You have quite a number of tattoos—tell us about them.
My tattoos all do mean something special and are very close to my heart. I’ve not disclosed their meanings to many people, but they represent personal struggles I’ve overcome. With every tattoo I get, I love myself a little more.
What’s your biggest screw-up in the kitchen?
Funnily, the worst thing that has happened to me in a kitchen is completely unrelated to food. I once tried to shoo a lizard out the window but failed dismally. After an hour-long battle, with endless squirming and shrieking involved, I ended up with a flood on my kitchen floor, a water-soaked mess of newspapers, and a lizard in three parts—two of which were still moving.
If you could trade lives with anyone else in the world, who would it be and why?
I’d like to trade lives with God himself just for a day. I’d appear to people in the form of whatever gods they believe in, and command them to quit waging war with themselves and others over simple and complex things alike.
What’s the weirdest thing someone has ever done on a date?
Unfortunately (or not), I haven’t been on any weird dates, just awkward ones. On the most boring one I’ve ever had, my date and I ran out of things to talk about, and we ended up in bottomless debates over trivial topics like how to split our cab fare. That was painful.
What’s a compliment but really, is an insult?
“Wow, you’re really good…for a girl!” That really grinds my gears!