So I figured I'd easy the pain with a nice soothing meme. Actually before The Meme That Would Not End dropped out of the sky last week, I'd been planning to post this one...
- Can you cook?
Well, I'm not going to make it into the Michelin Guide, but I haven't given myself serious food poisoning yet either, so I would say yes, I can cook.
- Do you like to cook?
I do actually... the results are occasionally not worth bothering about (but usually those failed experiments are when I have nothing much in the house and try and construct something anyway), but I quite like the chopping and preparing and combining and whatnot.
- Do you consider yourself a good cook?
See Q1. I'd say I'm not bad.
- What do you eat for breakfast?
I'm boring, I have Weetbix every weekday morning (previously it was five, but I'm trying it out with four just to see if that makes any kind of difference), it's quick and easy and fills me up.
- When, where and how do you eat on weekdays?
Well, now that I'm working again breakfast, as per Q4 is Weetbix at home. Lunch is mostly Subway (but occasionally other things of a bad-and-wrong variety depending on what else I'm trying to do during lunch)... I ALWAYS leave the office though, it would drive me nuts if I didn't get a little sunshine at some point during the day. Dinner is usually one of a few regular options, some things (like Smashed Broccoli) are pretty much a constant, but the rest I make up depending on how I feel. And as for "when", breakfast is around 7am, lunch is mostly at noon and dinner is between 6 and 7pm (give or take).
- When, where and how do you eat on weekends?
Weekends tend much more to be "opportunity eating", I never cook, I just make do with whatever and eat more or less when I'm hungry... and added to that they're also usually a carb-fest (which is especially bad and I really need to work out a way to stop that... except that carbs are so damn tasty!).
- How often do you eat in a restaurant?
A proper sit-down, menu, full service restaurant? Not very often.
- How often do you order delivery/take-out?
More often than the restaurant thing (and more often again now that I'm working), but not really that often either.
- Buffet, take-out or sit-down restaurant?
You know what, I miss Sizzler... sorry, the whole buffet thing just made me think about it (mmmm multiple serves of soup and then multiple desserts all in those teeny tiny bowls)... I don't know that I necessarily have a preference... it depends on my mood and if I'm with other people or not. I'd probably come down on the side of take-out, if only because usually by my self.
- What are your signature dishes?
Well, a number of things I've blogged the recipes for couple possible count as "signature"... Toona Noodle Do, Tuna Morney, Heardbeast, Smashed Broccoli... but there's a bunch of stuff that I make that isn't overly difficult like Green Chicken Curry or Chicken Cacciatore that I do pretty well... not sure if they're technically a signature though.
- Have you ever cooked for more than six people?
Ummm... I think I made Tuna Morney for Sunday dinner at Sheba's once... which was probably around six people... but that's about it.
- Do you cook every day?
No... definiately not on weekends (as previously indicated), and some week nights are just microwaving or boiling or whatever.
- Have you ever tried recipes from blogs?
I have indeed... I made Tom's Chicken Curry once (must do that again, only in a way that doesn't involve quite so much effort, or such large pieces of chicken... and must remember to start the whole process much, much earlier)... and I'm very tempted to give Andrew's chicken stock/soup thing a try some time soon.
- Do you cook totally differently compared to your mother/parents?
Well, some of the stuff that's still on the list of things I make comes from Ma... and I think she tends to cook stuff slightly differently to the way I do it, but I wouldn't say that we cook totally differently these days, no. Both of us do currently cook radically differently to the way Ma cooked when I was growing up though.
- Are you a vegetarian or could you imagine being one?
I'm not one... although I do have a tendency to use a lot of vegetables in things, and I'm very fussy about what kinds of meat I eat (or at the very least the appearance of said meat)... but I don't know that I could actually imagine being a vegetarian.
- What would you like to cook which you haven't dared to make yet?
I don't think that there is really anything that I haven't "dared" to make... there's a whole lot of stuff that I just don't have any interest in making, or that I wouldn't mind trying but I just haven't had the time/energy/commitment to make.
- Do you prefer cooking or baking?
Cooking probably, because while baking is easier, the stuff you make when baking tends to be much worse for you... and I end up eating it all.
- Homemade or store-bought?
As sad as it sounds, probably store bought for a lot of things... it's just easier, plus I don't have the time or energy to be making every little thing from scratch.
- What is your greatest misery in the kitchen?
I don't know what I really have any great miseries in the kitchen... I still have some trouble with cooking a steak to anything resembling perfection, but I'm working on it.
- What is your number one comfort food?
- If you were on a deserted island, what one food would you want to have with you?
Gravy... because then I could use the gravy boat to sail to freedom. Thank you, I'll be here all week, remember to tip your waitress!
- What is your biggest weakness when it comes to food?
Things that are bad for me. Nothing specific, just the whole genre... if it's tasty and bad for you, generally I'm up for it.
- What food can you absolutely not eat?
Any of the internal organs... I just can't be having with any of that stuff (expect maybe kidneys, but only in a steak and kidney pie, and even then they're not my first preference). And things that have little fiddly bones (although to be honest I'm not that fussed on bones of any kind) or attached heads, not up for that either.
- What is the most decadent dish you’ve had?
When we first got a Death By Chocolate store here in Adelaide back in the mid 90's I had some pretty decadent stuff then... but lately it's possibly the Sara Lee Moccona Cappuccino Indulgence icecream.
- What is your favourite type of food?
Ummm... "tasty"? I don't think I could narrow it down to just one type (and what defines a "type" of food anyway?)...
- What is your favourite dish?
I can't say that I have one singluar favourite dish either... I might be picky about the things I will and won't eat (at least in theory), but never let it be said that I don't like my food (and therein lies the problem).
- If you could go to any restaurant you wanted, which one would it be?
The place I really would have liked to try was a Melbourne restaurant called Black Out (or The Dark Side of 604... or both, not sure) where you dine in the dark (there was one in Sydney too) but they're both closed now. But maybe somewhere that does some of that fancy and weird molecular gastronomy stuff.
- Are you a soup or salad person?
I don't see this as an "either or" kind of question... in the summer when it's hot, I like salad (but real actual salad, not two bits of lettuce and half a tomato)... in the winter when it's cold, I like soup. See, no need to choose!
- What is the most impressive dinner you’ve ever made?
Not sure that I've ever made much that you would really count as "impressive"... I'm not really that type of cook.
- Do you know what vichyssoise is?
It's cold soup, right? I have no idea what it's supposed to be made of though... I know that gazpacho soup is made from tomatoes though, does that help?
- Can you name at least three TV cooking personalities?
Interestingly, most of the ones that immediately sprang to mind and that I can name off the top of my head are English... but since I only have to pick three, I'll go with Delia Smith, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver.
- Who is your favourite TV cook?
You're obsessed with this concept of "favourites" you know that? Once upon a time it was Jamie Oliver, back when he was cute and floppy haired and not so interested in saving the world... but there really isn't anybody that spring to mind these days.