Five Things People Don’t Know About Me Meme

February 6, 2007 | Filed Under Memes | Leave a Comment 

Hi all!

Melting Wok recently tagged me for this MemeMe. I’ve done a few memes similar to it, so I think you know everything about me at this point.

Let me see if I can think up five more things that you don’t know about me. Hmmm….

1- I like the 1990s Batman & Superman cartoon series.

2- I don’t drive (don’t know how).

3- I enjoy Brazilian novelas and movies (some Spanish-language ones, too)!

4- Since I can’t think of anything else to write, at the moment, see my Culinary Confessions meme response.

5- See also my Too Much Information meme & 10 Things You Never Knew About Me meme response.

If you’re a glutton for punishment, you can find a list of my other meme responses here.

I tag anyone interested in participating. Thanks, Melting Wok!


The Butterfly Effect meme

September 30, 2006 | Filed Under Memes | 1 Comment 

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Back in June (Oh, my goodness! Has it been that long!?) Dan from Saltshaker tagged me for The Butterfly Effect meme, which he’d created. Time flew by and for several different reasons, I never responded to the meme. A lot of things were going on around me and I simply wasn’t able to get to it.

Annoyed and disappointed Dan took drastic measures into his hands by casting a kitchen pox on those he tagged who hadn’t responded “May their hollandaise curdle and their mayonnaise separate,” he wrote.

Yikes! After I begged and told him I still intended to do the meme, he somewhat reluctantly removed the pox — temporarily. The threat covertly still hung over my head.

The other day, I tagged Dan for the Five Things to Eat Before You Die Meme and he put me to shame by doing it immediately. *sigh*

Okay, Dan: Finally, here are my answers to The Butterfly Effect Meme. I thought about doing it a little bit at a time, like Ilva. I liked that idea but since I’ve kept you waiting for so long, here it is in its entirety. I hope the pox is now removed permanently.

The Butterfly Effect Meme asks you to name food items or events that changed your foodie life. Specifically you are asked to recall “an item, person, event, or place” that affected you profoundly – something that created a moment you can look back at and say “that was a defining moment.” It doesn’t have to be “big, splashy” things. Instead, it can be something “small and simple” – something that changed the way you view the world.

These are the categories:
1. An ingredient
2. A dish, a recipe
3. A meal (in a restaurant, a home, or elsewhere)
4. A cookbook or other written work
5. A food “personality” (chef, writer, etc.)
6. Another person in your life

Okay, here are all the defining moments in my baby foodie life span:

1. An ingredient – CARDAMOM: I had never even heard of it before. Then Michele sent me this awesome recipe for Basmati and Nut Pilaf. I had an adventure shopping for the Cardamom. Once I found it, I was so glad. It made a nice difference in my recipe and I’ve used it often, since. I love this spice!

2. A dish, a recipe – TIRAMISU: You may think this is not a big deal but being able to make tiramisu was a big moment for me. After I successfully followed the recipe to make this Italian dessert, I realized that perhaps I had it in me to learn how to prepare other recipes. That was very exciting for me. This occurred in the early stages of The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz. You can read about it here.

3. A meal (in a restaurant, a home, or elsewhere) – SPINACH STEW: I mentioned this stew in my childhood food memories meme. My mom used to make it but we haven’t had it in the longest time. Its main ingredients include spinach and shrimp. I finally decided to attempt to make it and asked my mom for the ingredients. She half-heartedly mentioned them. I think she didn’t believe I was serious. After a thousand questions, I set out to replicate the stew. When it was ready, I served it to my mom. She hesitantly brought the fork full of stew and rice to her mouth. I closely watched the diplomatic look on her face (ready to tell me it tasted fine even if it didn’t) change to a look of disbelief and then pleasure as she savored her meal. “This is very good.” She nodded her head with approval. Later, she asked for seconds. Now, that was another defining moment in my foodie life!

4. A cookbook or other written work – THE FANNIE FARMER COOKBOOK and THE FOOD OF LOVE by Anthony Capella. The former is my first cookbook. The latter is a novel that inspired me to attempt two recipes listed in the back of the book. To my surprise, I was successful. Again, it took place in the beginning stages of my cooking adventures. With each success and cooking venture, I became encouraged to continue.

5. A food “personality” (chef, writer, etc.) – GIADA DE LAURENTIS and RACHEL RAY: There are more but these two T.V. chef personalities immediately come to mind. Especially in the beginning, I watched a lot of Food Network cooking shows. It would take me about an hour and a half to make Rachel Ray’s 30-minute meals. Hehehe! But the point is that I made them! These were all defining foodie moments for me – someone who didn’t know how to boil water. ;-)

6. Another person in your life – FOOD BLOGGERS: All the food bloggers that I’ve come across. Everyone’s been so inspiring and creative. I love when I find a recipe from their sites, try it, and it actually comes out. It’s edible! Yay for me! Thanks, everyone! Keep cooking and happy food blogging!

