Friday, October 19, 2007

The Friday Five: Homage to the Top Chef!

RevHRod says:

This Fall my family has been energetically watching Top Chef on the Bravo channel. My teenage daughter watches with the dream of some day being a chef. My husband watches because he loves reality shows and I mean, really loves them. Plus the whole competition thing really works for him. Me, I love cooking and good food. Every so often I get an idea from this group of talented young chefs who are competing for big money and honors galore.

The winner for this season was Hung. Not the fan favorite, but he won fair and square. In his bio, he says if he were a food "I would be spicy chili - it takes a while to get used to, but once you eat it you always come back for more!" With that in mind, here is this week’s Friday Five.

If you were a food, what would you be?

I want to say cherry pie or a Fudgesicle, but I hope I have more substance than either of those. Maybe an onion, because I have lots of layers (so it takes a while to get to know me) and a few people find me indigestible--but some consider me an essential ingredient. But I hope I don't make anyone cry. Yeah, that's too silly, I'll stop now.

What is one of the most memorable meals you ever had? And where?
For spring break during my sophomore year in college, a small group of us (gals and guys, all "just friends") drove from Memphis to Orlando and camped out at Fort Wilderness in Walt Disney World. In those ancient pre-Epcot days, WDW had two hotels, the Contemporary Resort and another I've forgotten. One night we all cleaned up (as well as we could, in the campground) and went to the Contemporary Resort to eat at the fancy-schmancy Gulf Coast Room. We were 19 or 20 years old, with little experience of "fine dining" ; the staff treated us like grownups, and we had a marvelous evening. I don't remember what I ate, but I do remember how sophisticated we felt. And I remember the tuxedoed waiter bringing butter to the table, because each pat of butter was precisely stamped with--you guessed it--mouse ears.

What is your favorite comfort food from childhood?
My dad made the best soft scrambled eggs, hamburger steak, and chocolate milk shakes in the universe. I have mastered the eggs and the milkshake, but have never quite gotten the hamburger steak right. But any of the above is an ideal comfort food.

When going to a church potluck, what one recipe from your kitchen is sure to be a hit?
My cheddar spinach quiche is very easy to make, and disappears quickly, as does my spinach lasagna.

What’s the strangest thing you ever willingly ate?
I think that would be a toss-up between the baby octopus leg and the chocolate-covered grasshopper. Once was enough for those.

Bonus question: What’s your favorite drink to order when looking forward to a great meal?
This is specific to one particular restaurant, a cool and casual place that serves Italian food exactly like what we ate in Italy. Their signature cocktail is a blood orange prosecco; imagine a mimosa made with prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) instead of the usual champagne, and blood orange juice instead of regular orange juice. Very festive, and delicious!

17 comments:

Sally said...

as a soinach lover I'll be right over...

Sally said...

yes I meant spinach!!!

mompriest said...

love your description of that college trip to WDW and the grown up dinner...and, wow, love your pot-luck choices, can really see why they disappear!

Kievas said...

Those grasshoppers really get around :)

Songbird said...

The other resort was the Polynesian, right? I stayed there as a child.

RevHRod said...

Okay, we now have three RevGals eating chocolate covered grasshoppers. Too strange!

Loved your dinner at Disney description.

Melissa said...

Wow...lots of grasshoppers here. Popular dish!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

My daddy also made cinnamon toast. *grins* no one can make it like that.

Loved your answers!

zorra said...

Songbird, it was the Polynesian! I started to say that, but I wasn't sure.

So many chocolate-covered grasshoppers...pretty funny.

Diane said...

yes, lots of grasshoppers. I'd like your recipes... maybe the next Friday Five???

Barbara B. said...

Your college trip sounds cool! (And I am a fellow chocolate-covered grasshopper eater!)

Presbyterian Gal said...

That drink sounds divine!

I'd try your quiche, but I'm allergic to spinach of all things (and liver and shellfish....it's the iodine)

How cool that your comfort food was made by your dad.

DogBlogger said...

Nice play! Now I want a chocolate milkshake...

Jan said...

What's the deal with chocolate covered grasshoppers? So many RevGals have had those. Oh, well, I probably never will.

I enjoyed your story of your memorable meal at Disneyworld. I was about that young on my honeymoon in San Francisco, and the waitstaff were just as kind with my new husband and me.

And a chocolate milkshake does sound good. . . .

Wayne Stratz said...

I was on a field botany trip in college when a professor introduced us to blood oranges and smoked gouda cheese.

that drink sounds amazing.

personally a Rogue chocolate stout with mole' sauce brings aztec joy to this PA Dutch guy.

zorra said...

Wayne...you put the mole IN the stout??

Wayne Stratz said...

being confusing again.. no I drank the stout with the mole sauce, however, I have put it in a spicy black bean soup which calls for beer.