I love to eat good food, I love to cook good food. Each ingredient should be treated with the highest respect it can be paid, good preparation.
Eating good food is savouring what someone else, be it a Michelin starred chef or a home cook, has prepared with skill and proper seasoning.
Cooking good food is taking the time, putting in the effort, to do the same.
I’m a home cook and of course I make mistakes which we all know has lead to some epic dishes. Not knowing if the sauce is one of the five “mother” sauces¹ or a derivation of one or just a “little sauce” isn’t a crime in my book. I do not have to define a gastrique² on the spot, juggle culinary terms, or know the recipe for egg pasta³ off by heart. I do firmly believe in expressing my love for, and opinion of food without any filters or apology. I do value critique though, how else am I going to get a different angle on things. Most important of all, eating and cooking are my passion and not my job.
When I/we Travel. Once we, my wife and I, have picked a destination, the next step is finding restaurants. Yes, the trip is planned around the food. We have even picked destinations starting with the restaurants, and come to think of it, that is usually the case. Authentic local cuisine is what we are after, local dishes prepared by locals, anything and everything, ranging from street food to fine dining. The dining experience is heightened if we are joined by fellow food lovers. Eating is not just for survival but also for feeding the soul.
My motto is BYH: Broaden Your Horizons™. Ask anyone that knows me well.
¹. The five “mother” sauces Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, Hollandaise and Tomate.
². Gastrique: French for basically a sweet and sour sauce, the sweet is usually fruit, and the sour is vinegar.
³. Egg pasta recipe: flour, salt, eggs and olive oil. Whisk 2 cups of flour and ½ teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Create a well in the middle of the flour, add three large eggs and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil….. On second thought, that is easy enough to remember.