I wouldn’t say I was a spectacular cook by any means, and My Food Baby’s Daddy has a somewhat limited range of preferred flavours (the nice way of saying he has a bland palate), but I do love to cook. I like knowing my family are eating something yummy and hopefully nutritious, I take pride and joy in seeing them enjoy (or throw on the floor) something I have spent time and care making for them.
My mum is a great cook but she didn’t teach me to be. We had a relatively small kitchen while I was growing up so there wasn’t loads of room to hang out in there while she was cooking and I probably didn’t take too much interest in learning either – I was happy to be fed and watered and generally kick back. And so when I was about 20 I bought a whole heap of cookbooks from charity shops / op shops and I started carefully following them. I learnt to cook by making recipes from these books, I grew to love cook books and began ferreting them out in second hand and new stores, until I had a collection that I was quite attached to. Over time I became more comfortable substituting ingredients I didn’t have for others, and then adding or removing things as I began to get more of a feel for cooking. One day I realised I was cooking much more intuitively and now refer to recipes from other people more for inspiration than reliance. When I emigrated to Australia (from the UK), the books didn’t make the cut – but it was ok, I didn’t need them anymore. (And of course I still have Google!)
You will notice that a lot of the food we eat is simple meat and veggies, or ‘chopped up’ rather than cooked up foods. However I do like to bake and cook things that require a few more steps than:
- Turn on stove
- Heat food until cooked through.
So I will endeavour to pop them up on here – along with whether they were a boom or a bomb! If there is anything you would like to know about what we buy, cook or eat please ask!
Recipes to follow soon.