A year ago I moved from Bend, Oregon, to Denmark for my husband's new job.
I'm American and he's French and living with three cultures is strange at times but never, ever boring--especially with a 2-year old at home! Unable to find a job (I worked in nonprofit administration in my former life) I attend Danish classes and volunteer at a kindergarten in the hopes that the two activities will help me learn the language which will in turn hopefully lead to a job! I'm 37; I married and had children late and for years and years my life was work. Not so anymore. It's caused me to reevaluate what I really enjoy doing and so far my passions rest in writing and baking.
How long have you been a Daring Baker/Daring Cook and what’s your favorite thing about being in the group(s) so far?
I joined Daring Bakers in early July and completed my first challenge in August. The Dobos Torte. It nearly killed me! But it was one of those love-hate things. In the end I was happy to have completed the challenge. The thing I've enjoyed the most so far is the feedback I've received from other Daring Bakers. I wrote on my blog what a piece of crap my torte was and I had a few very sweet DB's write and say Way to go and No, it looks great. So that was comforting.
What’s your favorite kitchen gadget? How about your favorite kitchen appliance?
My favorite kitchen gadget is not really a gadget - it's my Global chef's knife. I couldn't live without it. Recently my mother-in-law gave me her old food processor. It's my first, and I'm having fun with it.
What is the ultimate comfort food to you?
For me the ultimate comfort food is most any kind of homemade cookie (warm from the oven), cake, or pie.
How long have you been blogging? Do you like it? What’s your favorite post you’ve written?
I'm a relatively new blogger. I started in April of 2009 and have been hooked since. Being unemployed and a lover of writing, my blog is a fantastic outlet for me. I don't think I have a favorite post, I have fun with all of them.
What’s your favorite cookbook for desserts/baking? What’s your favorite cookbook for savory/cooking?
At the moment (and for the past several months or so) my favorite cookbook for baking/desserts is Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess. It has tons of terrific ideas and while some find her annoying, I love the almost poetic way she speaks and writes.
If you could bake/cook with other Daring Bakers/Daring Cooks, who would they be and why?
If I could bake with other Daring Bakers it would probably be Lisa from Spicy Ice Cream. I found her site earlier this year and am always impressed with her creativity, photos, and writing--plus she's so young and doing so much already! I didn't mention Julie from Dinner with Julie because I don't think she's a DB but if she were I'd pick her hands down. I read her blog faithfully and love her recipes, personality, and casual approach to food.
What’s your favorite flower and/or plant?
My favorite flowers are peonies.
Who taught you how to cook and/or bake?
My mother and grandmother taught me how to bake.
What’s your favorite holiday and why?
I like all the holidays because they all mean fun and different foods that you don't necessarily have through out the year (for example, turkey and stuffing at Thanksgiving, popcorn balls and "scary" cookies at Halloween, and fruitcake and other special treats at Christmas). Holidays equal special food traditions.
Reading any good books lately? Which ones?!
Lately I've been reading Suite Francaise and My Life in France by Julia Child. Reading Julie and Julia inspired me to read Julia Child's best selling memoir.
Where is your favorite vacation (holiday) destination?
Right now my favorite vacation spot is my husband's family's weekend house in the Chartreuse Mountains in France. We spent three weeks there this summer and it was heaven!
Do you have a food addiction?
I'm addicted to peanut butter.
What did you eat for dinner last night? Did you prepare it or someone else?
For dinner last night: summer rolls with vermicelli noodles, crab, mango, steamed green beans, and carrots inside. So good!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is raw cookie dough. Preferably chocolate chip.
The Martha – Angel of Domestication or Minion of Evil? Why?
Martha is both evil and spectacular. She's just too talented to hate but oh my heavens can she be annoying.