I love food. I love cooking with great ingredients, and I love eating the end result. I particularly love cooking good food then spending luxurious amounts of time relaxing and eating it with friends or family. There is something special about preparing food for or with others and taking time to enjoy great company over a great meal (or the other way around!).
Many of my Southern European counterparts regularly take time to appreciate food in this way but it is an art that we are rapidly losing here in the UK. And what a shame that is. Meal times are all too often a rushed affair focused only on grabbing enough calories, or too often far too many calories, rather than enjoying the colours, flavours and textures that a good meal can provide.
Any ingredients should be treated with love and care. All meals, however quick and easy, can and should be made with the heart. You can taste it when food is prepared with love and passion so always, always pour your heart and soul into your food preparation. Don’t the ones you care for deserve to be treated with that kind of love?
“Cook with passion, a clear head, humility, perseverance and respect for your guests” –Luisa Marelli Valazza, Michelin chef