Q&A with Kitchen Butterfly
Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
I hated food till I was 9 and that was hell for my mom and late dad who did everything they could do to get me to eat. As for me, I was fine, hiding behind curtains eating sugar cubes for sustenance! Then we went abroad (from Nigeria) to Scotland on holiday in the summer I was nine and I discovered the joy of 'happy meals' at Wimpy, a fast food chain. I ate a kid's meal, without threat and my dad in shock offered me a second -- he had never seen me eat with so much ease. After the second round, I cried from being full. I haven't looked back since! Though my mom cooked well, it was my dad who broke the bounds of tradition and inspired me to cook - he had lived as a bachelor in the UK in the 50s and taught himself to become kitchen-smart. I admire his style -- he focused on the quality of food and rarely used any seasonings save for salt and pepper. He understood timings, experimented a lot and everything he made was delicious, especially his lemon sole with onions, which we always had for Sunday breakfast. He was also big on gadgets and making things at home -- grinding his own plantain flour, making popcorn in his popcorn maker and using the food processor to the limit. I find too that I am in constant pursuit of everything homemade & experimental.
What's your least favorite food?
Though I love celeriac, I HATE celery with a passion -- the thought of it in anything turns me off.
What is the best thing you've made so far this year?
Hands down my Blackberry Cheesecake & Jelly Verrines -- I made 6 small pots and ate them ALL by myself. Something about the combination of jelly, cooled whipped cream, softened blackberries and a crisp almond topping with a squeeze of lime juice reeked and tasted of heaven on earth!