Food, Food – – –

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!

 

 

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2 responses to “Food, Food – – –

  1. Patrick Ward

    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.

  2. Jack Beck

    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!

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