Hi, I’m Mel. I’m a food-obsessive, not possessive. My food is for sharing, like my blog where I hope to share recipes, of all things edible and drinkable. Recently, I have also become more interested in enhancing my skills, for things like brewing, butchery, baking techniques, and other cuisines. This blog should help me remember those things, and share the new skills developing – for good and bad.
I am a British expat living, growing, foraging and cooking in the Netherlands, and co-habiting with my partner (The Big Guy, or BG). I am also a lot of other stuff, like keen on animals, a dog sitter to my friends, a person with a deep fascination with zoology and natural history, and someone who sometimes calls herself an environmentalist. Luckily for you, this blog is only about the things in the first sentence, although I cannot guarantee that some of the other stuff won’t pop up like that aunty who always turns up at Christmas – complete with hairy, too-small jumpers for the whole family. Even the dog.
I have also become my parents – both of them. Most adult children spend years trying to deny this, but I have embraced this from probably the time I left home. From my dad, I have veggie-growing and soil-digging skills. I did not get my mum’s eye for garden design, though. If you cannot eat it, I am mostly not interested. From my mum I have been passed down cookery skills. My mum has always cooked food for us from scratch. I absorbed a lot of information from her. I also inherited her legs, and stubbornness. My sarcasm I developed all by myself.
I used to make biscuits and cakes after the Sunday lunch had been cleared away. I guess that my cooking really took off at university, when I suddenly realised that ‘packet food’ was both expensive, and not as nice as the stuff I had at home. It took a few experiments, and the odd (Ok, more like loads of) disasters, but I haven’t looked back.
I have divided the blog into a few categories, which might seem grandiose, but I think sums up its aims in a nice little alliterative collection.
Posts in this category will be about my garden, the stuff I grow, and how I make use of it. I realise that my modest urban garden is very far from any traditional sense of a farm, and does not keep me entirely, but you try finding a word beginning with F that will work for this purpose.
Why not try some farmed favourites?
This category will be for foraging. I guess most people have gone brambling at some point, but I really started to get interest in this a few years ago, and now am delighted when I find a new nut tree, or patch of greens, or whatever. If I am honest, I was attracted to this kind of food, because of food miles, but very soon discovered that rootling about in woods and fields is a fantastic way to spend a few hours.
These are things that I found, of which I am fond:
Obviously, this section is for the enjoyment of the edible things! These will be my own recipes, or techniques that I want to share or learn.
These are some very fitting feasts:
This is the section where I will chronicle my adventures in brewing stuff. Mostly drinkable, I hope.
Try these tipples:
This category is where I will be recommending food experiences that I have loved. I am not a critic, and have no desire to criticise others, so this will only be the good stuff.
So, as you can tell, I love all things edible (and drinkable). Maybe you will dip in, or maybe you’ll come along for the ride. Either way, I’m pleased to meet you!