Friday

Dave's Kitchen Revolution

I love to cook, but I'm not sure I could take up the
Challenge that Dave has. Can you imagine asking people to suggest three ingredients and then you had to create a dish? Then post that dish on your blog? Yep, me neither. Can you imagine what people might suggest?

I was cruising around looking at different blogs and came across Dave's Kitchen. I was immediately intrigued and sent an email off to Dave hoping that he would be interested in being interviewed. Well he answered that he would and what follows is a taste of Dave's Kitchen Revolution... Let me know if you suggest three ingredients on his blog....I'd love to see the result!


Are you professionally trained as a chef?

I am not professionally trained. I was taught by my mother along with my brothers while we were growing up. She said we would be moving out one day and would need to know how to cook. I have done a lot of studying and watch the pros on TV.

Why three ingredients rather then two or four?

When I was thinking about it, two seemed like it would be too easy to create something and 4 and more may over-complicate the dishes.

Why did you begin this project and when?

I began this project at the beginning of this year and have already got a decent sized following. I started it because I love to cook and it's one of my passions. My wife is an online marketing expert and has been teaching me to interact online through different sources. Also, I thought that with the ingredient challenge that I would create a unique interaction between the readers and I.

What are the top two really strange "three ingredient" combination's someone has suggested? Did you actually come up with something?

My number one would be liver, black licorice, and blue cheese. I was worried about this and considered not doing it as my family was disgusted at the idea of it. However, I snuck the ingredients into our home and made something interesting. I prepared a breaded liver topped with a black licorice sauce and rice with apricot blue cheese. Definitely not my favorite, but the children loved the liver and black licorice sauce. I would classify this as one of my "bloopers". Recipe: Liver with black licorice sauce and blue cheese rice

My number two would be potatoes, marshmallows and maple syrup. I thought this was funny because I had just been wondering when someone would suggest marshmallows the day it was suggested. With these ingredients, I created a cherry marshmallow salad dressing and maple syrup glazed potatoes. The potatoes became a house favorite and I have been making them regularly.
Recipe: Potatoes marshmallows and maple syrup

What are the most common three? What did you make?

I don't really have any common ones yet. Everyone seems quite set upon trying to stump me by suggesting the weird ingredients.


Have you ever been stumped? and why?

I was almost stumped with the liver challenge that I talked about earlier. The reason why is because it is with ingredients that I don't particularly like. And I say almost because I did come up with something, even if it wasn't a huge success.

What is your favorite meal and why?

I would have to say that I would go with a great steak. Whether grilled, pan fried or cooked within a cream sauce (also in my blog) it would be my favorite. On the side I would go with pan fried potatoes with spinach, onions and oyster mushrooms. For the vegetable, I would say asparagus topped with some jalapeno gouda. As for why, I find it very fulfilling and satisfying whenever I eat it. Don't get me wrong, I love trying new foods and I am fairly certain that I will get a new favorite eventually.

How long do you plan to continue this challenge?

I have no plan on discontinuing the challenge. My ultimate goal would be to have so many requests that I would have to make 1-2 per day.

Would you visit this site, Etsy, and tell me the one item on the front page that you would purchase and why.

I would have to say the edible green leaves by SugarRobot that was showing when I visited. It is an edible leaf that would be an excellent garnish to a dessert.


Had you ever heard of Etsy before today?

My wife has a wedding blog and often blogs about items featured on Etsy. She has also purchased a fair bit of items from there including the throw pillows on our bed.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

I would like to say that even though not all of my challenges will be a success, I can not achieve success without them.

On a final note, this has become a highlight in our home. I have 3 younger children (ages 6, 8 and 10) and most children would cringe at and refuse to eat the items I have been using. My children complain when I make regular food that wasn't a suggested challenge. They are even getting involved with the suggesting. Overall, it's turning out great and is introducing my children to a wide variety of new and interesting foods.

About me
I am a husband to a fantastic and beautiful wife and father to three wonderful children. I have a passion for cooking, woodworking and playing baseball. When it comes to cooking in our home, it's done by me 98% of the time, but it's something I like to do. I aspire to become one of the great chefs and dream about owning a restaurant. Cooking allows my creative side to come out and I try to portray it within the flavors that I merge together in each dish that I create. And a good challenge makes it all a bit more interesting.

12 reviews:

Jaci said...

What a fun and interesting challenge. It is nice to hear the kids are involved and actually like trying the new items!
Jaci

Sherry said...

What a great interview, and a very very nice man.

Cooking simple is good although I would have been afraid on "liver" day!

xoSherry

Waterrose said...

Yes, I don't like liver, so no matter what three ingredients...I wouldn't eat the liver...lol

Sharonunlimited said...

Very interesting post, and it strikes a cord with my most hated food: black licorice. Rose, shall we challenge you next here in the comments? Just teasing. Heeee. Again, what a great post!!

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PussDaddy said...

Very interesting and it is nice his kids are involved and trying new things. I am not sure I could find anything good to say about liver or black licorice as they stand on their own so kudos to him.

PussDaddy

Crystal said...

Great interview! Of course, I am a little biased lol. I'm the spoiled wife who never has to cook anymore:) We eat really really well since Dave started this challenge though I will admit, I went to bed a little hungry on Liver day. I love your blog by the way - definitely adding it to my feed reader! Etsy Rocks!

awkward said...

Very neat interview! I can't imagine the licorice liver because I can't...imagine the liver either. ;)

sheilasultani said...

What an awesome interview and what a great idea he's got -

niftyknits said...

what an interesting idea! great that the children are so on-board with it all, they're going to grow into really adventurous cooks.

Dave said...

Thank you for taking the time to do an interview with me - I really enjoyed it. Thank you to everyone for your comments as well - I look forward to trying out any challenge ingredients you send my way:)

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Thats a nice interview. BTW, it seems yummy food there. can you made it for me... he he.. just kidding..

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