|Just a bit about me, in particular my likes and
- Restaurant dining, particularly enjoy
Italian, Thai, French and Indian cuisine. Like restaurants to have
some ambience but don't like sloppy or over familiar service (bit
of a snob). Bad food in a restaurant is unforgiveable. Strongly
believe in the distinction between dining out and eating out. One
should be a pleasurable and unforgettable experience the other is
- Growing and using herbs, favourite herbs
are sweet basil, dill and coriander. Have a smallish herb garden
including a superb rosemary bush that is well established and has
a flavour and aroma that is par excellance. Never short of
supplies of mint, parsley, basil, coriander for my own cooking.
- Indian cookery, maintain a big herb and
spice collection and mix own marinades and garam masallas. Insist
on making my own yoghurt because you can control the consistency
and flavour unlike the bought varieties.
- Fresh foods, have very negative views on
convenience food and processed food. Like to plan meals in advance
and buy ingredients fresh for specific meals. Hate waste and
always try to use leftovers. I think I get that from my parents
who lived through rationing during and after the war.
- Gadgets - give me a food processor,
electric grinder, bread maker - anything really and I'll play for
- Collecting cookery books. I can't pass a
bookstore without browsing the cookery collection, often can't
leave the store without buying a book. I'm particularly proud of
my assortment of Italian and Indian cookery books. Have a look at
our book sections for my recommendations.
- Fishing :- coarse and sea angling, in
particular boat angling off the Welsh coast. Next project is my
own fishing boat.
- My wife has a Patchwork & Quilting business, selling all the necessary fabrics, notions and embellishments.
For my part I maintain her website - Quilt Studio
|A quick background:
My mother was born in Rome,
and my father in a part of Hungary which became part of Romania (or was that the other way
araound?). I was born and bred in Lancashire.
Although I have a British outlook, engendered because my parents tried hard to
integrate, I also have a strong Mediterranean bent, tempered with Eastern influences from
my father's side,
Unlike Phil, I do very little cooking myself, but when I do, I like to "push the
boat out". Knowing how difficult it can be to create a special meal, I really do
appreciate it when I sit down to one - whether at a restaurant, or at home, where my wife
Margaret, has learned well everything I taught her (Ow! Ow!, Stoppit... I was only
I have always liked trying new food and drink, but, as I'm getting older, I am
beginning to gravitate to fewer, but more refined experiences - for example, I now know I
don't in general favour Indonesian dishes (though I do like some), and I'm leaning more
and more to, well, if not vegetarianism then eating less - but better quality - meat.
When it comes to drink, I just love many of the "real" ales, Italian wines
and liquers, and Cognac. However, my aging inners can't take as much alcohol as I'd like,
and again, I find that I don't like having drunk too much alcohol - if someone could
develop a drink which had the same taste and "hit" as a good Cognac, but without
the debilitating effects of the alcohol, I'd buy it by the gallon!
In common with Phil, I too have a desire to be on, or near, water, and I'm trying to
persuade Marg that she really can overcome her dread of seasickness!!!
The main reason I'm involved with this site
is that I believe that food and drink means much more to us than
just the provision of sustenance. Food and Drink is Art. It's
Communication, It's Pleasure. It's Sharing.