.

  8. Oh no! I am so sorry about your back...I hope you feel better soon!


  9. So sorry to hear about your back! I certainly know what that feels like. Take it (very) easy and remember the ice packs. And hope you're up and about again soon!

  10. Hey, I left a comment yesterday and it's not on here! Must be that vetting process that blogspot put me through.... some hoop I missed.... anyway, I said I'm sorry your back is out, and that I felt bad for you. And that Kailah, Betsy, Marilee, Joy and Suzanne all went to the veg meetup and it was great. And that we missed you. xo

  11. The back is coming along and I'm feeling much better, though I have a ways to go.

    You guys are killing me with those meetups. I'm so jealous!

  12. Andrea, I've just read this, so I hope your back is much better now. It's a shame you had to miss your meet-up. Back pain is such a .... PAIN!
    Your dog may not be vegan, but s/he's VERY cute!

  13. Penny,
    The meetups are in my old city in Wisconsin, and I'm currently living in Seattle, WA! Even without the cursed back pain I couldn't go. Tsk. I miss my Wisconsin buddies.

  14. So sorry about your back. Take care!


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