Food lover, cooker and eater; and wife of a diabetic food lover and eater.
I’ve been blogging our shared journey towards healthy cooking that doesn’t skimp on delicious on my website Low GI & Omega 3 Rich Recipes
What’s your favorite kitchen gadget? How about your favorite kitchen appliance?
It’s a tough choice between the benchtop Breville food processor and our Dualit toaster: the food processor is so useful, but the toaster defines beauty and practicality.
You’ve just won $5000.00!!! What would you spend it on?
I really really really want an ice cream machine – but it might be because I spend so much time on tastespotting and am a sucker for the adverts… “I love my Cuisineart icecream maker… you should get one!”… My other current wish list appliance is a commercial grade electric flour mill – wholegrain flour is so important to making food low GI and adds so much in taste that makes up for losing butter and sugar as key baking ingredients. I use milled almonds in so many things!
What is the ultimate comfort food to you?
Baked beans on toast coated in cheddar cheese and grilled till it has gone brown
Other than cooking and/or baking.. what hobbies do you enjoy?
I love to grow the food I am cooking, though I have a bad habit of pulling the vegetables out of the ground when they are still small to check how much they are growing… then I can’t help tasting…so they don’t always get so big in my garden!
What’s your favorite cookbook for desserts/baking? What’s your favorite cookbook for savory/cooking?
Michel Guerard’s “La Grande Cuisine Minceur” – who would have thought that a Michelin Chef’s Hat French chef would create a low fat cuisine in the 1970’s. When I found that out, I nearly fell off my chair, then I got up and did a little jig. There is a delightful story at the beginning of it about how he was dating a mysterious and beautiful woman who one day told him that he was becoming a bit too portly for her… and then he realised the game was up, and his cooking had to change! She then became his wife. (My husband picked up a copy of this on Amazon.com second hand for 1c, too, so it was an absolute bargain!)
What’s your favorite flower and/or plant?
The pea – delicate, beautifully fragranced, and crisp and delicious to eat
Do you have a favorite local restaurant? If so, why is it your favorite and what kind of food is served there?
By far it is “Knead Bakers” — a sourdough bakery in Melbourne – wholegrain, fresh, delicious baked goods. I am also soon to visit a restaurant in New York called “Pure Food and Wine” which gets rave reviews for using healthy organic ingredients to make top quality food. I love meat, but this place is unique because its menu is entirely raw — apparently they use lots of dehydrating, whisking, chopping and slow low-temperature cooking of vegetables to make amazing dishes. Looking at the menu, it may soon be my
favourite — even though I live 20,000 KM (12500 miles) away. I wish I had the time to set up a place like it in Sydney, it would be so much fun!
Who taught you how to cook and/or bake?
My mum let me roam free in the kitchen as soon as I could read. She was always in the background, hovering, but I recall feeling like it was MY kitchen, and I was free to play, mess, and invent all sorts of wonderful foods! There was a rule in MUM’S kitchen that if you made a mess, you cleaned it up!!!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Cream – When I was four years old I got in big trouble for secretly opening the jar in the fridge and pouring myself a glass to drink! It just tastes so good – especially if it is 35% fat. Though I am now converted to low
cholesterol eating, and I do not have any desire to increase my risk of heart disease by loading up with saturated fats, I am a firm believer that the occasional food treat is to be enjoyed heartily and with great pleasure (as long as the exception does not become the norm!) Bread and butter pudding made with fresh eggs and high fat cream is one of my great pleasures (remove the word guilty please!!). As for bread and butter pudding, on my site I have a low- fat, low-sugar version made with sourdough bread that tastes nearly as good!