Another great piece of news for the start of 2018 was having one of my articles published in the East London cultural magazine 'The E-List’.
This publication features articles about artists, musicians and cultural icons from this area of East London. The article was a provocative 'think' piece about the role of local food and industrialisation in modern diets, how we need to accept 'big food' to a certain extent if we are to avoid making puff pastry ever again. Avocados aren't native to the UK yet have become a staple and no-one wants to revert to living on turnips all winter.
Last week I also submitted a long form pitch to a very large circulation publication, I'm really trying to get my writing out in the world this year, so watch this space!
Respect the Recipe. There have been many occasions, both on this blog and in my real, physical existence, where I’ve managed to work myself into a contorted fit of rage over inappropriate recipe modification of certain traditional dishes. I have enormous respect for time honoured, traditional recipes, the amazing dishes and techniques which have been handed down through time for each generation to enjoy. Often based in simplicity, or invoking a fundamental technique of a certain culture’s cooking practice, these recipes are social icons, they have ubiquitous names and often represent entire avenues of cuisine. It took a while before I fully vocalised this point of view. At first I was merrily jumping on the food blogger bandwagon, happily latching on to any name that I thought were fit for purpose with the recipe I had just published. Little did I realise that I was simultaneously contributing to the decline…