On March 17th, I will be teaching a few social media classes at Geek Girl Camp 2012 at Cape Cod Community College. Leslie Fishlock, who is the founder of Geek Girl, asked us to fill out some questions about ourselves and had some entertaining questions mixed in. One of our questions was about who inspired us and if we had the opportunity to have a drink with that individual, who would it be? And we had to give 5 people.
I started with one of my favorites, Jim Henson. He was such a creative visionary. His characters, Kermit the Frog, Ms. Piggy, Bert and Ernie, still exist today 22 years after his death and I was born on his birthday.
The second was Julia Child. As I spend many hours watching Food TV, I've recreated recipes and gained knowledge in cooking techniques from many different chefs. I can remember when I was younger, sitting in front of the TV on a Saturday afternoon and watching The French Chef. I always loved her accent. You could imagine yourself re-creating what she had made on the show. She was ahead of her time, creating opportunities for people to learn about different types of food as well as technique. I tried to find a short video which would remind you of her talent, humor and love of cooking.
What followed was a group of musicians, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, my favorite impressionist, John Singer Sargent, and lastly my great grandmother. She was a nurse mid-wife back in the mid-1800's. She had very intelligent and amazing daughters, one being my grandmother. Alexandia Coville completed high school at 17 and graduated from Salem State Teacher's College at 20. She then taught English at Quincy High School at 21.
My grandmother, aka Alice, loved to bake and has always been an inspiration for my love of baking and cooking. If my grandmother was here today, I know she would be proud, enjoying every recipe we created.