I do not have the time or desire to spend hours in the kitchen. After having spent endless long hours working in kitchens having started a career at the ripe age of 15 ...I fully appreciate and understand the work and effort a professional kitchen requires. I do however have a desire to learn more methods and master more ingredients so that cooking for my family at home will continue to be a simple yet delicious daily variety of taste experiences.
Learning and challenging myself has helped me to change my fears and preconceived notions of what I thought I could or couldn't possibly cook for my family at home.The process has worked itself out a bit like this : Providing opportunities for a love of Salmon requires a bit of time to master just how to cook that Salmon for my family the way my family likes it! ..and once I become comfortable with that let's try Trout then Prawns then Scallops then Clams ...and also to be considered is the Seasonality aspect to learn to appreciate as well as the price ...good Scallops are pricey but that doesn't mean they are 'too fancy' and have to be overlooked! Instead it has become more of a re-thinking of ...for example serving less of a pricey item with more of a less expensive side dish to help fill the belly and help create those continual opportunities for appreciation.
Currently I have been working my way through grains and beans both in my own understanding of how to cook and serve them in a simple and tasty ways with the key being again "Simple!" not too much prep and not too much time but maximum flavour!! ..and at the same time offer them to my little guy in hopes of his gradual appreciation too!
This last Christmas my Sister in Law gave me a huge blessing in a Cook Book! Having spent many years pouring through complicated cook books with multiple intricate recipes and concepts, at first glance this little book seemed a bit 'too simple' but who doesn't love receiving a Cook Book for a gift ...even if it does prove to be more of an inspiration than an actual instructive book. I happily took my gift home and delved in. As I began to read my way through I also began to cook and cook ...and after a few meals I realized that with not too much effort or anxiety I had added a few new items to our families meal ...Italian polenta soup ... polenta 'pizza' with cheese and sage and shiitake mushrooms ... Du Puy lentils mixed salad with a beautiful dressing ...I was on a groove and I was inspired and the meals we were enjoying were not breaking the bank or demanding too much precious time.
...a little inspiration shared once a week along with my weekly posts on <the taste experiment>.
So, for this first installment here are the books that I want our family to live and eat with for the rest of our lives }