Interview with myself pt. 3

I realized I haven’t done an „interview with myself“ in years now, so I picked the first „fun online survey“ thing I found via Google, and here you go. (Okay, the interviewer evolved into a separate entity pretty soon.) We’re playing 20 Q:

1. Sprite or Root Beer?
I read that as “Spice or Root beer?” – so, obviously, spice all the way. Besides, there’s no root beer here anyway.

2. Do you have close friends?
Seriously? Do I have close friends? (Yes. A handful – who are more valuable to me that a legion of anyone else’s fake Facebook friends.)

3. Are you in love?
Yes. (But that’s not an interesting question, is it?)

4. Taken or Single?
Damn, you’re getting pretty nosy, my dear online survey. Are you by any chance hitting on me, or am I inventing subtext again?

5. What is the colour of your comforter?
This is getting weird. You know how Austrian bedclothes work, right? So usually something eye-cancer inducing, sometimes involving swirly retro patterns.

6. What are you wearing right now?
I *knew* you were hitting on me! But it’s nothing sexy, really. Just a pair of boot-cut jeans, a green T-shirt and socks that my nana knitted for me. (And that’s that! If you’re continuing that game, I’m going to stop answering.)

7. Did you do anything this past month?
Are you sure you’re okay? Did I *do* anything? Well, I guess you’re just really bad at small-talk. Or you’re referring to the gap in my blog posts, in which case I do apologize. Yeah, I’ve been really busy, so I didn’t have too much time for the blog. But things are looking good, so stay tuned, and you might see what I’ve been doing.

8. When is your bitrthday?
Looking at your spelling, I’d say you’re drunk, which explains your previous questions.
My birthday is on 3 December, which means I just turned 35. Subjectively, I’m more like oscillating between the ages of 5 and 16.

9. When was your first kiss?
I think I was 15. My best friend/crush and I kissed but soon found out that that just didn’t work for us, so we symbolically “adopted” one another, and we’re unofficial siblings now.

10. Whats your screen-name?
Still with the spelling. If you mean something like an actor’s pseudonym, I’ve been in a (very close to no-budget) movie under my real name. (It’s here, it’s pretty Lovecraftian, and it’s got English subtitles. After the first ~40 Minutes, it’s really good.)

11. Do you like school/work?
I’ll define “school” as doing my PhD and “work” as doing admin stuff. Well, as I said before, I like my job, but I like my research (& my writing – academic *and* creative) more. There are some changes up ahead, though, so we’ll see how that goes.

12. Where do you think you’ll live in 10 years?
I can’t say! Job-wise, it looks as if I’ll be in Graz for about 4 more years. Then… we’ll see.

13. What’s your favourite food?
Savoury: various curries and lasagna. Sweet: Germknödel. I’m also borderline addicted to spicy nori strips and Twizzlers.

14. What drink do you hate the most?
“Hate” is a pretty strong word, don’t you think? I don’t think I’ll ever be able to enjoy tequila again, but I file that under “lessons learned”. And I don’t like anything blackcurrant-flavoured.

15. What drink do you like the most?
Beer and tea (Earl Grey, to be precise).

16. What food do you hate?
Blackcurrant and anything blackcurrant-flavoured. Don’t ask me why. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t even make sense. (Oh, and I don’t eat meat – but I don’t consider that “food”, so that’s that.)

17. Have you ever been asked to a dance by someone?
I knew this was a teenager survey! Can we skip this?
No, wait. I’ll tell you about the first “party with boys” I went to (I went to an all-girls convent school). All the guys were huddled in a corner, occasionally shouting “ladies’ choice”. I don’t think we were that intimidating (I certainly wasn’t), but there you go.

18. Do you like reading?

19. What are you looking forward to next month?
Ummm. Maybe the last session of this Empire course I’m teaching, focussing on Steampunk.

20. What is your most prized possession?
Well, I don’t think that possessions are that important. For example, I have very few signed books, and I have never asked anyone to sign a book for me, even when I had the chance. However, I have a couple of things (including books) that were given to me by people who are important to me, so I keep those out of reach of the cats. I guess the things that mean the most to me sentimentally were all given to me by friends.


Interview with myself pt.2

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Vegan MoFo Survey!
(copy/pasted from

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
For tea or coffee: (Alpro) soymilk. For baking: coconut milk.

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
For MoFo: some alternative take on cinnamon rolls, seitan Zwiebelrostbraten (more or less a roast with onion gravy), mochi.

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
Sriracha hot sauce. Seriously. (I have it on the side and dip my popcorn in.)

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
I once made a banana cake that turned out like a very dense… rubber banana or something. I never used that recipe again.

5. Favorite pickled item?
I don’t really like pickles. But if I have to choose the least offensive one, it’s baby corn.

6. How do you organize your recipes?
Half-filled notebooks, the occasional recipe file in every hidden corner of my hard drive, and heaps and heaps of loose sheets and printouts. So actually that should be: I guess I don’t.

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Everything goes where it belongs. Glass, metal, paper and plastics are going in their respective recycling bins, compostable stuff goes in the compost bin. There’s not much else left.

8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)?
I do hope my island will have some fruits and veggies growing on it, hopefully including some coconuts. So I’ll bring seitan, edamame, and tea. I don’t think you’ll have to come and save me very soon. (Especially if I can also bring my “desert island books”.)

