I've just started a new diet (and am a bit food-obsessed at the moment) and I'm also in the middle of cooking dinner as I type this. So you'll forgive me if I have food, and only food, on my mind right now.
In honor of my 20 followers (which I couldn't be more thrilled about, by the way, thank you so much for sharing this journey with me!), here are 20 foodie facts about me.
1) Tonight we're having a beef roast cooked in red wine and beef broth with parmesan-covered roasted brussel sprouts for dinner.
2)I had never bought fresh brussel sprouts at the grocery store until today. (Which is really sad, come to think of it.) But I saw them and thought they'd taste good with parmesan cheese, which I already had at home, so I got some. Then I had to google a recipe because I'd never made roasted vegetables before today either.
3)I also bought artichokes at the store today (something I do regularly--I love them with mayo) and the cashier had to ask me what they were. (He recognized the brussel sprouts, at least).
4)I love spinach, too. When I was little, if I was sick, I always asked my mom to make me Stouffer's spinach souffle.
5)I'd also ask her to give me canned Bing cherries. I love cherries, especially canned sour cherries from Germany.
6)Actually, I like most sour/tart fruit--like cranberries and ligonberries.
I love ligonberry jam with some kind of freakish passion, but it's hard to find, and since I'm gluten intolerant, I can't eat it on toast anymore, which is a big fat bummer.
7)When I lived in Holland, I was just starting to have stomach issues related to gluten. My host family ate bread 2 meals a day 6 days a week and 3 meals on Sundays. I was surrounded by some of the most delicious bakeries in the world and my hatred of bread became the family joke. It sucks to be gluten intolerant, and now I crave bread. Ironic, huh?
8)Gluten free bread generally tastes like crap. Whole Foods Bakery makes decent bread (the only kind my discerning palate will tolerate) for $7 a loaf.
9)I could eat my weight in gluten free brownies and cupcakes though, and unfortunately, probably have. Hence the need to diet.
10)I LOVE casseroles and congealed salads. If I had my way, everything I ate would involve either a can of cream of chicken soup or a bag of mini marshmallows.
11)My German friends informed me that anything made of Jello and marshmallows cannot *actually* be called a "salad". I beg to differ.
12)For reasons I don't fully understand, I spent a year living in Hungary and never ate gulash once.
13)For other reasons I don't understand, I once saw (but did not eat) a Dutch pizza made of mayo, tuna fish, and corn.
14)The strangest (but strangely delicious) sandwich I ever ate was in England--pressed ham and coleslaw on white bread with butter.
15)I love to cook, but feel very ambivalent about baking. The day they came out with the pre-made cookie squares that you throw on a cookie sheet and bake was one of the happiest of my life.
16)This doesn't mean that I can't bake, or don't bake well. I just prefer making desserts I don't have to cook, like my Frozen Banana Split Cheesecake (a recipe I made up and keep a closely guarded secret).
17)I have learned, however, to keep my bravado to myself. At my first job (as a waitress), with no prior experience filling out a job application, I came across the "Anything else you'd like to tell us" box and wrote idiotically, "I can cook anything if I have a recipe to follow." Guess whose manager called her off the dining room floor to make eclairs when the pastry chef got sick? Fortunately, I made some damn good eclairs (and while I was in the kitchen, whipped up a congealed salad, too, because there was no one available to do that, either).
18)Up til now, I have not acknowledged that I was the one whose hot oil nearly burned the house down, and when dumped out the back door, created a burn mark in the yard where the grass never grew again.
19)There are only a few foods I flatly refuse to eat: liver (and any other organ meat), soy, tofu, meat substitutes, and mushrooms.
20) I'd like my last meal to be a fliet mignon with a blue cheese cream sauce, spinach souffle, garlic roasted potatoes, and some cold chocolatey, cherry-filled dessert. And an extra large lime margarita. :-)