Culinary Q & A with Courtenay

Courtenay2Occupation:  Speech-Language Pathologist

What did you eat today?

Breakfast: special K vanilla almond cereal with milk

Lunch: cucumber slices, sugar peas, strawberries & blueberries.  A sandwich with cream cheese, sundried tomato pesto, green olive with pimento, leftover rotisserie chicken and mixed greens on sourdough. 

Dinner: spinach-strawberry salad, slow-cooked smoked ribs with roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus.

What do you never eat?

Smoked oysters

What is your personal specialty?

Hmmm…it’s got to be something baked.  Maybe multigrain bread or chocolate cake. 

Complete this sentence: In my refrigerator, you will always find:

Olives and cheese.

What is your weekday meal standby?

Grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup (preferably homemade).

What is your favorite kitchen item?

My spiffy red KitchenAid stand mixer.  I’d be so sad without it!

World ends tomorrow. Describe your last meal.

An antipasti plate with some cured meats, cheeses and olives with some fresh chewy bread on the side, a fresh salad, delicious fresh-made pasta with mushrooms and truffle and seared fish.  Lots of delicious red wine and creamy rich tiramisu for dessert with a glass of moscato.  Perfection. 

Where do you eat out most frequently?

My favourite place is the Sugar Bowl.  It just makes me happy.  I could eat there anytime of day and I love everything (especially the cinnamon buns and the popcorn)

Where’s the best place to eat in Edmonton?

In my mind there are many “best” places, and I couldn’t narrow it down, so I’ll just list some favourites: Syphay Thai, DaDeO’s, Corso 32, Madison’s Grill, Piccolinos, Koutouki Taverna…and the waffle truck at the City Market (this is an abbreviated list but there are just so many!)

If you weren’t limited by geography, where and what would you eat? 

Okay, if there were no limits I would head back to Bangkok.  When Trevor and I were there in the fall we found this amazing little hole-in-the-wall place (that all major food critics and guide books have recommended) and it was SOOOO good.  It’s called Chote-Chitr and we let the owner order for us.  The first time we went we had sweet and sticky noodles, which are like a crispy fried rice noodle with a tangy-sour-sweet sauce and it comes with greens and herbs to mix in.  We also had red curry with river prawns – it was heaven.  I could have eaten it everyday…but instead we tried the fresh crab with yellow curry the next time we visited, also amazing.  It was one of those places that you feel fortunate to have visited…extra fortunate because we went twice.   

A close second would be Florence, Italy for zucchini flower pizza, it was two years ago, but I still think about it frequently…

Courtenay blogs at Messy Little Cook.

One thought on “Culinary Q & A with Courtenay

  1. What a fantastic window into Courtenay’s world. YUM! A cook and a traveller! Love that!
    As we are headed to Italy this fall (though it will be past zucchini flower season) I will still be keeping my eye out!

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