Winner's Q&A

Winner of Your Best Portable Side

By • August 21, 2013 • 26 Comments

Congratulations to QueenSashy, whose Spice Merchant Cauliflower Couscous won the contest for Your Best Portable Side

1. Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
In Serbia, where I was born, the most important event for a family is “Slava” (which means “celebration”) -- it's the day the family honors its patron saint. Slava is celebrated with an elaborate feast. One of my earliest childhood memories is the preparation for it; my grandmother, great aunts and aunts would gather in the kitchen to cook and bake. The ladies wore aprons with lace and embroidery, they sang, gossiped, and sipped Turkish coffee during breaks. And there was always a tiny apron, a tiny rolling pin, and plenty of dough leftovers reserved for me. I was four, and from then on, I was hooked. 

2. What's your least favorite kitchen task?
Washing dishes. Washing dishes. Washing dishes.

  

3. Your favorite kitchen tool?
I have a collection of red Le Creuset pots, and they are accompanied by a selection of red kitchen gadgets. Just looking at them so nicely stacked up in their own special drawers makes me feel all warm and cozy. But if I were to be honest here and name one thing that really matters, at the end of the day, it’s a good knife.

4. What is your idea of comfort food?
Eating bony meats with my fingers! Wings, ribs, Thanksgiving leftovers, sometimes the entire chicken. This is never my most elegant moment, it's not something I would attempt in a restaurant or at a party, and it's not something my husband approves of. So I occasionally send him for a guys’ night out, roast some chicken, and cherish the moment.

5. What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
I’ve been known to start a fire or two. It always happens the same way: I sort of wander away from the stove to check my email, read a post, take a photo -- sometimes I go and wash my hair. (If you had spare 15 minutes before your dish is done, wouldn’t you do the same? Time is precious.) Then I get a little bit carried away with the new activity, and poof!

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about 1 year ago Bevi

Congrats QS! Cauliflower is on my market list. I hope we meet soon at one of Suzanne's gatherings.

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thank you Bevi, I hope so too, and look forward to it.

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about 1 year ago Amanda Hesser

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Love the splashes of red in your kitchenware. Congrats on your win.

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thank you.

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about 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Congratulations, QS! Your cauliflower couscous looks delicious, and I will definitely be giving it a try in the near future.

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thank you.

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about 1 year ago Madhuja

Congratulations, QueenSashy! I loved reading your Q & A! :)

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thank you!

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about 1 year ago Kukla

Congratulations QueenSashy!! Your early food experiences are very close to my heart, because most of my fondest, early memories also center on being with my Mom and aunt in the kitchen and around food and this is the best treasure to have.

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

It is indeed Kukla. Thank you very much.

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about 1 year ago cristinasciarra

Congrats, Aleksandra! Great Q&A--I LOVE your tool/Le Creuset shots!

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thanks! It's the IncrediBooth app, my favorite toy!

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about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Warmest congratulations on your win!!

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thank you very much.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

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Congrats QS! Love the story of all your family cooking for celebrations. It sounds wonderful! And the cauliflower couscous is great.

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thank a bunch fiveandspice.

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about 1 year ago PistachioDoughnut

Congratulations.

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thanks!

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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Congratulations QS, its a lovely recipe.Well deserved win.

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thank you!

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about 1 year ago lapadia

Cheers to a win, QS!

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

:)

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about 1 year ago drbabs

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Congratulations, QueenSashy. I'm so happy for you, and am looking forward to trying your very creative recipe! XO

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thanks drbabs!

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about 1 year ago ChefJune

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Congratulations, QueenSashy! I am SO making that Cauliflower Couscous... :)

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about 1 year ago QueenSashy

Thank you :)