Hello Dear Reader,
You must really think that I don’t do anything but cook. I’ve recently caught up with (on the BBC – Hungry Frenchman) Raymond Blanc’s tour round France, savouring regional dishes and meeting not only famous chefs, but renowned mothers, including his own, who love to cook. In the recent episode he met Les mere de Lyon – the mothers of Lyon, who have a fantastic reputation as food producers. He met famous women who made wine, made sausages, who made cheese and of course women who cook. I owe my love of food from my own, no nonsense mother of Cornwall. If you opened our fridge, you wouldn’t be surprised to see a bowl of mussels collected from the beach, or a pig’s head, trotters, whole fish caught by my dad. If you opened our kitchen cupboards you would find pickles, preserves, bottled fruit. If you opened our shed, you would find drying squash, nets filled with onions, apples wrapped in news paper and laid out, not touching on shelves, plaited shallots and hessian sacks of spuds being kept in the dark. Any milk that ‘turned’ was made into cottage cheese and stale bread was made into a pudding. I owe her a lot.
Thanks to my mum, I will eat anything. I’m not fussy. I’m also not afraid of cook books, new kitchen equipment or learning how to make something, or cook something with a BBC or You Tube tutorial. I have a love of the home made, therefore I have a love of making it or cooking it myself. I like to open my cupboards, or my fridge, or the cake tin, or bread bin and have ‘something in’.
Today, my ‘something in’ was a boiled gammon joint, which I then cooled and sliced myself. I’ve had my Kenwood slicer for years. I bought it from Argos (sadly, the cheapest place for anything!) It’s a doddle to use and it’s a much cheaper alternative, and in my opinion – better!. than shop bought ham.
I then cover it in foil, put it safely in the fridge and it’s there for sandwiches, lunches or to have with a few boiled potatoes for supper. My gammon joint cost £3.78 from Tesco and I have just under a kilo. Sliced ham, in packets of off the deli counter costs around £12 a kilo! It’s delicious and cheaper.
What food heritage do you owe to your mum or a significant person? What did you find in your fridge or larder as a child? What do you have in yours which is a testimony to your upbringing?
Love Froogs xx