I have always been a fan of making a "wave" in a sports arena, so it makes sense that I love playing tag and kick the can and having water fights in the summer. I am sorry to say that difficult family circumstances have made my writing a little flat, but here's my go at a meme that has been travelling around the food blogosphere for some time now. One of the funniest series of answers can be found on the scent of green bananas, my secret blog crush. I was tagged this morning by Will of Cooking Fire, a very informative and thoughtfully written blog about the foods and cookery of Mexico.
What is the first memory of baking or cooking on your own?
does making candles count? I made a lot of scrambled eggs in grade school.
Who had the most influence on your cooking?
cliche as it sounds, my mother. as an adult, Laurie Colwin and Jane Grigson.
Do you have a photo of your early foray into the culinary arena?
nope, not that I know of.
Mageiricophobia - do you suffer from any cooking phobia, a dish that makes your palms sweat?
I am frightened of puff pastry, wedding cakes and huge pieces of meat.
What would be your most valued or used kitchen gadgets and/or what was the biggest letdown?
love: red Kitchen-Aid, sharp peelers, my wide orange bowl scraper, and I have a heavy antique small to mid-sized cake pan that is my baby. letdown: nouveau whisks.
Name some funny or weird food combinations/dishes you really like - and probably no one else would.
rare roastbeast on cinnamon raisin bread with mayo and mustard. toast with miracle whip and heirloom tomatoes with salt and pepper.
What are the three eatables or dishes you simply don’t want to live without?
Three?! shellfish, chocolate, stonefruit (runners up: foie gras, toast, stonefruit)
Your favorite ice-cream?
the ones I make, freshly churned. malt, verbena, butterscotch, chocolate mint.
You will probably never eat?
bugs, worms, eyes, chittlins, (most offal.)
Your own signature dishes?
roast chicken, roasted veggies, hot fudge sauce, egg babies, pot de creme.
Any signs that this passion is going slightly over the edge and may need intervention?
underpaid, overworked, sciatica, spider veins that beat my grandmother's legs, dreaming about desserts, almost unable to read about anything but food.
Any embarrassing eating habits?
you tell me.
Three people to pass it on to:
I think I'm the last one to get it.