Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
If it wasn’t clear by now, I love food. I love to discover new places to dine, and if it’s cheap eats or great value for money, that’s even better.
I love to watch cooking shows – Jamie Oliver is one of my favourites, as is Heston Blumentahl, particularly his How to Cook Like Heston series. Nigella is great too, even if the food porn does nothing for me.
I like to experiment in the kitchen, although I’d be the first to tell you that I’m not very good at it. Baking is fun too, as long as the recipes are simple. I adore making banana muffins just because they are quick, easy and delicious. Portuguese egg tarts are a regular part of my repertoire as well, and they are surprisingly easy to make. I also love to make bread, although being the lazy sort, I much prefer to use a bread maker (setting the timer and waking up to a house smelling of fresh bread is a big part of that). Alternatively, Chef John’s no knead bread recipe is a great substitute.
There are lots of things in life that make me happy, but I’m definitely happiest when it’s time to eat. So the idea that someone could get all of his/her daily nutrition from a pill is both sad and scary. Yes, it would make life a lot simpler if, after a long day at work, I could just go home and pop a pill and not worry about the cooking or the washing up. But where’s the fun in that? Where’s the sensory pleasure?
I want the sense of accomplishment I get from making a good meal, from scratch, in fifteen minutes flat. I want the sense of pleasure in eating my home-grown herbs and tomatoes. So give me real food over a pill any time.
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