I’m a sucker for blog tag, I admit it. So thanks to Tracee over at Mrs Ed’s Research and Recipes for tagging me. I could so relate to her “cookbook whore” answer. Love it! And I look forward to reading the other tags for the bloggers she chose. It IS nice to get to know your fellow bloggers a little better.
So with that said, here are the answers to my tag:
1. What is your first cooking memory?
The hissing sound of the pressure cooker, my dad making pinto beans, Okie-style.
I’m not sure I can recall my first cooking memory, but I do remember helping to make ice cream with a crank, doughnuts in a deep-fat fryer, and Jell-o pudding from a box, all of which I loved, of course.
2. Which two spices, herbs or flavorings do you find most useful (besides salt and pepper)?
I have a real passion for cardamom in anything. Other than that, probably coffee flavor. I am not a habitual coffee drinker, but I love coffee-flavored things.
3. If you could be a fly on the wall of any kitchen, which one would it be? (past, present or future)
Hmmmmm. I’d love to be a fly on the wall of the kitchen where MFK Fisher threw dinner parties for money in Paris during her early years there.
4. If you could invite a historical figure to your home to cook dinner for who would it be? (past, present or future)
I’d love to invite a European gourmet from the 1600s or 1700s, someone without much exposure to American cuisine. I’d love to cook dinner for them to show how American cuisine has evolved over time. I’m interested in the flavors that define our national cuisine: bacon, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, coffee. It would be fun to share that with a gourmet from the past and compare notes and discuss culinary history in terms of access to foods and cooking traditions. I can get pretty geeked out on that kind of thing.
5. If you could spend one week in any country in the world, in an average kitchen, learning to cook the local cuisine, which country would it be?
Can’t choose! France, Ethiopia, or India.
6. When you are very busy, what easy meal/dish do you usually prepare?
Bacon and eggs, breakfast for dinner.
7. What are your favorite recipes on your blog?
Wow. Great question. Well, all things quince, of course. And then, my GF Cardamom Cookies, which are not SCD-legal; if anyone has an SCD recipe for that, PLEASE send it my way. I’m also a big fan of all of the coconut milk ice creams (most of which can be sweetened with honey for SCD). Figs in pork fat and my husband’s pulled pork are also favorites. Mmm!
8. If you could have anyone cook a meal for you, who would it be?
My paternal grandmother, Ruth. She died when my dad was a young man, but I’ve been told I inherited her love of cooking. She and her people were from
AlabamaArkansas (says Dad, correction), so I’d love to have a typical southern dinner made by her.
9. Is there a meal you will never forget? Describe it?
Too many! One recent memory is of actually being sick of foie gras as I was served yet another HUGE portion of it in a salad in Toulouse in an outdoor restaurant above the Victor Hugo market. By then, I was truly tired of foie gras because I’d had so much of it, but it was the only gluten-free dish on that particular menu. Note: I LOVE foie gras.
10.What is your favorite dessert?
Whipped cream. Plain and simple. This has always been my very favorite dessert.
I love the SCD French cream, so I don’t feel deprived at all. I love it with raspberry-honey jelly and macadamia nuts. I eat this a few times a week!
I feel like many SCD desserts are a variation on peanut butter and jelly, which is just fine by me. Fruit with nuts is a classic combo for a reason.
Okay, now I would love to tag these favorite bloggers and hope they have the desire and time for a good game of blog tag:
- Kat at SCD Kat’s Food Blog
- Beth at bethsblog
- Teri and Sierra at Grain-Free Foodies
- Andrea at farmgirldiet
- Michelle at Gluten-Free Smiles
Here are my questions:
1. How long have you been eating SCD/GAPS or GF and what health issues has it helped you with?
2. What is your favorite cookbook and why?
3. What do you usually order out in restaurants?
4. What of your current foods do you really love and embrace, and which from your past food life do you seriously miss?
5. What are some of your favorite recipes on your blog?
6. Where would you like to take a culinary vacation?
7. Why did you start blogging?
8. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten, or what is a strange food you would like to eat?
9. What is your favorite food shop and why?
10. What do you think people should know about diet?