Liebster!

Way back in September, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by two awesome bloggers – The Veg Abides AND Gallivanting Vegan! Between traveling, starting a new job, and a fried motherboard this never got posted (oops!), but I thought it would be fun to share now. I would love to hear your answers to my questions. Enjoy!

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The rules are:

  • Answer the questions provided by the nominator, then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominees.
  • Nominate 8 other blogs, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post.
  • No Tag backs (i.e. you cannot nominate the blog that nominated you)
  • Nominees must have under 200 followers on any platform.
  • You must tell all the blogs that you nominate that you have nominated them.

Now let’s get started!

What food did you hate as a child and enjoy/tolerate now?

I used to hate okra and papaya. Luckily I gave them a second chance and I love them both now. I’m not really a super picky eater – just don’t make me eat arugula!

Favorite sandwich filling?

Avocado and tempeh. Mmmmm! And of course you can never go wrong with the classic PB&J.

Do you have any strange food habits (my food can’t touch, has to all be a different color, etc.)?

After living in China, I became so used to using chopsticks all the time that it felt weird to use a fork in other countries. Sometimes I still use chopsticks to eat random foods.

Which type of vegan substitute (veggie meat, plant milk, etc.) can you not live without?

Soy milk! It goes in everything – oatmeal, tea, smoothies! And “flax eggs” for baking everything. (Or chia eggs.) Flax seed is amazing and I love the added fiber, protein, and omega 3 boost!

What food item do you prefer to make at home, even if it’s easily bought?

Do tomatoes count? Home grown tomatoes are one of my favorite things. I love hunting for red tomatoes in the garden and eating them every possible way. There is just something about tomatoes that you grew yourself that you can never replicate from a store bought tomato.

Which fresh herb or spice do you love the most?

I don’t discriminate against fresh herbs. Basil, mint, rosemary, cilantro – I love them all! I also use a lot of pepper, garlic salt, cinnamon, and crushed red pepper.

What’s your fondest food memory?

Every year before Christmas, my family spends an entire day baking cookies at my grandma’s house. It’s great to spend time with my family. And what’s not to love about cookies? I have missed a lot of holidays when I was out of the country, so I am really looking forward to cookie day this year!

What’s your number 1 comfort food craving?

Chocolate! Always chocolate.

Why are you vegan?

I think I’ve always gravitated towards a more plant based diet. Thanks to a very graphic Lonely Planet video in geography class, I developed a desire to see the world and a stronger distaste for meat. As I entered college, I became more interested in nutrition and learned a lot about the benefits of eating plants. I learned that my body didn’t need to eat meat. I never really woke up one day and declared myself a vegan, but I would say that point in my life was when I really started focusing more on becoming vegan. As I did more research, I discovered other benefits as well – plant based diets are better for the environment and don’t contribute to animal cruelty. The more you get into it, the harder it becomes to separate each of these reasons.

What is your favorite vegan restaurant and why?

I don’t eat out a ton and generally I enjoy finding dishes in mainstream restaurants that are accidentally vegan or can be easily veganized. Having the ability to choose anything off the menu is always exciting though (and the cheesecake from The Chicago Diner is awesome!) While I was in Kathmandu, I think I ate at a place called Shree Lal at least once a day. I love Indian food and the people there were super friendly.

Now it’s your turn!

1. What is the best mistake you’ve made in the kitchen?

2. What is your favorite zucchini recipe?

3. What is your favorite thing in your kitchen?

4. What strange food combinations do you enjoy?

5. What are you planting in your garden this year?

6. Why did you start blogging?

7. What is your favorite vegan pizza topping?

8. What is the best way to eat chocolate?

9. If you were a vegetable, what would you be?

10. What would the theme of your own cooking show be?

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