I’m Jess. I began writing to help me knead my way through moving to another city and into my mother-in-law’s home. Specifically, into her kitchen.
I love cooking but I ain’t no Cordon Bleu. More Gordon Bennett, with a penchant for making tasty food and a non-medicated addiction to cook books. Expect explorations around food; missives about trips to local stores and markets; discoveries in the back of the mother-in-law’s cupboards (like, ‘why does she keep her medicine with her spices?’ And ‘oh my goodness, this Marmite is from 1984!’); the trials and tribulations of trying to make dinner for friends and family with the help of my beloved children (there’s two – Zippy and Reuben); and HOW ON EARTH DO YOU CONTROL THE TEMPERATURE OF A 40 YEAR OLD AGA!?
In advance, I’d like to thank my Mum and Nana for infusing me with both their love of cooking and the age-old Yiddishe art of enjoying a good old fress. And to my mother-in-law for sharing her kitchen with me – may I not damage your AGA in a fit of rage.
Gordon Bennett – An expression of surprise, like ‘gorblimey’. Read more about this phrase here
Fress – to indulge in and enjoy eating
Yiddishe – relating to the traditional culture of Ashkenazic Jews of Central and Eastern Europe