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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Food...I was tagged...

Ages ago (January 8) I was tagged by Lea and was meant to write a post answering some questions about food. It's a bit late Lea, but here goes:-

My homemade tomato puree

1. What, or who inspired you to start a blog?
Probably Rhonda over at Down to Earth was my inspiration. I read an article by her in a magazine so checked her blog out. She made such sense with her ideas. Then a male friend ‘sneered’ at my use of Facebook, saying I wrote mundane things like, ‘I did the washing and hung it on the line’...which is certainly not true that I would write such a thing as a FB post. However I had been increasingly dissatisfied with the imposed brevity of comments on FB as I longed to elaborate on my I eventually took the plunge and started a blog in November 2010.

2. Who is your foodie inspiration?
Probably my late mother in law Elsie. Both she and my mother were army cooks during WW2 but Elsie was adventurous and would try new recipes right up into her 80s. She of course had her specialities which we all loved. DH enjoys my cooking and tells me all the time how appreciative he is of the meals I cook for him and our family.

3. Your greasiest, batter – splattered food/drink book is?
The grubbiest one would be a little ‘homemade’ recipe book made for fundraising purposes by our parish church. People contributed favourite recipes and I know I have about 5 or 6 in the book. Another grubby recipe book is the Nursing Mother’s recipe book (red cover) that my SIL gave me way back in the 1970s.

4. Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
A seafood meal on Burano Island near Venice; it was 7 courses of the freshest, most beautifully cooked local seafood.

6. What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?
A coffee machine that is easy to use and makes great expresso coffee.!

 7. Who taught you how to cook?
I learned a lot by watching my mum but she was super-critical of my efforts and not very encouraging. I learned the basics at school in Grade 8 but mostly just followed recipe books or TV cooking shows in the 70s and 80s.

My brandy truffles; inspired by my MIL's recipe for rumballs

 8. I’m coming to you for dinner what’s your signature dish?
A roast dinner or boeuf bourguignon

9. What is your guilty food pleasure?
the skin off a roast’re supposed to discard it...I eat it while I’m carving the chicken up.

Tomato and meatball sauce; similar to my mother's recipe

 10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
Despite being a ‘city kid’, I can scale and fillet fish

Hikers cakes (a slice really); I get the recipe from a friend's mother when I was in my early 20s

Mini Christmas puddings
I missed out on buying some of these at the markets, so I came home and made my own! :-)

 So there you go Lea; better late than I won't tag anyone but if a reader would like to answer those questions on their blog, go right ahead and cut and paste the questions into your post.


Humble wife said...

You made me laugh out loud when I read you ate the chicken skin!!

Isn't that the best part?

Loved reading more about you and I am now craving the mini Christmas puddings!


Lea White said...

My grandmother's name was Elsie (or commonly known as Ella). We cannot scale / fillet a fish. Terence went on a fishing trip and he had to ask one of his work buddies to give him a hand.

Maria said...

My father's favourite leisure past-time was fishing; he used to catch hundreds of these small fish called whiting. With a catch that size he needed lots of help to get the fish ready for the he taught me when i was still at primary school. Haven't used it much as an adult as both husbands detest fishing! lol