What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Hedgehog: Poached eggs on a muffin and a flat white coffee. Since I learned to poach eggs, we now have them regularly.
Greenberry Kids: Soft boiled eggs and soldiers & Dry cappuccino. (My favourite breakfast in a local cafe called Ginger & White in Hampstead.)
Bumble Box: Yesterday was pancake day--so, we had leftover, fluffy American-style pancakes with sausages, fresh fruit and maple syrup for pancake day. Yum! Today was a rarity--typically, I'll have poached eggs or spiced up avocado on toast.
What is your favourite go-to dinner?
Hedgehog: If it was just me, I would be very happy with a selection of artisan cheeses, a good sourdough bread, a green salad and a glass of Priorat wine to wash it down.
Greenberry Kids: Roka, Charlotte Street. It is a Japanese robadayaki cuisine and has an open grill in the centre of the restaurant. I love their food: fresh and gorgeous to look at!
Bumble Box: When it's the last day before the grocery delivery and I'm running out of options, I'll often make grilled chicken with corn and blackbean salsa. There's always some chicken in the house, so I'll roll the cutlets in jerk spice and put them under the grill. Meanwhile, I'll grab tinned corn and blackens from the pantry, throw in some chopped peppers and onions, lime juice, olive oil and some salt and pepper. Serve the chicken with the salsa (and tortilla chips if you have them). Voila! A healthy dinner in 15 minutes or less.
What do you always have in your pantry?
Hedgehog: My pantry is very well stocked! I keep just about anything I need to improvise a meal, a range of pulses and grains, pasta, different types of rice, a good stash of dark chocolate.
Greenberry Kids: Rice (Japanese / Korean sushi rice) - As a Korean, I can’t survive without white sticky rice, it is a cure for everything including homesick!
Bumble Box: Capers. Bonne Maman blueberry jam. Polenta. Pasta. Rice. Lentils. Quinoa. Pearl barley. Soy sauce. Maple syrup. Blackbeans. Kidney beans. Cannellini beans. Sushi rice. Nori sheets. Tinned pumpkin and tomatoes. Coconut milk.
What would we be surprised to find in your refrigerator?
Hedgehog: My 13 year old daughter’s home-made natural skin care products (which look good enough to eat!) and my 11 year old son’s modelling clay.
Greenberry Kids: A bottle of ginger extract from Korea. I use it to make a tea or sauce to marinate meats before cooking. It has a strong taste but calms upset stomach.
Bumble Box: Bolivian crocodile oil--don't ask.
Favourite ingredient to cook with?
Hedgehog: I love truffle oil, it is great finishing touch on pasta, risotto, even on plain boiled potatoes.
Greenberry Kids: Olive oil - I use it everywhere, especially for making salad dressing.
Bumble Box: I love the flavours in Keralan food--so, I love a little Indian spice and coconut milk.
Favourite kitchen tool/appliance?
Hedgehog: I love my Thermomix, an all in one appliance which blends and heats to make soups and deserts.
Greenbery Kids: A set of Joseph chopping boards -they are colourful and practical, easy to keep and clean. The idea of using different chopping boards depending on the ingredients is great!
Bumble Box: The blender.
Do you do your grocery shopping online or in-store?
Hedgehog: Both. Most staples I buy online, but I like to choose fresh fruit, and pick fresh bread and other tempting additions from local grocers and bakers
Greenberry Kids: Mostly through ocado / waitrose online shopping. I can’t even remember when was the last time I went in to the physical store! I certainly do not miss queuing at the till!
Bumble Box: We shop online with Ocado. I know Sainsbury's would be cheaper, but the Ocado interface makes my life easier...so I've not budged.
Are you a meal planner?
Hedgehog: When the children were younger I used to receive their lunch menus from school, I designed a spiral bound, printed book and would plan meals for the week ahead to avoid repetition. It also served as a log book which I could refer to when I got stuck for ideas for what to cook.
Greenberry Kids: I am terrible at planing a meal in advance. With my busy work schedule, we often do deliverloo delivery or eat out. For the weekends, I try to make Korean or Italian meals, but we decide what to cook spontaneously.
Bumble Box: YES! Our meal times would be chaotic without it. I work out a meal plan while making the grocery order each week--then, whoever's cooking can choose their favourite from the list.
What is the worst meal you've ever had?
Hedgehog: Probably on an airplane!
Greenberry Kids: Cous cous at my friend’s dinner party - I dreamt I was eating a whole bucket of sand that night!
Bumble Box: As a novice traveler many moons ago, I was lured to the pizza kiosks by the Rialto Bridge in Venice. Worst meal ever...but valuable lesson learned. Trudge off the path.
What is the best meal you've ever had?
Hedgehog: So many… I love the Mediterranean diet. We have a favourite restaurant by the seaside in the Costa Brava that only serves fish and desert, as a family we have been going there for 4 generations, its secret is the freshness of the fish, (just caught), good olive oil and simple grilling on a hot griddle.
My mother was an amazing cook, I missed her and her cooking terribly.
Greenberry Kids: Dim sum dishes in Yauatcha in Soho. My friends and I went to this contemporary Chinese restaurant in the Chinese New Year last year. Love their steamed dim sum and delicious dishes from fresh seafood, also their macarons are so yummy!
Bumble Box: San Sebastian is an incredible place for foodies--they have more Michelin stars than any other place per capita (or used to, anyway). So, when we visited San Sebastian pre-kids, we treated ourselves to a meal there. Though we've been to other Michelin star restaurants, Arzac stands proudly on a pedestal. Sadly, I can't remember the specifics of what I had there...but I can say that basil's been my favourite ice cream flavour ever since. Ahhh...Arzac.