I’ll begin by explaining that I don’t mean to be an alternative foodie in the sense that I have painted my nails black, have taken to wearing mascara, while listening to Greenday [insert a more modern band here]. I mean that I will not be a foodie in that I will not try to sell you an ideal lifestyle, where I post pictures of my heavily stylised breakfast on Instagram, or by telling you that I only shop at farmers markets and delis, or that I only eat local, seasonal produce. I distrust anyone whose life looks this idyllic and you should too. Instead I will talk about things that I think are important. Top of that list will be sustainability, as it is vital that we look to produce and consume food in a manageable way. Something we are not doing. But I will also look at other issues, some serious, some light hearted. It hope it is a place of great versatility, catering to anyone that enjoys food.
The RECIPES are the main part of this website. The majority are based around our need to eat less meat. I will never stop eating meat, but I think it important that we reduce our consumption. So to help us all adjust I will produce recipes that make this much easier. Some will be meat free, some will contain meat and some will be vegan – this is normally by accident. But the main goal is to make dishes that taste great and ones that we all want to cook again and again.
The ARTICLES will touch on issues that I think need addressing. Some will be in depth and factual, others will be opinion pieces or will just be me having a rant about what irritates me about the world of food. Hopefully they will make you think, sometimes smile and on occasion change your habits.
Oh and a little about ME. I have spent about 10 years working within the catering industry, in various roles as a chef (it’s not like it is on the telly), pastry chef (because sweetness brings me joy), baker, (don’t do it, the hours will break you) and chocolatier (no I didn’t eat chocolate all day) and I still occasionally teach chocolate workshops at Leith’s Cookery School.
Some food facts about me:
I don’t like liver or kidney. Kidney especially. I know I should be ashamed. Offal seems to be how we gauge how grown up and mature we are. Tell someone you don’t like mushrooms or sweetcorn and they will think it interesting if a little strange. Tell someone you don’t like liver and they will look at you with disgust and think you are uncultured.
I think there is too much craft beer in the world.
Those two facts will make a lot of people dislike and distrust me.
Ready salted, or even better unsalted, crisps are my favourite. I have no time for those fancy flavours that taste of nothing but lies and deceit.
M&M’s, the chocolate ones, are my favourite confectionary. Crispy and peanut come in second and third respectively.
Tea is better than coffee- less a fact more an opinion. But they often get confused so let’s not worry too much.
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