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The story goes something like this.  SurreyKitchen’s best friend Chef Mimi got this idea from Judy at Savoring Today who got the idea from Mandy at The Complete CookbookIMGP5732 IMGP5599 IMGP5497 IMG_3784 Choc & Orange Cake IMG_3776 IMGP5341 IMGP7836 IMGP8533 IMGP8627 IMGP8634 IMGP8482 IMGP7965 IMGP7878 IMGP6156 IMGP5862 IMGP5504.  I was so taken with the idea of a getting to know you question and answer style post that I decided to join in the fun.

The world of cooking blogs is a special community where we make friends from every corner of the globe and share ideas about our passion.  This post is a cool way of getting to know each other a little better.

No rules, no awards.  Just answer the questions.  Link back to us so that we get to read your answers too.  Let’s get as many cooking blogs to join in as possible!

Q1) What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?

A) TEA!  I blame it on my Anglo-Irish roots and the fact that coffee makes me even crazier than I already am.  A life without tea is simply a life not worth living.  I enjoy good old English breakfast tea, Ceylon and Assam.  Yes I am one of those people who takes their own teabags on holiday with them.

Q2) What is your favourite alcoholic drink?

A) My favourite cocktail is a Bellini which is a mixture of prosecco and peach puree which was invented somewhere between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s bar in Venice, Italy, which I have visited.  The bar was a favourite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis and Orson Wells.

Q3) What is your favourite food?

A) Sea food or fish.  I can never resist a good seafood linguini or spaghetti.  My favourite way to cook fish is simply, in olive oil, lemon and garlic.  I enjoy sea bass, sea bream, salmon and mackerel the most.

Q4) What is your least favourite food?

A) Eggs.  There would be a boiled or scrambled egg waiting for me in my room 101.  To me they smell of drains and I hate the slimy texture.  (Apologies to those who love eggs).

Q5)  What do you eat that others think is weird?

A) Oysters, olives, Curly Wurlys…Not sure, this is a hard one.  I don’t think I eat anything that’s particularly weird.  A lot of people think it’s weird that I don’t like Marmite, jam or peanut butter.  I only ever put butter on my toast.  Does that count?

Q6) What is your favourite thing to cook or bake?

A) Any reader of SurreyKitchen can see that I adore baking.  I volunteer at a local charity called Epsom Riding for the Disabled which provides subsidised horse riding lessons for disabled adults and children in the community.  I often take my baking to test out on the other volunteers.  They now call me RDA’s very own Mary Berry.  What an honour!  I would probably choose to make a blueberry and lemon cake that is topped with my signature cream cheese icing.  Delicious!  I also make fabulous chocolate, cherry and pecan brownies which are heaven – see blog for recipe.

Q7) If you could choose one, would it be sweet or savoury?

A) Savoury definitely.  Crisps, bread or anything with garlic or chilli are my greatest downfall.

Q8) What time do you usually eat your dinner during the week?

A) My husband works long hours so usually about 8pm, sometimes later.

Q9) What kitchen items have you never owned.

A) I have a very small kitchen which is probably why I admire Rachel Koo so much.  Her kitchen in Little Paris Kitchen is even smaller than mine.  There are lots of kitchen items I do not own just because I have nowhere to put them.  I could easily get addicted to kitchen gadgets so it is probably a good thing I have nowhere to put them.  I’ve been getting into cooking tagine recently, which I make in my creuset dish.  So if I had more room I would probably buy a tagine dish or a slow cooker maybe.

Q10) What tip would you give to a newbie cook/baker?

A) Relax.  Home cooking should be fun.  You are not on Masterchef.  No one is judging you.

Q11) What is the best vegetarian dish you make?

A) Probably my butternut squash soup that I make every Autumn.  I even grew one last year in my vegetable box.

Q12) What is the easiest meal you can cook?

A: Probably my chorizo pasta.  It is so easy but so delicious.

Q13) If you could grow three herbs in your garden, what would you grow?

A) I have two veggie boxes in my garden so I do grow herbs and the three I use the most are basil, mint and rosemary.

Q14) What would you use a substitute for salt?

A) What?  No!  Never!  I have no desire to live to 100.

Q15) What items would you pack for a quick and easy picnic or day out.

A) Bread, cheese, olives, home-made sausage rolls or scotch eggs (otherwise my husband wouldn’t speak to me) and a good English sparkling wine.