Showing posts from May, 2015

Cooking for me is about practice

In my kitchen, magic happens. You have seen the photos and some of your have tasted the results.

It's not overnight that I become good at cooking. It's the results of years of trying out dishes and being adventurous. If I had not been adventurous, then I won't be as good as I am today. It's as simple as that.

The first time I fried a fish, I hacked it to pieces from turning it over and over. My mother taught me to be patient and only turning the fish once and to handle the food ever so gently; but with decisive actions.

Cooking for me is about practice and perfecting a dish. It is also about adapting to things such as a busy time table, a friend's gluten intolerance, or what's in season. I love the challenge of cooking a vegetarian meal, as well as a new type of fish, or cut of meat. Sometimes it is about trying out an ingredient.

So if you want to be good at anything, try and try again!

(the picture above is my tried and tested, and often varied 'bacon pas…

What's On in May

Here's a copy of my article that appears in this month's Portsmouth View: Thinking of May always brings up images of the Maypole and country fete. St Mary’s Church May Fayre is one of my favourites.
May is a good time to check out the farmers market offering local produce in abundance. In Southsea we are fortunate to have the monthly market on Palmerston Road.
The farmers markets are complimented by the Love Southsea Markets which features many local crafts and artists. Have you tried a bar of ‘lemon soul’ soap by Southsea Bathing Hut?
When the farmers market is not here, visit the Southsea Greenhouse located near Canoe Lake. It is a community garden built on a piece of derelict land. You can volunteer to do gardening activities such as planting, digging or pottering. You can also donate or barter produce from your garden with the Southsea Greenhouse.
As the weather becomes warmer, it is also a good month for enjoying the many cafes in Southsea. Sit back, relax, and have a nice c…