Know me through food.

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Never being one to turn down a challenge I shall now respond to a similar entry that my pal Milo posted on his blog answering questions about food.

1. Can you cook?

Hell yes!

2. Do you like to cook?

It is one of the great joys in my life.

3. What do you eat for breakfast?

Two coffees and 4 cigarettes…though I realize that is technically not eating.

4. When, where and how do you eat on weekdays?

Always in the office at my desk ofr in the newsroom. What I eat depends on if I have leftovers from dinner the night before. If I don’t have that option I buy creole food from Monix next to work.

5. When, where and how do you eat on weekends?

Same as weekdays but on Sunday I usually make a lunch to take with me to work.

6. How often do you eat in a restaurant?

Very seldom as I find it much easier to cook at home.

7. How often do you order delivery/take-out?

Hardly ever.

8. Buffet, take-out or sit-down restaurant?

Sit-down I guess.

9. What are your signature dishes?

Caesar salad with my yummy dressing, braised pork tenderloin in dijon, fettucine in a creamy morel sauce.

10. Have you ever cooked for more than six people?

I once ran a restaurant so the answer is a resounding yes and tonight I will be helping Alvin out for his nephew’s birthday by cooking for 50.

11. Do you cook every day?

Usually I do.

12. Have you ever tried recipes from blogs?

I have never followed a recipe in my life. All I have to do is see or taste something and I can deconstruct it and make my own version of it.

13. Do you cook totally differently compared to your mother/parents?

I most certainly hope so. My biological father is a good cook but never ventures into the realms of haute cuisine in which I frequently like to frolic.

14. Are you a vegetarian or could you imagine being one?

I went a year without eating anything with a face but I have to confess a taste for steak tartar and anything that came from a pig.

15. What would you like to cook which you haven’t dared to make yet?

I would love to make a cassoulet but the ingredients are key and not available here I also don’t have the patience to spend a day making it.

16. Do you prefer cooking or baking?

I loathe baking because it is all about exactitude and following a recipe.

17. Home-made or store-bought?

Home-made without question..

18. What was your biggest cooking disaster?

I don’t actually think I ever had one but I vaguely recall an unimpressive attempt at chicken mole when I was a teenager ( I used milk chocolate.)

19. What is your number one comfort food?

Soft boiled eggs in an egg cup served with buttered toast soldiers.

20. If you were on a deserted island, what one food would you want to have with you?

Rappini. 

21. What is your biggest weakness when it comes to food?

Anything spicy and especially anything Vietnamese and spicy. Also fresh oysters ( once devoured 5 dozen at a sitting).

22. What food can you absolutely not eat?

I know this is not a common food but in Trinidad people eat pickled chicken’s feet which I find beyond the pale..

23. What is the most decadent dish you’ve had?

Maigret of duck served with a massive helping of sauteed foie gras in the South of France. I still dream about it.

24. What is your favourite type of food?

Vietnamese hands down. Something about the freshness of the ingredients, the zing and the aroma.

25. What is your favourite dish?

Mashed parsnips with gobs of butter.

26. If you could go to any restaurant you wanted, which one would it be?

None spring immediately to mind but if Bourdain were actually in his Le Halles restaurant I would love to be there and meet him. Otherwise I have a soft spot for Bistro de Paris in Bonaire.

27. Are you a soup or salad person?

Salad.

28. What is the most impressive dinner you’ve ever made?

I never cook to impress. I cook to make people happy.

29. Do you know what vichyssoise is?

I make it every now and then…it is the happy soupy marriage of potato, leeks and cream served chilled. A wonderful summer dish so thank you France.

30. Can you name at least three TV cooking personalities?

Surely you jest.

31. Who is your favourite TV cook?

Anthony Bourdain but I adore Nigella in all her voluptuousness.

 

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4 Comments to “Know me through food.”

  1. Enjoyed reading that though I have no idea what rappini is :S

  2. Rapini (also known as Broccoli Rabe (or Raab), Broccoletti, Broccoli di Rape, Cime di Rapa, Rappi, Friarielli (in Naples), and Grelos) is a common vegetable in Galician, Chinese, Italian, and Portuguese cuisine. The plant is a member of the Brassiceae tribe of the Brassicaceae, whose taxonomy is very difficult.[1] Rapini is classified scientifically as Brassica rapa subspecies rapa,[2] in the same subspecies as the turnip, but has had various other designations, including Brassica rapa ruvo, Brassica rapa rapifera, Brassica ruvo, Brassica campestris ruvo.

  3. I do like broccoli 🙂

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