I would like to tag the following for this meme:

1- Sravanthi from When My Soup Came Alive
2- Neil from Food for Thought
3- Elizabeth from Blog from OUR Kitchen
4- Gattina from Gattina
5- Haalo from Cook (Almost) Anything at Least Once
6- Anyone who wants to participate

If you decide to participate, please let Dan know at: dan AT saltshaker DOT net
Also, don’t forget to provide a link to his original post:

Oh! And let me know, too, that you participated. I’d love to read about your experiences.

Thanks, Dan!


The Me meme

September 30, 2006 | Filed Under Memes | Leave a Comment 

Pam of Posie’s Place recently tagged me for this Me meme. Thanks, Pam. Here it is:

I am thinking about: how the weekend is going by so quickly, my grocery list and all the things I have to do before Monday!

I said: I don’t remember what I’ve said.

I want to: buy a PDA or a Blackberry (I have to find out the difference) and an iPod/MP3 player (are they the same?)

I wish: that I had that PDA or Blackberry and an iPod right NOW!

I regret: not having that PDA or Blackberry and an iPod.

I hear: my dog barking at someone standing outside our apartment door.

I am: tired.

I dance: in the kitchen when I’m making something that smells delicioso – called my happy dance!

I sing: when I’m exercising and I’m listening to music of Mana or when I’m cooking and a good song comes on the radio.

I cry: at sad and sappy things I see on T.V. or in the movies. Actually I don’t cry but I get teary eyed and a lump starts to form in my throat.

I am not: going to cook today.

I am: going to walk my dogs right now.

I write: all the time.

I confuse: I do get confused, but I can’t think of an example to give you at this moment. Sorry! ;-)

I need to: go walk my dogs right NOW. It’s that time of the day! Ciao!

I tag ANYONE who wants to do this meme. Have fun!


Five Things to Eat Before You Die

September 2, 2006 | Filed Under Memes | Leave a Comment 

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Melissa of Traveler’s Lunchbox has started a meme of sorts asking food bloggers to recommend “things you’ve eaten and think that everyone should eat at least once before they die.”

Susan of Porchini Chronicles, Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen, Gilly of Humble Pie, and Tony of Bachelor Cooking have tagged me to participate. Thanks, ladies and gentleman!

I’ve seen a lot of wonderful lists. Here’s my humble list. I wish it could be longer but this time, I’m going to be good and stick to the required five-list instruction. ;-)


1- Fried plantain – (called kelewele in Ghana, West Africa) or ripe plantain in any recipe form: Everyone knows by now this is my number one favorite food from childhood. Plantain, sprinkled with salt, sometimes fresh ginger, and then fried – delicious!

2- New York City hot dog – In particular, Nathan’s hot dog from the original Nathan’s at Coney Island (Brooklyn). There are other Nathan’s around the city but the hot dogs don’t taste the same. My friend Kathleen wonders if it’s the salty air by the beach that makes the difference. ;-) Another recommended hot dog place in the city is Grey’s Papaya Hot Dog. My favorite hot dog topping is mustard and sauerkraut but other topping choices are available.

3- New York City pizza: There’s nothing like a NYC pizza; one can become addicted to it. It’s so different from other pizza made elsewhere. It’s unlike deep-dish pizza, thin crust pizza, Chicago pizza, and Italian pizza… You get the idea. You can order different toppings — either vegetables and or meats — on your pizza. While I like that, my favorite is a plain ole’ slice (just cheese and sauce).

4- BLT sandwich (Bacon, lettuce, and tomato): From the right NYC deli, this is a simple yet mouthwatering, tasty sandwich.

5- Italian gelato: One of my favorite memories of Italy was having delicious gelato every evening after dinner. Yeah, every evening! It’s too bad I didn’t try all the available flavors.

I tag anyone who would like to participate in this meme. Go for it! What’s your list of five things to eat before you die?

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Man eats 53 ¾ hot dogs in 12 minutes!

Every July 4th, there a hot dog eating contest held at Coney Island in Brooklyn. A Nathan’s hot dog is pretty good, but I do not suggest you gorge yourself like this, as you will not enjoy your hot dog.

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Six-time hot dog eating champion, Takeru Kobayash from Japan.
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Champion’s hot dog contest eating technique

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Confessions in Groups of 5 Meme

June 17, 2006 | Filed Under Memes | Leave a Comment 

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Michele of Chef Michele’s Adventures and Pam of Posie’s Place have tagged me for this Confessions in Groups of 5 meme. So let’s get started!

5 items in the freezer
1. Frozen vegetables – cut okra, chopped spinach, green peas
2. Häagen Daz – Butter Pecan
3. Sofrito
4. Pine nuts
5. Ground beef

5 items in my closet
1. clothes
2. books
3. shoes
4. books
5. clothes

5 items in my (our) car (van)
Don’t’ drive. Don’t have a car.

5 items in my purse
1. Mace/Pepper Spray – NO just joking! Keys
2. Library card
3. face powder, which I rarely use
4. lip balm, which I always use
5. Non Drivers License I.D.

5 Bloggers I tag for this meme
1. Anyone
2. Who
3. Wants
4. To
5. Participate!

Thanks, Chef Michele and Pam!

I’d like to remind you all about two upcoming events:
1- From My Rasoi event – See here. Deadline is June 30.
2- BlogDay 2006 – See here. Takes place August 31.

Come along and join in the fun!


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