Getting To Know You

Last week, Willow at Will Cook For Friends tagged me in a game.  It’s a getting to know you game!  I think it’s a great opportunity to get to know your fellow bloggers, outside of the recipes.  I’m so excited to have been tagged!  So, without further ado, here’s a little about me (and the game):

The Rules:

1. Remember to post the rules (check!)
2. Share 12 things about yourself your readers don’t already know
3. Answer the questions presented by the person tagging you
4. Ask 12 questions of your own, and tag others to play along (tag 12 if you can, but 6 is totally fine, too)
5. Be sure to comment on the blogs of those you’ve tagged to let them know they’re in

12 Things About Me:

·  My favorite sandwich when I was little was peanut butter and American cheese.  I have no idea how I got started on it, but I have very distinct memories of making that sandwich.  It’s probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever willingly eaten.

·  Sometimes, I wish I could just be a full time student for the rest of my life.  I tend to forget how cool things are, and how much I like learning about them.  I’m kind of a huge nerd, in case you couldn’t tell.  And on the same note…

·  I was a huge theater dork in high school.  I did musicals and (non-musical) comedies.  It’s funny looking back on it because I’m not that great of an actor, and at best you could say that I can carry a tune (sometimes).  But I loved it anyway.

·  When I interact with other people, I am smiling and/or laughing almost constantly.  Sometimes this gets me in trouble because people tend to think I’m super interested in them, but really I just don’t want to be rude.  And I often use the laughing and smiling to cover up being intenselyawkward.  Because I am soooooo awkward.  Like, first season of “The Office” awkward.

·  I am the least confrontational person ever.  It’s a problem.  I don’t get things done.

·  I love cats.  And I want one.  So badly.  I relate to cats – they’re independent and self-reliant but can sometimes also be cute and cuddly and sweet.  I feel like I’m the same way.  I also love taking naps in sunny spots.

·  I love dancing!  More on this below.

·  I also love reading.  I love how you can put your own life, your own problems, on hold in live in another world for just a few hours.  I love how you can get lost in that world and somehow become a part of it.  Reading is an escape, in such an amazing way.

·  I make lists like crazy.  Sometimes people think I’m stressed out because I list the gazillion things I have to do, but really making that list keeps me calm.  Making something into a list makes it easier to go through and check things off.  I’m not stressed out until I start yelling.  I try not to get to that point too often.

·  I like writing.  When I was in 5th grade, I decided to write a chapter book.  It was pretty decent for a 5thgrader, though I never made it past 50 pages or so.  Since then I’ve given up the idea of writing something real and big, but I’ve always loved creative writing assignments in school.  Now, of course, I’ve translated some of that love into this blog, but it’s not quite the same.

·  I play soccer.  It’s fun.  Once upon a time (in high school), I was pretty decent.  Now, I’m mostly just out of shape, playing in a rec league with people who are much better than I am, but it’s still a lot of fun.

·  I’m a huge clutz.  HUGE.  Like, trip over my feet when I walk, drop things constantly, and am always getting bruises from walking into things kind of clutz.  Most of the time I just laugh at myself.

Will Cook for Friends asks:

·  What is your favorite quote or saying?  This is a complicated question.  I have a ring that has an inscription on the inside that says, in Hebrew, “Don’t lose hope.”  I think this is an incredibly important thing to remember.  But I wouldn’t necessarily call it my favorite quote.  I’m going to throw another one out there, because I think it describes my life very well, and it’s by my favorite author, Douglas Adams: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

·  What did/do you want to be when you grow up? I totally wanted to be a spy.  No joke.  I thought I would be all Sydney Bristow-like from Alias.  Up until about a year ago, I still totally thought this was going to happen.  Since then, I’ve changed my mind and now I’m heading towards becoming a dietician.  It’s a much more realistic goal, I think.

·  When you began blogging, what were your expectations and were they met, exceeded, or neither?  I expected family and friends to follow my blog and for it to be more of a creative outlet for me than anything else.  It has gone way beyond my expectations.  I have followers I’ve never heard of before, I have pictures up on foodgawker, and I have people whose blogs I really admire tagging me in awesome things like this game.  The more my blog expands, the more of a creative outlet it becomes for me, since I’m inspired by so many other people and encouraged by the comments readers leave and I find myself pushing harder with recipes and photography.  It’s really become a passion of mine, which is something I totally did not expect.

·  Is there a food or dish you’d really like to make but are afraid is too hard? If so, what is it?  Anything involving agar agar.  I want so badly to try using it, because I know I can do totally awesome things with it.  But for some reason it terrifies me.  I’ve gotten as far as buying some, but it’s been sitting in my cupboard for 2 months now.  I’m totally open to ideas on ways to ease me into it.

·  What would you say is your biggest kitchen mishap?  One time I tried making butternut squash gnocchi.  I had seen recipes before, and I tried following one, but in the end I had to add so much flour to the mix that it just tasted like regular gnocchi, which was exactly not the point.  Plus, it didn’t really cook up quite right.  I’m pretty sure I ended up throwing out most of the mix.

·  What would you say your greatest accomplishment up till now has been (in the kitchen or otherwise)?  Figuring out what I actually want in life.  I know, that seems like something that’s not an accomplishment, but it took me a little longer than I would have preferred.  I’m not the most patient person, and I like working towards goals, but for a little while I felt like I was flailing; unhappy with where I was but not having any idea where I would from there.  And I’m in my 20’s, so who’s to say I won’t change my mind again, right?  But this is still recent enough that I feel like it’s a huge accomplishment.

