Since May 2016, when my long-suffering wife, Lizzie, having spent too much time listening (or more honestly probably not listening) to me badger her about either food or books all day, every day, created a place where I could share my culinary experiments.
Northamptonshire, England. Life really began at Oxford University, where I met my beloved wife and soulmate who was studying Classics with me – I commuted between Oxford and London to continue a burgeoning rugby career with my first club, London Irish. From there we moved to Leicester where I played for two years in a Tigers shirt. In 2015 I signed with Northampton Saints, which has brought us to a small pretty village on the outskirts of Northampton.
Why and what?
To document a bit of our life and my kitchen experiments. Being a rugby player means I get to spend a lot of time at home with my family. This means more time playing with my two sons and wife, exploring the great outdoors with them and cooking whatever comes to mind in the kitchen – both indoors and out. When the rugby took off, and I found myself needing to eat lots to put on weight, I began to collect cook books and experiment in the kitchen with anything I could get my hands on. Now I mix this passion with entertaining my sons and helping my wife to establish her business, Pannacotta. For a long time my wife has been a keen advocate of an organic and paleo lifestyle, which meant we threw out all the bottles and jars in the kitchen and wherever possible start with fresh ingredients, making our own sauces, preserves and stocks.
Why Butter Wouldn’t Melt?
Anyone with children will understand and know that moment when your little baby looks over at you with the most disarming smile and look while toddling away from the most almighty mess. Butter also happens to be one of my favourite ingredients – spread on toast, thrown in a frying pan for steaks or simply added to warm vegetables as a garnish!
Apart from my beautiful wife and little toddler, we welcomed a second little monster in our lives a few months ago. On another note, if I’m lucky I might be able to steal a few of Lizzie’s brilliant baking recipes and show them in Counting Cloudberries for you all!