This is part two of our conversation with Diane Skwiercz about her soon-to-launch mobile sweet shop, Street Treats. (Read part one, here.) She says that one of her main reasons for launching this business is her own sweet tooth.
photo by Adriana Grant
SW: Where are you finding your recipes? Skwiercz
Skwiercz: Some of them are from the family. And some of them I don't even know where I got because they are on the little 9 ½ by 5 index cards. Online, and trying different recipes, and tweaking them. And I went to San Francisco to sign the paperwork for the truck and I went to a lot of different places there. There are a lot of rice crispy phenomenons, at least down there, they had a huge variety of them, so I might do something with that. I have been bringing a couple different combinations to work, and people alike like 'What, it's so good.'
It's more about homemade, simple, kind of reminding you of what your mother, or grandmother used to make, people just don't have time anymore to bake. They just go to Trader Joe's and get it. I am not knocking Trader Joe's, but the quality just isn't the same. Buying something from a container or made fresh every day.
Is there an ingredient or dish that you're particularly into these days? If so, what?
Chocolate and peanut butter. It's a really good basic that I like to work with. I don't know what it is with peanut butter. For the last three moths, every day, I have to eat some peanut butter. I have been trying it in a bunch of cookie with chocolate chips chips, and then the full peanut butter cookie with a chocolate, and rice crispies. I'm using Adam's peanut butter. I am trying to use all natural ingredients, organic. I am still figuring out the cost, but I want to use really good quality items.
What was your favorite food when you were a kid?
My mom always made a chicken and rice dish with cream of mushroom, and I remember really liking that. My Mom's parents are Mexican, so anything Mexican. Fideo is like a Mexican noodle, and they add some tomato paste to it, and garlic. I'm gonna say it's kind of like macaroni and cheese, but not really. It's a staple like that. It's a really tiny noodle, really thin. You brown it with garlic and onion and cilantro and tomato paste. It's like rice, but a pasta dish. Like a pilaf.
You're making a pizza. What's on it?
I have a bread maker, so I have been making pizza lately. I put some olive oil on it, and pears and walnuts and Gorgonzola, and a little red pepper flake. It's really delicious.
Where do you eat if you have just $5?
I like Rancho Bravo, and I stop at Mama's Pizza. I live on the Hill, so something easy. If Marination Mobile was here, I'd eat their tofu tacos. I really like going to the International District and getting Vietnamese tofu sandwiches. They're only two dollars.
Where would you eat if you had $100?
What's your after-work hangout?
After work hang-out actually is walking my dog, because I work so early. I go to work at five in the morning, so I get up at four, and I don't get home until one thirty, so I try to walk her for at least an hour. I have been really trying to keep healthy, because I work full-time, and I am trying to get this launched, and I have a dog that requires a lot of activity, so I am trying not to drink. I'm not a really hang-out person. I'll just go and meet my friend for happy hour. The older I get, the less I hang out. I like Chapel, and I might have a glass of wine. I remember in my twenties, we would go to Linda's and The Garage every weekend. But now I don't have hang-out. I like to try a bit of everything. I have been to The Hideout recently, and I liked that.
Check back tomorrow for Skwiercz's recipe for butterscotch clouds. Five minutes, she says, super easy.