Contest time! I absolutely love a great foodie contest that brings out some awesome bloggers and their creativity! The other day I opened an email from Foodie Blog Roll announcing a contest sponsored by the creme de la creme of fine gourmet foods, Marx Foods, looking to crown THE Iron Foodie 2010. Mention Marx Foods and I'm up for whatever! The best part of this contest is that Marx Foods will actually send the 25 contestants chosen for this contest a goodie box with 8 secret ingredients and only 3 are to be used for a signature dish. How generous to not only be provided with the ingredients, but to also have a bonus of 5 extra foods to sample! So, to even be considered, I need to answer the following questions by November 5th.
Why do you want to compete in this challenge?
This foodie contest is right up my alley! I'm not the kind of gal that follows recipes, I prefer to just go with the flow and use what's on hand. I'm at my best when I can get my creative juices flowing combining some pretty unusual things. I love that this also gets those I'm cooking for out of their "limited culinary box" by presenting them with something they never would have tried! Oh yeah, I also really want that secret ingredient delivery (just being honest here and probably speaking for many others)!!!
Limitations of time/space notwithstanding, whose kitchen would you like to spend the day in & why? Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Ferran Adria, James Beard, Marie-Antoine Careme, or The Swedish Chef?
Ok, this is a hard one since I remember watching Julia Child at my grandparents house and am pretty sure that she had a huge influence on the meals I ate that went hand in hand with my French heritage. However, I would have to pick the Swedish Chef to spend a day with!!! I never was a big Muppet fan (gasp) but loved watching the Swedish Chef who defines the epitome of what I think cooking should embrace - the love of food and having fun!
What morsel are you most likely to swipe from family & friends’ plates when they aren’t looking?
Lordy, another hard question. I have to give two replies here since they are polar opposites - vegetable dishes and desserts. I love fresh vegetables and my body craves them but I also have a HUGE sweet tooth. I have been know to eat dessert first with no regrets.
Sum your childhood up in one meal.
I was truly privileged growing up due to being exposed to such wonderful foodie adventures. Everytime the family gathered there was enough food to feed an army (nevermind the fact that my family is as big as an army) from the appetizers through dessert. So I guess I'm going with a vague answer here and saying the meal can't really be defined and was more of a cornucopia of international proportions! Let me just end this by saying that my brother and I thought it was a grand treat when my parents went out and we had a babysitter because we got to eat TV Dinners! I know that sounds pathetic but we ate so well all the time that it was nice to experience something our friends considered a staple.
The one mainstream food you can’t stand?
Mainstream to me means something that is mass produced and can be found in any grocery store so this is an easy one - Spam! I literally gag at the smell of it and the gag reflex is going now just thinking about it!
I feel like a school child in class who is so anxious to answer a question so picture me in my seat bouncing a little with my arm thrashing up in the air screaming in my head "PICK ME, PICK ME" knowing that I will create something wonderful of the challenge set before me!