Hi there! Welcome to the KitchenBlurb blog. I’m Liz and I’m an enthusiastic amateur of all things cooking and kitchen-related. If you want to know a bit more about me check out my About page. This is just an initial blog post to get me going ,but here’s a flavour of what you can expect in KitchenBlurb posts to come:
Over autumn and winter there’s been a lot of casseroles and comfort food in the KitchenBlurb kitchen recently, including:
- Beef in red wine with stilton and parsley dumplings
- Root vegetable and cider casserole with cheesy dumplings and roast parsnips
- Comforting leek and potato soup
- Courgette, pancetta and mozzarella pasta bake
Now the indulgence of Christmas and New Year are over, January is likely to look rather healthier – it’s the same every year! I’m busy setting up my recipe format for the blog at the moment, and will get some of these recipes up on the website soon. In the meantime I have been making sure I take pictures of the tasty treats I’ve been cooking, and making notes on where I change or adapt recipes for personal taste or because there’s something in them that doesn’t quite work, so I can bring you tried and tested recipes that you’ll want to make at home.
Handy hints and tips on how to do things easier, quicker and with less stress. From general points on how to read and adjust a recipe, so specific techniques such has how to quickly and easily peel shallots, I’ll be sharing what I know. I hope you find it useful. There will doubtless be a few cautionary tales on how not to do certain things: like every cook, I’ve had a few kitchen misadventures in my time – mixing up your gravy browning and soy sauce bottles, anyone?
Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances
I love well-designed, useful and/or gorgeous stuff for the kitchen – from tiny, hand-held time savers to the new oven I’ve just bought after some really geeky research. I’ll be telling my tales of the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright pointless.
Some cook books get put on the shelf and hardly ever used, others become trusted favourites. Everyone’s taste is different, but I’ll be spouting off on which books I love and which never see the light of day and why. Also, some great food websites and accounts that I go back to again and again.
I fear this may be my version of “Miscellaneous”, but it will be the place for any points of interest, places I’ve eaten, or quick posts on things I’ve made without posting up a full recipe. Also expect graphic images of the various accidental knife wounds, burns, scalds and grater injuries. These are things that happen when you’re a big clumsy, a bit careless and trying to do 10 things at once. I am frequently guilty of all of these.
Well, that’s the KitchenBlurb statement of intent. I also promise to do my best to stifle any pretentiousness and avoid being holier-than-thou – there’s nothing more boring than all that, and I reckon most of us are two parts food sinner to one part food saint. I will never describe anything as bliss (unless I’m being sarcastic).
I’d also like to apologise in advance for my lack of technical know-how. It’s my first blog, and I’m starting from scratch with WordPress so things will doubtless go wrong, get changed and be slightly all over the place for a time. I hope to be a fast learner and thank you kindly for your patience. Not that I expect anyone to actually be reading this!
Happy cooking, happy eating, and Happy New Year from KitchenBlurb!