I am the kind of cook who tends to make up recipes, sometimes as I go along and other times based on things I’ve seen on TV or read in a cook book.
I havent always cooked, what I would call, proper food though. For a long time, from the age of about 17 – 21 I would love nothing more than a can of Heinz lentil soup poured over a bowl of cooked pasta. Or cooked spaghetti covered in butter and tomato ketchup sprinkled liberally with cheese and melted in the microwave. I also loved ready meals and Chicago Town pizzas! I’m not even ashamed, and sometimes I still crave my ‘Lentil Pasta Stew’ as I liked to call it.
However, time has moved on, I now love nothing better than to cook proper grub and after years of being addicted to Music TV, its now all about cooking programmes. Come Dine With Me, The Naked Chef, Great British Bake Off, Hells Kitchen, Masterchef (which I auditioned for in 2010!) – you name it, I will watch it. I became inspired by TV chefs, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Rick Stein and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. I started going to their restaurants, buying their books and watching the TV shows. I learned everything I know from watching and absorbing the techniques, words and terms, types of cuisine, methods of cooking certain things. I cant get enough. I am constantly learning new things and love nothing better than recreating and adapting recipes I see on the box.
Every Christmas I get at least one cook book. Last year I got six! My total is now around forty. I love them. I use them for recipes, references, to double check an oven temperature or cooking time. I love the feel of opening a cook book for the first time and drinking in the words and pictures. I have two signed cook books (Jamie’s America and Rick Steins Far Eastern Odyssey) which I queued for hours to get. I went a bit giddy when I met Jamie – told him my husband thought he should be knighted – what a thing to say! And meeting Rick I was completely starstruck…
My aim and the reason behind starting this blog is write do my own cook book one day, showing ordinary people, like me, that cooking can be easy and so rewarding. I want to show people how to make a roast dinner with all the trimmings, the perfect pasta dish, speedy suppers and quick lunches to share with friends.
I think the picture below sums up my inspiration. What’s yours?