I am feeling much better now... Thank you for all the kind words on the previous post. Much appreciated.
Last night, I was craving for a pie and I searched in my kitchen for some ingredients and with what I found in the fridge and cupboard, I made a sweet potato cottage pie. The pie looks a lot bigger in the picture, it's actually just a small ramekin for one serving (well, maybe 2... but I am greedy).
Although for me most food is comfort food, there is something so soothing and extra comforting about a freshly baked pie. This may comes in the ray of spices, like thyme, rosemary and bay; the sweetness of slowly cooked onions, carrots and mushrooms; the tender meat inside, and the rich savoury gravy underneath... And I prefer my pie to be topped with mash, not pastry. White potato mash is great, but sweet potato is so much better... yum...
Elisabeth from Food and Thrift Finds kindly tagged me on a series of questions. So, here are my answers:
1. Are you a vegetarian, or have you thought of being one?
No, I am not a vegetarian and I haven't thought of becoming one. It'll be such a challenge. I must say though, twice or three times a week, I always have meals that are meat-free. But I don't think I can give up meat entirely.
2. Who inspired you to cook or bake?
That's easy: my mom. She is a fantastic cook and an excellent baker. My mom used to be a pastry chef and a private caterer. One of my fondest childhood memories is following her and watching her 'perform' from one kitchen to another. I sat quietly in the corner, watching the excitement whilst waiting if there's any extra food... and guess what? there's always extra food.
3. How do you celebrate Christmas? or a favourite holiday of your choice?
Christmas is definitely my favourite holiday. Sadly, I have not been home for the past eight years to celebrate the holiday with my family. My family is in Indonesia and my break from work and studying is not long enough for me to visit them. I'll be visiting them soon though, so I'm really looking forward to that. If I were home, we'll go to church in the morning and then later, we'll have the elaborate Christmas lunch and open our presents afterwards.
4. Do you prefer to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends and/or family, or prefer to ring in the New Year quietly, and privately, at home?
I am always out on New Year's Eve either with friends or family. The past three years and again this year, I'll be in London, outside the London Eye to watch the fireworks. I think it's more exciting outside and I like to be part of the countdown with thousands of other people.
5. If someone were to ask you to bring a dessert to a party, what would you bring? Store bought, or home-made, and if you were to make home-made, what would you make?
My friends always give me a hard time every time I bought something pre-made from the store. They think I'm being lazy. If I had the time, it's got to be home-made, maybe something like cream cheese pound cake, chocolate cheesecake or chocolate cola cake. Everybody can go to the store and buy something, but it's definitely more special when you make all the effort and it shows that you care about them.
6. How will you celebrate your next birthday?
I don't want to think about my next birthday... Maybe in an island where time stands still and I don't have to get older.
7. Do you have a New Year's resolution-and will you be sticking to it?
I don't have one yet for 2011. My resolution for 2010 was to eat more avocado and I think I've done pretty well this year. If it's food related, maybe I'll stick to it.
Thank you Elisabeth. So, now it's my turn to tag other bloggers, my chance to get to know you better, and since I still have 23 awards to share, I'd like to give you an award as well. Aren't I nice?
Tubuko DX - Da Washoku Kitchen
Alexandria - Dreams of Sugarplums
Kristen - Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Katrina - Goodbye, Butter
Lucy - The Kitchen Maid
Jenn - Jenn's Food Journey
Jennifer - Indigo's Sugar Spectrum
Bella - Mangiabella Tasting the Beauty of Life
Joan - The Artist Chef
Joy - Joy and the Yamdaisy
And here are my questions to you:
1. When did you learn to cook?
2. Name three things that are always in your fridge.
3. Do you have any food guilty pleasures?
4. Tell us about your most memorable meal...
5. What is your drink of choice?
When you received this, you can set up your own questions and pass it on to other bloggers of your choice. I look forward to reading your answers.
This weekend I'm gonna try to finish my essay as I really want to get it out of the way before the holiday. My friends are coming over tomorrow for X-Factor finale which will be fun. Enjoy your weekend everyone...
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