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
Helping my grandma bake her famous chocolate-filled sponge cake.

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
Mango from Amorino.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
Probably my hand-held blender.

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Salt, actually. I guess I use a lot of salt. But my all-time favourite spice is sichuan pepper. (The taste! The frangrance!)

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
Maybe my pregan GU party cookbook. I used to make that cheese and cherry tomato quiche a lot.
My first vegan cookbook was Vegan Planet, shortly followed by Veganomicon and Vegan with a Vengeance.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
I don’t know if it’s technically a jam, but chestnut. Followed by my grandmother’s homemade plum jam.

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
bazu’s Fesenjan.

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Smoked tofu.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
“Nachmittagsessen” (in the middle of the afternoon).

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
A stack of vegan cookbooks, my kitchen scales, and a lot of jars and other containers. (My small fridge sits on the floor and serves as a kind of kitchen cupboard / work and storage surface.)

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Pumpkin puree, edamame, broccoli.

20. What’s on your grocery list?
Flour, soymilk, — actually, I haven’t gotten very far.

21. Favorite grocery store?
My local Indian grocery.

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.
That sponge cake my grandma used to make. Unfortunately she’s having trouble remembering the recipe.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
Seitan is my motor, I guess. Mihl is the Queen of Bread (among other things).

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
If “accidentally vegan” counts (and I declare it does): (original red) Twizzlers. I’m positively addicted to them (but can’t get them here).

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
Uh, I don’t know. Usually, crispy nori snacks is as fancy as it gets.

26. Favorite pumpkin thing to eat?
Pumpkin soup, drizzled with pumpkinseed oil, preferably with some croutons as well.
And then, of course, all the cookie / cake variants.

MoFo Post #25: interview with myself (food inside)

I copied this from Kris’ blog. Her answers made me feel like doing a survey.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
At seven, because I had to (I don’t function well in the morning).

2. How do you like your steak?

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Die unabsichtliche Entführung der Frau Elfriede Ott.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Oh, that’s a really hard decision. Probably Buffy or Firefly.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I don’t know; I haven’t even been out of Europe yet! (Although I came pretty close once or twice…)

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Coffee with soymilk. Then I had to run to be on time for a course.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
As Kris said: “I simply love good food, no matter where it’s from”.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Tinned mushrooms – Kris, you’re so right.
And, for some obscure reason, blackcurrant.

9. Favorite Place to eat?
Ginko. Or at home. Preferably while reading (I know!).

10. Favorite dressing?
Kernöl (yess.)

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Erm… I ride a bicycle, if that counts. Her name is Epona.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Probably jeans and T-shirts (especially my dark grey octopus tee). I can dress “like a girl” too, if I feel like it. ;)

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Portland, Oregon. Using this book as a kind of travel guide.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Half full, of course. Keep pouring.

15. Where would you want to retire?
Hell, I can’t even plan ahead as far as next summer! But I guess behind my laptop, writing books.

16. Favorite time of day?
Late afternoon (slanted sunlight in late summer or autumn, or ghostly fog making haloes around the lanterns in the park in winter).

17. Where were you born?

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
I don’t watch sports (either).

(19. Who do you think will not tag you back?)
(20. Person you expect to tag you back first?)
(21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?)
Irrelevant. And I don’t think I’ll ever be on Facebook.

22. Bird watcher?
Hmmm. Yeah, I like to watch the crows in the park.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Definitely not morning. I can’t even talk before I’ve had coffee.

24. Do you have any pets?
Neko and (foster kitten) Kaylee.

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share?
Watch this space. ;)

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
Veterinarian and writer.

27. What is your best childhood memory?
Reading and re-reading Ronja Räubertochter countless times. I still know my way around that forest.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
Cat. Oh, and squid.

30. Always wear your seat belt?

31. Been in a car accident?
I was on a scooter, but the other participant was a car.

32. Any pet peeves?
Here’s my favourite quote of today (from someone’s presentation):
“…the sine qua non, which is to say the non plus ultra…”
Things like this.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Artichoke hearts, olives, pesto, rucola.
(Apparently I like green things on my pizza.)

34. Favorite Flower?
I find carnivorous plants oddly fascinating. Also the weird shapes some orchids come in.

35. Favorite ice cream?
Mango from Amorino. (There is one in Innsbruck.)

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Favourite what?! (Does Doublemeat Palace from Buffy count?)

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test?
I never learned how to drive.

38. From whom did you get your last email?
A workmate.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
I confess. Amazon.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Umm… tots à la mode?

41. Like your job?
Yes. But I like my research and writing more. I wish I could get paid doing that.

42. Broccoli?
Yes. In fact, just before doing this survey. Accompanied by cauliflower and nooch.
(They’re little trees!)

43. What was your favorite vacation?
Scotland, then London – summer of 1997.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
A superhero.

45. What are you listening to right now?
Uncharacteristically, Death Cab For Cutie.

46. What is your color?
All the colours of a flame.

47. How many tattoos do you have?
One, and another one planned.

(48. How many are you tagging for this quiz?)
I’m not playing your game.

49. What time did you finish this quiz?
If you really need to know, around nineish, CET.

50. Coffee Drinker?
Only in order to wake up (and enable talk mode). Then I usually switch to tea.