1. Can you cook? If yes, do you actually like to cook?
I cook pretty well, if I do say so myself. I’m more of an experiment with different flavors and modifying existing recipe sort of person, whereas my husband is a follow directions to a T type of cook. That is why he is a better baker than I am. I do like to cook, but haven’t felt up to doing heavy duty cooking for a long time now. Hopefully all that will change soon.
2. When does your whole family come together to eat?
I don’t have a big family to begin with. But I suppose, when everyone is talking to each other, at the usual foodie holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas. That, and birthday parties for my neices and nephews. The occasional grilling out.
3. What do you have for breakfast?
Depends on a lot of factors. Whether or not it is a weekday or a weekend, if I’m cooking for my husband as well or just for myself, whether or not I have to be anywhere. If just for myself, usually a fried egg sandwich or berries with yogurt and granola, or an English muffin with PB&J, or a couple of hard boiled eggs. This morning I just had a leftover bahn mi sandwich. Leftovers if there is an overwhelming amount left and it needs to be eaten up ASAP. On weekends, we’ll usually go to eat brunch out after hitting the farmers markets during the growing season. In winter, I might try out a new recipe or just do a fry up with some eggs and potatoes and the like. Or make belgian waffles.
4. When, where, and how do you eat during the week?
Breakfast as described in #3. Lunch? Whatever is lying around. Most of the time, leftovers from the night before or something frozen from Trader Joe’s thrown in the microwave, or a grilled panini sandwich. Dinner? Half the time we eat out or my husband will get take out on the way home, the other half the time we cook something. I’m sure when I’m doing more of the cooking, we’ll be eating more often at home during the week. That being said, we prefer eating out during the week rather than on the weekend because of the lack of crowds. Thursday is usually our favorite day to eat out.
5. How often do you eat out?
Currently, 2-3 times a week, easily. We try to do at least one new restaurant each week. The rest of the time we go to old standbys.
6. How often do you order-in or take-out?
A lot more than we should. Between the both of us, at least once a day, especially since my husband doesn’t like packing lunches for work. Sometimes more than once a day (for example, I’ve had bahn mi and Vietnamese coffee each day this week since Saturday – I’m on one of my infamous “kicks” where I don’t feel like eating anything else).
7. If money was no question, would you like to do it more often?
No – in my case, money isn’t the issue – we spend less on eating out than we would on making an equivalent meal at home (organic/local food and exotic ingredients don’t always come cheap). I’d like to eat at home more often, actually – I just wish I felt more up to cooking and/or we weren’t so pressed for time on the weekdays.
8. Are there any standards that make regular appearances on your table?
Various types of pasta with sauce. Speck und eier. Wurst and sauerkraut over mashed potatoes. Grilled sandwiches. Pierogies fried with onions. These are just a few of many others that I can’t think of at the moment.
9. Have you ever cooked for more than 6 people?
Regularly, during the holidays. Often for other family functions (baby showers, birthday parties, etc.) Next year, when I’m feeling much better, I’d like to start throwing dinner parties where I invite 6 other people to dine with us (we have a table that seats 8, and if I drug our dinette table into the foyer (huge, attached to the dining room), we could seat 12.
10. Do you cook daily?
Sadly, no. My husband has been a lifesaver in that regard.
11. Have you ever tried a recipe from another foodblog?
Quite often. The absolute outpouring of talent that food bloggers seem to have never ceases to amaze me. I love reading the blogs of other people that “get it” – this passion for good food that we all seem to have.
12. Who cooks more often in your family?
My husband, hands down. He has the stamina that I don’t have right now.
13. And who cooks better?
Depends on the dish. He’s much better with items that require patience (custards, things that require constant stirring or 100% attention) – I’m better at throwing things together with improvisation and coming out with something edible. I’ve saved more than one bad recipe for getting chucked by somehow “saving” it. I think that my palate is a little more refined than his. He’s just all around skilled.
14. Are there any quarrels because of food?
Sometimes, especially because my husband is so slow…he cooks so meticulously that he can turn a dish that takes an hour into a 3 hour production. Most nights, we don’t eat until well after 9pm, some days not until midnight.
15. Do you cook totally differently than your parents?
I believe so. My mother has a handful of signature dishes that she does well that she rotates between. She doesn’t make new things often. I, on the other hand, like to eat something different all the time. Sometimes the recipe is successful and gets added to an ever growing rotation, sometimes a recipe is a complete failure. I love discovering new flavor combinations. I don’t know my father well enough to know how or what he cooks.
16. If yes, do you still like to eat over at your parents.
I’m not really in communication with either right now. But even before we were estranged, I was never invited over for meals. Even big meals like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
17. Are you a vegetarian or can you imagine living vegetarian?
No and no. It’s not that I couldn’t imagine living vegetarian, because I occasionally have days I don’t eat meat, fish, or poultry. The reason I couldn’t be a vegetarian is because in two months I will have a surgery that will make it 110% imperative that I get mega-doses of protein in every day just to be able to survive. I don’t like plant sources of protein enough to be able to get in the quantities I would need. Meat is a cheap, easy, and tasty way to do that. Just like I wouldn’t be able to maintain a low-carb diet for a long term, neither could I maintain a diet that requires me to give up any food group for good. I do have respect for vegetarians, though. I just know it isn’t right for me.
18. What would you like to try out that you haven’t dared yet?
Caviar. I’m still working my way up to it.
19. Would you rather cook or bake?
I prefer to cook, because there’s more room for creative license there. If you stray too much from a recipe for baked goods, disaster looms.
20. What was the most terrible mess you made in the kitchen?
Hands down, last year’s Thanksgiving dinner. I’m lucky enough to have a man that will clean up behind me, to prevent the mess from getting out of control. I leave a trail of destruction behind me when I cook.
21. What do your kids like to eat best?
I don’t have kids, but I did have custody of my sister for a while. I got her with bad habits already in place, so I say convenience foods. After a while of living with us, she was on a huge sushi kick, though.
22. What would your kids never eat?
See #21. She was actually quite adventurous when it came to trying new things. She couldn’t stand tomatoes, though.
23. What do you dislike most?
Chestnuts. So not a fan, both because of taste and texture. Black licorice, because it overwhelms my palate (although I don’t mind anise flavor when it’s subtle).
Those of you who haven’t done this meme yet, feel free to participate! I’d love to know what your answers are.