Hi All, from Beautiful Dorset, England
Ive just joined (nothing like stating the obvious) and thought I should say hi. I live in beautiful Dorset, and have enjoyed cooking and messing about in the kitchen for most of my life. I was lucky to have a fantastic cook in my Grandmother who I think inspired me and although long gone to the great kitchen in the sky, she still inspires me every day when I am slaving over a hot stove or trying to think of what to cook next. I have a passion for fresh ingredients and despise large supermarkets. I am lucky to have a fantastic butcher and many local farms to buy yummy fresh local produce and have also been known to grow my own in my very unruly garden.
For most of my working life I was fortunate to travel the world and live in many wonderful places and along with that I also tried some very wonderful and different cuisines along with some very weird ones that I will not be trying again!
I love to bake bread, make cakes, and cook just about anything. It doesn't always pan out as expected (pun intended) but i haven't killed anyone yet!
I believe to some extent "you are what you eat" and I sometimes seem to spend a disproportionate amount of time shopping, cooking and eating, (something my ex-wife could not understand) But hey that's what I enjoy. I also am passionate about herbs and spices and their uses both culinary and medicinal. I am a bit old fashioned when I buy meat and really enjoy old or rare breed meats.
Well that about it, I look forward to participating in the forum and learning as much as I can and trying out new recipes and ideas.
And as the novelist Kafka once said "As long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being" !!!
Here is a pic of first atttempt at a rustic Spanish loaf and Bread Pudding (for some reason I don't seem to be able to load a pic)