My Food Story

The story of my love for all things foodie began a few years ago when I found myself getting irritated by the evil habit of eating the same things over and over.

I decided to attempt to change this so I made the decision to try at least 1 new recipe a week. To start with, I’ll be honest, it was a little overwhelming. Many meals turned into dinner for the bin & a takeaway for me and the Mr! Eventually though, even after the inevitable disheartening, I felt myself beginning to enjoy it. The learning was something I hadn’t really experienced since school, and I can assure you, it’s not something I thought I would ever enjoy!

This came as a massive shock to my parents as I was literally THE most fussy eater as a child!

After this little spark took a hold of me, when I started to really enjoy it, I discovered the dinner party. Wow. There is nothing more satisfying than planning & executing a dinner party menu and then hearing your friend’s/family’s compliments & yummy noises after!

So I endeavoured to continue the “1 new recipe a week” ritual from then on.

The next milestone in my cooking adventures was not actually me cooking. It was visits to 2 award winning restaurants in Nottingham. Harts & World Service. Dear god. I never knew food could taste like that. I had never even heard of half the ingredients or dishes listed on the menus but damn that stuff tasted so good! Looking back on it, I’m glad it did as the price tags were pretty darn steep. But WELL worth  every penny.

Later that year, I came across a recipe book by John Campbell called Formulas for Flavour. “How to cook restaurant dishes at home.” Now this, I had to try.

At this point it might be worth mentioning that I had since discovered that my Dad also has a passion for food. So I showed him the book. And that was that. We were going to have to do it. DINNER PARTY!!

Now, anyone who has seen this book will know that creating a 3 course dinner from it is no easy feat. Not only have you actually got to decide what 3 dishes you are going to cook (definitely not easy as they all look so yum!) but you have to do the prep. Me and my Dad planned on doing the meal for family on a Saturday night. We started prep over a whole week before. Yep. That’s a lot of prep. And there were two of us. Every night. For a whole week! But it was totally worth every second.

The amount I learnt in that week was insane. All the different processes, how certain flavours work amazingly together etc.

Both my Dad and I felt an incredible buzz at what we had achieved. It was amazing. It tasted amazing. It looked amazing. I was genuinely proud & yet shocked that we had done it! I would recommend this book to anyone. John Campbell is a genius. What follows is the results of all our hard work.

Goats' Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Fondu & Pickled Onions

Goats’ Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Fondu & Pickled Onions

My Food Story

Roast Rump of Lamb, Flageolet Puree & Balsamic Dressing

My Food Story

“Rhubarb & Custard”

Mmmmm it’s making me drool looking at these pics again. Reminds me of how yummy it all was!

Well, to be honest that pretty much brings us bang up to date. I’m still trying to attempt at least 1 new recipe a week (life permitting) especially now I’ve discovered Foodgawker!

Please feel free to have a browse through my posts and just ask if you have any questions.

Happy cooking!

Miss KitchenMason

27 comments on “My Food Story

  1. Sarah Stewart says:

    Love love love it xx

  2. You and your blog are inspiring, so I nominated you for an award! http://wp.me/p18CG9-FU

  3. Thanks for checking out and following my blog! I hope you find some recipes on my site that you can recreate for yourself too. I love the one new recipe a week concept! I definitely have been working towards doing that as much as possible. As a college student its something to strive for!

    -Christine

  4. You’re welcome Chris! I’ve already spotted a couple of recipes that I was practically drooling over… that down right dirty cookie oreo brownie for one. And the chocolate peanut butter bowl well… that just looks dangerous haha!! Keep it up – I look forward to seeing more devilish recipes from that lovely little blog of yours :)

  5. Helloo :
    Thank you for following me!
    I’m currently doing a new recipe every couple of weeks :) still not enjoying the process much and to add to the ordeal I’m not using any animal products…
    kiss kiss from your vegetarian, vegan wanna be new follower

  6. Teresa says:

    Thanks for following my blog. I hope you enjoy the recipes. I have lots of Red Velvet stuff posted up for Valentine’s Day.

  7. Congratulations, Miss Kitchen Mason! You have been awarded: Very Inspiring Blogger Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass on the award.
    Your blog has been awarded at:
    http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/awards-february-2013/
    Enjoy! :D Fae.

  8. GREAT food story! I bet you have learned a lot since you’ve started your blog. It gives me hope for the picky eater in my house, whom I always refer to as kid number two.
    thanks for checking out my blog and thanks for the likes.
    B

    • Yes B, I’ve learnt LOADS! It’s amazing when I look back at how fussy I was as a child & compare that to how I am now. It’s like a complete food transformation! There is still hope for your little one yet : )

  9. ladyredspecs says:

    Congratulations i have bestowed a Liebster Award upon you and your worthy blog. Visit
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  10. Hello! I’ve nominated you for the ‘Versatile Blogger Award’ …I think you have more than earned it! To accept it, all you need to do is visit this post on my blog http://wp.me/p3EeAS-cd and follow the rules, which are easy enough. If you’re not into awards, that’s fine too! Congrats!

  11. Hi there Miss KitchenMason. Thanks for stopping by Savvy Single Suppers. I definitely understand your desire to try new recipes. I like to try lots of new stuff, too, even for dinner parties. Your adventure at cooking school sounds like a real joy. Congrats.

  12. Tis the season for giving….awards! I enjoy reading your blog so please accept the Liebster Award as a token of my thanks!
    http://dishnthekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/tis-the-season/

    BTW I think I’m going to make stroganoff tonight..not sure about the slowcooker but we haven’t had stroganoff in a while.

  13. Hi Miss Kitchen Mason, I may not have left many comments, but certainly have enjoyed your posts since I found your blog. Today, I took some time to savor your beautiful blog again, for the last hour or so. Your recipes and posts are top notch. Your blog is one of a hidden gems. I will definitely come back and be amused by your culinary skills again, and meanwhile learn a thing or two (understatement). Kitchen Mason or Kitchen Maestro!

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