POP QUIZ

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I’m back from Montreal (more on that soon!) and ready to start cooking again but first:  We’ve been together for a while now and there is so much I don’t know about you. In an effort to deepen Lottie + Doof’s relationship with our readers, I present to you: The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire. This was inspired by those crazy quizzes that were all the rage on social networking sites a few years ago, which were themselves inspired by the Proust questionnaire that Vanity Fair made famous. My friend Ashley and I became obsessed with those quizzes a while back and completed so many of them. We still have all of those quizzes and they remain a really lovely artifact of that time in our life. Anyway, I wanted a food-centered survey and so I put this together! I hope you’ll all leave your answers to this quiz in the comments. All of you! Even those of you sitting quietly at the back with big smiles on your faces. And yes, even you Ashley.

The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

Sweet or salty?

Sweet, then salty, then sweet. I like to go back and forth.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla.

Hot or mild?

Hot.

What won’t you eat?

Crustaceans, they freak me out- although, I love Mollusks. I also am a little grossed out by green peas. I like everything else. Oh, and then there is chocolate. I don’t love it and I eat it almost never.

Most memorable meal?

I think most often about a meal I had at Chez Panisse in the late 90’s. It was such a good dining experience in every way. And I liked knowing that my food was grown in the back yard. I also ate at Alinea a couple of years ago and that totally blew my mind. Food was changing states on my plate! It was more like theatre than dining, but I loved it.

Favorite object in your kitchen?

My Kitchenaid mixer and an offset spatula.

What are you scared of in the kitchen?

Frying things. It seems like such a production and then I am always confused about what to do with all of the oil afterward. Also, it makes my apartment smell bad.

Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

I like to cook for others.

What country would you move to for the food?

France, France, France! For more than just the food, really— I like their relationship with food and eating…with life.

If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

I really like the design of grapes, so maybe a grape? I like that they have lots of friends and their climate is good.

What’s for dinner?

Salad! After a week of eating all sorts of amazing food in Montreal, I need fruits and vegetables.

YOUR TURN!!!!!!

69 comments to “POP QUIZ”

  1. Sweet or salty?

    mostly salty

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    mostly chocolate (but only since I have been an “adult”)

    Hot or mild?

    medium (I know)

    What won’t you eat?

    pigeon

    Most memorable meal?

    Oliveto, all the time.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    gravity sensing tongs–up they close, down they open–see williams sonoma

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    not much

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    alone for others, or with one or other, but very selectively

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    mulberry

    What’s for dinner?

    roast chicken

  2. *Sweet or salty?
    Both! I like raisins in my beef empanadas and cheese with quince jam.

    *Chocolate or vanilla?
    Both. Though for me, chocolate must have at least 70% cocoa.

    *Hot or mild?
    Both!

    *What won’t you eat?
    Anything that comes out of the sea (except tuna and sea salt) and unluckily – because I’m fructose intolerant – honey, apples, pears and stone fruit.

    *Most memorable meal?
    Bilbao – I had a chuletón, that is beef fillet grilled vertically and I ate the whole 600gr of it! I was the best steak ever.

    *Favorite object in your kitchen?
    My Kitchenaid mixer, the ESGE immersion blender and my super sharp knives.

    *What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    Caramel. I once tried to make cream toffees, but it resulted in a burnt and rock hard fiasko.

    *Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    I like both, but when cooking with others, I must be in command :-)

    *What country would you move to for the food?
    France! Not just for the food but for the status it has. And that it is perfectly normal to spend 5 hours dining.

    *If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    Ginger: beautiful plant, very versatile in the kitchen, not ordinary, complex.

    *What’s for dinner?
    Spaghetti with homemade pesto.

  3. Hi tim! I love your site. You have such good taste. I would love if you were my lifestyle specialist, telling me what music and foods I should be into every week.

    I am taking this quiz after trying to make your (or molly w.’s) cinnamon rolls. Here goes!

    The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    Ideally both. but probably sweet.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    same as time – vanilla. (but I’m only convinced after the busy day cake – WOW!)

    Hot or mild?

    Definitely spicy. serrano serenade please!

    What won’t you eat?

