Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Meme of Self

I was touched when I saw on one of my favorite food blogs a reference to our little page and a request for me to answer the questions posed in a meme

Who and I to say no to the hands of web-fate.
What were you cooking/baking 10 years ago?
10 years ago I was working on government and putting in perhaps 60 hours a week. I had very little time to cook, but when I found the time tried to be as healthy as possible. I was also very single at the time, so much of my cooking was for one (I find it easier to cook for two especially since my wife is a willing consumer). I made a lot of pastas, and spent some time teaching myself how to make fresh pasta at home – so much better than dried. I also made a lot of curry soups and stews, using Thai canned curry (red, green yellow) and coconut milk. These were very useful for when I cooked for groups of friends.

What were you cooking/baking one year ago?
My wife and I were just newly married, and we did a not of cooking together – a lot of Chinese stir fry with fresh veggies, and I also worked to perfect my father-in-law’s spicy dry Indian shrimp with ginger and garlic.

Five snacks you enjoy:
Sesame oil flavored seaweed sheets – like Asian chips made from laver
Fresh Clementine oranges
bon-chon fried chicken

Five recipes you know by heart:
1) Stir-fry – because there is no recipe – just do it by feel
2) Southern Fried Chicken
3) Indian style dry shrimp with Ginger and Garlic
4) Florentine-style steak with rosemary sauce
5) 1-2-3-4-5 pork ribs

Five culinary luxuries you would indulge in if you were a millionaire:
1) my own garden for vegetables, herbs, and spicy peppers
2) only the finest fresh olive oils for cooking
3) my own butcher with an endless variety of fresh free range meats
4) Regular shipments of mangosteens – you can’t get them here in the US
5) my own cheese cave with cheeses from all over the world

Five foods you love to cook/bake:
1) Fresh dou miao – pea tendrils – with ginger and garlic
2) Fresh bread of any kind
3) I am really into making stuffed pastas lately with all kinds of fillings
4) Crispy roast duck
5) Fried chicken

Five foods you cannot/will not eat:
1) Tripe – can’t do it, lord knows I have tried
2) pig’s feet – trotters
3) Sea cucumber – just can’t dig it
That is about it.

Five favorite culinary toys:
1 - I love my Taiwanese knives made from former Chinese artillery shells – they are awesome
2 – my micro-grater
3) The mandolin my wife bought me many years ago
4) Salad spinner – saves so much time
5) our kitchen aid stand mixer with multiple attachments, including pasta maker and meat grinder

Five dishes on your "last meal" menu:
1 – A cheese selection from Bartholemy in Paris, including Epoisse
2 – my aunt Essie’s fried chicken
3 – pan-cooked trout I caught flyfishing
4 – Fresh sushi from the little dive near sukiji fish market I know
5 – Hong Kong dim sum

Five happy food memories:
1. the first time I made Jiaozi with my wife’s family
2. cooking spaghetti with aunt Essie – because she let me season the sauce
3. Eating Essie’s fried chicken before my brother’s wedding
4. Cooking the food my wife and I cooked at our Thai resort cooking class
5. Eating at Le Jovan in Paris with my father when I was 12 years old

I am passing this meme off to my friend Martin at Berlin Kitchen and ramblingspoon.com/blog/