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About Gabrielle

I’m Gabrielle, college freshman, and daughter of the wonderful Heide Lang. Food has been my biggest passion from a very young age – as a toddler I would tremble when Mom and Dad brought home pizza, and I would keep eating hot salsa despite the tears running down my cheeks. I’ve matured a little in the past fifteen or so years, but I’ve really just transferred my enthusiasm to more acceptable eighteen-year-old expression styles. I’ll eat anything but bugs, olives and cilantro. My favorite cuisines are Indian, because it’s vibrant, French, because it bursts with smooth, elegant flavor, and Southern because it’s the coziest food in the world.

When I’m not doing homework, I’m almost certainly cooking or eating something. My newest habit, one about which my friends tease me mercilessly, is pie invention (I currently have a banana pudding pie in the works. I’ll post the recipe as soon as I get it perfect), like Keri Russell in Waitress. Almost everything I know about cooking I learned from my mom, and refined through cooking contests with Isabella, my 13-year old sister. I love to make everything, from pots de crème to homemade gnocchi to Thai curry to Southern sweet tea.

I’m only eighteen, so I have less to say about how food, for example, greatly affected my marriage, but I, like my mom (and the rest of my family) am willing to go to extreme lengths for food. My parents didn’t stop their culinary adventures when my sisters and I were born. In recent years, we took a three hour detour to Arcachon, France just to sample the oysters from the famed oyster shacks, and more recently we ate two dinners – one at 3:00 and one at 7:00 – our last night in Nashville so we could stuff ourselves silly at two famed local establishments.

I have to sign off (it’s dinner time) but I’ll leave you with a recipe for my favorite late-night-study latte. It’s called a London Fog, and it’s made with Earl Grey tea rather than coffee. I find Earl Grey is enough to keep me up, but lets me fall asleep when I finish my English paper. On the other hand, if you can’t fall asleep, make it with decaf and the warm milk will have you asleep in a blink of an eye. Click for the recipe.

London Fog (for one)
1 Bag Earl Grey Tea (Stash’s Double Bergamot is my favorite)
1/3 – 1/2 cup Water
2 Cups Milk
2 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract

  1. Boil tea bag in water in a fairly wide saucepan
  2. Pour in milk and sugar and bring to a simmer
  3. Add vanilla and pour into a mug
  4. Top with whipped cream, or drink as is. Absolute perfection.

Written by Gabrielle

Gabrielle is a snap-happy college student with a small budget and a big appetite. Her column on the Fig Test Kitchen documents her adventures learning to cook for herself and reminds us all to take life with a Grain of Salt.

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