Wednesday, 29 August 2007

The Fantastic Four

I don't normally find the time for these type of things, but the brilliant Joanna of Joanna's food tagged me a couple of weeks back for a Fantastic Four meme. And I can't resist a bit of chit chat. So here are mine. 5 points of interest with 4 answers. I now tag my brother Darren, Lynda at Lulu's Bay, Amanda at Little Foodies and Kelly at Kelly The Culinarian.

Four jobs I've had in my life:

1 - Working on the delicatessen at Gateways (before it became Safeways) when I was 15 years old. I had to endure every kind of double entendre from the 5 women I worked alongside, details of which I cannot repeat here. But it was hilarious.
2 - Royal Navy - I was a weapons engineer for almost 6 years after leaving school in the RN. I loved the first few years, travelled all over the world, Australia at 18, fabulous for a young lad. Then I was in the Gulf War and I couldn't stand it any longer for some reason!
3 - I was a professional buyer for 10 years working in I.T. - quite how and why I ended up doing this after going to Uni to learn to be a Primary school teacher is anyone's guess!
4 - Demonstration chef - and that is exactly what I do now, and I love it!

Places I have lived:

1 - South Shields in South Tyneside for the first 16 years of my life.
2 - Rosyth in Scotland - fantastic people, I miss Scotland.
3 - Bristol - after leaving Uni, I pretended to be a programmer and disappeared off to Bristol. It lasted for 5 months before I realised I was never going to cut it in the riveting world of programming!
4 - Leeds - my 2nd home, I moved there in 1994 and stayed until the end of last year. I made friends for life there and I miss them all dearly.

Four places I have been on holiday:

1 - Pelion in Greece - I fell in love with Pelion after this trip, and found a huge passion for their food. Lovely humble people making delicious simple food - my kind of place.
2 - Brittany, France - my cousin had a house there for a few years and I went when my daughter was only 4 months old. The memories are of her 1st dip in a pool, weaning her off her mother's breast and hilarious images of the tree in the back garden full of her jumper suits drying off!
3 - North West Scotland - probably my favourite place in the world, I travelled right up the West coast and fell head over heels in love with it. Amazing beautiful scenery and fabulous food.
4 - Rhodes - my first 'lads holiday' away. Gruesome.

Four of my favourite foods:

In no particular order and no waffle -
1 - Cheese (any).
2 - Chocolate (any).
3 - Fish (any).
4 - Curry (any).

Four places I would rather be right now:

1 - On a stage singing in my own band to 100,000 people with them all knowing the words. Dream time.
2 - Rising like a salmon on the edge of the 18 yard box and powering in an unstoppable volley in the FA Cup final for Newcastle United. More dream time.
3 - On a beach in the Pelion with my little girl, splashing in the crystal blue seas and then returning for some zucchini, tzatziki and home brewed red wine.
4 - On a hilltop in the Highlands of Scotland with a flask of strong tea, a wee dram of single malt and the cold heather scented air whistling around me.


Wendy said...

Thanks for the tag! :) I've actually already completed this one. You can see my answers at -

Joanna said...

Thanks David for very kind words ... I like the thought of you out-Shearering Shearer and bringing the cup to Tyneside ...

Perion sounds very appealing - has it been consumed by the terrible fires?


Joanna said...

Thanks David for very kind words ... I like the thought of you out-Shearering Shearer and bringing the cup to Tyneside ...

Perion sounds very appealing - has it been consumed by the terrible fires?


KellytheCulinarian said...

David, thanks for tagging me, I'll try and get to it later today. I'm moving cross-country at the end of the week and things are getting hectic out here!

bha said...

Hi David,
first time here, and i am glad that i cam here. I have never known anyone who is a professional chef, and am happy that i know u now....nice to read your fantastic four

Lynda said...

Hi David, thanks for thinking of me.. Like Wendy I have already played with this one and hate to repeat myself, although the kids tell me I do it all the time ;)

Should you like to take a peek...

Lynda said...

I forgot to tell you about the RUMTOPF.. or Rum Pot in English. You can see it in the photo on my blog.. I am using it for the cumquats... but traditionally it would be filled with summer fruit mainly berries.. then kept covered in rum (I think there is some sugar involved) - left in a dark cool spot until Xmas when it is spooned over desserts.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Loved your answers! Thanks for the tag David. I was tagged for this while we were away and I haven't got round to doing it so will get to it when we're in some kind of routine. ie. after school starts next week. Just sent myself over the edge completing the Daring Bakers challenge for this month. Bonkers!

David Hall said...

Joanna, Wendy and Lynda - apologies!

Kelly, don't panic, I think moving is more important than a meme!

Bhags, flattered to be tagged with a professional chef badge! Thanks for popping by, it is my pleasure.

Amanda, Daring Bakers?! Tell me more!


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