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Halloween 2014
October 30 2014

The big night is almost here with last minute costume preparations, bone chilling decorations, candy stockpiling and pumpkin carving – after all the hard work you deserve some good food. Inspired by the colors of the big night, black and orange, I've created this recipe for you all to enjoy. Get a big pan and feed your neighbour, they probably need some fuel too. Have fun and be safe.

Click HERE for the Halloween 2014 Orange & Black Rice recipe.
Feedback From - Lish Steiling
October 29 2014

Let's take a look into a day in the life of the ultracool Lish Steiling, Culinary Director for Giada De Laurentiis.


What am I best known for?
Depends on who you ask. Some might say my tattoos. Others my hair. Others "Chopped". I say, "I'm known for something?".

What day of the week is it and in what city?
An autumnal Saturday in NYC. Best time of year in this town.

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first five min?
9am. It's a Saturday after all. I get up, go to the bathroom, get water on for coffee and go to the living room to do my exercises. I'm stiff in the AM unless I get the blood flowing.

Which 3 songs would fit the sound track of the day?
Autumn in NY - I'm a sucker for old jazz
One Moment in Time - Come on. It's Whitney!
Get Happy - Judy Garland makes me smile

Most memorable things I put in my mouth that day.
Cappuccino from Joe. The foam is so silky it makes coffee sexy.
Crispy pigs ear salad at Spotted Pig. The perfect balance of everything in a salad.

Who did you share it with?
My wife, Abbey.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
I always wish for one more hour on days I have with my wife. I guess that could happen if we didn't sleep in.

Most significant food ritual you missed?
Soft, creamy scrambled eggs. It's my favorite weekend breakfast to make and I am pretty sure we opted for pancakes that day.

What shoes did you wear and why?
My blueish wing tips. Because I love them.

Who has committed you food pet peeve and what is it?
No one in particular but I hate inedible garnishes. If a person is not meant to enjoy it as part of the dish, don't put it on the plate.

Promise that I broke?
A promise that Abbey and I are going to take the subway home from downtown after a fabulous dinner to save the taxi fare….it rarely happens.

One thing I did to build my dream?
I was a sous chef at a restaurant and an important gentleman from Food Network used to dine there. I took his contact information out of the reservation book and reached out to him. That was my first step out of only restaurants and into exploring all parts of the culinary industry.

At what time and what city did you go to bed?
Midnight in NYC. After a Pink Gin nightcap.
Feedback From - Ian Hemphill
October 22 2014

Today's guest is one of Australia's foremost spice and herb experts and author of an awesome book called The Spice & Herb Bible. Let's take a moment to catch up with Ian 'Herbie' Hemphill.

What are you best known for?
Being totally obsessed with spices. People ask me if I ever have a meal without spices, to which I can honestly answer a resounding, “No”!

What day of the week are you telling me about and in which city?
Wednesday in Sydney, packing my bags to fly to San Francisco later today.

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first 5 minutes?
6:00am to take my Dalmatian for a morning walk. Met some other social puppies on the way, and picked up her healthy, firm doggy doo in the park.

Which 3 songs would best fit as a soundtrack on that day?
‘Land Down Under’ performed by Men at Work
‘Love Minus Zero –No Limit’ performed by Bob Dylan
‘Schubert’s Notturno’

Most memorable things you put in your mouth?
Toast spread with hummus, then sprinkled with za’atar, topped with a poached egg, seasoned with salt, black pepper, and Piment d’Espelette.

Who did you share it with?
Kept it all to myself, while my lovely wife Liz had toast and Vegemite.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
Such a sunny morning in Sydney, I should have worn a hat for the dog walk.

What is your most significant food ritual, which you missed?
Every morning I have a drink of orange juice spiced with healthy and invigorating spices such as turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, lemon myrtle cinnamon, and ginger. Too busy packing to fly out, then forgot the drink.

What shoes did you wear and why?
Brooks Addiction shoes that give my 65 year old feet the support they need.

Who committed your ultimate food pet peeve, and what was it?
We had visitors on the weekend who informed us they didn’t like spicy food, to which I replied “No vanilla ice cream, cinnamon muffins and cardamom mangoes for you then”. When will people learn that spiced food does not have to be hot?

What promise did you break?
I promised myself that we wouldn’t finish the bottle of red wine last night, and we did!

One thing you did to build your dream?
I took a holiday from my corporate spice marketing job, rented an apartment in Cochin South India, and spent a month with farmers, traders and researchers at the Indian Spices Board. That convinced me that I had to start my own spice business.

What time and in which city did you go to sleep?
10pm on a United Airlines plane, somewhere above the Pacific Ocean.
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