Way back in the mists of time I trained as a classical chef. Then, with newly printed qualifications burning a hole in my pocket, I went travelling and very soon found out that I knew absolutely nothing!
Since then I have seen most of Europe, from Rouen in Normandy, to Brienz in Switzerland via Hannover, Munich, Aarau and Goodwood. I’ve cruised the Mediterranean and the Carribean feeding 1,200 passengers five meals a day plus snacks and worked in air-conditioned luxury in Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the oven that is the Middle East.
Returning to this country I travelled and worked in Scotland for a while, including Gleneagles and a few islands. I then did four years as an itinerant cook in England going from assignment to assignment and getting to know some of the beautiful places and scenery that this country has to offer.
Some ten years ago, due to family requirements I returned home to Hampshire where I have been based ever since doing agency work and local nursing homes to enable me to live at home with an elderly mother.
Also around this time I rediscovered Granny Robertson’s Cookbook that had been roughly stuffed into a dusty old ruck-sack before I went travelling to be seen by no-one except the mice and the spiders in the back of the wardrobe! I decided then that it deserved a wider audience and so began this Blog.
The content is an eclectic mix of the accumulated knowledge and housewifely wisdom of Granny Robertson and her collection of cook-books to which I have added some favourite recipes that I have discovered over the years and some odds and sods relating to my own travelling.
There is a second blog at Granny Robertson – The Recipes which allows somewhat easier access to the individual recipes, though this is a pretty dauting task.
I very much hope that what I produce here, though sometimes sparse and erratic in publication, will be of interest and incite some of the love and pleasure I take in writing it.
Kevin H (Flooge)