I had been secretly jealous that no one had tagged me since starting this blog, and lo, now I’m “It”. Except of course this is a food blog, so I am going to modify the questions to food as much as possible. Is this allowed???
1. Name your favorite professional cook or restaurant
. That is tough one, since a few of my friends are also some of the best cooks I know, so I will change it to favorite restaurant. The place I will always go to is Vij’s restaurant, their food has been good for a long time.
2.Who is your favorite historical cook
? Julia Child, (does being dead make you historical?). She won me over by her complete lack of pretension and abundant enthusiasm for cooks trying to find their way. I also love reading Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s book the Physiology of Taste
in the same way that I enjoy reading some poets.
3.What kind of pitch would you give the Food Network
? Well, the underground baker needs to go on a trip looking for underground food trends and tastes funded by making a documentary/TV show of it. Oh dear, I think it’s been done before…but not by me!
4.Which is your favorite city for food, (not mentioning your home town)?
Mexico City, San Francisco and home, (I know, I’m not supposed to say that, but the food here can be pretty dam fine). Oooh, Singapore was amazing, too. But I still have a lot more cities to explore.
5.Who is your favorite food writer? Anthony Bourdain
, not because his food is good, (it could be shite for all I know), but because his writing makes me laugh and celebrates good food without being too pretentious. I also like the writing of the of man who ate everything, Jeffrey Steingarten
6.Are you a Wilsonian Idealist or Nixonian Realist in foreign policy?
I would have to think too hard to convert that one to a food question. Any suggestions?
7.What is your favorite food show?
I like Nigella
and of course the already mentioned Mr. Bourdain. Having not seen too many shows I don’t really have much to draw on. Any recommendations? (Any of the Iron Chef shows look too much like work.)
Whew, that was the first set of tag questions, and now for the second. I will try to maintain food content.
1.What were you doing 10 years ago?
Cooking my ass off.
2.What were you doing 1 year ago?
Chasing children, baking, visiting family.
3.What five snacks do you enjoy?
Many cheeses with crusty bread, tapas or antipasto, cake, my sister’s broccoli salad, chips and dip.
4.What five recipes do you have memorized?
Beurre blanc, hollandaise, waffles, pizza dough, chocolate chip cookies, (ok, I have to admit, I probably have hundreds in my head, but the first two are ones I will remember on my deathbed even if I never make them again, and the last three are what I make way too often).
5.What five things would you do if you were a millionaire?
If it was a cool mil, I’d take care of my family, (that would take care of most of the money), buy a cabin somewhere nice, let my man buy some gadgets no matter what they were, build myself an amazing pantry made up of all the condiments I cannot afford, (beautiful balsamic vinegars, olive oils, truffles and the like) and travel a bit. If it was a multi-mil, I’d do the same plus I’d do some research with communities that need help, here at home and in other countries, to find out what they believe they need and fund them.
6.List five bad food/eating habits.
Leaving cookbooks all around, nibbling my nails, eating too much chocolate (I talking kilos!), doing too many things last minute when cooking, and eating chips.
7.What five things do you like cooking/preparing?
Making my coffee in the morning, crepes, stirring ganache, roasting/braising meats, icing cakes, kneading bread, making cassoulet, (ok, that’s six, but my list is endless).
8.What five things would you never eat or buy?
Store bought fish sticks, power bars, energy drinks or pop, artificial sweeteners or whiteners, margarine.
I tag nowt
, mr anchovy
and echos of a dream
…I tag so many because I don’t expect you to do the tag unless you feel like it. Remember, it’s a food tag.
Do one, both or none!