I’ve read the 25 Questions Food Tag on Llinos’s blog thelilaclinnet and I had to answer the questions… it’s about food! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might have noticed my love for cooking (hence CookStyle). I talk about baking along the Bake Off, Taste the World challenge and how much I love food, obviously.
1. What’s your favourite breakfast?
I like sandwich & soup, sandwich & salad, these are my favourite. As an alternative, vegan porridge or yogurt with cereal, both of them with homemade jam and hemp seeds, polen, chia seeds, flaxseeds.
2. How do you drink your coffee?
Black, 2-3 each day. I used to have it with a lot of sugar (3 teaspoons) and milk, gradually I cut down the sugar and when I managed to cut the milk too I discovered the real taste of coffee, bitter and addictive. Now I can’t drink coffee with any type of sweetener.
3. What’s on your favourite sandwich?
I like cheese and onion, but I like cheese&tomato and I love trying new flavours.
4. Soup or Salad?
Salad, but I like both of them. The thing I love most about them is that they are so versatile. I have a lot of spices (my spice rack has 45 jars of condiments), so I pick&mix. This means that each day my salads are different even though I might use the same veggies.
5. What’s your favourite cookbook?
I don’t have a favourite cookbook. I’m quite an experimental cook and sometimes I struggle following recipes. I like reading cookbooks for inspiration and I do have a few. I also take a lot of cookbooks from the library.
6. No more sweets or no more hearty foods?
I prefer savoury, but I could never give up desserts, so my answer would be: no more hearty foods.
7. What’s your favourite Cuisine?
British, but I would try new flavours and flavour combinations as much as I can. I also like French cuisine, especially when it comes to savoury. I’ve started a food challenge, to cook a meal from every part of the world, 119 in total. So far I managed to cook only 6, but I will get back to the challenge soon.
8. What’s your favourite food movie?
Burnt. And, of course Ratatouille, it was so funny.
9. What’s your most guilty pleasure?
I don’t have any guilty pleasures. I eat everything I like and I will never feel guilty about it. I try to take care when it comes to portion size (most of the time) and pretty much that’s it.
10. What’s your greatest inspiration source?
I get inspiration from cookbooks, blogs, restaurants, TV shows like Master Chef. I talk with my husband about food and that inspires me too.
11. Cooking at home or going out for dinner?
Cooking at home because I love cooking and that is a part of the fun. My husband likes cooking too, so we cook together often, it’s nice to bounce ideas and talk about the dishes we are preparing.
12. High end or low profile?
High end and local restaurants, that use local and fresh ingredients. I usually avoid big chains because some of them serve frozen food, prepared in a main kitchen and shipped to the restaurants. While it’s nothing wrong with that, I would rather have a homemade dinner than one that was frozen.
13. What’s your favourite restaurant?
I think it’s Bistro 1847 because the food is great and I love the story and the name (the year when the Vegetarian Society was founded). They are expanding and now there are 4 restaurants in UK.
14. I do my grocery shopping at:
Local farms, as part of my challenge to visit a local farm each month. I also buy from Asda and Tesco as they are closer and fresh veggies from Aldi. I like ready made desserts from Waitrose and M&S, but I don’t buy from them often.
15. The tastiest food I’ve ever eaten was:
The Frankfurter Kranz cake my grandmother used to make for me for my birthday, it was such a treat. It was very different than the traditional cakes made in Romania, as those have a lot of syrup and usually whipped cream.
17. Coffee with George Clooney or Heston Blumenthal?
Heston Blumenthal without a doubt. I would love to have the chance to talk with him about food, he is so inspirational.
18. What should not be missing in your kitchen?
It’s hard to say, maybe the food processor or the cooker, as I use those daily. As produce, I would say tomatoes. As for condiments, it must be salt.
19. What is your favourite snack?
I like popcorn and crisps, veggie crisps, but I don’t have them often. If I have to choose a favourite, I would say salt&vinegar crisps.
20. What’s on your pizza?
Cheese, but I also love grilled veggies brushed in oil as a topping. I tried pizza with lots of grilled veggies a couple of years ago in a local restaurant and I loved it.
21. What food do you really dislike?
I’m vegetarian and I wouldn’t eat anything that is not vegetarian. When it comes to vegetarian dishes I don’t like, the traditional syrupy cakes I mentioned before.
22. What’s your favourite food blog?
There are so many of them, but I’ll name only 3: TinnedTomatoes, greenevi and deliciouslyella. All of them are vegan/vegetarian. I am looking at other blogs that aren’t vegetarian, but I prefer them as I would gladly try every recipe they post.
23. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Before being vegetarian, frog legs. Now I can’t say I’ve eaten weird things, although I do try lots of weird veggies that I find in oriental shops.
24. What’s on your food bucket list?
I have an incredible long list of things I want to try, starting with my Taste the World challenge. This month Bake Off starts and I’m going to bake along with them, like I did last year.
25. I couldn’t live without:
Veggies, they are so important to add flavour and texture and diversity, I wouldn’t be able to live without them.
BONUS question: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My grandmother’s Frankfurter Kranz cake, I would eat that every single day for the rest of my life.
I’m not going to nominate for the tag, but if you fancy doing the 25 Questions Food Tag, leave me a link so I can see your answers.