Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Tag You're It! Recipe Meme

The lovely Linda of Make Life Sweeter has tagged me for my first ever meme and this one is about recipes. Much like her I tend not to respond to most chain letters/emails, but this one seems a little more kind-spirited than the “send this to 100 people in the next 10 minutes or you will get bad luck” type chain letters. So far no bad luck yet.

From where do you obtain the recipes you prepare?
I take them pretty much from everywhere,
Some from magazines like the
Donna Hay Magazine and Gourmet Traveller;
some from the Internet;
sometimes from watching the
Lifestyle Food Channel;
and also from my meagre collection of cookbooks.


How often do you cook a new recipe?
I like to aim for at least two to three new creations per week. I am very new to food and cooking so 70% of recipes I make are in theory new to me.

Where do you store your favourite recipes?
My favourite recipes are mainly in my cookbooks, which do not have a permanent home. They are all scattered throughout the house. I also have a growing collection of snippets of recipes from newspapers, magazines and the Internet in a clear blue folder which I refer to a lot.

How large is your recipe pile? Is it organized? If so, how?
Like I stated before I have a growing pile of recipes in my blue folder. It started off organised, with everything filed into categories, now I just shove new recipes in there as that it is slowly getting too full.

What is the oldest recipe in your “to try" pile?
My passion for food is only newfound, but since the start I have wanted to make brioche, but have been intimidated by it. So it’s probably been a year of pining for brioche but not having the courage to make it. I like to bake, but breads are not my strong point.

Are you ever going to make those recipes in your to try pile?
I never like to cook just for the sake of cooking; I always cook out of desire. So if I ever get the urge to make those recipes I will definitely do so. Also as time goes by I hope to be a more confident cook so I’m sure I will get around to those recipes that intimidate me now.

Do you follow a recipe exactly or modify as you go?
Most times I try to stick to the recipe, although sometimes I leave out some ingredients that I don’t like or substitute. As long as I am confident in the basic recipe I am quite happy to deviate. But for the first time I usually stick to the recipe.

What is one new recipe that you’re scared to try?
Like I mentioned before I am intimidated by brioche, but mostly yeast breads in general. Yeast scares me.

Tag at least one new food blogger for this meme (“new" as in only blogging a few months).
Kestypes of A Year's Worth of Eating. For making bread so fearlessly, I admire you.

Tag at least one food blogger you visit regularly but never interacted with?

Tania of The Candied Quince.

Tag at least one food blogger you constantly visit and leave comments.
The domestic goddess Suyin of The Jourmal of the Girl who Loves to Cook.


kestypes said...

I've been tagged. What do I have to do?

PS: My starter's looking a bit tragic. We might have to start again.

Su-Yin said...

oh..now i get what a recipe meme is. I'm such a hopeless newbie!

Tania said...

Hi, jenjen! Thanks for the tag, as it helped me find your lovely blog in faraway Australia! I did this meme way back in February ... here is the link: http://candiedquince.ca/archives/75. It's kind of scary: I just looked at the photo from that post, and realized how much MORE full my cookbook shelf became since then. Can't. Stop. Buying. Cookbooks.

jenjen said...

Hi Tania, I know what you mean I have to excercise a lot of restraint or else my house would be full of cookbooks. So far i've been pretty good.

janelle said...

LOL: I have snippets of recipes all over too, files of recipes, cookbooks stacked next to the toilet, my bed, the door, in my car... hopeless, aren't we:)?