    I have never had a good scallop. the whole issue with people saturating them with water so you pay more per pound, plus all the chemicals that people sometimes add, really freak me out. finally, the texture of rubber. yuck!

    Most memorable meal?

    Honestly, probably my graduation dinner at Bodard Restaurant in houston, Texas. We ordered the 5 course meal for 7 people and there were so many little, flavorful dishes with bright colors and flavors. All my favorite people and just so many delicious things I’d never tried before.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My food processor, even though I hate to clean it.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Spending a lot of time on something that doesn’t taste as good as what I could’ve bought in the store, like bread or biscuits (kneading! agh, what?), artichokes (how do you clean these?), and making eggplant taste good. can’t seem to do it.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    Like you, Tim, I like to cook for others too. Just so much better that way! But I do prefer to make everything myself…so it can be just so. Most of the time, not always.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    To be honest – maybe India. I love mangoes, but the sheer variety – I am sure I would never taste all the dishes if I spent the rest of my life traveling there.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Mangoes? I would have a good, solid core :)

    What’s for dinner?

    Maybe broccoli salad? I love the one with onions, sunflower seeds, bacon, broccoli, raisins, and mayonnaise in Amanda Hesser’s book Cooking for Mr. Latte. But it’s going to rain in ny today so it might end up being something super simple, like grilled cheese with heirloom tomato and Orangette’s tomato soup with cilantro.

    PS I went to milk & honey cafe when I was in chicago for a wedding, and it was so so wonderful. My boyfriend thought I was crazy for getting off of the El early simply to go that cafe but he retracted and thought it was awesome it worked out so well. If I ever opened a restaurant, I hope it would have the same sensibility as that place. Your taste is awesome, Tim!!!

  4. Thanks for the nice message, Lynh! You are very kind. I am so glad you liked Milk & Honey!

  5. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    #1 Sweet or salty?
    Both! Together! I love salt with caramel, salt with chocolate, bacon with chocolate, etc…
    but if you had to put a gun to my head, it’s hard to pass up perfect french fries…

    #2 Chocolate or vanilla?
    Chocolate

    #3 Hot or mild?
    MILD!!! I have zero tolerance for spice. Yankee tastebuds.

    #4 What won’t you eat?
    This is an interesting question because i’m pretty much open to eating anything – i’ve eaten organ meats, whole sardine, pigs feet – stuff i would never imagine i would eat as a child. However, I will NOT eat venison (deer) – sorry, all i see is Bambi – it would be like eating a dog. I grew up in River Forest, IL right by the forest and deer would always come in our back yard. Couldn’t do it. I probably wouldn’t eat cow’s brains (mad cow – seriously). That guy on Bizarre Foods eats a lot of things I probably wouldn’t. Things that come to mind that he’s eaten: Puffin (too cute!), [insert animal here] testicles, eyeballs, and any kind of intestine. Also I will not eat a chile straight up (see #3)

    #5 Most memorable meal?
    This is a hard one. Since I live in NYC, I’ve had amazing meals here: Daniel, Jean Georges, Blue Hill Stone Barns, Picholine, Ko, Cafe Gray (now closed – I’m so heartbroken) and Wallse (Blaue Gans, it’s sister restaurant, is my “go to” restaurant.) Of those, Ko was probably the best experience – it had JUST opened (i seriously can’t believe I got a reservation the first day the website opened – it was crazy), the food was spectacular and it was so cool to watch the chefs create every plate right infront of you – my boyfriend and i were even cracking jokes with David Chang (some very inappropriate ones i might add – very funny). BUT my ALL TIME favorite would have to be L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon in Paris. My boyfriend and I waited 1 hour outside the restaurant at the bar, then sat at the “real bar” in the restaurant, did the full tasting menu, stayed to the very close (because we ate so late – we saw a guy walk in with a freshly killed duck to show the kitchen – seriously the thing had feathers) and walked back to the Parker Meridian because the subway was on strike (shocking – apparently this happens a lot in France). But the walk back made the night perfect. Paris is unbeatable at night.

