Recipe Share with Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh
Recipe Share is a weekly feature on Recipes.ca where we profile culinary experts or public figures in Canada who have a passion for cooking. Each individual answers a set of questions and shares one of their favourite recipes with our community.
|Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh from Sweet Potato Chronicles are sharing two special recipes with us this week. Read on!
This week's Share is a little different because we're interviewing a dynamic duo instead of just one foodie! Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh are the authors of one of our favourite Canadian food blogs - Sweet Potato Chronicles - where they lovingly dish out some pretty amazing family-friendly recipes. Their first cook book comes out in the fall of 2013 too. So don't miss it!
What did you have for breakfast today?
Ceri: Toast. I could eat toast for every meal.
Laura: Pumpkin Oat Bar. I did them for the site this week.
What's your specialty dish?
C: Pancakes! I almost never make them the same way twice – I’m always playing around with different grains and extras. I’m in trouble with my family if I don’t make them once a week.
L: My specialty is for sure pancakes. Since I was a kid I’ve had an addiction for them and I make it my mission to make them all the time for my family
What's something you can’t cook?
L: Lobster! I don’t like them looking at me.
What's your can’t-live-without kitchen tool or appliance?
C: I just bought a new Wusthoff 9-inch chef’s knife and it’s a honey.
L: My hand mixer. I love to bake.
What's your secret ingredient?
C: There are few things that aren’t improved by the addition of lemon juice and/or zest.
L: Fresh nutmeg
Who taught you to cook?
C: I think I mostly learned through cookbooks. The Joy of Cooking, all of Jamie Oliver, lots of Nigella Lawson, Mark Bittman. But there’s always more to learn so my cook book library is constantly expanding.
L: Who didn’t. I think it was a group effort between my mom, my grandmother, celebrity chef shows, cookbooks, friends, family and my daughter her constantly reminds me to just have fun and enjoy the process.
What's your favourite restaurant?
C: Delux, French & Cuban restaurant on Ossington in Toronto. Our friends own in and tolerate my kids running in and out the kitchen so I’m extremely biased. But Corinna Mozo’s food is insanely delicious, the room is comfortable and cool and did I mention they tolerate my kids running in and out of the kitchen?
L: It’s a tie between a teeny Italian restaurant called Bar Pitti or a great Mexican spot known as Dos Caminos. They’re both in New York City and I make I point to visit them each whenever I go home.
How you unwind?
C: What is this unwind you speak of?
L: Sleep. It’s so rare in my life.
What would you choose for your last meal on earth?
C: Poached eggs on toast.
L: My mom’s homemade lasagna. It’s legend in the family.
What's the best advice you ever received?
C: Go to bed. Everything really is better in the morning.
L: Look both ways before you cross the street.
What's your philosophy in the kitchen?
C: Clean as you go. There’s nothing worse than sitting down to dinner knowing there is a mountain of dishes waiting for you in the kitchen.
L: Taste as you go and have fun.
What's your guilty pleasure?
C: Corn chips. I try to resist them but I just can’t. Neal Brothers makes the best.
L: Fresh baked cookies. I can’t keep them in the house or I’ll eat them all.
What's your comfort food?
C: My husband makes something called Italian Roommate Pasta – it’s the ultimate cold weather comfort meal.
L: My traditional homemade mac and cheese with bread crumb topping. It’s all about the baked topping.
What's your least favourite food?
C: I have a few hold-over childhood aversions to things like Brussels sprouts and liver. Eew.
L: Liver. My husband loves it and I can’t even sit at the table with him when he has it.
What's your favourite cookbook?
C: I don’t play favourites.
L: I’m with Ceri. Can’t play favorites
Who's your favourite food writer or blogger?
C: There are so many I love. Deb Perelman from Smitten Kitchen, Jenny Rosenstrach from Dinner, A Love Story, Mark Bittman in the New York Times, Amanda Hesser from Food52, Yasmin Seniveratne from Le Sauce… I could go on!
Tell us about the best meal you ever had.
C: My husband and I had an amazing meal on our honeymoon in (actually, we had a lot of incredible meals) in Portugal. It was at this teeny little place in Porto called Cometa, down a crazy-bendy street that the taxi couldn’t make it down. The room was lovely, the staff were passionate about the local food and wine they were serving and the meal was simple and perfect. It wasn’t the trendiest or flashiest place we’ve ever eaten (not by a long shot!) but we still talk about the night at Cometa.
What has been your greatest culinary achievement?
C: This pie.
L: Getting dinner on the table every night.
If you could have anyone cook for you who would you choose and why?
L: My grandmother. She’s been gone for 8 years and I’ve still never tasted a stuffed artichoke better than hers. What I wouldn’t give for a chance to sit around a table with her and my grandfather again with the granddaughter they didn’t have the chance to meet.
Tell us about the recipe you are sharing and why:
C: Italian Roommate Pasta. It’s the perfect compromise for a family dinner. My kids would eat noodles every night of their lives if I’d agree. I love this dinner because it’s so yummy and satisfying but also because its almost one half vegetables! And it really couldn’t be easier.
L: A lot of recipes I love have emotional connections for me. Aren’t we all like that? This pie is an adaption of my mom’s traditional Thanksgiving pie, and nothing reminds me of home more than this dessert. Besides, I love to bake.
Thank you for sharing a slice of your lives with us this week Ceri and Laura! We wish you all the best and are really looking forward to checking out your new cookbook!
Don't forget to check out past Recipe Shares with other great Canadian culinary personalities!