Friday, March 19, 2010

Fabulously Fierce Friends, Vera

CQ writes: Vera is a wonderful violinist who lives in Chicago.  I first met Vera in Luxembourg at a summer festival. It was just one stop on a tour of Europe for her with stops in Paris and Vienna!  She is most commonly seen dressed in beautiful clothes and drinking a glass of Champagne. Vera is just as passionate about food as she is about music, and is lots of fun to be around!

1. Who are your role models - food related or otherwise?

My mother and grandmother are the best cooks in the world. Their presentation is extraordinary. People fast for 40 days and 40 nights before they come to our parties/feasts so they can fill themselves up as much as possible and then talk about it for days thereafter. So I guess I'm next in line to continue that tradition ;)

2. What is your drink of choice?

Champagne, its the only drink that I am always in the mood for :)

3. What is your favorite cookbook or other food related book?

Any source that sparks some inspiration is my favorite source at that moment.

4. What was your most memorable meal and why?

Oh no, I have too many!!

5. What is your favorite kitchen gadget or tool?

A goooood Greek knife.

6. If you had to make dinner with ingredients at your home right now, what would you make?

I dont momentarily know what I have, but I love love love to clean out my fridge and pantry to the bare bone because usually the most creative dishes evolve from those situations.

7. What kind of music do you like to listen to while you cook?

Classical music.

8. What is your philosophy on cooking and eating?

Its ALL about momentary inspiration. If you dont have it, skip the cooking and make yourself a nice martini.

9. Are there any foods you can not stand to eat?

Just peas.

10. If you could use any super power in the kitchen, what would it be and why?

To be able to snap my fingers when I am missing an ingredient and have it appear before my eyes (that def goes for wine too).

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