Weird meme

It’s been a while since Maman Poulet – sorry Suzy! – tagged me for the Weird Meme. For this meme I have to write five weird things about me. Well, one person’s weird is another person’s absolutely normal so I’m not sure how weird (or sane) these are going to appear to anyone else. I just know that they’re things to do with cooking and food that people have pointed out as being somewhat strange.

1. I like to wash dishes by hand rather than use a dishwasher. While in New Zealand we had a lovely dishwasher that, even after the Boyfriend bought powder for it, was used only once for it’s proscribed purpose. The rest of the time I found it handy – much to the amusement of the Boyfriend’s family – as a storage place for plastic bags. Well, there’s no point in leaving it empty, now, is there?

2. When leaving NZ I packed all my spices (especially my packets of Aji’s cinnamon and chilli) into an envelope that I bribed the Boyfriend to post to me in Ireland. Sorry customs…

3. I love second-hand crockery and bakeware. One of my prized possessions is a large blue-flowered oval china plate that I picked up in a charity shop years ago and, while in NZ, I amassed a large quantity of “pre-loved” (such a great phrase) plates, pans and cooking equipment that would have, otherwise, been very expensive. Of course, pre-loved sometimes also means pre-battered and some of my removable-base tins had bases that were a little too easy to remove which led to a few leaking incidents.

4. A considerable amount of my luggage home to Ireland was taken up by cookbooks, including Zarbo Zest, and cooking utensils, including my beloved nut-cracker, dough scraper, pastry blender, zester… I was gutted to have to abandon my small cast-iron frying pan though. For some reason the Boyfriend didn’t think that it was such a good idea to carry a cast-iron frying pan in my hand-luggage.

5. I often keep a bar of dark, dark chocolate in my cupboard for weeks, eating it after dinner, a square at a time. That’s until the Boyfriend finds it. We now have to buy cheaper chocolate for him to eat in volume while I savour the more expensive sort over a long…slow…time…

Who to tag now? I rather liked Suzy asking for five weird cooking/food things about me so I’d like to turn the foodie spotlight on to:
Gluten-free Girl
my little kitchen
pearl of the orient
She Who Eats

Rules of the game: The first player of this game starts with the topic “five weird habits of yourself”, and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don’t forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says “you are tagged” (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.


Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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2 Responses

  1. Suzybie says:

    Ah they are not weird to the foodies! In the next few months we are moving house and I have been hoarding my food utensils and sticking up for certain ways of doing things as there are attempts to declutter the house. I have not food blogged in ages due to the multiplicity of political stories affecting me and others in recent weeks. I have been cooking soup though in an attempt to soothe the soul!

  2. Caroline says:

    Ah soup…’tis good for soothing a rumpled soul and it looks like the All Party Committee have done a lot of rumpling in recent times.As regards de-cluttering, sometimes it comes at the cost of rather a lot of stress! I must admit to owning quite a bit of clutter myself, though, as I do have two kitchens – one in NZand one here in Ireland, slowing emerging from the series of boxes it went into in 2004. I think the Boyfriend, who mostly lived out of a rucksack for the last half dozen years, sometimes despairs.

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