Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Very Tardy Tag

Back in July, Dani of The Average Cook had tagged me for a meme, one that I have let slide for quite some time. Many apologies and thanks go out to Dani. I’ve given it a food-related spin, the better to whet the appetite:

What were you cooking/baking ten years ago?

Not very much. I’ve been cooking and baking for years, but back then I spent a lot of time and money in restaurants.

What were you cooking/baking one year ago?

A Thanksgiving feast for five with all the trimmings, all from scratch. Times have changed from ten years ago.

Five snacks you enjoy:

Utz Salt and Vinegar Chips
Rosemary crostini
Terra Chips
Franklin’s Crunch ‘n Munch

Five recipes you know by heart:

Marinara and other red sauces
Pancakes and waffles
Tagine with couscous
Basic layer cake with frosting
Pie crust

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

A kitchen twice the size with ample storage and counter space
Double the ovens, both of them in the wall at eye level
Professional stovetop with six burners
A small collection of glittering copper saucepans and skillets
Domestic help to scrub the kitchen once a week

Five foods you love to cook/bake:

Pasta and sauces
Herbal everything

Five things you cannot/will not eat:

Pearl tapioca
Blood pudding, sausage…you get the idea.
Soft-boiled eggs
Egg salad
Okra, but that is changing but fast.

Five favorite culinary toys:

Programmable coffee maker AND
The little Bialetti stovetop espresso maker I’ve had for years
Magic Line professional cake pans
A red clay Emil Henry tagine
An immersion blender

I am passing this on to Lucy, Julie, Laurie, Ann, Sylvia, Carnation and Dhanggit with the understanding that no one is under any obligation to participate; let it be only as your interest and time allow. For those tagged and anyone else who would like to play along, please help yourself and be at liberty to customize this meme to suit your taste. --


  1. Susan, lovie ~ I don't know what I'd do without my stovetop espresso maker either. I wouldn't have survived this year, that is for sure (okay, I exaggerate, but the importance of the coffee maker is not lost).

    I had no idea about your aversion to soft-boiled eggs. I'll be sure never to serve you my most favorite of breakfasts: eggs benedict.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Tag noted.

    Tapioca is, quite possibly, the most revolting taste. Ever.

    I want me one of those tagines...

  3. What surprise,the tag is in my agenda right now.
    Tapioca pearls with red wine are good. Happy Thanksgiven for you and your family.

  4. I'm with you on most of the luxuries, we have domestic helpers here, however, it's a great service.
    Okra's supposed to be good for the brains, especially for Maths lessons, or so we were told as children!

  5. Get working on that Okra phobia!!
    I'm not unpartial to the odd bit of blood sausage either but that's probably down to Scandi blood!!
    I'm grooving on (not literally) your stuffed potatoes! I would live on potatoes if I could and this is a must-make!

  6. Thanks for the tag, Susan. I'll keep it in my back-pocket for one of those days when I feel compelled to post something but don't feel like cooking. :-)

    I've also got a Bialetti stovetop espresso maker that I adore... just used it last night, in the hope that a shot of caffeine might liven up my turkey-stuffed family.

  7. culinary luxuries sound good ;)
    don't know how one survived before the invention of that immersion blender!!!!!!!

  8. Susan!

    Thanks for sharing!! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  9. Hi Susan,
    That's a good twist to the meme. I would like to have the same culinary luxuries as you if I were a millionaire.

    p/s: I like that photo.

  10. Love reading memes. :) I'm with you on wanted a bigger kitchen but have to disagree on the blood/black pudding - it's one of my favourites!

  11. i love reading memes too! i think we have the same culinary luxury indulgences given the means :-)anyways..for things you can't eat..i can eat them all..LOL wee the blood sausages the boudin noir as we say it in french, i love them! he he he

  12. Shaun – My aversion to soft-boiled eggs is mostly confined to the classic egg cup breakfast. I do happen to like Eggs Benedict, as long as the whites aren’t runny. I can enjoy a gently cooked yolk; in fact, I do prefer it to a hard-cooked one. Having said that, I don’t mind deviled eggs though I am repulsed by egg salad. It all gets very complicated and silly, but there it is. Ah, one’s culinary quirks!
    Lucy – From what I hear, ground tapioca starch is an excellent thickening agent, but I literally cannot get close enough to the boxes in the grocer to check it out.

    I do see a tagine in your future. Given your love of Middle-Eastern cuisines, it will be impossible for you to hold out forever.
    Hi, Sylvia! Thanks for your holiday well wishes. I’m sure tapioca is tasty with red wine, but I would have to drink a heck of a lot of that wine before I could try the pearls. : )
    Sra – I’ve had the luxury of domestic help before, but find my current kitchen so small that I can deal w/ it myself. What I don’t spend on help, I instead invest in premium groceries.

    I'll bet there is at least some merit to okra’s attributes. I did well in math, but had no passion for it. Perhaps if I had eaten my gumbo…
    F & P – I’m making my first okra dish later this week, not very much unlike the one you posted some months ago. In fact, I had something quite similar in a restaurant; I hold it responsible for my conversion.

    My new Swedish cookbook has tons of excellent vegetable recipes, many of them feature potatoes. I’m w/ you; love the spuds.
    Ann – I like your “back-pocket” approach. Memes work best when the caprice strikes rather than a mandate.
    Richa – I’ll not give up my traditional blender, but there’s nothing like an immersion model to literally whip up some soup right in the pot it was simmered in.
    Thanks for tagging me, Dani. I knew I would get around to it…eventually. : )
    Thanks, Nora. I’m not unhappy with my kitchen, but hey, if you’ve got the cash…
    Wendy – If I grew up in the UK, Scandinavia or one of several other European countries, I may well have developed a taste for black pudding.
    Dhanggit – Hmmm…there must be *something* that you don’t like to eat. I’m going to adjust my meme post to include you in the tag. We shall find out…. ; )

  13. im sure you will be shocked when you will read the list of food i cannot eat..hope you have a sunny weather..coz i dont have :-(

  14. Thanks for tagging me...would surely love to play along :)