Liebster Award!

I’m pretty sure I did a Liebster Award post a while back, but I just got nominated again by the super awesome bloggers at One Sonic Bite, and I was delighted to have an opportunity to answer some questions and share some love with other bloggers. I think I’m especially into this because it reminds me of being in middle school and filling out those AOL surveys that you’d email around to your friends and crushes. Remember those? I can hear the modem dial-up sound like it was yesterday….

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The Libester Award is a way to recognize and honor bloggers, often ones who are somewhat lesser known that bigger name blogs. Here 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.

Thanks again to Alexa and Jennifer for the nomination. I hope you check out their blog, because it’s great!

What is your favorite food: One savory, one sweet?

My favorite dinner that I never ever get sick of is kale salad with roasted sweet potatoes and tahini-lemon dressing. I crave a big bowl of greens every night, and sweet potatoes with tahini dressing is such a stellar combo, I think that definitely wins!

Sweet is obviously chocolate chip cookies in a variety of forms. I think my absolute favorite is raw chocolate chip cookie “dough” made by blending oats, dates, cashews, and chocolate chips in a food processor.

What was your first vegan cookbook?

Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard’s How It All Vegan!

What is your specialty dish?

Ha, I think it’s the same as my aforementioned favorite foods. People know me for the “raw balls” (cookie dough) I bring to parties, and my go-to quick dinner for a last-minute guest is my sweet potato kale salad. I’m also pretty solid at making grain bowls and soups!

What is your main reason for going vegan? Environment, health, compassion?

It was a combination of a lot of things. The very first inclination I had to stop eating animals happened exclusively because of my love of animals (and I stopped eating cows and pigs when I was 9). But it wasn’t until I realized that veganism was connected to labor rights and environmental justice that I decided to take the full plunge. The connection to health benefits came years after my original transition. (You can read my “Why Vegan” story in full here. :))

What would your consider the best day off?

A day that included a good workout and some refreshing yoga. A day that included people I loved. A day that included delicious vegan food. A day that included cute animals. A day that included conversation and laughter. Maybe a movie or some wine or a book. But the people, and the yoga, and the vegan food are the non-negotiables. <3

How do you take your coffee?

I am not a coffee drinker! I am a green tea drinker! (Although once in a while I will use a coffee ice cube in a green smoothie!).

Do you carry your veganism into other parts of your life? (Clothing, toiletries, etc)

I have purchased used leather, but don’t purchase any new animal products (no wool, no leather, etc.). I make sure all my bath and body products are vegan as well.

Do you consider yourself a feminist?

Duh, yes. Being a feminist is a huge part of my identity and it’s integral to my professional life. A big part of my job is writing and teaching material through an intersectional feminist lens. There are obviously lots of problems with particular versions of feminism, but I don’t think it’s a reason to distance myself from the label entirely. Being a feminist is also clearly connected to my choice to be vegan (because all oppression is connected!).

What is your cooking jam?

I’m not sure I’m interpreting this question correctly but I’m going to proceed as though it’s inquiring into what kind of music jams I listen to whilst kitchen-ing. My music cooking choices vary depending on the occasion. I love weekend day time cooking to old soul music, like Otis Redding, or Al Green. This can work for night time too, but I have a fond memory of making brunch with Otis Redding in the background. If I’m cooking dinner for a dinner party, I have been drawn lately to the electronic-influenced music I’ve been putting on my yoga playlists. Artists like this and this and this. In contrast, my Sunday night food prep cooking has been a lot of gritty female singer songwriters who make me feel all the feelings. I like singing along and feeling emo with old Rilo Kiley, Waxahatchee, and Jessica Lee Mayfield, to name a few. And pretty much any cooking is more fun with some good hip-hop.

Are you a wine, beer, hard liquor, cocktails, or non-alcohol type of person?

I enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail in social settings. There have been periods in my life where I didn’t make totally awesome decisions with regard to alcohol, and also periods in my life when I would go months without drinking and it wouldn’t even phase me. I’m in a place now where I enjoy a social drink once or twice a week and feel really good about it. But I have never ever been able to drink beer, I think it tastes super gross.

