My name is Steve Dent and I am a self taught cook and an organic allotment keeper. Unless otherwise stated, the vegetarian recipes on this site are my own but they have been inspired by the food I grow and they have been developed and adapted from ideas and recipes I have encountered over many years of cooking for pleasure.
When I am in the kitchen I like to experiment and to try out new ingredients and new techniques, not unlike my approach to growing produce organically on my allotment (the Circus Garden).
This blog is also about the politics of food. There is so much that is out of balance in the way we produce, distribute, regulate, package, buy, sell and discard the food we consume. I am passionate about the quality of the food that we eat and I deplore the limited variety and standardisation of shape, texture and taste presented to us through commercialised food mass production and marketing. An underpinning intention of this blog will be to serve up some of my views on the unsustainable absurdity of our food industry, but I will try to do so in digestible, bite-sized portions.
When creating a dish I have previously tended to rely on my judgement rather than on kitchen scales or measuring jugs. Cooking for this blog has therefore meant adding a new and unfamiliar element – precision – to my cooking. Having said that, the quantities I suggest can be varied according to your preferences. A recipe should always be a guide, not a prescription.
I hope you will enjoy reading this blog, that it will occasionally provide food for thought and that you will be tempted to try out some of the recipes.