“Well it’s better than bog standard food” said my husband when I sought his opinion on my new blog name. “The word bog won’t be featuring in my blog” was my response.
I think I have found the perfect name for this blog as you won’t find any truffle oil in my kitchen cupboards (well maybe just a bit on special occasions), just the basic raw ingredients which, with a little imagination, trial and error can be turned into good family food.
Food has always been an integral part of our family life, it’s the centre of many a family occasion and when the kids came along it wasn’t always so easy to have a relaxed meal out. So I’m frequently found in the kitchen, it’s a bit like a safe haven, a place to relax and contemplate. I’m lucky – coming from a family of self taught and professionally trained cooks, so I don’t have to think too hard about what I’m cooking. For others though, cooking can be challenge, especially when faced with a recipe which calls for an ingredient you don’t have. Not knowing how to substitute or omit ingredients is enough for some people to ditch the recipe altogether. I hope this blog will help in that regard.
As a working mum, time can also be a challenge so I will share some of the recipes which are really quick and healthy too. Some of the fastest recipes are those which recycle yesterdays meal, in a new and tasty way. The cost benefit of buying raw, cooking from scratch and recycling to reduce food waste is something I feel really strongly about.
Finally, real butter, sugar and cream will feature regularly, they are pure natural ingredients and deserve a place at our table. However, as I have gotten older I have started to appreciate the need to eat a more balanced diet. Hopefully there is a little of everything here to suit everyone.