Food Network to me is like a porn channel to some people. Cookbooks are as exciting as dirty magazines to some. I get aroused when I watch it and I’m an addict. I would probably have withdrawal symptoms if someone stopped me from watching it. Even my co-workers have noticed that. When we have a bit of a break (which last time was in November, haha) and people are in the staff room, whenever I enter, they say ‘oh, Eva’s here, you’d better switch TV to Food Network’.
I just love watching people cooking and where would you find your inspiration from otherwise?
I have a soft spot for Ina Garten in particular. She’s just so fabulous with her amazing mansion in Hamptons and loving Jeffrey by her side…(sigh). My fantasy is living next door to her, so she can pop in with good muffins, and we would laugh our heads of while sipping champagne…And I could be invited to her parties.
So I watch a lot of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network as you have guessed correctly. I find it very relaxing and inspirational.
On one of the episodes called ‘Off Duty’ Ina was asking different chefs, what they are making, when they cook for themselves. Julia Turschen (the same Julia who co-wrote ‘It’s All Good’ with Gwyneth Paltrow) shared her favorite off duty dish – Kimchi Fried Rice. And to me it was the best, simple, understated dish you can make. Since I had made it, I never looked back. It’s only a few ingredients, whenever you cook too much rice, next day you can use leftovers. You just need to keep kimchi in your fridge or cupboard. It’s a very tasty Korean fermented cabbage with other vegetables. It’s a bit spicy and full of vitamins and minerals. Totally worth a try. You can find the recipe here. You’re welcome.