Food is my favorite topic. Fact.
I call it a passion. My friends and family say I'm obsessed.
Whatever you call it, it’s clear who is responsible. My Dad. He’s a chef.
Good food was a core part of our family life. As soon as we could chew, my sister and I ate the same meals as our parents. I am sure this is why neither of us is fussy. Trying new things was encouraged, but never enforced. It was interesting and exciting.
I got into cooking young too; I liked baking as a kid and helping out with dinner. By 10 I was experimenting on my own and as a teenager I worked as a kitchen hand in my Dad’s restaurant. Dad thinks I was more interested in filling my own stomach than the customers. Whatever he says, I learned a lot from him in my time there.
Growing up in Sydney, Australia, one of the world’s most multicultural cities, I learnt to appreciate and understand food from different cultures. Chinese and South-East Asian food is especially well represented so I have learnt a lot about these cuisines without ever having been to Asia.
Now I live in the UK. British food still has a bad reputation overseas – grey meat, overcooked vegetables and stodge. This is what it was like for much of the 20th century but times have changed. Celebrity chefs, like Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Nigel Slater and many more have made good food more appealing to the masses, teaching people that good food can be cooked simply, easily and cheaply. This increased public interest in food has seen the restaurant scene transform, particularly in London.
So why don’t I just get on with opening a restaurant already? Why not be a chef? I worked as a waitress for several years and it made me think that working in a commercial kitchen might take the joy out of it for me.
When I started this blog in July 2010 I hoped that it would provide another avenue to explore my passion. It has. It turns out that as well as cooking and eating food, I love writing about it too.
So that’s the focus of this blog: the food I am cooking and the food I am eating. I share my own recipes, my experiments with other people’s and my experiences of dining out in London and on my travels.
In October 2012 I am starting a Masters in the Anthropology of Food. Who knows? My musings may become profoundly more insightful as the year progresses. Watch this space! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it.
Updated September 2012