Good question for most.
I am no-one special, a simple man that care for those close to him, had a vague corporate career and loves food, the odd bottle of wine and always seeking to create happy memories with family and friends.
"Cooking with Rich" is my small way of sharing some of the food I love to cook along with a few experiences and musing on life with anyone that is looking for a little distraction.
I am no chef, far from it. I have many friends much better at the culinary arts than I. My brother, who is a chef, will be horrified I even attempted to offer cooking advice up in public - but, as the old saying goes "if I can do this, anyone can" and that's my promise. Whether it's a dish I've been cooking for years or my attempt at trying one of the thousands of "Easy ... something or other" recipes available, I aim to prove it can be done and I'll tell you when I f**k it up.
Cooking started out of necessity, since I left home a little too young, I needed to eat. My first job offering barely enough money to pay the rent and travel cost, so grilled cheese on toast is officially the first recipe I sort of nailed. And yes you can stuff that up as well.
Not long after, and quite seriously with not enough to live on, I got a second job in a local bar, which drove me to better planning so I started making batches of bolognese sauce which I could keep or freeze for later. The first few attempts were literally the worst, but it got me through. With practice the results of my cooking got a little more palatable and the search for great food to make, eat and share developed and is now one of the many pleasures in my life.
Those days of struggling are past and I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to travel throughout my adult life. This has given me the opportunity to try a range of food, a great way of gaining a more fulfilling travel experience and a deeper insight to the places I was at any time. And now I love the whole idea of cooking, eating and trying recipes from all over, whether these are dishes from my childhood, from a favourite destination or from a famous restaurant menu. Always accompanied with a bottle of wine, beer or local paint thinner and most of all with those close to me.
Now, what you will not get here are the following:
Now that's off my chest ...
Cooking with Rich is my way of sharing my love for food, where it came from and maybe offer a few laughs along the way.
Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and be good to those you love and care for.