Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Let's Talk about Me

I'm sombebody! I've been tagged by Manggy!

I love memes. I love hearing about how people became interested in food, what food means to them, etc. I especially love to read about stories where people tell of their food awakenings because I can so identify with that. I didn't eat a variety of foods growing up. We only ate Thai food, and specifically Issan-style Thai food. It wasn't until I left home that I was exposed to different foods. Imagine, I never tasted Blue cheese or carnitas or sushi until I was an adult.

So without further delay...

What were you cooking/baking 10 years ago?
Ten years ago I didn’t cook much. I was only 22. I was just transitioning from being a college student into a trophy wife married life. We ate out a lot. If I did cook it was easy stuff like spaghetti or ramen.

What were you cooking/baking one year ago?
One year ago I was cooking pretty much like I do now. If you want to see what that was, take a gander at my previous posts.

Five snacks you enjoy (in no particular order):
Trader Joe’s reduced sodium roasted cashews mixed with dried cranberries
fresh fruit, whatever is in season
cuttlefish jerky (hey, don’t knock it until you try it!)
shrimp chips (yes, I know they are bad for me, but I grew up on them)
pork rinds (yes, I know they are even worse for me than shrimp chips)

Five recipes you know by heart:
Marinara sauce
Fried rice
basic quiche
som tom

Five culinary luxuries you would indulge in if you were a millionaire:

For some reason, I find this question hard! I could only think of 3 off the top of my head.
a new kitchen
a personal chef
a small piece of land to grow a lot of my own food (as it is, I've only got a 2'x8' raised bed on a city lot!)

Five foods you love to cook/bake:

Thai food
Mexican food
Indian food
Chinese food
chocolate cake

Five foods you cannot/will not eat:

sea urchin
raw eggs
insects and the like, including snails, crickets, grasshoppers, ants, etc
chicken feet
raw mackrel

Five favorite culinary toys:

cast iron wok
cast iron skillet
mortar and pestle
stove top espresso maker
salad spinner

Five dishes on your "last meal" menu:
Pad Thai
Thai BBQ chicken with accompanying dipping sauce and sticky rice
Thai green curry with chicken
carnitas tacos
chocolate cake

Five happy food memories:
Eating with my relatives during my visits to Thailand. If it wasn’t raining we ate al fresco out in front of khun yai’s (grandma) house. Otherwise we’d eat inside on mats spread out on the floor even though there was a perfectly usable dining table at our disposal.

Taking my in-laws and Hubby’s friends to House of Nanking in SF for the first time. I think they were a little skeptical that such a ratty looking hole-in-the-wall could have such tasty food. Hubby’s friend Peter had a spoon in one hand and fork in the other and was literally shoveling the food into his mouth.

Making chocolate brownies with Sonny about a month ago. He was upset when he saw I put eggs in the batter, but had no problems licking the bowl when we were done.

The look on Sonny’s face when he saw I baked him a birthday cake with Sonic the Hedgehog on it. I got the cake decal on eBay. It’s true, you really can find anything on eBay!

The time Hubby accidently used Chinese sausage to make spaghetti. How anyone could mistake Chinese sausage for Italian sausage is beyond me. I chuckle every time I think of it.

I'm tagging: Citymama and Miche Mache.


Manggy said...

Thanks for answering, dp!

I've tried squid jerky before. I can see why some people like it but it was very weird to me; paradoxically strong and flavorless at the same time. Can't explain.

"Trophy wife", lol :) Why is Sonny freaked out by the eggs in the batter? You know what is more cringe-inducing? Chinese sausages in spaghetti! :) I get the shivers each time I think of it.

I ate snails once. I was in Paris and I realized it was the last stop of my trip and I haven't eaten anything I hadn't possibly eaten at home. So YAY SNAILS! They tasted good!

dp said...

Did you know there are several flavors of squid jerky? I like the chili flavor best. Maybe you just haven't found your flavor yet :-)

Sonny is very iffy with eggs. He'll eat them sometimes, but I think it depends which way the wind blows.

I'm usually not one to judge, but the Chinese sausage thing was absolutely repulsive.

BTW, I'll get to the other meme, but that one looks like it's going to require deeper thought :-)