I was paired with Jessica @ Practically Vegan, a vegan blogger from Atlanta who like me loves Asian food. I was really glad to be paired with a blog that is quite a bit different to mine and I’m looking forward to expanding my vegan knowledge. I have a few vegan friends and always want to know how I can cook for them.
If you take a peek at her flikr photostream you’ll find some fantastic photos. So to help introduce Jessica & her blog here is a few questions I asked her:
1. Where are you based Jessica? Is it a good location for foodies?
I am based in Atlanta. I believe it is a good location for foodies because there are a bunch of great farmers markets (at least 5 permanent ones and then seasonal ones). It’s very easy to get natural and fresh ingredients as well as a wide range of ethnic foods which are all great for vegan recipes.
2. How long have you been blogging and why did you decide to set up a food blog?
I’ve only been blogging for a few months and not as regular as I would like. Hence my mentor is trying to help me set aside more time for blogging. I started a blog one year after I became a vegan. I wanted to show the world that making the transition really isn’t hard and doesn’t require a lot of extra money in your grocery bill or time in the kitchen (unless you want to as there are some really fun vegan recipes that are worth the extra time). I wish I had had someone who could have shown me earlier just how easy it was and I’m hoping I can be that last little boost for people looking to become vegan. So the name fits. Practically vegan for people who are almost there, and practically vegan for methods that are more down to earth.
3. What kind of cooking do you enjoy? Do you eat differently when you go out for a meal?
I am very much into Japanese food and I love trying new recipes from traditional Asian cookbooks. If the book isn’t vegan I modify it which is always fun. When I go out to eat I have to be careful that my food does not contain hidden animal ingredients. But the longer you are vegan the easier it gets. I still very much enjoy Asian food when I go out such as Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, or Indian food is always good.
4. Where do you find inspiration for the dishes you create?
I love to find recipes that are not vegan from various cookbooks or websites and then modify them to be vegan. I also find recipes from other vegan blogs but my main source is my ridiculous cookbook collection. You can never have too many!!!
5. Can you tell us about four of your most creative or successful dishes that you have blogged?
One of my favorite recipes of all time is spicy tempeh suchi rolls. Its so easy and I usually eat it once a week. I just can’t get enough of it and its such a filling meal.
6. Would you blog about a dish that has gone disastrously wrong?
Oh sure I think the blogs should be real. I’m not perfect, neither is the food I make. Its about the trials and tribulations of being a vegan. I think when readers know that your not Ms. Chef of the year they can relate to you more.
7. What do you think are important ingredients of a good blog?
Well first thing is first you have to keep writing. (which is my problem at the moment, not due to lack of subject matter but lack of time). Variety is important, you don’t want to bore your readers. Humor is always good to keep it light hearted. And the main thing I think is originality. So many blogs are just regurgitated information from other blogs. Talk about what you know best from your point of view. That is what makes things original.