Jack will still post as Wendy takes a break – –
I’m not sure when I got interested in cooking – maybe around when Wendy and I got married.
Growing up in a Northern European country meant food was just fuel to keep you going. So it wasn’t until I first traveled to Southern Europe with my band that I really discovered what a meal could be, the varieties of food to be savored and dinner as a social gathering.
I had already, though, discovered curries as Indian restaurants multiplied throughout Scotland.
All of that got me interested in discovering discovering new dishes and re-discovering old ones.
Some of the old ones –
- Fish n’ Chips – The secret is to fry in lard and to fry the chips three times at ever increasing temperatures.
- Steak pie – boil the steak for a long time and put Bisto in the gravy.
- Steak bridie – same as the steak pie.
- Sausage rolls – the secret is to make your own sausage filling and use real breadcrumbs.
- Shepherd’s pie – try to get fresh peas.
Some of the new ones –
- I discovered how Indian restaurants make a big batch of basic curry sauce and I do that all the time now.
- Finding by trial and error the different roasting times for vegetables.
- Baking fish in foil.
- Experimenting with overnight marinades, particularly for chicken tikka.
- Using an outdoors charcoal grill.
Wendy is the baker, and her specialties are cookies, breads and desserts.
Just some of the things we get up to during lock-down!
I was just thinking today about Harry and myself, driving Mike’s Mini, looking to meet up with him (Mike) in Roscoff in 1979 after Heritage’s tour of Britanny. We went to a local cafe and had an artichoke salad, before continuing our holiday….there’s more to come for the future (maybe I should do a blog!)… Artichokes are especially grown in Roscoff.
Jack here – I’d love to hear more of that story! That’s when I unknowingly got an ear infection that wasn’t treated and left me partially deaf!