Welcome to my food blog! My name is Randalle. I live in a tiny apartment in the New York City area.
Since this page is supposed to tell you something about me, let me tell you a little bit about my food and cooking philosophy. I like comfort food – food that doesn’t just taste good, but leaves me feeling nourished and like I am at “home”, in all the senses of that word. I also love to travel and try different cuisines.
I grew up in a household where many of our meals came from box mixes, jars, or cans, and in a hometown where most of the restaurants are large chains. When the local Olive Garden first opened, the wait times at dinner were several hours long. I didn’t grow up in a foodie haven, to say the least. Then I lived in England for several years, traveled all around Europe, and fell in love with good food. So for the last three years, I’ve been teaching myself how to cook by working my way through the classic foods and cooking techniques of different cuisines.
I try to use ingredients that are produced locally and sustainably as much as I can. I love farmers’ markets. I don’t use fat-free or low-fat ingredients because I think they don’t taste good. I don’t count calories. I’d rather eat small portions than sacrifice on flavor. I only eat desserts that are homemade or made by nice restaurants (ok, and Walker’s shortbread).
I take all the photographs on this blog with a Casio Exilim Ex-S10 – in other words, a point-and-shoot. I am hoping to upgrade to something nicer one day! I have no formal training in photography. For anyone looking to get started with food photography, I recommend these two pages, which helped me immensely.
Finally, a few words about my blog title (which, for any other literary nerds out there, comes from a line in T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock). When I was living in England, I learned to drink tea like any good English person. While I am also a serious coffee addict, tea calms and soothes me in a way that coffee does not. My idea of perfect comfort is being curled up on a couch on a brisk autumn day, with a good book to get lost in and a hot cup of tea.
If you have any questions, ask away!