We have been nominated for the Liebster Award again! Before I (Jennifer) was nominated by my friend Jamie. We’ve been friends for a LONG time, and our blogs are quite specialized, and therefore quite different. Her blog is about books, and is currently under hiatus for the moment. But the blog got nominated by Sprouts and Chocolate, which is a vegan cooking blog, which is much closer to our subject matter. So I thought, why not?

Side Note- I am fairly certain Alexa is going to post an Liebster Award herself that I tagged her with, so there might be a double Liebster Award post coming up! XD

So what are the rules? 

  • Answer the questions given and 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 and nominees must have under 200 followers on any platform.
  • You must tell all the blogs that you nominate that you have nominated them.

10 Questions

What was your diet/lifestyle life before you went vegan?

I always have cooked, but I went mostly vegan in college so most of my dietary habits have been vegan for the past 6 years. But there was a year where I ate meat since I was living with my in-laws. My father in-law LOVES to cook and I felt I was being too intrusive cooking my own meal since we all sat down and ate together. But I would eat lots of fish, and meals with very little meat, which I did appreciate. Overall, my life has been home cooked meals from varying degrees- even when I was in college.

What was the tipping point of you committing to a vegan lifestyle?

As mentioned, I was eating meat when living with my in-laws. I was breaking my “vegan” rules all the time in earlier years, but never really eating meat. It was the first time in awhile I was eating meat. When my husband and I moved out into our own apartment, I just didn’t feel right. I decided to go back to a mostly vegan diet, occasionally eating fish (like once a month) and eggs from a specific farm. Within the past few months I started to read articles about brain functions with various sea life, and I just couldn’t do it anymore.

What do you hate about blogging? (I personally hate all the dishes for failed recipes!)

Trying to remember everything I want to write! I have so many ideas and things I want to mention in the post. After posting it I think “Crap! I wanted to mention how to make the recipe gluten free!” Or it could just be as simple as writing a recipe down and forgetting where it is. There is a recipe for vegan quinoa sloppy joes somewhere. Not written down. Boo.

What is meal have you made and thought to yourself (or out loud) “Damn I am good!” ?

I recently made Tomatillo Baked Tofu. I’ve been searching high and low for tomatillo recipes and couldn’t find much other than salsa verde or something with salsa verde. LAME! So I just took a chance and made the best tofu ever. I took not so hot photos but I WILL be posting it soon, probably next weekend.

What is your favourite “junk-food” snack?

ICE CREAM! It is the biggest bummer about being vegan. It isn’t like I can’t FIND ice cream. It is just so damn expensive.

What cuisine do you find easiest to veganize?

Asian. I know there are lots of non-vegan pitfalls. It is a pain to pick up every package and read the ingredients to make sure there are so fish or egg or milk in there. BUT meat is pretty scarce in recipes or used as a flavoring agent which can be subbed with other ingredients. Not to mention there is a strong vegetarian movement due to buddhism. So I feel like mix that and combine it with the little amounts of milk traditionally found in recipes, it is pretty easy to veganize. 

What recipe of yours is a carnivore’s favourite requested dish when you go to family/friend gatherings?

Hmm… probably none. I’ve been requested one thing- a roasted cauliflower, chickpea, and olives dish that I made one Easter. Well, there are more requests from my husband’s side of the family, but my family is kind-of a cut-throat we all wanna cook sort of family. I think my pitfall is that my sister picks some of the vegan dishes from non-vegan cooking sites. She picked a vegan beet risotto and it blew. 

What is your favourite cooking season? (Do you love Fall for pumpkin? Or peas and mint in the Spring?…etc)

The beginning of any season is exciting because it means new ingredients. But kind-of truthfully winter is most liberating since I don’t get any shares from my CSA. That means I get to buy whatever I want! If I see a recipe, I can buy anything. I don’t have to say “what the hell am I going to do with all these green beans?” and google “vegan green bean recipes”


Caeli from Little Vegan Bear
Faye from Veganopoulous
Barb from That Was Vegan?
Danielle from Danielle Atkins
Alissa from Connoisseurus Veg
Jennifer from My Blissful Journey
Raechel from Rebel Grrrl Living
Dawn from Veg-Am

10 Questions for the Nominees

  1. What is your favorite food: One savory, one sweet?
  2. What was your first vegan cookbook?
  3. What is your specialty dish?
  4. What is your main reason for going vegan? Environment, health, compassion?
  5. What would your consider the best day off?
  6. How do you take your coffee?
  7. Do you carry your veganism into other parts of your life? (Clothing, toiletries, etc)
  8. Do you consider yourself a feminist?
  9. What is your cooking jam?
  10. Are you a wine, beer, hard liquor, cocktails, or non-alcohol type of person?