The man. The myth. I only partially kid For the past few years curiousity has gnawed at me wondering who the force behind the local food blog “Bring It To The Table” was. Not only was the quality of the photography above and beyond, he always seemed to know where the latest and greatest ‘underground’ happenings were. And his use of video was groundbreaking in terms of the local food scene and production value. Was he a corporate plant? A social media ‘jumbie’ dreamed up by ad agency executives? The answer was no, not really. See although by day Q (as his friends call him) does work with in the world of corporate advertising at heart he is very much an iconoclast with strong passions for local food, and how it is portrayed and promoted. From the second we met, by chance, at last year’s Souk Festival, I sensed a kinship and was eager to get to know him better. As one of my guests at the aftershow dinner for Episode 2 of Sweet Han’ I let him know that I wanted him to be my first guest cook, and I would not take no for an answer. Fortunately, he said yes Harder however, was getting him to put his chosen ‘signature’ recipe to paper… more on that adventure in my next post…
Until then, let’s spend a little time getting to know Q a bit better!
TG: Did you cook as a kid?
QD: Yes,all the time. First thing I learned to make was omelettes. After that, stew chicken and the next step was pelau.
TG: How did you enter blogging?
QD: My first blog was Critical Analysis with Baidawi Assing and Makesi Cyrus. They started it and invited me. We talked about things we liked, and more so about things we didn’t, in a Trini context. I was active on TriniScene.com as well. We started a thread called “Bring It To The Table” on how to make macaroni pie. From there it grew into an ongoing Q&A series to show people that cooking wasn’t difficult. When the thread disappeared as the result of a site redesign I started “Bring It To The Table” as its own blog.
TG: What is your favourite kitchen gadget?
QD: Mini chopper dread. Best thing ever!
TG: Besides your geera chicken what dish do you like to cook for yourself?
QD: I like to make a good pelau. Wait, I have to rethink that. It’s a fine line. I think a cow heel soup will win by the nose.
TG: What cookbook is currently on your wishlist?
QD: I don’t really deal with ingredients and recipes but that “101 Things to Do with Ramen Noodles” looks real interesting.
Surprisingly I actually own a copy of 101 Things to Do with Ramen Noodles, it’s not bad Q!
Watch QD Ross make his signature Trinidad Geera Chicken on the 5th episode of “Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina”.