Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my blog. My name is Mark and I’m a home cook, which means I do all the cooking when I get home from work. I don’t mind doing that, I enjoy seeing other people enjoying the food I cook.
I learnt to cook when I was in college in Leeds, it was that or starve. There were so many people who didn’t know what they were doing in the kitchen and when I first arrived in college I have to admit I was one of them. I had a distinct advantage though, I knew how to make a tea, coffee and a bacon sarnie, but most of all I also knew how to make an omelette.
In college half a dozen eggs, a little milk and some cheese and ham and butter provided me with 3 days worth of dinner. It wasn’t until I was verbally challenged about emptying tins into pans and cooking them that I really threw myself into cooking – up until then my college years were spent buying tinned meat and veg, it was more a case of convenience and survival.
College was were my diversity grew, because of who was around me and the places I could shop in. Using the local Indian run corner shop I had lots of big bags of spices to hand, there were Asian, French, Spanish and Italian restaurants and a diversity of friends of all over the world on my course, as my friends and friends of friends.
I think that’s where my cooking evolved beyond basic, and it is still evolving today. There are still a lot of techniques and recipes that I have not tried, as I try them I shall share my experiences on here.