We met on Bohol island, in the Philippines last year. Jane had panda bear eyes and I made a fruit salad. The rest is………this.
We are now living happy days together in the Beach House, near Caernarfon, rural North Wales.
I started off in horrible chain hotels, my love for food and wine naturally drew me to the restaurant side of things. I managed fine dining places, classic French etc and was not feeling the love. The food was fiddly and generally tepid. I then had a food epiphany in Mexico, a street taco made with as much precision and skill as any ‘fancy dan’ chef type. It not only tasted amazing, but had the missing ingredient, it was cooked from the heart. Made with passion. That was it, I would never return to those neon lit kitchens and starched white table cloths of old. I have been on my own personal food odyssey ever since.
I moved to London for a while and worked for Leon (http://www.leonrestaurants.co.uk/) which was alot of fun and then helped to set up a raw food company named ‘RAW’, which unfortunately fell foul of the ‘financial crisis’. So I quit these debt infested grey shores and went to the Costa Calida in Spain to help build a restaurant on a beach (using the shell of an ancient stable). Surprisingly its still there, Antipodas Taverna in La Azhoia, on of my favourite spots in the world for a G and T at sunset.
These are the big seeds that grew into the B.H.K……
I haven’t been in Wales for long, finding my feet and trying to learn the lingo. I work a little in restaurants and odd jobs, generally earning a small crust. Much more importantly, I thought it would be great to get in touch with like minded people via a blog about fine vegetarian food and sustainable living. What I would call ‘the good life!’ (alarmingly similar to the 70′s programme of the same name). I will share the little that I know and hopefully make a load of new friends along the way (that’s YOU).
Apart from food, I love to travel and have seen much of the world and its lovely people. Some of my favourite travel spots are India (insanity and yoga), Zimbabwe (safari and soul), Mexico (tequila and dancing), Wales (landscape and love), Laos (smiles and emptiness), Morocco (souks and song), Spain (barns and manana) and Guatemala (temples and tamales). My travels have enriched and influenced my views on life, the world and everything…..
I spend alot of time writing poetry, reading books, doing yoga and playing our selection of guitars. My fingers are also growing increasingly green.
I get excited about good spices, coffee, the ocean, wine and of course Sunderland AFC.
My sweet love is a real shining star. Jane is always smiling and giving me sparkling energy. She is a whizz at salads and smoothies and knows much about nutrition, gardening and building.
Jane works for a international business that organises various retreats and can be occasionally found swinging from bridges (examining them in a structural assessor kind of way). Jane re-built the Beach House with much help from her genius Dad, Keith. I am thankful every day to have Jane in my life and our beautiful kitchen!
Jane loves reading inspirational stuff, travelling to far off places, tinkering with her antique motorbike, doing Qigong and playing ukelele.
Jane gets excited about, most things really!!!! Picnics, long walks, hugging, cheese, letters and flowers.
We both love stout.
At the weekends we head for the hills……….
In a tiny nutshell, thats us.