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I'm the Cook Next Door!

What is your first memory of baking/cooking on your own?
I was about 14 years old in Secondary 2 I think. Two of my best girl friends came over with a recipe for fruit tarts. We were so meticulous, weighing everything and watching every step very closely. Perhaps it's the case of too-many-cooks-ruin-the-soup, because we still messed up by burning the pastry cream and ended up with only 11 miniature tarts. We literally had to fight for our share to show-off to our family!

Who had the most influence on your cooking?
I believe it was my grandma who first influenced my love for the kitchen. I remember her cooking family-style i.e. big big metal wok over a woodfire stove, stirring a big pot of 1-pot-everything-goes yam rice for the entire extended family, with her big and strong arms. That scene has been long etched into my memory and perhaps explain why I now associate showing love with food.

Do you have an old photo as evidence of an early exposure to the culinary world and would you like to share it?
Oh oh oh, I do I do have a cute picture of me with chocolate smeared hands and mouth. But the picture is somewhere at home. Let me go home, find it, scan it and upload it.

Mageiricophobia - do you suffer from any cooking phobia, a dish that makes your palms sweat?
Perhaps the hardest thing is really what I love - bread! I have too many bad experiences in the past (pre-blogging days) to want to get started again.

What would be your most valued or used kitchen gadgets and/or what was the biggest letdown?
Most used kitchen gadget is by no chance the electric whisk! That trusty thing is still around, handing me a hand in whipping up my baked goodies!

The biggest letdown - none so far (and keep it that way!), I make wise investments ;-)

Name some funny or weird food combinations/dishes you really like - and probably no one else!
Legumes - lentils, beans, etc. It's not really associated with Chinese food so nobody really likes them. But I do!

What are the three eatables or dishes you simply don't want to live without?
Sashimi, bread, cheese!

Any question you missed in this meme, that you would have loved to answer? Well then, feel free to add one!

Three quickies:Your favorite ice-cream?
Wow, this is tough! I usually go for ice cream with things in it like nuts, chips, etc, for variation of texture and a bit of bite. Bravassimo's Bon Bon gelato is my current favourite.

You will probably never eat?
Foie gras - it's against my beliefs.

Your own signature dish?
Rich Chocolate Cupcakes!

Question added by Zarah: On average, how many times a week would you cook something to satisfy your sweet tooth?
Once a week. At most, twice. But everyday, I just have to have something sweet. So usually I make do with an ice cream or cake from good bakeries.

Question added by Cathy: What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Usually, I have 2 slices of wheat bread with a slice of cheese. Or else, it will be a cup of cereal with milk. If I am really hungry, add a piece of fruit or half a cup of yogurt. I <3 breakfast! Maybe I am odd but I actually wake up to eat breakfast!

Question added by me: What/where would you eat for your last meal?
Somewhere with 3 Michelin stars!!

And, last but not least: Tag three people!
I think I'll end this. Sorry for being a party-pooper :)

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