You cannot imagine my reaction when the lovely Rorie of Milk & Honey informed me that I had been "tagged".

Tagged? Childhood memories of always being "it" flooded back to me. Don’t tell me I’m "it" again!

And then I realized that this is an entirely different game of tag. Oh, glorious day! Cream Puffs in Venice has been tagged for its first MEME. Surely this day will go down in history … ok … I see I’m getting carried away.

I’ll stop now.

I present to you the Official Cream Puffs in Venus response to the 7 MEME …

7 Things to Do Before I Die

  1. (Obviously) Eat a cream puff in Venice.
  2. Own and run a charming and adorable pastry shop where butter is appreciated for the glorious food that it is. And no one feels guilty about it.
  3. Live in Italy.
  4. Get married and have children (my mother will be sooooooooo happy …)
  5. Be part of the annual chestnut harvest in the Fall and help collect chestnuts from the trees we own in Rocca di Montecalvo, Le Marche, Italy.
  6. Watch the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup (I better not hear any laughing.)
  7. Invite all food bloggers, the world over, to my house for dinner. The menu would feature the following: 
  • Appetizer:  roasted figs with blue cheese and prosciutto, stuffed baby artichokes, roasted tomatoes and stuffed olives;
  • First course:  my mother’s crepes in broth and her ricotta agnellotti with a sauce of butter, nutmeg and parmesan;
  • Second course:  frenched lamb chops that have been breaded and fried ("manichitti" in Italian), my mother’s deboned chicken roll stuffed with oranges and then wrapped in its own skin, tied and roasted, potatoes Anna, broccoli rabe with chili flakes, stuffed mushrooms and roasted asparagus;
  • Salad course:  a mixture of freshly-picked lettuces (from our garden) with slices of roasted fennel in a light vinaigrette of olive oil and balsamic vinegar;
  • Fruit course:  a tray of perfectly ripened Ontario strawberries with lightly whipped cream; and
  • Dessert:  my white chocolate, raspberry and pistachio tart.

7 Things I Cannot Do

  1. Invite all food bloggers, the world over, to my house for dinner. (It’s a space issue, people!)
  2. Avoid the cookbook section.
  3. Avoid the food magazine section.
  4. Give up chocolate.
  5. Stop hoping that the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup. (I said no laughing!)
  6. Leave the mall without stopping in at Williams Sonoma.
  7. Stop dreaming.

7 Things that Attract Me to Blogging

  1. The food.
  2. The people behind the blogs.
  3. I like to know what everyone is eating for dinner.
  4. I like to see how many cookbooks other people own (and which ones). Then I don’t feel so bad when I look at my "wall of cookbooks".
  5. The incredible pictures of food. (While licking my computer screen would normally be a revolting thought … believe me I’ve been tempted!)
  6. Food blog humour. (Some of you out there are really funny!)
  7. The inspiration to expand my culinary mind.

7 Things I Say Most Often

  1. "I want chocolate!"
  2. "Do you have chocolate?"
  3. "Are you going to watch the [hockey] game?"
  4. "I think I’m going to bake something!"
  5. "You are not going to believe this!"
  6. "Are you serious?"
  7. "You have to try this recipe!"

7 Books I Love

  1. A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi
  2. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
  4. The Iliad by Homer (technically not a book)
  5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  6. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  7. The Game by Ken Dryden

7 Movies/DVDs I Watch Over and Over Again

  1. The Sound of Music
  2. Billy Elliot
  3. The Godfather I and II (let us never speak of The Godfather III)
  4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (the scene on the parade float gets me every time!)
  6. Gladiator
  7. Pride and Prejudice (the A&E series starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle)

7 Tags

  1. Rowena at Rubber Slippers in Italy
  2. Jenny at Coquinaria
  3. Angelika at The Flying Apple
  4. Paz at The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz
  5. Bea at La Tartine Gourmande
  6. Kat at Our Adventures in Japan
  7. Fiordizucca at Fiordizucca