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Slurped from layer -

01. What's the last thing you ate?
Oatmeal. And I'm still working on it.

02. What's your favourite cheese?
Anything flavorful but not necessarily smelly. And NOT ricotta. It's unpleasantly gritty.

03. What's your favourite fish?
Shell, specifically scallops.

04. What's your favourite fruit?
Mangoes!!!

05. When, if ever, did you start liking olives?
I have always liked olives.

06. When, if ever, did you start liking beer? *really* liking it?
I am allergic to beer such that it tastes like a caustic cleaning product.

07. When, if ever, did you start liking shellfish?
See #3. I have always liked shellfish.

08. What was the best thing your mum/dad/guardian used to make?
My mother made tongue soup, and turkey jambalaya (not at the same time). My father made menudo and really good tamales. My grandmother made mutton soup with barley. My other grandmother made buñeulos.

09. What's the native specialty of your home town?
The thing that I always looked forward to was Indian fry bread, which was sort of like a huge sopapilla served with honey and powdered sugar, or with beans and cheese and shredded lettuce.

10. What's your comfort food?
Barley soup.

11. What's your favourite type of chocolate?
The darker the better, although I have an ulcer and chocolate is the surest way to cause my stomach to spew flames.

12. How do you like your steak?
I don't eat steak. Back when I did, it liked it cooked enough to be warm, but not cooked at all. I don't care much for cooked beef.

13. How do you like your burger?
I eat turkey burgers and like them with cheese and grilled onions and a lot of crispy lettuce and that really hot mustard.

14. How do you like your eggs?
I don't really like eggs. If I eat them, it's normally scrambled, and I share them.

15. How do you like your potatoes?
I like them cubed, parboiled and then fried with onions and salt and pepper. Or as very good frites with interesting ketchups.

16. How do you take your coffee?
When I drink it, I take it with a lot of milk and sugar.

17. How do you take your tea?
I am obnoxiously particular about my tea. Smoking hot, steeped for 5-7 minutes, out of a pot that was warmed first. I prefer Earl Grey, but like jasmine as well.

18. What's your favourite mug?
I like the big round-bottomed metal mug that I first bought when I came here.

19. What's your biscuit or cookie of choice?
Essence of rose cookies, of which I never have enough.

20. What's your ideal breakfast?
Fresh corn crepes filled with soyrizo and cheese and onions, accompanied by potatoes.

21. What's your ideal sandwich?
Chicken salad with almonds on toasted sour rye bread with lettuce. Lots of lettuce.

22. What's your ideal pizza (topping and base)?
Thick crust, red sauce, extra cheese, turkey pepperoni, olives, mushrooms.

23. What's your ideal pie?
It used to be steak and kidney when I was a kid. Now it's chicken.

24. What's your ideal salad?
Greek salad. Big buckets of Greek salad.

25. What food do you always like to have in the fridge?
Soymilk, cheese, fruit, salad greens, tofu.

26. What food do you always like to have in the freezer?
Fish and chicken breasts and tater tots.

27. What food do you always like to have in the pantry?
Onions and garlic, all the dry staples, cans of crushed tomatoes, olives and corn, hominy, chocolate milk mix, potatoes.

28. What spices can you not live without?
Ginger. I can make anything better with ginger.

29. What sauces can you not live without?
Green Tabasco, red tabasco, Buffalo chipotle, homemade mayonnaise, hot mustard, soy sauce.

30. Where do you buy most of your food?
Safeway, Whole Foods, very occasionally Trader Joes.

31. How often do you go food shopping?
Once a week. With the occasional mid-week stock-up.

32. What's the most you've spent on a single food item?
I don't remember. It was probably $15-20 for a fowl of some kind.

33. What's the most expensive piece of kitchen equipment you own (excluding 'white goods')?
A $300 KitchenAid stand mixer. Which I use at least twice a month. Next would be the knives (about $350 combined for three of them) and then the blender.

34. What's the last piece of equipment you bought for your kitchen?
A new microwave.

35. What piece of kitchen equipment could you not live without?
The giant dutch oven.

36. How many times a week/month do you cook from raw ingredients?
At least five times a week. We cook from scratch more often than we eat prepared food.

37. What's the last thing you cooked from raw ingredients?
Breakfast potatoes with onions on Saturday. My wonderful husband has been cooking this week.

38. What meats have you eaten besides cow, pig and poultry?
Horse, goat, rabbit, sheep.

39. What's the last time you ate something that had fallen on the floor?
A couple of days ago.

40. What's the last time you ate something you'd picked in the wild?
I'm too much of a chicken to eat something I picked in the wild.

41. Place in order of preference (greatest to least):
mexican, sushi, thai, chinese, italian ... anything, including cannibalism could go here... ...french


42. Place in order of preference:
gin, vodka, whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila

43. Place in order of preference:
ginger, garlic, lime, basil, aniseed, mint, caramel

44. Place in order of preference:
fake 'candy' flavoring: (UGH, I hate them all!) orange, pineapple, apple, strawberry, cherry, watermelon, banana
real fruits: pineapple, orange, apple, cherry, strawberry, watermelon, banana

45. [deleted since it has nothing to do with food]
[answer deleted, since it probably had nothing to do with the question]

46. Bread and spread:
Exceedingly sour sourdough, toasted, with brown mustard.

47. What's your fast food restaurant of choice, and what do you usually order?
The sushi bar (what's faster than "it's ready now"? And I like the shiitake maki.

48. Pick a city. What are the three best dining experiences you've had in that city?
Chicago: A vegetarian restaurant near Boy's Town where I first had tempeh and seitan with a friend. The food was comforting and fun.
A sushi restaurant on the other side of the river from my office that was crowded and chic, but once I tasted the sushi, I realized why.
A pub where I had the most amazing fish and chips I've ever tasted.

49. What's your choice of tipple at the end of a long day?
A gin and tonic with a wedge of fresh lime and a half-hours' silence.

50. What's the next thing you'll eat?
I forgot my lunch, so I really have no idea.