I love to cook. It’s not my profession and to be honest, I’m not sure I ever want it to be. I find it the perfect antidote to a rough day and if the rough day was down to cooking, then what?
I’m loving the recent surge in home-grown and farmers markets (although I do wonder how many stalls un-bag supermarket veg to neatly arrange them in a barrow at 3 quid a kilo). We seem to be taking a little more interest in what we eat and where it comes from these days and that’s a good thing.
Like you I have my favourites and tried and trusted faithfuls, but will give anything a bash. I’m the idiot buying the weird stuff on trial in the supermarket and then trying to figure out what to do with it.
Oh and if I had it my way, every day would be a barbecue day.
Thanks for visiting!
Like your style, couldn’t agree more with the BBQ comment, especially following termination of my 10 years of vegetarianism! Tracey
Thanks Tracey! Sadly I think we live in the wrong part of the world for daily BBQ’s but I keeping the dream alive 🙂
I must admit to being eccentric enough to have the odd one in winter…I can’t last until summer. Thinking of including a chargrill in kitchen renovations.
Chargrill would be excellent to have. Also, I’ve got a Riverside Cottage book with instructions on making a clay oven in the garden for pizza/bread/anything really. Seriously considering one this spring……
I love you Phil and everything you and your blog stands for. Simple delicious food, I’ve just spent the last hour or so stalking your blog. Thank you for sharing 🙂
Well, shucks, thanks! I’m glad you enjoy it and thanks for visiting – nice to share with like-minded fans of all things food-related.
I know what you mean about the veggies – I think one should go for the ones covered in dirt.
I buy every week from a farmer who sells at the Islington Farmers’ Market – he says he’s cut out the middle man, so there’s no need to charge outrageous prices – sometimes he even gives me a pheasant or rabbit as a gift. On the other hand, I’ve often heard shoppers asking the farmer for clean or washed potatoes!
Nice blog 😉
And thanks for visiting! I love the idea of people asking for cleaned veg, we’re so pampered and susceptible to supermarket practices in the UK (and West in general)! I hope things are starting to change now though.
Thanks for visiting my site and leaving a comment. Love your site, some great photos and recipes, another BBQ fan too.
Thanks! Likewise, been enjoying reading yours – just waiting for some decent BBQ weather now. We may be in for a long wait….
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have had a flying visit over to yours. Must say I love your food philosophy. Will return when I have a little more time to browse.
Thankyou! Ditto! You’ve got some great dishes on there and I look forward to seeing more.
great blog within recipes and photograph…
nothing more to said,
nice to know you Franky!
Nice to meet you, dear Phil! I am a foodie from Belgium!
Hi Sophie. Thank you! I looking forward to seeing more of your blog too. I spent some time working in Belgium in most of the main towns and cities in the North.
That’s great to hear! 🙂
ciao! luvFAB blog.
Thank for visiting!
Thanks for dropping by today, Phil. I followed you back here, saw the pasta recipe, and that was enough for me. I’m John, your new subscriber. 🙂
Thanks John! Likewise I’ve been having a good browse over on your blog. Being a big fan of Italian food as I am, I’ve bookmarked a couple for later!
Move to Australia…every day is pretty much s BBQ day here!
Believe me, I’m sooo tempted sometimes! Thanks for visiting my little old blog.
Just wanted to let you know I have featured your brilliant blog for an award – http://applepiezucchini.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/awards/
Please don’t feel you have to put it up or do anything with this, I just wanted to say how much I like your stuff!
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YOu left a LIKE on our blog–thank you– so I thought I’d stop by. Don’t much like meat, do you? (And I thought we were bad.) Looks like a lovely blog. That’s an AMAZING piece of beef in your last post, and I’m jealous of your access to butter beans. In New England if we can get them at all they’re usually canned, and not terribly good. Anyway, great looking blog. I’ll be back. Ken
Many thanks for the kind words Ken, and likewise. Funnily enough, we were commenting on the meat content last night! I’m actually more of a fish and seafood fan (although arguably still meat). BBQ/grilled seafood is heaven! I’ll need to change tack slightly.
We’re pretty lucky in the UK in that we can get a whole host of dried pulses and beans, even in small local stores, which is great as I love them – so versatile.
Great blog and I see you love to cook what you photograph. I leave the cooking to my husband and baking to my daughter. I just eat and photograph their efforts. I also research and make suggestions. Works for me. 🙂
Oops, that didn’t come out right. I should have said that you photograph what you cook.
I knew what you meant anyway! Thank you Beth. I’m more a cook but am enjoying the photography more and more – still a way to go yet though 😉
I’ve just found your blog and have been salivating for the past half hour. Wonderful stuff, keep up the good work!
Thank you very much! Likewise, I really like what you’re doing and I look forward to seeing more.
Hi, I nominated you for the Liebster award (http://wp.me/p2JXcQ-3k). I always enjoy reading your blog! -Lucie
Thank you very much! Very kind of you.
Hey Phil! Just found you after a link popped up at John’s blog (Bartolini kitchens). Great work! Amazing recipes, photos and engaging writing. Cannot wait to read more of your archives! Nice to find another authentic, somewhat experimental foodie in the blogosphere!
Great, thank you very much – glad you enjoy it Laura.