Earth to Maz
Oh was I? What a lovely honour it still is. And good question Kristen, I totally forgot to answer that!
Well the food I grew up with was mainly Russian and Afghan cuisine! Honestly, it makes for the best fusion cuisine out there! I should have this innate cultural chip on my shoulder about rice but the reality is, I can easily consume boiled rice that Brits looooove to boil in the bag without turning up my nose! I obviously have aunties and cousins who make the most fluffiest and tastiest rice you could ever dream to taste. So I have the best of both worlds, sort of!
I’ll start with what I hate. I hate mayonnaise, I never use it as a condiment. Ketchup rulez! I hate cold boiled eggs. I went to Paris recently and I bought a tuna sandwich and it had boiled eggs with that horrible green discolouration and it put me off immediately which was sad because the baguette and tuna were so yummy! I hate spicy food, I may be of Central Asian ethnicity but my threshold for hotness is rather European. I can have a small mediocre amount of hot chili sauce with my food which pleases me immensely when I get through it! But no to the fresh green chilis in my salad bowl (Yeah Mum, I’m calling you out!) I hate red meat, it reminds me too much of human flesh but if it’s ground then it’s a-okay! Ha! I don’t eat pork for obvious reasons. I hate shellfish and stuff like that so East Asian cuisine is sort of a no-go area for me. I also hate butter. For a long while I thought flora pro active spread was butter! What a ruse on the part of my mother! She’s turning out to be quite the sneakster in the kitchen. I only recently had actual butter on toast which I just hated. I prefer using butter in cooking sweet stuff and that’s it.I find cooking something in melted butter just wrong. At least my heart will be all the better for it 😉 I also don’t like cream in savoury stuff. Dude, that stuff is made to be whipped up. I hate cheese. The only cheese I like is mild cheddar, red Leicester, mozzarella and cream cheese and cottage cheese. My main intake of dairy is milk and yoghurt. Home cultured thick and tangy yoghurt is the best thing on the planet. Also Kefir, a close second. On to herbs, I hate mint and parsley. Mint should only exist in its artificial form, flavouring choc chip ice cream, you know? I hate the taste of parsley plus it’s always the one lone garnish on my plate of food when I eat out. I always push it to the side.
I love desserts, it’s what I always look forward to when I eat out. In fact if I got asked what my last meal would be, it’d be nearly all desserts! Which would unfortunately mean I’d eat one spoonful of rich luscious chocolate dessert and then vomit. Not a good way to die. My meat of choice will always be chicken. Oh God, I love chicken. The best dish I’ve ever had was my cousins’ Tajik plov (google it). Chicken and rice is the best combo in the world. I like fish, especially firm white fish. I also love potatoes, great tasting potatoes. I also love spices. DUH! My biological make up is probably 20% cumin, coriander seeds, sumac etc.A large part of Afghan cuisine is centered around fruit and vegetables and nuts. Therefore I’m generally healthy. I tend to randomly snack on fiery pink radishes when they’re in my fridge. I eat ’em like apples! I also looooooooooove coriander. I think I love it to death. I eat whole bunches when my mum is back from the market. There’s something about that taste that is so addictive, I can’t even get my head around it.
There’s always an abundance of watermelon, grapes and exotic fruit in my house. That reminds me there’s a fig in my kitchen waiting to be eaten!