Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Bloggerview with Katharine Ferguson my aunt

Name and occupation?
  Katharine Ferguson     Retired

What would you like to plug?

Name your three desert island ingredients 
   Smoked salmon
   Roast beef,or roast lamb, or a p roast potatoes and lots of vegetables
   Raspberry pavlova or sticky toffee pud

Your best cooking tip.
   Put cream or milk into pan first before adding eggs for scrambled eggs. 

What is your favourite snack?
    BTL sandwich or a bowl of soup

What would you have for your last supper?
    The same as on the desert island

What foodstuff would you banish to room 101?
   Porridge, tripe, mussels

What's your favourite restaurant?
   At the moment  the Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh

What's your favourite tipple?
   Brandy and ginger
Which book gets you cooking ?
   Any Delia book or to go back a bit, Katie Stewart

What comfort food comforts you when you are sick?
   Bread or toast and lurpak butter

Kitchen implement you can't do with out
   Sharp kitchen  knives
What's your dream dinner party line-up?
   Prince Philip, Sir Bruce Forsythe, Colin Firth, 
   Helen Mirren,  Sue Barker,  Susie Raworth 

And what would you cook for them?
 Avocado and seafood salad. 

 Chicken with lemon sauce / pork chops with cream and mushrooms
 Black Forest Gateau / Grape Pavlova and cream
 Assortes cheeses and Italian coffee

What is your favourite cooking aroma ?
   Freshly ground coffee

What was your childhood teatime treat?
   Tomato or cucumber sandwiches

What was the first thing you learnt to cook?
   It was so long ago I cannot remember - probably Welsh Rarebit

What was there first thing you taught your children to cook?
   N/A  but had it been - fairy cakes or chocolate crispies

What was your mothers signature dish and do you try to copy it?
   Beef casserole, potatoes and garden veg
   All the time, in all sorts of ways

What would you make to impress your partner?
   If I had one - venison and all the trimmings a la Claire Macdonald

Where do you go for the best fish and chips?
   The Sun, Helensburgh.  Their fish and chips are to die for.

What was your most memorable meal?
   An amazing (Chinese of course) one in Hong Kong
   Another in the Jumeira Beach Hotel,  Dubai

What was your biggest culinary disaster?
   A memorable one was making a lemon meringue pie for my sister and brother-in-law, while taking it out of the oven it slipped out of my hands and dropped upside down on the kitchen floor. I went into Purda thereafter

What's the worst meal you've ever had?
   At a service station on the M6

What's the most outlandish thing you've ever eaten?
   To me (and I usually love fish) squid is outlandish

Who's your food hero/food villain?
   Several food heros - Delia, Nigella, Katie Stewart, Claire Macdonald, Jamie Oliver To Name a few

Nigella or Delia?

Gin or Vodka?

Muesli or fry-up?

Wine or beer?

KFC or Burger King?

What do you consider the best of the best of British?
   Scottish or English tomatoes, strawberries, rasps, Scottish salmon, Aberdeen Angus beef and Spring Lamb

What's the best/worst thing about the British restaurant scene?
   The variety

What do you think will be the next big thing?
   Jamie Cotter Craig opening a string of the best of British (I have to say unlikely, but thanks for the vote of confidence)
What would you do if you could choose any other career?
   At my age relax

What do you have for Christmas lunch?  
   Homemade chicken soup or smoked salmon and prawns,  
   Roast turkey and every conceivable trimming
   My sister's Christmas pudding with brandy butter
   and following that I am out for the count!

Make a wish
    Have done!

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