Daisy Zeijlon, the second year representative of the St Andrews Fine Food and Dining Society, knows a thing or two about good food. From organizing multiple-course tasting meals to rounding up adventurers for mushroom foraging expeditions, this girl is helping to bring great food to the masses here at St. Andrews.
Hayley Daen: What was your favorite food as a child?
Daisy Zeijlon: When I was really little, it was prune baby food.
HD: If you were a food, what would you be?
DZ: A papaya.
HD: And what if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life? What would be your desert island food?
DZ: New York Strip steak.
HD: Say you rolled in later than usual last night. What’s the best hangover cure?
DZ: Homemade macaroni and cheese.
HD: Do you ever steal your roommate’s food from the fridge?
HD: So that means sometimes. Tell us, what have you taken. Promise we won’t tell!
DZ: I brought her back leftovers from a dinner last week, including a glorious piece of pecan pie. A few days later that pie was still sitting in the fridge, so I figured it was up for grabs!
HD: What’s the best dinner party you’ve ever hosted?
DZ: I hosted my first Thanksgiving this year, with seventeen people and a fifteen-pound turkey. Everyone brought wine and side dishes and desserts, and every kitchen and living room surface was covered in holiday food!
HD: It’s late night at the library. What are you craving?
DZ: Chocolate digestives and strong milky black tea.
HD: Spoken like a true Brit. Do you use recipes when you cook?
DZ: I do use recipes, but I treat them more as guidelines than as exact instructions. If I don’t like an ingredient or think the recipe is missing something, I adapt it and swap ingredients.
HD: Do you have a signature dish?
DZ: The first dish I learned to cook was roast chicken with lemon, sage and thyme. I cook it all the time at home and at school, so I guess it has become a signature!
HD: What’s your biggest early cooking disaster?
DZ: At Thanksgiving a few years ago I forgot to add sugar to the pumpkin pie. Everyone was really polite, but once I realized what I had done I tried to salvage it by adding sugar on top of the pie, but it melted into a weird clear puddle, soaking the pastry.
HD: Yikes! Cake or pie? Unsweetened pumpkin pie excluded, obviously.
HD: Ok, last one. What is your favorite food website you visit every day (other than Small Kitchen College, of course)?
DZ: Foodporndaily.com. The ultimate procrastination tool.
Hayley Daen is a sophomore at the University of St Andrews, where she lives in a dinky apartment right across from Tesco, which makes throwing impromptu tea parties a snap.