Salut, bonjour & welcome to this new blog of mine.
Only time will tell, but I’m hoping fill it with some of my recipes, things that catch my eye, events & restaurants that tickle my taste buds, plus various other bits & pieces that I discover along the way.
So to the reasons behind this blog..
Firstly, I cook a lot. Whether it’s sweet, savoury, gluten-free, gluten full, vegetarian, meaty.. I’ve tried & tested foods in both my own kitchen and whilst assisting the odd chef or two. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have had the opportunities to travel & try an immense array of cuisines from all over the globe and I guess it’s naturally inspired me for whenever I’m in the kitchen. I’m also an artist that worked in ceramic sculpture & installation, so that has definitely had an effect on the creative & visual side of things. Or so I’m told..
Secondly, I have the time. We’re currently waiting on CIC to process our inland spousal visa application (I’ll explain the ‘we’ a little further down the page). It also means I can’t officially work or study here at the moment. I don’t want to bore you with the details (read this or join this Facebook group if you do want to understand) but with more & more extended delays on applications I need something, like this blog, to occupy my time as well as learning la langue française.
Thirdly, as a new British ‘Anglo’ expat living in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (AKA HoMa), I found it hard to find much information on where things were/what was happening, especially in my area. And it’s a way to promote our Montréal foodie/potluck group Table de Cuisines. And also our Hochelaga events group Go HoMa. Plus hopefully this blog will help me when it’s time for me to start looking for work. I guess it acts as a nice portfolio. And it’s a rather useful way to store my recipes other than being randomly scribbled on scraps of paper. And… ok. I realise there are quite a few reasons so I’ll stop at these. I think you get the idea.
And who am I?..
Well, I arrived here in Montréal last year, just in time for my first full-on experience of a Québec winter. Eek! Anyway, I live in Hochelaga with my significant other. He’s Québécois & I’m British.. Well, actually I’m British born Irish Chinese (& also a bit Vietnamese somewhere too). Long story short-ish, we met in a small village in Northern Laos, after randomly sitting next to him in a restaurant where I let him finish off a curry dish I ordered. No joke – the way to a man’s heart IS through his stomach. After a couple of disastrous kayak & river trips, it was just meant to be. Since our adventurous travelling days, we were in Beijing, China for a good while, then we were in London, UK for a couple of years & now we’re here in Montréal. Hopefully to stay.
So on a final note or two, as everything here is just me blurting out my personal opinions, I understand that sometimes you may not agree with what I say (& sometimes you will want to shower me with praise.. right?!) Either way, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to drop me a note & I’ll try & get back to you. Plus, if you would like to use my photos, please get my permission first. Pretty please.
I just hope you’ll find some of what’s on this blog interesting… if not, I apologise.. but not really. You’ve already read this far.