(Photography by Gene Weatherley)
I’d love for this blog to become really interactive so that you, the reader, can contribute and tell me what you think and what you’d like to know.
So, I thought I’d create this area for you to ask me a question or tell me what you’d like to read about.
I’m no expert and completely self-taught, but if you’d like to ask me a cooking question please do and I’ll do my best to answer, or if you have a dilemma I’ll try to help you out.
Just post a comment against this post. Hope to hear from you soon!
I’m cooking a dinner party for my friends and I’ve picked up a recipe for a pot roast chicken and another recipe for roasted vegetables. My problem is that the pot roast chicken is required to be cooked in the oven on Gas mark 2, whilst the vegetables are suppose to be roasted at Gas mark 6. I’d mix the vegetables straight with the same pot as the roast chicken but one of my friends are vegetarians and so wouldn’t be able to eat the vegetables she said if it shared the same pot as the chicken.
So I don’t know whether to cook the chicken (1kg) first and the roast the vegetables after, or is there somewhere I could roast it in the middle so that the chicken and vegetable would be cooked at the same time? Sorry, hope I explained it well. =D
Haha, sorry Bart – I’m a married lady!
Hi Ida, hmm…that’s a tricky one. In the past when I’ve cooked meat at a lower than usual temperature I’ve put potatoes in at the same time and then just turned the heat up right at the end once the meat has been removed to crisp them up. I have to say I’m not entirely sure if that would work with the vegetables – I guess it depends on which ones you use – but I think it’s what I’d try, and just keep an eye on them to see how they go. Sorry that’s probably not very much help to you.
Hi Julia, I love your blog! As x’mas is coming, could you share with me how to cook a turkey? The meat always ended up very tough and dry..
Hi Janice, last year I wrote this guide on how I cook the Christmas dinner; I hope it helps:
I love your blog. I am actually from Ohio in America. And I absolutely love your photography. I am anxious to start my own blog, and get more into photography. But I was wondering how do you take the pictures of the food dishes in the restaurants? Do you ask permission? Do they open up the restaurant early just for you? Or do you just take the pictures when there aren’t many people around when you yourself are sitting down eating dinner? Thanks for your time. And keep up the great work. :o)
Hi, enjoyed working through your stuff, great content! We’re working with a number of foodie clients who I’m sure we could hook up in some way as they move into 21st century (!), blogs etc, New Covent Garden Soup and Tyrrells Chips are a couple. Take a look at sites, be interested to get your feedback http://www.newcoventgardenfood.com/ http://www.tyrrellspotatochips.co.uk/
Cheers, Mark at http://www.jumpto.co.uk
To be honest I don’t often take photographs in restaurants as I do feel a little self-conscious doing so. The photographs you may have seen of Galvin at Windows weren’t taken by myself; I took them from their website. There are some photographs on this blog that I have taken in restaurants though and I’ve done it in quite a casual way when the waiters aren’t looking! To be honest though, I can’t imagine they would mind so long as you’re discrete and not making a big song and dance about it. And if you’re doing a piece on their restaurant I’m sure they would be happy to work with you if you asked and they weren’t too busy.
Best of luck with the blog and photography.
Mark – thanks; I’ll take a look.
Julia, I read your blog fairly often and love the photos. Your food always looks so lovely!
Not sure how interesting you'd find this as a "foodie", but a friend of mine recently published an amazing website designed to feed a family of 4 for an incredible £100/month! No processed junk, all homemade and as nutritious as possible. It's amazing how tasty and filling the recipes are for how little they cost. http://www.cheap-family-recipes.org.uk/
Loving your blog.
I'm new to the blog world and loving every moment of it but I want to link my facebook page to my blog (you've done this on your blog with a great gadget) but I can't find this one… would you mind letting me know how you created it?
I have more followers on my facebook page than my blog, so it would be nice to link the two.
Thanks in advance
Thanks Emma. The site sounds like a good concept, I'll take a look.
Hi Dom – Sure. I created it from within Facebook; go to edit your page and then you can create it from there.
Hi, what a lovely blog. I have a blog, but no one reads it! It couldn't be that bad! I think mainly because it's not very visible. I'd like for it to be more visible so that I can interact/share notes with other food bloggers. Would you have any suggestions on how to go about that?
thank you! David