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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Totally Bad Blogger
My 8yo daughter M was hungry and hovering as I put together dinner. There were two pots simmering away and when the contents of the first was ready, tipped into a baking pan and smothered with the contents of the second, then a little cheese was grated on top, before going in the oven.

"Are you going to take a picture dad?"

"Nup, we're just going to eat it"

As it baked, M stayed in the kitchen, shouting out,

"It smells really good!"

The taste lived up to the olfactory promise; to compound matters though, I'm not even going to tell you, no matter how delicious, what it was.

Cooking's like that sometimes, more instinct than instruction.
 
  posted at 7:31 am
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14 Comments:
At 8:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, you are so passionate about this- I don't know why you aren't cooking profesionally. You obviously derive such a sense of pleasure and accomplishment from it. What a beutiful post.
-J

 
At 9:25 am, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That's the beauty of sharing food with those we love.
No matter what you cooked, no matter how wonderful it tasted, it could not have been more beautiful than the moment with M!

 
At 10:22 am, Blogger Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Sometimes a few words are worth a thousand pictures.

 
At 1:40 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi J, my time has passed regarding becoming a chef, but I'm happy writing about food and pleased that you like the things I write about; you're right, it does give me a lot of pleasure.

Hi tanna, that's exactly right, those moments are so special and can never be replaced.

Hi lydia, I know plenty would disagree, but words have always given me more comfort than pictures...except for Ikea assembly instructions!

 
At 5:47 pm, Blogger gigi said...

Aw ~ bad blogger, but good foodie father. Some dishes are too sweet even to be shared. But you've conveyed the moment. Nice one, Neil. :)

 
At 12:41 pm, Blogger Kalyn said...

I love that she's reminding you to take pictures. But this time no photo needed, what a nice post.

 
At 1:48 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi gigi, it was so funny, the second M asked if I was taking the shot and I knew I wasn't, this blogger guilt descended. But then, so long as there was no photo, there was to be no recipe either, it was all about being with family, sharing the moment.

Hi kalyn, M is actually quite taken with the blog, she loves to look at her picture in the header(holding the doll) and has named everyone featured there with family names...except for the duck, we don't have a duck.

 
At 11:40 pm, Anonymous Jen@Palate said...

Having a little one of my own, I'm guessing..mac 'n cheese? A dish I've yet to see a good shot of.

Jen

 
At 7:25 am, Anonymous Dani said...

I agree. Sometimes you just have to say 'bugger the blog' and enjoy the moment.

 
At 7:36 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi jen, great guess and very close. It was the Greek cousin of mac 'n' cheese, pastichio. M loves both and very glad that in our mac 'n' cheese, I can use gruyere, she didn't like it for ages, so now everyone is happy.

Hi dani, funny isn't it, some things you cook seem so natural to go on the blog, yet others, for whatever reason, seem private.

 
At 6:36 am, Blogger WhiteTrashBBQ said...

Great post. I know what you mean tho, sometimes its best to enjoy the moment and the food and just get into it.

 
At 2:48 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi robert, sometimes we forget, don't we; there was life before blogging!

 
At 12:28 am, Blogger Jeanne said...

You don't have a duck?? That's it, I'm not visiting any more - the duck was my favourite!
;-)

Fab post, and so true - sometimes real life matters so much more than the perfect pic for the blog.

 
At 9:31 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi jeanne, I ate it, don't tell M, okay? That was exactly how I was feeling at the time, the blog was the furthest thing from my mind.

 

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