It is always an honour to be nominated for an award. It gives you the reassurance you are doing something somebody else appreciates. I was originally awarded the Liebster Award by my blogging friend John over at From the Bartolini Kitchens and now from Kalesija who blogs at The Vintage Cook Bookery. Kalesija writes about cookbooks as time capsules, why she collects them, and how they reflect cultures, trends, technology and food history and currently has 3,633 cookbooks! That’s a very impressive collection!
In light of the fact I have already received this award and with it being that super busy time of year for everybody I shall break all the rules and not forward it on at the moment but will answer Kalesija’s lovely set of questions.
- What are your favourite herbs to cook with?
Hands down my favourite herb is coriander – fresh, dried, ground, whole – I will find a way to incorporate it. Rosemary is another firm favourite.
- What food do you absolutely refuse to eat?
Tripe and foie gras
- What are your favourite kitchen appliances?
I don’t own too many kitchen appliances and would much rather chose my chef and pairing knives as my favourite.
- If you won $10,000 on the Food Network show, “Chopped”, what would you do with it?
$10,000 equates to roughly R100 000 so I would loads to play with. I’m hoping I don’t have to stick to buying kitchenware as my first thought would be to replace our lounge suite, it is very tired and I would have loads of change to replace our patio furniture and possible enough to put towards another lens for my camera.
- If you could choose one country, whose food you like cooking the most, which country would it be?
That would have to be South Africa. I am patriotic, what can I say.
- If someone said to you, “For your birthday, I’m going to import any food from anywhere in the world for you, and money is no object”, what would it be?
That would have to be truffles – I have yet to taste one and seeing that money is no object, I would like to try the black and white one please. Hope this generous person is also going to prepare speciality dishes with these lovely truffles.
- What is the most you would spend for a cookbook (new)?
Hmm, well seeing that we first printed my cook book when we were living in Mauritius which was a complete disaster and had to reprint it and weren’t able to recover the funds from the first print, that would have to be the most I would ever spend.
- Do you follow a recipe exactly, or take some ‘artistic license’, even if making it for the first time?
That all depends on the recipe – if I am baking something new I will generally stick to the recipe as changing ingredient amounts can cause havoc but if I am cooking something I do tweak it here and there.
- Have you ever made your own cheese and if so, what kind? Would you like to make your own cheese, if you haven’t already tried it?
Nope, never made my own cheese – although John insists it is quite easy, so we have decided we shall wait until I am able to visit him so he can give me a personal lesson. I wonder if I should use some of that $10,000 for an air ticket…
- Do you keep a stocked pantry (if you have some space), or do you just buy what you need for the next few meals? (canned goods, dried pasta, etc.)
I have a pantry cupboard which is always stocked with a few essentials and baking goodies and loads of cat food.
- What would your ‘dream’ kitchen be like?
Big and filled with loads of light and tons of counter space and at least double the amount of drawers I have now, under counter lighting with a separate scullery and separate laundry.
Thanks again to Kalesija for honouring me with this super award. :-)