A mum and a wife and sometimes just me

Wednesday 2 September 2009

I love my silverspoon

So I came to Glasgow like 6 years ago and I was unemployed for a whole 3 months. Won't be spending time on what that period was like overall but one thing I did discover....I can cook!!! When hours slowly turn into days you really need to find something to do with your time and well people got to eat right? I guess I started with the easy things and then slowly started to get into the swing of things. Well I still follow recipes to the tee so I would not define myself as 'master chef'. I love that programme by the way, actually food programmes started to take on a whole new meaning. Which is a good thing I guess considering the amount of them that are on the BBC these days, in between all the property programmes that is.
Anyway before you know it you start buying yourself recipe books and amending your shopping list to match. So I hate the complicated recipes where they say to use ingredients that your lucky if you use more than once and if you can find them. Thankfully I must admit that nowadays you can get most types of ingredients for most kind of exotic recipes that are out there. In the UK the small Indian or Pakistani grocers are great for my Caribbean cooking and when I found Solly's on Great Western Road when I moved to Glasgow I was very pleased.

My husband is from Italy and well I don't need to go into how renowned they are for their food. So I was a little bit tentative to delve into those recipes to say the least. Then I found the "Silverspoon" and it says "The bible of authentic Italian cooking" on the front cover for a reason. For me its best in its simplicity of the recipes. I refuse actually to mess around with them. I found myself at first asking myself if that was all that goes in that then when I tasted the outcome I realised that was all it needed. So it is one of my favourite recipe books. For me it's best advantage is listing the recipes under the headings of the main ingredient. I never knew you could do so many things with broccoli!

So under my heading food you first will find "The Silverspoon".

Tuesday 1 September 2009

An old school aquaintence

Do you remember having to read the 'classics' in school? Well for me one was "Jane Eyre"...an excuse to read a trashy novel really without the hot sex of course. The mad lady hidden in the attic, the rich man falling in love with the nanny. Of course that is not what we got to talk about while in class, instead I think it was about becoming the independent woman and rebellion.

Last night I watched the finale of the DVD BBC rendition of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'. Again the rich man surprisingly marrying the underdog woman inappropriate in high society back in those days.Inappropriate as it does not suit a man of his position to marry a woman with no connections, the shock that he is doing it but simply out of love. How romantic! Of course Lizzie still reflected that rebellious independent woman. Marriage of course remained the strong theme here, the real question being who do you get to marry?

I myself just got married and it only took 10 years for my partner and myself to reach that point. There are so many options about these days: school, a job. You just don't need a man the way we used to. I lived with my partner for most of those 10 years as well...the scandal! Yet I still got married in the end and I love him. I even changed my name supposedly giving something of myself away. Yet I was able to choose it all and for me that is what mattered. I have chosen to share my life...so yes I need him.

I never did read "Pride and Prejudice" so it is now added to the booklist.

Monday 31 August 2009

The beginning

I am new to writing things down so hopefully steadily and slowly I can start getting things down. It will probably be more personal rather than professional and doubt it would ignite any other real interest in what is being said. OR maybe this is just the beginning.....
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