    #6 Favorite object in your kitchen?
    OMG – let me just say I am a kitchen appliance whore – it scares me to think how much i’ve spent since i only buy All-Clad and Le Creuset (i have All-Clad measuring cups and teaspoons for godsake). I have to the All-Clad slowcooker is my favorite – only because i am a sucker for braised dishes. Kitchen Aid mixer and food processor come in a close second. I also love my chocolate fountain (see #2)

    #7 What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    I’m also not a fan of deep frying things – i’ll do it every once in a while, but it’s such a pain a**. I killed a live lobster once to get over that fear ( the “humane” way – through the head) but i’ll have to work up the courage to do that again. I do love lobster though – not gonna lie.

    #8 Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    I like to cook for others.

    #9 What country would you move to for the food?
    France. Although the French are very easy to poke fun of at so many levels, the one thing they have nailed is food. I would like to tour the whole country – north to south.

    #10 If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    a pumpkin – i would get all dolled up for Halloween :)

    #11 What’s for dinner?
    Tom Kaa Ghai soup from Cooks Illustrated “Soups and Stews” Magazine. The Whole Foods near me had lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves (which are omitted from the recipe – replaced with thai curry paste) and i’ve been waiting to make this soup. It’s so delicious – a really comforting one. I love soup. I think it’s a labor of love – i always use homemade stock. To me there is nothing more comforting than a good bowl of soup.

  6. Sweet or salty?

    I was never a candy-loving child. Often more interested in popcorn and pasta than chocolates and confections. Salty, though a mix of the two is just brilliant. TRAIL MIX!

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    Mild. I love ethnic foods which call for ingredients that are inclined to be spicy. It has been interesting finding ways to subdue the inherent heat of Indian, African and Mexican cuisines.

    What won’t you eat?

    I am a vegetarian of 6 years, so I guess my answer is meat- though I do occasionally eat fish.

    Most memorable meal?

    The gravy from the first Thanksgiving I cooked completely by myself. I think my ex and I cried when it was finally gone.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    I use the soup pot most often. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Frying. I am terrified of a pot of boiling oil.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I cook alone most often, though I do enjoy cooking FOR others.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    India. I love Indian cuisine.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Artichoke. I just find them to be beautiful. Tough exterior, delicate and delicious interior.

    What’s for dinner?

    Pasta salad. Cheddar, feta, chopped olives and artichoke hearts with a spiral short pasta.

  7. Sweet or Salty
    Must have both. at same time if possible.

    Chocolate or Vanilla
    Vanilla

    Hot or Mild
    Mild. I love spicy food but not hot spicy. I really love wasabi because it’s not cumulative. It doesn’t hold a grudge, burning your lips and tongue til you can’t feel anything. whoa.
    didn’t realize i had such strong feelings spicy-wise.

    What won’t you eat?
    turnip. oysters. yup. that’s it.

    Most memorable meal?
    Sushi at Kuni’s on Main in Evanston.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    Coffee pot.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    I agree with all of you who said boiling oil. i’d just rather not.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    Depends. In a way, I prefer being alone because I can’t talk (or drink, as i’ve found out to my
    dismay) and cook. But, i love company whilst i cook so it’s a dilemma.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    Italy. Oh yeah.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    Tater-tot.
    That’s not exactly what your asking but i kind of think of it as a veg because
    it really is, in a way, only better.

    What’s for dinner?
    Black bean and sweet potato burritos and coleslaw and broccoli rabe.

  8. salty
    chocolate
    hot
    mayonaise
    my mom’s chicken kiev…herb butter explodes out of it or alinea
    my japanese ceramic knife
    i’m scared of cooking/roasting, preparing meats
    alone…for others
    la france
    a poppy seed
    beautiful pizzas from roberta’s in bushwick brooklyn!!!

  9. Poppy seed is brilliant. Well played Bruce, well played.

  10. Sweet or salty?

    I’m with you, alternating sweet and salty is my deal.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate.

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    Some fruits, I don’t like the texture

    Most memorable meal?

    Christmas at my house, my dad is an amazing cook and I bake about 10 pies. We have friends and family over… its great.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    I love my piping bags.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Nothing really, I love to try new things & experiment

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I cook with my dad, we work well together… but anyone else is a no no.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France, I agree. I love their macaroons!!

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    passion fruit. i just love their flavor- I’m obsessed right now.

