SINCE STARTING THE BUBBALINO KITCHEN, I HAVE DISCOVERED A WHOLE ONLINE WORLD OF BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE PUTTING TOGETHER GORGEOUS, INSPIRING, ENTERTAINING AND JUST PLAIN AWESOME CONTENT. SOME OF THEM YOU MAY HAVE ENCOUNTERED ALREADY, OTHERS YOU MAY NEVER HAVE HEARD OF. I HOPE BY BRINGING YOU THIS SERIES I’M CALLING GETTING FRANK WITH FOODIES, I MIGHT INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME PRETTY WONDERFUL KIWIS BOTH HERE AND ABROAD. EACH WEDNESDAY I WILL BRING YOU SOMEONE I ADMIRE AND RESPECT AND SHARE WITH YOU THEIR ANSWERS TO MY FIVE FOODIE QUESTIONS. I HOPE YOU ENJOY.
You would have to have been hiding under a rock to have missed the release of The Rugby Pantry. These lovely ladies met through their rugby playing husbands whilst travelling and eating their way around the world on rugby tours. They discovered a shared love for food and hatched a pretty awesome plan to put their passion onto paper. Nicely coincided with the start of the Rugby World Cup, this book hit the shelves with gusto and have been swiftly running right out the door. Family friendly food with lots of suggestions for hearty meals, delicious treats and lots of basics with their own twists, Daisy Dagg and Amber Vito have created a very yummy cook book!
I’m so excited to be featuring them right here answering my Five Foodie Questions. Get comfortable, it’s a double dose with these beauties today.
What is your earliest food memory? How has this defined your relationship with/ethos around food?
Daisy | My earliest food memory would have to be eating roast meals, porridge with Doris plums and apple crumble up at my Grandparents farm in Whangara, up the coast from Gizzy. The meat came straight off the farm and the vegetables and fruit from my grandma’s ginormous garden. Having this fresh produce has defined my relationship with food. I absolutely love having vegetable gardens, they are so simple and so rewarding. I love fishing and Izzy loves hunting so we often have fresh meat also. Amber and I believe that meals do not have to be complicated or time consuming but so long as you are using fresh produce you can come up with something really tasty.
Amber | My earliest food memory is watching my dad mold bread in our country bakery. It was just across the lawn from our house and my sister and I would often run across the orchard and sit and watch dad make the bread. That, and stealing bars of chocolate for the pain au chocolat from the store room!
Tell me about your proudest food moment.
Daisy | My proudest food moment would definitely have to be producing a cookbook. It has been the ultimate foodie dream and we are very grateful and blessed for the opportunity. Apart from that I have proud food moments every day, I love cooking for people and them enjoying my food!
Amber | Mine would have to be making my first perfect pavlova! It’s one of my favorite desserts and I love huge family style ones with summer berries.
What is your biggest food dream? (What is your loftiest goal? What do you hope to achieve in your food journey?)
Daisy | I would absolutely love a travel show that goes around the world tasting and trying all foreign cuisine, but that would be the ultimate! My food dream in reality comes from our passion – we hope that out recipes show people that meals don’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Food education is our main goal, we want to get people away from indulging in takeaways or being afraid of food due to the latest dieting fad. We want people to come along the “everything in moderation” food journey with us.
Amber | I love the journey of learning in food, so I would love to do a cordon bleau or french cookery course! I just want to continue honing my skills and would love to one day host a food/travel show.
Your most favourite ingredient and why?
Daisy | This is an extremely difficult question and I just can’t choose one! I loved anything with smoked paprika, garlic, pasta, cheese, cream and the list goes on!!
Amber | It sounds boring but I love the humble chicken. Roasted, fried, poached…there’s so many ways to cook it and I love how it goes with a million different flavors.
If you could create the perfect scene including your dream person, in a dream location indulging in a dream meal – what would that look like? Person, place and meal?
Daisy | I would love to meet Jamie Oliver… He is about everything we believe in. So I wouldn’t mind eating a great antipasto platter then a pasta meal in Italy with Jamie Oliver 🙂
Amber | Hmm it would have to be dining with Jamie Oliver and my family, on a hill top above the ocean in Malta. A long table in in an olive grove perhaps, packed with fresh seasonal dishes. My Oma is Maltese so I’ve always wanted to go there, and Mr Oliver is a food hero of mine.
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I hope you’re enjoying this series as much as I am. I can’t wait to bring you another wonderful foodie next week. If there are any particular Kiwi bloggers or foodies you would like me to ask my five questions of, don’t hesitate to make a suggestion.
Until our next episode of Getting Frank with Foodies…. adios x
PS: The Rugby Pantry is available now from all good book stores. $44.99 RRP (Upstart Press, available now)