Cooking With...Jellyphish

Jellyphish eating with her husband and daughter, Isis

Today our Cooking With... feature goes into the home and refrigerator of vegan CafeMom jellyphish...


CM: Tell me about your family. How many kids do you have and what are their ages? Which of your family members are vegetarian vs. vegan?

I am vegan; my husband is vegetarian, but he's vegan at home; and our 18-month-old daughter, Isis, is vegan.

What are Isis's favorite things to eat?

Right now Isis loves bread and fruit. Her favorites are generally blueberry waffles and fresh fruit for breakfast, and pita and rice and beans for lunch and dinner. I try to sneak in veggies somewhere, and she loves manna bread for a snack.

What is one thing you can make better than everyone else?

Cupcakes! I love baking, and I make some great cupcakes. My favorite is banana blueberry. I also make a really yummy vegan banana-yam cheese cake.

If you could eat one food every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I'd have to say falafel pita wraps with hummus and veggies. Yum!

What is the last birthday party you had for Isis and what was the theme?

Isis has only had one birthday, and it was butterfly-themed. I made her a banana-blueberry butterfly cake, and I served tempeh salad sandwiches and various snack foods. Because she's so young, there weren't any games. (Well, except how many new toys can I hold at the same time?)

How did you learn how to cook?

Oh, I'm still learning. I bake well, but I'm not a great cook. I learned from my mother and now my husband, and I read cookbooks and visit veg-friendly Web sites for tips.

Do you have a favorite cookbook?

The Joy of Vegan Baking and La Dolce Vegan are my most loved cooked books.

If you could meet one celebrity chef who would it be?

Sarah Kramer (the author of La Dolce Vegan and similar books). She has some amazing tricks, she's very intelligent, and she seems like such a fun, lively, passionate person.

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