    What’s for dinner?

    Who knows, I’m on the hunt right now!

  11. Sweet or salty?
    Both. Depends on my mood and the time of day.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate.

    Hot or mild?

    Hottish.

    What won’t you eat?

    Practically nothing. Except raisins in oatmeal cookies. I hate that.

    Most memorable meal?

    Eating at a restaurant called Jimbaran in Indonesia, out in the middle of these rice paddy fields with candlelight and fish grilled for you. You ate with your hands off of banana leaves with tons of spicy condiments and a big ol’ beer.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My Kitchenaid mixer and my plastic scraper (think plastic dough scraper-SO useful!)

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Deep frying things…and undercooking or overcooking meat.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I enjoy both, but it depends on the person I’m cooking with whether it’s helpful or just irritating ;). My dad’s a great sous chef, as is the boyfriend (lucky me, right?!?), as are select friends. But a big group cooking together is really fun.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    France (just got back from a 4 month stint entirely food-related), Italy.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Strawberry. It’s my favorite, and they’re so versatile, going with everything from basil to vanilla beans. Plus they’re universally loved, and who doesn’t want that?

    What’s for dinner?

    Pesto, leafy green salad, fresh peaches for dessert. Yeah for the City Market and their gorgeous huge bunches of basil for only $2, and their beautiful peaches. I just wish my favorite lettuce guy wouldn’t ALWAYS run out before I get there.

  12. Emily! Your dinner sounds so good. !

  13. I have just discovered this site, but I am officially in love! I only recently stopped regarding cooking as a chore and have begun to find enjoyment in it, I am positive this site is going to continue to provide lots of delicious inspiration!

    The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    I have a KILLER sweet tooth, but I won’t say no to salty when it comes around either!

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate.

    Hot or mild?

    I enjoy hot as long as it is not the only flavor you can taste. When things are too hot I can find it hard to concentrate on anything but where the next glass of milk is coming from!

    What won’t you eat?

    Shrimp sushi. I have tried it twice now and it has been gushy and hideous each time. I also have yet to enjoy ocra.

    Most memorable meal?

    My favorite meal was at a small restaurant located in Puerto Vallerta. My Husband and I were there on our honeymoon and stumbled upon it while walking around. This was not a tourist place, in fact none of the staff spoke English, nor did they have an English menu. Luckily my boy speaks Spanish and I ordered a quesadilla that makes me drool just thinking about it. The tortillas were made to order, and the melted cheese was homemade. It was filled with chicken, and caught-that-morning shrimp, octopus, and fish. There was a dipping sauce, (I have NO idea what was in it, but YUM!) and fresh pico de gallo. The whole thing was about 12 inches across and 1 inch thick. All for 80 pesos.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My Cuisinart mini food processor and panini pan

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Complicated recipes with lots of tricky steps. I always gravitate toward the simple, with familiar ingredients.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I hate cooking for myself. I enjoy cooking for others. (I like to show off!)

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Greece.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Probably a cherry tomato because they are not fussy and are a lot of flavor in a small package.

    What’s for dinner?

    Tonight I am trying out some feta turkey burgers with kalamata olives mixed in. Going to serve them on a toasted whole wheat bun with spinach salad and sweet potato fries.

  14. Welcome, Jarel! Glad you are enjoying the site. The meal in Puerto Vallerta sounds amazing.

  15. Sweet or salty?
    ah, it depends, but usually salty. i love salt and put it on nearly ANYTHING. is that uncouth?

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    vanilla, almost always.

    Hot or mild?
    hot

    What won’t you eat?
    shellfish, octopi, squid, weird parts of animals like tongues or brains, FENNEL

    Most memorable meal?
    a carne asada soft taco from this taqueria in campbell, california, called Jalisco. it’s tucked away in a little shopping mall and seems perpetually stuck in the 70s, with faded old corona ads on the wall and the Rocky movies always playing on the tv set. their carne asada is DIVINE; i can’t get enough of it. it’s the closest i’ve had to homemade, and their salsa is killer as well.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    the oven

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    cooking meat; i just recently went omnivore again after 5 years of vegetarianism.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    with others, always!

