Eaters Among Us: The Face of Fine Dining in St. Andrews, Scotland

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?

DZ: Rarely.

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.

DZ: Cake.

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.

Originally posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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