Friday, December 7, 2007

my food history

We've been tagged by dp! What does that mean exactly? Well, it means that someone wants to know how we became interested in food...we never want to disappoint, so here we go:

What were you cooking/baking 10 years ago?
Well, at 19 I was still living at home and dining on my mother's cooking. Although every opportunity I got (while my parents were out) I would experiment in the kitchen with such recipes as lemon bars, homemade donuts and a variety of cookies, with varying degrees of success.

What were you cooking/baking one year ago?
Once Dina and I tied the knot, my cooking & baking skills were kicked up a notch. Being the sous-chef not only helped me hone my skills in the kitchen, but entitled me to the best food I could possibly sample from Dina's ever impressive repertoire.

Five snacks you enjoy (in no particular order):
Ice cream (must have chocolate, chunks of things, and preferably brightly colored packaging), cookies (almost any will do), Kettle Chips, crunchy coated peanuts, cheese.

Five recipes you know by heart:
I can only think of 3!
Tequila Lime Fettucine
Bolognese Sauce
Hummus

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

Only 3 here too!
A massive wine cellar
A walk-in fridge
Cooking lessons at the Cordon Bleu

Five foods you love to cook/bake:

Italian Food/Pasta
Seafood
Peanut butter cookies
Creme brulee
Nachos

Five foods you cannot/will not eat:

Organ meat of any kind
Fruitcake
Warm, sweet cheese
Blue cheese
Kasha

Five favorite culinary toys:

Panini press
Salad spinner
Chef's knife
Microplane
Reamer

Five dishes on your "last meal" menu:
Chicken tikka
Filet mignon
Shrimp scampi
Leg of lamb
Pizza

Five happy food memories:
In no particular order:

1. Having sizzling garlic shrimp in Portugal on vacation with Dina, her sister and brother-in-law and the nephews this past summer.

2. Dining at the now closed restaurant Brunoise with Dina on my birthday where I tasted the most delicious dessert of all time: Vanilla panna cotta with passionfruit and basil coulis.

3. Dining at the souks in Marrakech at food stall #1. So much delicious food for so little.

4. Making donuts with my brother at age 10 while my parents were out. I made the dough, deep-fried them (to a dark brown crisp) and spread crunchy peanut butter on top. Tim Horton's, look out.

5. My mom's chicken soup, which she made every time I was under the weather.

5 comments:

ima said...

funny....I love the same snacks as you Mony.....I never knew that you made donuts...love to make the chicken soup for you, but I don't like when you are under the weather...

dp said...

Why didn't I think of a massive wine cellar too? I'll have to add that to my list.

Thanks for playing along!

deeeeeeena said...

Great job, Mony...but aren't you supposed to tag someone now???

Cynthia said...

what is it with you Mandel boys and the warm, sweet cheese aversion? haha! I think Shawn said that is one of his no nos as well. Too funny! Great post Mony!

Annie Ruok said...

ha ha - my sister's comment's 2 funny! when I read this post, I was almost in tears laughing at the warm, sweet cheese reference, I read it to Shawn right away & he had a good laugh! Mony, your parents should be proud(we did much worse things when we were left alone than that!)