This blog isn’t about mushrooms.
OK, that’s a lie. The blog is partly about mushrooms. But it’s really about food of all sorts.
OK, that’s a lie too. I’m sure there are some kinds of food that we will never get round to writing about. But you get the idea. This is a blog about food.
Normally, we write about politics. Well, politics and economics, and other exciting things like that. If you want to read what we have to say about those, then you’ll find us over at Bright Green.
But this blog isn’t about politics*. It’s about cooking. Because we also love food. Mostly, we’ll be posting recipes here. Maybe photos of things we’ve cooked. Maybe other bits and pieces.
A few things first, coz they will inevitably come up:
1) Neither of us is veggie. Yes, we may sometimes post meat recipes up here. As it happens, the first recipe I (Adam) ever had published (a decade ago) was for orange roast chicken with rosemary. I still make that sometimes. You can complain about us eating meat if you like. But tough. Consumer action is counterrevolutionary.
2) Neither of us is a professional chef. We aren’t claiming to be the best cooks in the world. We are just saying that we are probably better at cooking than you**.
3) When we post recipes here, don’t follow them. Following recipes is cheating. Recipe books (or blogs) should be read like every other kind of book. Pick it up, read until you fall asleep, and then forget that you were reading it. Then, when the next day you half remember the thing you were reading as you slipped off to sleep, say it with confidence and claim it as your own idea. Or, in the case of recipes, use the ideas from the book (or blog), mix them up, shape them, get all the statistics and measures wrong, and make one random substitution (like, rhubarb for tomatoes). The point is that recipes are for inspiration. They are not rules to be followed. We’re not just saying you should be civilly disobedient towards the rules. We are saying you should treat them like a window at Millbank Towers.
4) Under no circumstance should you ever use ingredients from Fortnum & Mason’s to make meals inspired by recipes from this blog. Consumer action may be counterrevolutionary, but Adam is banned from that shop, and it’s basic solidarity.
5) Finally, a rule handed to us from one of our parents – said about cooking, applicable to life: If things get bad, turn to booze.
*Obviously that’s a lie. When Aristotle said “Mankind is a political animal” he was basically saying that all human interaction is political. Unless you grow all of your food on your own, with only your own inputs, and cook and eat it entirely alone, it’s political. In fact, even if you do all of this on your own, that’s still clearly a political statement that could impact on society, if anyone happens to notice. In fact, John Holloway, the leading autonomist, argues that producing your own food in your own fields is the most political act you can take. So, yes, cooking is very political. Perhaps a better way to put it is “this blog is about the corner of politics which revolves around recipes”.
** That’s probably a lie too.