·  What first inspired you to cook?  I don’t think there was a specific inspiration.  I don’t even remember when I started.  Growing up in a traditional Jewish household, we always hosted at least one large meal each weekend, more than one if it was a holiday.  So Fridays, after school, I was required to help my mom cook and bake.  Duncan Hines brownies were my specialty.  I was never inspired, I just did it.  Since then, it’s actually my interest in nutrition and how food affects the body that’s grown.  I tend to look at cooking from that perspective, and then I get inspired to change recipes to fit what I’ve learned.

·  After a long hard day, what would be your ideal meal to come home to?  Pizza.  It’s a cure-all for me.  DC is seriously lacking in good, thin crust pizza, and it makes me sad about life sometimes.  You can put anything on a pizza to fit your mood, and when it’s good pizza, it’s exactly what you need.

·  What is one of your guilty pleasures?  Watching Grey’s Anatomy.  Please don’t judge me too harshly.

·  Besides food/blogging, what are some of your favorite hobbies or past times? I ballroom dance.  Competitively.  I started a few years ago, took a break for a bit, and now I’m back at it.  I love it, it’s such a great combination of dancing and competitive sport.  Plus, the sparkly costumes are AWESOME (the fake tans, not so much).

·  Where would you most like to travel to, visit, or return to someday, and why? South America.  Specifically, I really want to go to Machu Picchu, but South America in general is the only inhabited continent I haven’t been to, and I’ve heard great things and I really just think it’s time to head down there.

·  If you could have any famous person over for dinner (or any meal), who would it be and what would you make?  Does the famous person have to be alive?  If not, it would totally be Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s series.  I love his humor, and based on pretty much everything he’s ever written, I think it would be the most entertaining dinner ever. 

12 Questions for My Fellow Bloggers:

·  What’s your favorite cooking/food memory?

·  If you had unlimited funds and all the time in the world, what would you do with it?

·  What’s the one song that when you hear it, you can’t help but sing along, no matter where you are or what you’re doing?

·  What’s the best advice you’ve ever received and from whom?

·  What’s your guilty pleasure?

·  What’s your comfort food?

·  What’s your signature dish?  Why?

·  What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

·  When you’re not cooking, what do you do in your free time?

·  What made you start blogging?  What keeps you going with it?

·  Who, or what, inspires you?

·  What’s your favorite time of the year, and why?

I want to hear from you!

·  Ruby @ That’s So Vegan

·  Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan

·  Sarah @ Sarah Cupcake

·  Colleen @ The Smart Cookie Cook

·  Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

Can’t wait to see what you guys have to say!

19 Responses to Getting To Know You

  1. This was so much fun to read Elana! We are alike in so many ways!

    – lists, all over the place for everything – yes
    (I still have my to do lists from each holiday cooking sessions!)

    – big bruise on my arm just yesterday from slamming the side of the door – yep…lots of broken dishes too

    -agar, agar Jar has been in my cupboard for at least 6 months – I have no idea where to start

    – I am always reading, i at least have a few books going at once (loving the Hunger Games Series right this moment and how to love an american man!)

    -I can be too nice too….I hate that awkward feeling that my face is going to fall off from smiling too much at one person during a convo

    Thanks for sharing a bit about you!

  2. Amalia says:

    Awesome way to get to know other bloggers! Peanut butter and American cheese? Hahaha…that’s a pretty funky combination, but then again I ate some pretty weird stuff when I was young too 🙂 And that’s so cool that you ballroom competitively! How exciting!

  3. Always nice getting to know fellow foodies a little better.

  4. Courtney J says:

    Awe, I loved this post. It is so great getting to know other bloggers – especially other vegetarian or vegan bloggers 🙂 I just did my “getting to know you” post too at thefigtree.blogspot.com 🙂

    I am with you on the agar agar. I’d love to be able to use it for desserts & such. I will hopefully become brave enough to try soon. *hehe*

    Ballroom dancing, hey? Very cool! I too really want to venture to Macchu Picchu. Looks incredible!
    I love making lists and reading too. Sounds like we have lots in common 🙂

    Love your blog. So glad I discovered it 🙂 Wonderful recipes and great photos!

  5. Sarah Bulmer says:

    Thanks girl! 🙂 I’m an obsessive list maker myself. Can’t wait to see everyone’s posts.

  6. Thanks for tagging me! I am with you on the pizza thing. It’s my number one comfort food! I love dancing as well 🙂

  7. Ruby says:

    Thanks for tagging me! I will be responding on my blog soon!

    Oh, and who knew we have so much in common! I also used to be a huge theater dork, I tried to write (several) novels in 5th grade, and I love dancing and cats. Great minds think alike 😉

  8. Willow says:

    Haha – I loved reading this!

    I love the quote you picked, too – Douglas Adams is so brilliant.

    And as for agar agar – I’m in the same boat! I have some sitting in my pantry, but I haven’t gotten up the nerve to use it yet. It’ll happen, though… one of these days…

    Thanks for playing along in the game and passing it on to others! Your questions are great – I really like ‘what’s the best advice you’ve ever received and from whom’. That certainly got me thinking!

    • Thanks! And thanks again for tagging me!

      I’ve been saying that about my agar agar for months! I really want to try making a vegan panna cotta with it. Instead I just look at recipes, decide it’s too scary, and go back to my usual recipes. One of these days indeed….

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