Warm welcome to TWD baker, Isabelle from Les gourmandises d’Isa, our host for the Arborio Rice Pudding this week.
(My apologies that it was posted a little late.)
1. When did you start baking?
When I was 5 or 6, my first recipes were crepes. Later on, I had great teachers as all my uncles work in different fields of the culinary sphere.
2. Do you have a favorite baking memory?
Making croissants with my uncle. I would roll them and shape them, but the goal was always to end up having a couple of warm, right out of the oven croissants with him.
3. Who is your TWD blog idol?
I don’t have any idols per say. I do love what Vibi of “La casserole carrée” does, plus I’m lucky to count her as a great friend. She writes great posts that somehow, make one feel more intelligent. I also very much admire what Lynn of “Café Lynnylu” and Peabody, can achieve.
4. What has been your favorite TWD recipe so far?
The Most Extraordinary French Lemon Cream Tart.
5. What recipe are you dying to make that no one has picked yet?
All of them, if there was one in particular, I would have proposed it this week.
6. What 2 questions would you ask Dorie if you ever met her?
“Tell the truth Dorie… how are the French?”
“Have you ever heard of “pouding chômeur”? It is the best dessert in the world.”
7. Share one food item that best describes the last year of your life. (example: “frozen pizza” because I did a 180-degree turn this year, or “cinnamon roll” because it had lots of twists and turns but overall was pretty sweet)
An elaborate add-on cake, as we’ve been renovating all year.
8. What one item in the kitchen best describes you and your personality?
My Kitchen Aid, I can ask him just about anything, he’s scared of nothing.
9. What’s your favorite band or CD of all time?
Thomas Fersen – “Pièce montée des grands jours”
10. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
In India. Indian aromas, colours and cuisine are of great interest to me.
11. Complete the statement “I recommend…” (it can be a show, movie, book, restaurant, website, activity, etc.)
Broadening your horizons; Opening yourself to other cultures, go towards others… try learning another language or at least, understanding it. Don’t confine yourself, visit blogs from all over the world (many of them have automatic translators, look for them!).
12. If you knew you could try anything and not fail (and money was no object), what dream would you attempt?
I’d open a bistro with music and dancing, next to a lake or a river… or perhaps a B&B.
13. What super-power would you most like to have, and why?
I’d like to be rested in the blink of an eye. For obvious reasons.
14. If you had 1 hour of free time, no distractions, what would you do?
I’d spent time in a hamman (a middle-eastern type of spa).
15. What is the meal and dessert you would choose as your very last?
A huge platter of sea food, including lobster, shrimps, etc. and Martin Picard’s “pouding chômeur” for dessert.
16. What is the “strangest” food you ever ate?
I had Guinea pig and coypu pâté. There are a couple of Asian fruits and vegetables I find simply too strange.
17. What are three adjectives that describe you?
Always smiling, well… I try to be.
18. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Duh… my pinky toe.
19. Have you ever met a famous person? who?
20. What’s your favorite spice?
A tie between Tonka bean, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
21. Do you speak another language? (If yes, say something and translate)
I’m Francophone and Francophile. I can read and understand English. I understand Spanish, Italian, Greek and Latin. “Ich spreche Deutsh ein wenig” (I speak a little German).
22. Do you have any pets? (List what kind of pet, names etc)
Two cats : Fersen and Sacha. Come Springtime, I generally have 6 chicken, all called “Ginette” (One could perhpas translate “Ginette” with “Phillis” or “Gertrude”!)
23. Are you a ‘morning’ or ‘night’ person?
Both… I never stop.
24. What was the last book you read?
Herbert Liberman – Le tueur et son ombre (A thriller that could be translated by “The killer and his shadow”).
25. “2 Truths And a Lie” – Share 3 unique things about yourself and your life, 2 of them true, 1 false, and let the group guess which one isn’t true.
1. I was born on the day J.F.K. was shot.
2. I’m not canadian.
3. I hate pumpkin.