Sunday, August 26, 2007

Foodie Facebook: Haidi


Name: Haidi
Place: White Rock, New Mexico
Occupation: Stay-at-home mother of two

1. What is your earliest childhood food memory?
Picking warm, soft, juicy plums out of the sandbox from the plum tree in our backyard, 816 Jubilee Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2. What did you eat today?
Breakfast: Coffee (French press) homemade yogurt with fresh local white peaches, wholegrain toast with butter and homemade wild strawberry jam. Lunch: Greek salad with cucumbers, feta, onions, and my own tomatoes and basil. Supper: Beet Risotto with greens (beets from my garden), baby arugula with balsamic dressing and toasted walnuts. After the kids went to bed, dark chocolate. Mmmm.

3. What will your kids never be allowed to eat?
Never? I don't think I put those kinds of limitations on them, but there are lots of things they are not allowed access to at this time... Pretty much any kind of candy bar, candy (though my 4 yr old daughter definitely has a thing for chocolate, and I occasionally share my stash), no fast food, though they do have the odd French fry. I'm very adamant about no soft drinks for kids. They get hooked so fast! Hmmm, I don't have the typical kid’s snacks around -- goldfish crackers, cheerios, juice boxes. I guess I'm pretty strict, but there's so much great food out there!

4. What do you always have on hand in your fridge?
Butter, a lump of Parmesan cheese, good mustards(several), corn tortillas, the freshest eggs I can find, a variety of grains and flours, and usually several quarts of homemade yogurt.

5. What is your beverage of choice?
Wine, wine, wine. This time of year, I favor whites, whether a floral Viognier from Australia or a tart clean Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. I get thirsty just talking about it.

6. If you could have dinner with anyone in the history of man, who would it be?
I don't know. So many people, it would be kind of uncomfortable. Like what would I really have to say to Anais Nin? I'd rather just sit down with an old friend I haven't seen in a while. Charity Austin. I KNOW we wouldn't lack for good conversation.

7. OK, it’s your last meal ever. What do you have?
Wow. It definitely would have to be summer. Fresh oysters accompanied by "La Grande Dame" champagne. Fresh Alaska king crab with lemon grass butter with a New Zealand semi-dry Riesling. Warm crusty bread and butter. Baby lettuces with the most delicate vinaigrette, some shavings of parrano or semi-hard cheese. Roast rack of lamb, medium rare with some delectable crust, potato gratin, baby beets. A lovely Cote de Nuits red with maybe a dozen or so years on it. French cheeses I've never tried before with fresh figs. Summer-ripe peach tart with loads of whipped cream. The darkest of chocolate desserts with raspberry puree and espresso. A vintage port decanted to sip late into the night.


Ed. Note: Thank you, Haidi! I am so with you on that last meal; I got hungry just reading your description.
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3 comments:

Tammy said...
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Tammy said...

Homemade yogurt - oh yum! I am envious. Any tricks for successfully making it with store-bought milk? Please say yes.

And you lived on Jubilee? Trips to the BDI, I presume?

haidi said...

Hi Tammy! With two little ones, we go through a lot of yogurt. And yes, it's storebought, though I usually get organic. If you send me your address, I'll e-mail you the recipe. It's so easy! yukon_girl74@yahoo.com

The BDI??? Don't remember...

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