I might have mentioned before (erm, here. And here. And here & here) that I love food. I really do. Whether it’s a portion of chips and curry sauce on the way home after a BGNO (big gay night out) or a three course, no expense spared dinner at a Michelin star restaurant, food is always on my radar. I know I’m lucky that I have a metabolism which allows me to eat whatever I want and not gain weight (my A Level teachers constantly teased me about this) – but really, even if I didn’t I wouldn’t eat any differently. I am definitely one of those people who live to eat – but I also live to cook.
When I was at uni, I worked for a while in a professional kitchen. This wasn’t where my interest in cooking stemmed from – as a kid, I loved getting messy, and cooking allowed both that and treats at the end of the day! Between my mother and my grandmother, I learnt to cook things like lasagne and roast dinners and pies and cakes. When I started working in the kitchens, I learnt to how chop vegetables properly and how to present dishes well and how to make a wonderful red wine sauce. I loved that I was paid to make up a new dessert menu, and was most proud of my Eton Mess with a drizzle of lychee liqueur – bliss.
And once I moved out of shared student flats and had a kitchen of my own to play with, I started getting more creative with my meals. Some of what I’ve made can be seen below – give me a shout if you want any recipes!
Duck pate, cheese, new butter, fresh bread, home made tomato chutney, crisps and olives. Bliss.
Homemade garlic pheasant kiev, buttered curly kale, roasted parsnips and carrot puree
BBQ chicken nugget rolls with rocket and onion rings
Venison meatballs wrapped in procuitto, with parship and curly kale mash and rich red onion sauce
Burger with bacon, hash browns, onion rings, salad and ketchup
Sunday dinner: slow-cooked duck leg on a bed of roasted winter vegetables and mashed potatoes, with red wine gravy
Pork belly on apple stuffing with apple-cinnamon puree, duck fat potatoes and apple/cider gravy
Easter breakfast of english muffins, bacon and egg.