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.
I have to admit that as a person who has been working through how, why and what she eats, these are hard questions to answer! But I will give it a try.
1.If you were a food, what would you be?
I’ve never eaten this, but I think I would be a chocolate jalapeno cake: soft and sweet but with a surprising bite. Someone once told me this characteristic was one of my gifts for ministry, to be safe-looking, yet able to tell the truth people needed to hear.
2. What is one of the most memorable meals you ever had? And where?
My first dinner out with Pure Luck, at a local Italian restaurant. We had–wait, I don’t remember what we ate. I only remember that my dinner included French Fries, and I was too excited to eat, and he ate them right off my plate.
If you really want to know about food, though, some of the best meals I’ve ever eaten were at The Trellis in Historic Billsburg, where the menu featured items cooked on a mesquite grill. It has changed hands, and I have no idea if it is still as wonderful.
3. What is your favorite comfort food from childhood?
That would be cinnamon toast, with lots of butter. Sigh. My mother mixed the cinnamon and sugar together in a dish. We still do that. But not so much with the butter. Now I have "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter" spray, and I measure out 1/2 tsp. of sugar and sprinkle in the cinnamon. It’s not bad on an English Muffin.
4. When going to a church potluck, what one recipe from your kitchen is sure to be a hit?
Why, my Chocolate Apocalypse Cake, naturally! Many thanks to Camera Obscura for the recipe. (Let’s not discuss the points, okay?)
5. What’s the strangest thing you ever willingly ate?
I grew up in the South, so I would suggest that regional differences would influence this question. Many things that don’t seem at all strange to me are very weird when described to my Yankee husband. I guess I would have to say lobsters cooked in salt water, at a family cookout in a state park on the coast, many years ago. It really put me off lobster.
Bonus question: What’s your favorite drink to order when looking forward to a great meal?
When I’m feeling festive, I’ll order a Cosmopolitan. But most of the time I drink water.