For the love of food – home cooking

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.

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

Homemade garlic pheasant kiev, buttered curly kale, roasted parsnips and carrot puree

BBQ chicken nugget rolls with rocket and onion rings

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

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

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

Sunday dinner: slow-cooked duck leg on a bed of roasted winter vegetables and mashed potatoes, with red wine gravy

Dinner - home cooked pork belly, apple stuffing, apple puree, potatoes and cider 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.

Easter breakfast of english muffins, bacon and egg.

Carley

5 Comment

  1. Wow, this all looks incredible. I love cooking too but your food makes mine look decidedly amateurish! I did make a wonderful lemon and cardamom chicken dish last weekend, though. I hope you post about food often, do you plan of sharing any recipes?
    Frankie

    1. Carley says: Reply

      WHilst I love cooking, I’m really awful at following recipes and / or taking photos whilst I’m cooking – which is why I haven’t posted any recipes so far! I’m more likely just to throw a load of stuff in a pan and hope it works out – which thankfully, it usually does! I may try and do some easy to remember recipes in future though – where did you find your lemon and cardamom recipe? Sounds exotic!

      Carley

  2. It was from Alice Hart’s Friends at My Table, a very lovely book. I’m a bit of a cookbook addict. I seem to read from them more then I actually cook from them. I’ll be posting a review soon on my new and already much neglected blog!
    http://frankiesfancies.com/

  3. OMG those photos are incredible!! You are an amazing cook by the looks of it! I (L) too love to cook, I always say I’d have been a professional chef if not a midwife (not much difference eh?!) but they work worse hours than midwives do, so I’m glad I didn’t. But we too adore food, it really is one of life’s amazing pleasures!!

    Post more food pics, and recipes, please! We can then adapt them to make them veggie!

    L and S xx

    1. Carley says: Reply

      Aww, thanks ladies. Cooking makes me so happy, but you’re right, working in a kitchen is so antisocial! I didn’t realise you guys were vegetarian – I’m fairly used to cooking without meat as Stacey’s mum is vegetarian, and doesn’t eat wheat or dairy either. I’ve learnt to get very creative with coconut milk!!

      C xx

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