I’ve loved food for as long as I can remember. Some of my first memories as a child are of standing on a stool up at the worktop in my Nan’s kitchen baking fairy cakes, scones and sponges. This is where the seed was planted. She involved me in every step, encouraging me as we went. Don’t get me wrong, it was nothing fancy, but unbeknown to me she was laying the groundwork for what would become an obsession (in the best possible way).
My parents loved their food too. My brother and I were always encouraged to try new foods growing up and we always begged to order from the regular menu when we ate out. Indeed the majority of my memories of our regular childhood holidays to Menorca involve food. Piping hot churros from the street vendors, the elaborate carvery we visited in the middle of nowhere that had whole roast suckling pigs and meat as far as the eye could see. The beautiful fish restaurants where I’d order giant prawns served in earthenware dishes, bathed in a pool of garlic butter. We loved to stare at the lobsters swimming in their tank awaiting a bath of their own!
My mum needs a mention here. She’s is a great cook. At every family gathering the buffet was the star of the show, plates and bowls piled high with my mum’s BBQ spare ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, baked hams, roast turkey, prawn cocktail and egg mayonnaise (I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s) and it was always followed up with an array of cheeses, clementines in caramel and a huge trifle. The components were always the same, but I loved them. And I loved helping my mum prepare them.
It wasn’t until I married and left home at the age of 21, moving 300 miles away from my family to live in Scotland, that I realised how important these family favourites were to me. My husband bought me my very first cookbook, Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course, which I read from cover to cover.
And so it began. 15 years on, 2 children later, a healthy cookbook collection and a good few pounds heavier, I find myself with a file full of our own family favourites, a passion for food and an obsession with proper BBQ as well as hot and cold smoking (but I’ll get to that later).
I find myself in need of an outlet for all my foodie thoughts. I’d really like to share a few of our favourite recipes, add some posts about my various hobbies and hopefully hear what you think. That’s how I find myself writing this I suppose. I have no idea if anyone will ever read it, but if you find yourself here, bare with me, I’m new to this ‘blog’ stuff.
Kelly B x