Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Five: Are you Chef enough?

REVHROD from over at revgalblogpals brings us today's Friday Five. This Fall my family has been energetically watching Top Chef on the Bravo channel. My teenage daughter watches with the dream of some day being a chef. My husband watches because he loves reality shows and I mean, really loves them. Plus the whole competition thing really works for him. Me, I love cooking and good food. Every so often I get an idea from this group of talented young chefs who are competing for big money and honors galore.The winner for this season was Hung. Not the fan favorite, but he won fair and square. In his bio, he says if he were a food "I would be spicy chili - it takes a while to get used to, but once you eat it you always come back for more!" With that in mind, here is this week’s Friday Five.

If you were a food, what would you be?
A strawberry. When I was a little girl, we would go to the strawberry fields to pick the ripened strawberries. It was such a fun time. We would eat some of them as we would go along. By the time we were done, we had that red juice done the front of our tee shirts and all over our hands and face. Sheer joy, Sheer succulence. I would be a strawberry just because of the memories. Besides it is such a great tasting fruit, now admit it.

What is one of the most memorable meals you ever had? And where?
Memorable meals? M-m-m. It could be the first date I had with Bob at that little German restaurant. Or it could be the meals we were treated to in Germany by his friends. Or it could be the meals my grandma Carlisle would fix. Or it could be the meals we had in China. Fiddle Dee, I just don’t know which one to choose.

What is your favorite comfort food from childhood?
Anything home baked, chocolate and ice cream.

When going to a church potluck, what one recipe from your kitchen is sure to be a hit?
You mean the ones that hit like a brick? Don't ask me to make biscuits. Or the ones that are a hit with the kids? That would be my cookies, home made Chocolate chip.

What’s the strangest thing you ever willingly ate?
Oh my, I really don’t know what to say. I have willingly eaten a lot of different wild meat, but then found it to be good. We really didn’t eat anything strange in China, although the presentation of the food was different than here, and so a little strange. I ate fish head soup, which was wonderful. No dog or cat meat. But, and I do say but, in the first group we went with to China, some of them did eat a strange/different thing that is considered a delicacy; Fried water bugs. Yep, you heard me right, and they enjoyed them.

Bonus: Who was my favorite chef? I have two; my Grandma Carlisle and my dad. My Grandma was the best Southern Cook. And my dad followed in her footsteps, but he was really better at baking. On the other hand, my Grandma Eastman, just could not cook, and neither could my mom. Guess who cooks in our family now?


jill said...

good, yummy play!

Songbird said...

Water Bugs? Eeek!

1-4 Grace said...

And how does one fry a "water" bug?
You realize this sounds like the beginning of a really bad joke?
Yum, homemade sweets!!!

Melissa said...

Love the strawberry story!

Sally said...

great play Abi, I wouldn't go for fried water bugs but have eated real birds nest soup! I'd forgotten about that until I read your blog.
As for chocolate and ice-cream- yum...

Elane said...

Okay, Rev Abi -- you win with the water bugs. I suddenly feel plebian.

leah sophia said...

strawberries--great memories for me, as well. and i just love your unique bonus! thanks for playing!

Wyldth1ng said...

I don't think you are supposed to bake chocoalte and ice cream together unles in a Baked Alaska.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

all that southern cookin' i can practically see paula deen in your kitchen right now!

RevHRod said...

Water bugs, huh? No thank you very much! Ordinarily I like Chinese food- all kinds of it! But I think I would draw the line there. Thanks for a fun play.

redheadrev said...

water bugs!? Yuck! Good play!