"Yes Chef"  

Fallic40 53M
3214 posts
7/12/2005 4:59 pm
"Yes Chef"

I recieved an e-mail asking about how I came to love cooking. It was a basic survival necessity - my mum cannot cook.

Now I know that this is truly a horrible thing to say. And I would never tell my mum that she could not cook. I just sit down at the table and choke down whatever she makes. But it is the absolute truth.

One day, I will show some of the amazingly awful things that my mum has made over the years: toast with marmite, anyone. Up until recently English cuisine was rightly derided as the worst food this side of the Kalahari bushman diet. But it is a group of guys my age who are changing that - all because our mums could not cook.

Because of the need to have decent and nutritious food, I started cooking most of my family's meals when I was in high school and my love of cooking developed from there. Looking back now, part of me really wishes that I had gone to culinary school.

My mum, bless her heart, grew up in the second world war and there was nothing to cook in England. She never learned to love food. The same with my dad. My mum adds salt as only a last resort and forget about her ever using any herbs. I cannot remember her ever trying a recipe.

I grow as many of my own herbs as possible. And I have a cupboard just for different oils, vinegars, seasonings etc.

So, I learned to love food myself and to cook for myself. I love cooking any kind of fish or seafood, pastas of all kinds, Thai and Indian meals: and desserts.

Some of my dessert specialities:

poached cherries
individual lemon custards
chocolate souffle
carrot cake

Now I do have a tempremental side to match any chef - even the indominatable Gordon Ramsay - the best chef in the world. But the food is worth it!!!!!

missy973 47F

7/12/2005 10:01 pm

Is that why the English generally have bad cuisine, an aftermath of WWII? What about before that? Obviously it is cultural. Lack of access to a variety of foods can't be to blame, can it? I mean France right across the way has excellent cuisine (or so they think...LOL! Just kidding). So it can't be geography.

I'd love to learn Thai myself.

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
7/13/2005 3:36 am

My mum is useless at cooking too,so i learned very qickly or us for kids would have died of starvation or been poisoned i then went on to catering school and now hate cooking,so you san now come and cook for me

I'm a

i'm here to stay

CuriousKitty675 41F
365 posts
7/13/2005 8:55 am

Darling, forget Ramsey. I'd just stay out of the kitchen and let you work your magic. Then after dessert, I'd work mine in appreciation.

England is looking more and more appealing every day.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
7/13/2005 5:57 pm

English cooking, as a whole has never been too bad. A bit lacking in adventure, perhaps, but overall not too bad. It is very similar in a lot respect to french provincial cooking where just about everything is considered edible: steak and kidney pie, anyone. It was just my mum's variations upon the theme that were so bad.

WW2 was obviously a low point in the culinary arts and my mother exploited that to the extreme. I used to alway eat dinner at my best mate's house when my mum made bubble and squeak (aka leftovers deepfried in beef dripping).

My Irish granny was an exceptional cook and I have her recipe file in a leather box on my book case and I cook meals from it all the time. In fact, I think my granny's skills really hindered my mum ever learning to cook. My granny had a bit of a Marie Barone (Everybody Love's Raymond) complex and would always interfere.

For me, to cook for my mum now is hard as she is very set in her ways and will not eat anything spicy (that means at least a pinch of pepper has been added) or anything "foreign". The last time she came to Oregon for a visit, I did get her to eat salmon that I roasted with a little white wine and lemon. I considered that to be a smashing success.

My dad, on the other hand, will eat anything put in front of him and generally goes back for seconds.

CuriousKitty675 41F
365 posts
7/14/2005 8:43 am

LOL!!! Just promise me, no blood pudding!

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
7/15/2005 6:56 pm

Sorry there, curiouskitty, blood pudding would cost you at least one of your lives.

I actually had some for the first time in several years at a pub I went to for breakfast several months ago. And yes, it is still vile and disgusting.

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