I was quite surprised to receive a nomination for the Liebster Award from Crichton’s Co-op (it’s a great blog, and is definitely worth checking out). I am new to the blogosphere, and didn’t think my humble little blog was award-worthy (I’m my own worst critic). But I guess my recipes and silly, rambling stories must have touched their heart’s.
The Liebster Award is a great way to acknowledge, and share new blogs you have found, and help to put a face to the people behind those blogs. So thank you so much Zoe; to quote the late Sally Field: “You like me, you really, really like me!”
The rules for the award are:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.
- Tell everyone 11 things about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions asked by the blog who nominated you.
- Create 11 questions for those you will nominate.
- Nominate 5-11 new bloggers (who have less than 200 followers).
So 11 things about myself eh? Hmmmm….
- I drink copious amounts of coffee when I’m at work, sometimes a full 1-2 pots to myself, yet I don’t have any trouble sleeping.
- I’m very deliberate with how my posts are written, from the structure to the grammar. So the average post I write takes approximately 4-6 hours to compose.
- My parents divorced when I was 8 years old, and since my mother had to work a lot to support us, I had to learn how to cook at a very early age, as well as do my own laundry, iron my own clothes, clean up after myself (I’m still not very good at that).
- My musical tastes range from classical to heavy metal, to old country music, to hip hop, and R&B.
- Although I love music, and many of my family members play instruments, I myself cannot play anything. I don’t think I ever had the patience to learn how to play an instrument.
- I am the only member of my family to be born in Canada. My father was born in India, my mother in the United States.
- I am a history nerd. I devour history books the way sad people devour ice cream.
- If I could live in any city in the world, I would live in Auckland, New Zealand. It’s a beautiful city, and country.
- My favourite television shows are: “Seinfeld”, The Simpsons”, “South Park”, “Futurama”, “Arrested Development”, and “Breaking Bad”.
- I rarely watch cooking shows, or “The Food Network”. I find all the reality shows, and pseudo-competitions boring. The original Japanese “Iron Chef” is the exception though.
- I was born and raised in Canada, but I don’t know how to ice skate. (My secret shame!)
Here are the answers to the questions Zoe posed to me:
If you could go back in time, what decade would you want to live in, and why? I would want to choose a time that I would have the benefits of modern medicine, but also have interesting socio-economic and historic events. So I guess I would have to choose the 1960’s as the decade I would live in.
What was the catalyst for beginning your blog? I had been toying with the idea of writing a blog for a while, as a possible lead-in to creating a cooking channel on YouTube. My impetus for creating the blog was to create a cooking resource for students, young professionals, and apartment/condo dwellers, that showed them you didn’t have to have a huge, modern kitchen, and a bunch of fancy equipment, to make terrific, delicious, restaurant quality meals.
What are some tips and tricks for how you juggle blogging alongside your other life commitments? I generally follow two simple rules: I never write on the weekend, that time is for me to spend with friends, family, and my significant other. And I try to pick at least one day of the week to write a post, but I won’t force it if it’s not coming to me.
What is your favourite go-to outfit? I would say I’m definitely a ‘jeans and a t-shirt’ kind guy.
What do you do to unwind? I will usually unwind at the end of a long day by watching some T.V., or reading a book.
Are you an entrée, main, or dessert kind of person? I would say that I am definitely a main course person.
What do you get the most enjoyment out of- cooking or eating a meal? I’ve always enjoyed cooking for other people, as a way of sharing camaraderie, and the pleasure that I get from creating something that makes people happy.
What is the most memorable meal you have had, and why? The most memorable meal I have ever had was when 9 of my friends and I had a three course meal of fresh king crab at a popular dim sum restaurant in Edmonton. The first course was the tips of the legs in with broccoli and lemon, the second course was the upper segments in a black bean sauce, and the third course was a mixture of rice and curried crab meat, baked in the body of the crab. It was amazing!
Are you semi-fluent, or fluent in another language, if yes which one(s), if no, which language(s) would you like to learn to speak? Being Canadian, I am semi-fluent in French, although I have forgotten a lot of the lessons I learned as a youngster. I would also like to learn Marathi, so that I might more easily converse with my Indian relatives. (Most of the time I sit and listen for my name, and if my name is accompanied with lots of snickering.)
Are you a movie or a book person? I would say that I’m more of a movie person than a book person, if only because I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction.
What is your drink of choice? I would say my beverage of choice is a nice, hoppy, West coast style IPA. But really, any style of beer will do.
Here are the questions I came up with for my nominees:
- If you could make dinner for anyone famous, living or dead, who would it be, and what would you make for them?
- What is your favourite snack food?
- Where you a good student, or a bad student? If you were a bad student, how often did you get in trouble? If you were a good student, did you win any award?
- What is your favourite season, and why?
- Do you prefer to sleep in, or get up at the crack of dawn?
- What is your least favourite pair of shoes that you own, and why?
- What was the first job you had, and how old were you?
- How many continents have you visited in your lifetime?
- What was your best subject in school?
- What is the inspiration for your blog posts?
- What is the thing you like the most about the city or town you live in?
And my nominees for the Liebster award are: