My name is Juls, I currently live in South East England and am a student on the Diploma Course at Leiths School of Food and Wine.
I had an old blog of the same name that I posted to for nearly three years. I had started it way back in the throws of unemployment and illness and hadn’t dreamed at the time that I would ever be in a position to make cooking into a career. The first blog was a catalogue of home cookery adventures and I’m hoping this one might be a more professional journal.
I currently love in South East England with my fiancé. He remains in the hometown with the three cats during the week while I study in London at Leiths.
Leiths has been a fantastic and marvellous experience and a real wake up call to how much there is to know. I once thought, naively, that if one could make their own bread, stock, pastry and pasta, joint a chicken and know the seasons of food, then they were halfway there! It’s one of the most fantastic things about this subject – they fact that there is always more to know and the culinary world is constantly changing.
I am very much a meat eater. That is not to say that I dislike vegetables (perhaps only three dinners a week at home contain meat), but I feel most comfortable working with it and I find it more enjoyable to be inspired by. I greatly enjoy the wave of Modern British Cuisine but would never confine myself – how dull would that be? Pastry and the delicacy of patisserie is unlikely to ever be my forte however; hot hands and a clumsy lack of dexterity makes the odds unlikely!
Chefs I enjoy include, but are not limited to, Mark Hix, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Madhur Jaffrey, Fergus Henderson and Jamie Oliver.