1. What single thing most inspired you to take the leap from being an omnivore/vegetarian to being a vegan?
It was last year, around Thanksgiving. I had been feeling pretty yucky about myself and what I had been eating (after being vegetarian for 4 years) and decided to try veganism. Well, it stuck and I never plan on going back.
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 strive to be 100%. On our honeymoon, I absolutely made the best effort I could, but being in foreign lands, only remembering bits and pieces of the language I'm sure I was fed non-vegan foods. I always make sure our beer is vegan (we drink A LOT) and the only time I cook non-vegan food is when I make my husband grilled cheese sandwiches, but I make my him assemble it himself.
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 do what I can. I have been known to sprinkle nutritional yeast on everything.
4. Which rocks – Tofu, seitan, or that other stuff, what do you call it, Tempeh?
Tofu has been my good friend since I turned vegetarian, even I couldn't cook it at first. Since trying seitan, I have been in love with it. The first time I had a seitan cheesesteak sandwich I almost died from food happiness. Tempeh is somewhat new to me. I made tempeh paprikas awhile back and I liked them, but it was a lot of freakin' work.
5. What are your top 5 vegan meals?
1. Chickpea cutlets. My husband wants these all the time. 2. Black bean burgers. I make them spicy to try to recreate Burgerville's veggie burger. 3. Whole bowls (grain + green + protein) this happens almost every day. 4. Gnocchi! I make these when I want to impress. 5. Seitan fajitas. Goes well with margaritas!
6. Are you vegan and proud, get used to it! Or do you sometimes keep it quiet? You know what i mean!
I'm very proud of it. I made the switch due to health reasons but I'm very well aware of the atrocities committed and feel good about myself for not buying into that world. However, I get so much negative response from some of my friends (I know, right? They're supposed to support me) about it that I tend to keep quiet unless someone wants to talk civilly or has a question that isn't "where do you get your protein?"
7. What is your all-time favourite vegan cookbook?
Veganomicon. Hands down, it's my bible.
8. What is your favourite vegan food blog?
I don't have on favorite. I tend to gravitate those with beautiful photography, but that's cause I'm a geek for it.
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!
Being told something isn't right because it's not the original. I had mentioned something to friends about vegan cupcakes topped with coconut bacon and got reamed for even calling it bacon. I also don't like when people assume my food is plain and disgusting. If that was so, I would not have gained more weight on a vegan diet! I mean, who cares? You eat what you want and I don't say anything!
10. What food do you really hate (vegan food that is)?
Pineapple and baked beans. Seriously, those are the only foods I will not touch. I'm gagging just thinking about the beans.