Marx Foods and the Foodie BlogRoll are teaming up to sponsor the first Iron Foodie challenge! 25 chosen contestants will receive a package of 8 ingredients from Marx Foods' exotic collection of edibles. There could be geoduck or black chicken or baby coconuts or matsutake mushrooms or fennel pollen!!! Then the contestants will have to use 3 of the given ingredients to create a dish that could win $200 in store credit. To begin the selection process I'm submitting these five questions so they can evaluate my worthiness. Cross your fingers for me!
1. Why do you want to compete in this challenge?
I'm addicted cooking competition shows and would love a little taste of the excitement. My eight year old son and I watch shows together and he would love to be the guest judge and taste my entry.
2. Limitations of time/space notwithstanding, whose kitchen would you like to spend the day in & why? Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Ferran Adria, James Beard, Marie-Antoine Careme, or The Swedish Chef?
Marie-Antoine Careme. I'd love to see the work that went into such elaborate food without the aid of blenders, food processors, stand mixers and all the other gadgets we have today. It would be fun even if I was turning the spit all day-- I would miss my iPad though.
3. What morsel are you most likely to swipe from family & friends’ plates when they aren’t looking?
Any crispy pork fat--stray bacon, crunchy end bits from barbecue, a bit of caramelized ham fat. It's a public service I provide free of charge.
4. Sum your childhood up in one meal.
Cold tofu, cheese pirogi, and butter-dipped steamed artichokes. As odd as this combination sounds it would not have been unusual for me as a kid.
5. The one mainstream food you can’t stand?
Store bought cookies. Cookies are ridiculously easy to make and the store bought ones taste like cardboard.