This blog is about delicious food that you can – and should – make yourself.
Make time to cook. Not a lot of time – after all, I’m pretty sure that there’s no-one who really yearns to stand for hours over a hot stove – but everyone has the time to cook, with the possible exception of someone whose job involves 18 hour workdays, seven days a week.
The secret is in preparation and a little forward planning – but certainly nothing too complicated or rigid – because I know myself how hard those are to stick to.
I love cooking, but I also love doing lots of other things as well, so wherever a time-saving is to be made, I’m the number one fan!
Who’s got too much money? I know I don’t, and that’s another reason why doing your own cooking is to be embraced. Pretty much anything you can buy pre-made in the shops, can be made for less at home, with purer ingredients and fewer additives too. And if that weren’t incentive enough, the taste will be amazing!
It’s the cooking I grew up on, when money was tight – but brought bang up to date with fresh ideas and handy hints and tips.
Why are your pictures like that?
I love looking at great pictures of food – but it doesn’t take much for me to get distracted, and whereas I might start out drooling over a delicious plate of something tempting, it isn’t long before I’m thinking:
“Hrms, that’s an interesting plate pattern,where could I get that….nice cutlery! Wonder what the spoon looks like….what’s that fuzzy blur in the background….I like that napkin!…..I could do with a casserole like that – bet its expensive…..”
Distracted, see? The attention span of a goldfish!
I wanted my pictures to be about the food, so I decided to keep things as simple as possible, and hopefully not take attention away from the star of the show – the food – with fancy styling and staging. I have plain white plates and dishes at home and so that’s what I use in the pictures.
A lot of the recipes are going to be simple, yet delicious food that everyone can have a go at – and just because the ingredients are at the rock-bottom end of the budget, doesn’t mean that they won’t come together amazingly and look and taste delicious. Basically, I’m trying to show that cheap food can be visually appealing – and give these dishes the champagne treatment despite only having a beer budget. 😉
I’m not a serious photographer specialising in food, I’m a cook with a camera – hey! That’s got a certain ring to it. Maybe I should have used that for the name of this blog! Nah – I’ll save it for the book 😉
What’s all this Wotchers! malarky?
I’m a huge fan of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, especially the ones featuring the witches of Lancre. Wotchers! is a very useful, catch-all greeting used (mostly) by the fun-loving, practically toothless Nanny Ogg, and I decided it would be a great way to greet people wandering by.
Doyenne of witches Granny Weatherwax has never been heard using the word – this notwithstanding, she is, in my humble opinion, one of the finest fictional characters ever conceived. If you’re unfamiliar with the Discworld, go read my favourite book: Lords and Ladies. It’s awesome.
My first book, Great British Bakes, was published in November 2013. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards in the category of Best Food Book. It was also shortlisted and won – Huzzah! – the 2014 Guild of Food Writers Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book.
My second book, Deja Food, will be published in May 2017.