Thursday, September 10, 2009

Foodie Facebook: Cheryl

If Backseat Gourmet isn't the cutest name for a blog, then maybe Naptime Quilter is, anyway, they are both written by the illustrious Cheryl. Yep, the same Cheryl with whom I swapped mothering and cooking stories over dinner last month.
Find out about her fondness for ale and more in this edition of Foodie Facebook.


Calgary, Alberta

Mama, Environmental Program Manager, Quilter, Aspiring Writer and Teacher, Bestest Wife Ever

What is your earliest childhood food memory?

It may seem cliche for a Prairie girl, but the first food memories I have all involve Ukrainian food. It is arriving at my Baba and Dido's after a long drive and being served hot raspberry tea and fresh pyrohy, loading up the car with Baba's vegetables from her enormous garden, or sitting down to a traditional Christmas Eve feast. They all blend into one big ball of fried dough in my memory bank.

What did you eat today?

A fresh peach and cottage cheese, shared with Smilosaurus (my youngest daughter) for breakfast. Berry Crumble Squares (thank-you Dinner with Julie), apples, and raspberry lemonade at a playdate. A salad with nectarine, feta, and leftover pork shoulder at lunch. And spaghetti pie made with more leftovers for dinner.

What will your kids never be allowed to eat?

Never say never. There are things I will never serve them (KD, packaged oatmeal and pre-packaged luncheons), but I won't deny them the crap anymore than I would deny them the exotic. That being said, we once ordered mac and cheese a snooty private club and when they served KD my toddler refused to eat it. That's my girl!

What do you always have on hand in your fridge?

Feta (sheep), cottage cheese, Liberté Mediterranean yoghurt, this week's CSA delivery, maple syrup, fresh eggs, and butter.

What is your beverage of choice?

That depends on the time of day! I like water and tea at work, milk for dinner, and when it comes to alcohol I really, really enjoy my scotch. But give me a G & T or a Traditional Ale on a hot day and I'll be your friend forever.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the history of man, who would it be?

I would do anything to sit down for a family meal with my father-in-law. He passed away before we had kids and I would do anything to have him sit at the table with us as a family, just once, and revel in the raucousness. I guarantee he could win the roaring contests.

OK, it’s your last meal ever, what do you have?

If is is truly my last meal I plan to do it up Roman style, so this is a long menu. Slow roasted tomatoes with goat cheese, my Hubby's hamburgers, guacamole and my Dad's salsa with chips, fresh corn on the cob, brownies, mint chocolate chip ice cream, peaches and still warm raspberries, Traditional Ale to wash it all down, and a smoky scotch (don't make me pick which one now) with an assortment of dark chocolates.

Thanks for taking time out from quilting to chat with us, Cheryl! I've had the pleasure of dining on those burgers of your hubby's, so I know full well why they made this list.


kimberleyblue said...

this foodie facebook - what a cute idea! i always enjoy reading about other foodies and how food is integrated into their lives.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Thanks Aimee! Now I really want Hubby home to make me a burger. Settling for scotch tonight.


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