Kate in the Kitchen tagged me for this meme a little while back, and since nothing much at all happened this week, I’m going to let this be my weekly roundup instead. No cooking updates this time; I was on my own all week, so I cooked a couple of good soups (posted the recipes yesterday) and ate leftovers most meals.
Six Weird Food Things About Me
1. I will not eat olives because I don’t like the texture. I love olive oil, though, and I don’t mind tapenade. I cannot figure this one out, but would like to get over my olive aversion before traveling to any Mediterranean countries.
2. I am the third best cook in my family. My father and brother are naturally great cooks. My father did most of the cooking for us when I was growing up, and my brother has worked in a bakery. They make it look easy — especially baking — so everything I do is just trying to play catch-up.
3. My father thinks I make great salads, though. Salads are the only thing I almost never make from a recipe.
4. I systematically catalog every recipe from my cookbooks that I want to try. I index each recipe that I do try with my variations under various categories in my cooking notebook. This is the extremely organized (some might say anal) side of me expressing itself.
5. My weirdest cooking experience: When I was in 7th grade science camp (yes, I am a nerd from way back), we dissected squid in lab. We then cooked the squid over Bunsen burners and ate it with pine needle tea that we brewed ourselves.
6. I never eat squid or octopus anymore, because I suspect they are intelligent in ways that we don’t understand.
And a bonus: I took two semesters of Italian in college just so I could read menus in good Italian restaurants.
There you have it. I’m not sure these things count as particularly “weird,” but I’m not sure I am particularly weird either, despite what some might say about me. I’m not going to tag anyone back, but if you want to contribute, please leave a link in the comments.