I'm currently learning how to formalise my cooking somewhat; I've always sloshed olive oil and butter around without really bothering to count it out but I realised I needed to lose weight after Christmas, and that my lassez faire attitude was going to have to change! Determined to make dieting creative, joyful, celebratory, delicious, empowered and fun, I've been losing weight easily ever since and am keen to hunt down lowfat recipes for luscious things. Complicated ideas not a problem! I'm now (for the first time ever!) interested in actually weighing out things, making smaller meals, savouring different dishes and flavours and not relying on a sturday base of onions, garlic and olive oil for everything! Wine is my greatest downfall as a dieter! I've lost 24lb so far with weight watchers, I'm loving the changes this brings and am keen to learn how to write recipes better and cook more yummy things in diet friendly ways.
My favorite things to cook
fruit fools and jellies,
squash/carrot based cakes
roasted pepper salsa
carrot and coriander soup
mustard, beans and pork
meat and pear dishes
very fresh fish... is anything more delicious than an extremely fresh mackerel, simply grilled?
My favorite family cooking traditions
Tuna Fish Pie
bean and wheat casserole
roasted duck with star anise and goosefat potatoes (you see why the diet...)
and many, incredible, creative, gorgeous birthday cakes. My mother is an inspiration in the kitchen.
My cooking triumphs
...many birthday cakes for various boyfriends over the years; more recently, a low-fat white chocolate and raspberry extravaganaza... many fish and seafood successes; gumbo is a favourite and I do a very good curry. I also do some good african dishes and gorgeous couscous.
My cooking tragedies
Courgette and Potato Rosti:
After it fell apart in a pan, I attempted to oven bake it. When I realised the potatoes were still raw, I microwaved it. When I fished the resultant dry, steaming husk of rosti out of the bottom of the dish, I found it tasteless and added salt. The result was brown, slimy, tasted burnt and salty and didn't hold together well at all. It was a textural, visual and olfactory distaster and it tasted like one imagines the scrapings from the grill pan drenched in some rotton courgette juice might taste.
'Let it go, Felix...' I said gently to myself and unceremoniously dumped the tragically ruined fare into the bin.
I still think sometimes about what I could have done differently.