Awarded by THE KITCHEN MASOCHIST on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010
1) I must brag about it
2) I must place the badge/award on the blog.3) I must link the badge to the award giver which in this case is 'The Kitchen Masochist'
4) I must share 10 honest things about myself that are relatively unknown to most.
5) I must pass the torch along to 3 other equally enthusiastic food bloggers.In response to these requirements, I have been like a cow who has been regurgitating its food for the past 2 days and promptly set out to do absolutely nothing about it and here's why -
Since I've already shared the first honest thing about me now, might as well keep going...
2) I'm a born snoot - don't get me wrong, I'm a friendly person but there are things I distinctly go for and things I don't.
I remember I must have been about 9 years old and I was traveling as an unaccompanied minor from Bombay to Los Angeles. At a stop over in Frankfurt, the flight attendant in charge of me asked if I wanted to sit with that family over there, pointing in their general direction -
When I followed her gaze, I saw a large family sitting with velvet blankets at their feet, suitcases all tied with rope opening tiffins and lunch boxes full of smelly food passing them around.
I promptly looked at her and said - "Put me anywhere but there!" There you have it - a born snoot!
3) I am quite adventurous when it comes to food but I draw the line at eating animal genitalia no matter how much of a delicacy!
This was much to the chagrin of a Indonesian Official who had specially arranged lunch for our group of Urban Designers in Jakarta while we were working with them on a urban rehabilitation project.
Come to think of it, I also stay away from foods that have the term 'organ' in their description such as Pig Organ Soup - for those of you who have spent some time around Singapore, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
4) My dislike for bad food & bad service is exceeded only by my dislike of ill behaved children who run around willy-nilly in restaurants while their parents sit on their butts thinking its a barrel of laughs.
At this point, my face gets the distinct look of someone who's just bitten into a lemon!
5) I love bread. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & all other meals that have no names. I could eat it till Mr. Hubby would have to take down the front door just so I can get through!
It is probably the only food that I look at longingly through my weight-loss journey & its enough to make me weep.
6) My kitchen is the size of a postage stamp & I am not one for unnecessary gadgets. In fact I can probably earn the 'Ugly Pot Award' in most continents. My pots have the look of battered wives or at least having seen some action in their lives.
The truth is, I should probably be embarrassed but I'm actually quite proud of this fact. Back when I worked in construction, before hiring a contractor, we'd check out his tool belt. If his tools were all bright & shiny we'd know not to hire him. Shouldn't the same be said about cooks & their pots?
7) I cringe when people call me a Chef (because I'm not). I think of myself as a food enthusiast & British Chef, Keith Floyd's description suits me best - I'm a Gastronaut!
8) If you ask my opinion, expect the truth! If you can't handle it, please don't ask me. I'm absolutely OK with people not agreeing with me but I do reserve the right to speak the truth, the way I see it, especially with my closest friends.
Needless to say, those I count among them are few & far between!
9) I am an only child. I believe I have the combination of my father's scholarly gravitas & my mother's free spirit. Thank Goodness! There is no doubt is my mind that I would not be where I am today if it weren't for the absolute support & unconditional love of my parents.
10) I am a mother, wife, cook, architect & urban designer, fiercely loyal & an imperfect soul. Everyday I give thanks for my husband, children & few dearest friends who put up with me in spite of it all & more often than not, are beacons of light showing me the way.
So there you have it - I must now pass on the torch to the next 3 food enthusiastic bloggers -
1) oui, chef - Steven Dunn - For his amazing project of teaching his kids to cook and encouraging others to do the same. I am also quite envious because during his 2 year hiatus, he actually did what I dream of - earning “Le Grande Diplome” from Le Cordon Bleu & other schools.
2) BBQing Tips From Deep In The Heart Of Oregon!- Thom Richards - For being a BBQ 'guru' with a wealth of knowledge on BBQuing recipes as well as BBQ's in general. Also for living by his motto - Retired but not dead, not even thinking about it!
3) What We Chow - Tara DeWitt Coomans - For her use of the word 'meh' & being one of the most refreshing, non-snobby food bloggers around. What a hoot!
There you have - the torch is passed & I can go back to being a cow!