Congratulations to hardlikearmour, whose Coconut Cajeta & Chocolate Fondue won this week's contest for Your Best Fondue, earning her a beautiful All-Clad Fondue Pot with Cast Aluminum Insert from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from Viking, OXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!
Q&A with hardlikearmour
- Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
- I was lucky growing up. My mom cooked supper for us every night, and she is a good cook. It never occurred to me that I wouldn't be able to cook; it just seemed like a normal skill to have.
- What's your least favorite food?
- Fishy fish. It gets my gag reflex everytime.
- Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
- Most recently was a carameltastrophe. Completely lost my brain, and was making a batch of caramels in a 3-quart saucepan when I should've been using a 6-quart saucepan. When the cream hit the hot sugar, a lahar of caramel goo spilled over the side of the pot -- all over the glass cook top, down the front of the stove and onto the floor. It was a disaster of a mess & filled the kitchen with smoke to boot. The good news was that no injuries were sustained, and no villages were buried.
- What is your idea of comfort food?
- It's gotta be creamy and full of fat. Savory would be macaroni and cheese. Sweet would be a rich chocolate mousse or white chocolate coconut gelato. Or maybe coconut cream pie. Darn my accursed sweet tooth!
Apron or no apron?
I have a really cute apron, but I almost always forget to put it on.
- What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
- I love the scene in Ratatouille when Remy (the main rat, and a gourmet) and Emile (Remy's brother, and a glutton) are reunited, and Remy tries to teach Emile about food. It's hilarious.
- If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
- This one stumps me. I should have a good answer, but I just don't. I'm content cooking for family and friends.
- You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
- a.) Alone. It's hard for me to have others "help" me in the kitchen. I have been improving on it, I swear!
- When it comes to tidying up, you usually: a. clean as you cook, b. do all the dishes once you've finished cooking, c. leave the kitchen a shambles for your spouse/roommate/kids to clean.
- I wish I could claim A. I really do try to clean as I go, but somehow I never seem to accomplish it. I always run out of time somehow. I'm definitely a mix of A, B and C; thank goodness for the invention of the dishwasher, or I'd end up leaning very heavily toward C.