    What country would you move to for the food?
    france, of course

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    i think maybe a nectarine, or peas.

    What’s for dinner?
    a bbq at a friends that involved many foods, but i consumed: basil-garlic sausage, grilled bell pepper, chips and homemade guac, some sort of delicious dense cake with peaches and mascarpone icing, grilled peaches, and whiskey-mint lemonade

  16. Okay, I’ll play. I love a quiz. Gorgeous site by the way….I’m loving your photos.

    Sweet or salty?

    Mostly salty.

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    Hot.

    What won’t you eat?

    Slimy stuff…okra, oysters, monkfish liver…yes I was with a friend once who ordered that and I tried it…it was a bit like liver flan…not my cup of tea.

    Most memorable meal?

    Probably I dinner I attended as a benefit for Chefs Collaborative. Alice Waters prepared the food. It was spring and everything was sourced from farms in the New York area. Everything about that night was sublime.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    My teak cutting board.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Butchering stuff.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook alone but for others.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    It would have to be France….but there are so many that could tempt me as well. Spain, Italy, Thailand…

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    I think I’d like to be kale. It’s pretty yet hearty and it can handle a frost!

    What’s for dinner?

    Tonight was cornmeal crusted chicken with sweet potato mash and sauteed green beans…oh and I made some eggnog today too. ’tis the season.

  17. The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?
    *Sweet – or savoury.. not a big fan of salty!

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    *Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?
    *Hot.

    What won’t you eat?
    *Fish!

    Most memorable meal?
    * A pizza in my fave restaurant with my boyfriend on our first date.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    *My cake tins

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    *The jars of pickled polish food that are lying around!

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    * I like to cook with others if they’re going to do what I say! Otherwise I’d like to cook FOR them :)

    What country would you move to for the food?
    *Italy, china, thiland, india, prague,

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    *A head of cabbage

    What’s for dinner?
    *Depends on what’s in the fridge – today it’s going to be cajun chicken wraps with some chocolate pudding after :)

  18. Sweet or salty?
    Salty. Definitely.

    Chocolate or vanilla?
    Both, mixed.

    Hot or mild?
    Hot

    What won’t you eat?
    Snails. Brussel sprouts. Anything with camomile or cardamom. I like almost everything but I have an intense disgust for these two.

    Most memorable meal?
    Every year when I was a kid, my parents would invite friends for New Year’s eve and we would cook meat, vegetables and bread on a hot stone. I loved those feasts and I always looked forward to New Year’s eve mainly because of the food.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?
    My tea & tea-related things box :)

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?
    Not at all. I love being in the kitchen.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?
    I like to cook with and for others mostly.

    What country would you move to for the food?
    I’m pretty happy in Germany. China maybe or Thailand just because I love Asian foods so much. Also, Australians are great cooks!!!

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
    A strawberry probably.

    What’s for dinner?
    Salads all the way. A poultry dish maybe or fish. I like “light” food in the evenings.

  19. Bethany Mueller says:

    December 18th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I am coming about three years too late but this sounded like a fun activity while my tart is cooling.

    The Lottie + Doof Food Questionnaire

    Sweet or salty?

    Salty

    Chocolate or vanilla?

    Vanilla.

    Hot or mild?

    Spicy!

    What won’t you eat?

    I will not eat goulash. My grandmother made too much of it for me growing up. Ugh!

    Most memorable meal?

    Christmas 2012 in New Orleans. Best ceviche I have ever had in my life.

    Favorite object in your kitchen?

    Kitchenaid and my wooden spoons.

    What are you scared of in the kitchen?

    Nothing! Which is why I am burned and blistering right now.

    Do you prefer to cook alone or with others?

    I like to cook by myself as a form of meditation and I really enjoy serving my food to others.

    What country would you move to for the food?

    Italy! I could just hike all over olive fields, learn a few traditional pasta recipes, check out a fisherman’s catch and relax in Cinque Terre with some fine Italian wine.

    If you were to come back as a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?

    Definitely a hubbard squash. I have an affinity with that variety for some reason. Maybe because it’s like the squash no one wants to pick yet it has so much to offer!

    What’s for dinner?

    Greens from the CSA…and beans.

What do you think?