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I nominate the following vegan bloggers for the award (In the spirit of Vegan MoFo, I’m going to stick to vegan blogs and mostly vegan-related questions.):

Here are my question:

  • What kitchen utensil or appliance could you not do without?
  • If you could only have three spices in your kitchen, what would they be?
  • What is your favorite kind of physical activity?
  • If you could recommend one book or movie to someone thinking about going vegan, what would you recommend?
  • If you could share a vegan meal with three people (real or fictitious, living or dead) who would you pick?
  • Who is your favorite celebrity vegan? (you can interpret “celebrity” how ever you want!)
  • How do you feel about veganism and romantic relationships? Would you ever be/have you ever been/are you currently in a relationship with a non-vegan?
  • What is  your spirit animal?
  • What’s your favorite vegan advocacy organization?
  • What is your favorite thing about being vegan?

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Feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments, because it’s super funsies. Have a great day! 

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12 thoughts on “Liebster Award!

    • raechel says:

      I agree. Certainly not as “healthy” as I tend to eat now, but it was a great, fun intro.

      (Also, did I answer that “cooking jam” question correctly…Is that what you meant?!)

  1. angela says:

    My first vegan cookbook was also How it all Vegan! I think we might have talked about this before? I still pull it out to make the “Simply Lovely Carrot Soup” and “Perfect Pumpkin Pie” (though I add more spices than just cinnamon & ginger to the pie).

    That kale salad sounds delicious. I’ve been craving more kale and sweet potatoes lately!

  2. Ali Seiter says:

    Thank you so much for the nomination, Raechel! I’m honored to receive such high praise from someone I admire so deeply. Here are my answers:

    What kitchen utensil or appliance could you not do without?
    Blender. Green smoothies and cashew cream, amirite?

    If you could only have three spices in your kitchen, what would they be?
    Smoked paprika, thyme, cardamom.

    What is your favorite kind of physical activity?
    Any conditioning exercise! Abs, legs, arms, you name it.

    If you could recommend one book or movie to someone thinking about going vegan, what would you recommend?
    “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer.

    If you could share a vegan meal with three people (real or fictitious, living or dead) who would you pick?
    David Bowie, Ella Baker, Amy Goodman

    Who is your favorite celebrity vegan? (you can interpret “celebrity” how ever you want!)
    Alan Cumming (aka, the perfect human being)

    How do you feel about veganism and romantic relationships? Would you ever be/have you ever been/are you currently in a relationship with a non-vegan?
    I’m totally down for it, as long as they’re not jerks about it (although, why would I date a jerk?). I am indeed currently in a casual relationship with a non-vegan.

    What is your spirit animal?
    Cat.

    What’s your favorite vegan advocacy organization?
    Food Empowerment Project and VINE Sanctuary.

    What is your favorite thing about being vegan?
    I feel that it’s a necessary factor in the fight for collective liberation.

  3. justmeactually says:

    Thank you for this nomination! I’m only brave enough to answer these here I hope that’s okay! And sadly I don’t feel like I’m on a personal enough level with other bloggers yet to nominate more. I’m SO working on that though. Thanks Raechel!

    What kitchen utensil or appliance could you not do without?
    A knife. Seriously as long as I can chop up the veggies I could do almost everything else with my hands!

    If you could only have three spices in your kitchen, what would they be?
    Is Nutritional Yeast a spice? I would not know what to do without it. Based on what I seem to run out of most often, the other two would be cinnamon and cumin.

    What is your favorite kind of physical activity?
    Walking. Some of my best thinking and conversations have taken place on long walks.

    If you could recommend one book or movie to someone thinking about going vegan, what would you recommend?
    This is hard to answer because as much as I always want people to choose veganism for the ethics, I can see why health would sway more people initially. An easy to understand film like Forks over Knives or Hungry for Change would be a good start.

    Who is your favorite celebrity vegan? (you can interpret “celebrity” how ever you want!)
    Weird Al Yankovic – I saw him having vegan ice cream in L.A. once so I like to tell people that Weird Al and I had desert together. If you’re in L.A. check out Scoops.

    How do you feel about veganism and romantic relationships? Would you ever be/have you ever been/are you currently in a relationship with a non-vegan?
    I’m lucky in that my husband and I became vegans together. I don’t think I would have a very easy time being in a relationship with someone who wasn’t.

    What is your spirit animal?
    Raven

    What’s your favorite vegan advocacy organization?
    Our Hen House – does that count?

    What is your favorite thing about being vegan?
    KALE!

    • raechel says:

      Yes of course it’s okay that you answer here, I love reading them no matter what! I love all your answers! Your three spice are my three staple spices too! <3

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