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Shwmae!!!!

Welcome to my new blog, you beautiful people!!!

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Andrew Crowley, and I’m lucky enough to live in Gower, South Wales with my wife Joanne, daughters Lauren and Katie, dogs Jake and Libby and Cats, Milo and Skittles (I didn’t name her).

I was employed by the NHS for 14 years, but after an injury I was put on medical redundancy and essentially drop kicked onto a Disability Scrapheap. It has taken me a while to come to terms with this, but now I see this as an opportunity to break away from the drudgery of a 9-5 job, to do things I love, spend time with my family and friends, and hopefully in the long run I’ll make a living off this.

Speaking of poverty, a term banded around a lot by the media these days, this is a term that applies to a growing number of people not only in the UK but also further afield. Wages are low or non-existent, the Government disavows its role in creating this misery, and the veneer of a caring financial sector is easily scratched away to reveal its callous nature. It’s my humble opinion that all the lessons we could have learned about how dysfunctional our society is, exposed by Covid, have been forgotten despite the very real after-effects.

So, these days, I’m doing the things I love: cooking, gardening, writing, photography and spending time with my family and non-humans (who are less trouble than the humans). My kitchen is my office, and Alexa supplies me with an endless supply of whatever music I’m in the mood for.

I’ve decided to create this blog to help those in need. Making food from scratch is usually more economical that purchasing oven ready meals, is certainly healthier as you control the ingredients going in, and there’s also a sense of pride and accomplishment when you serve something you’ve made with your own hands.

THE RULES I WILL Try to Follow

  1. The recipes I use have either been passed down to me by my Mum or Nan, or I have tinkered with cookbook recipes to fine tune them for my taste or whoever I’m cooking for. No plagiarism is intended, but the laws of statistics dictate there may be an overlap to other works around the printed world and internet.
  2. I will try not to use Kitchen Gadgets as much as possible. They can be expensive, and I want as many people to enjoy the food and cooking experience as possible.
  3. Feel free to use ready-made pastry etc, it’s relatively cheap, however, I would recommend making your own. Economy wise, it may only cost £1 for a ready rolled sheet, but sometimes a pound might as well be a billion if there’s too much month and not enough payday.
  4. I will try to buy locally from Butchers and Greengrocers in my village, they’re overlooked for quality and advice, however, I must concede that budget supermarkets can offer prices that stretch a tiny budget way further.
  5. Life is short and to be experienced. I will try to be as healthy as possible, but food is my vice, and I can’t pass up a burger. I also do not want to live for a hundred years lusting after a curry while munching on mung beans.
  6. I’ve nothing against Vegan food and sympathise with their beliefs. Occasionally, there might be a Vegan recipe on here, but I do love a bit of meat (and yes, I can already hear all you dirty-minded people giggling at this, and I’m secure enough in my sexuality to giggle along with you).

This list is not exhaustive, but I think a good start.

I look forward to getting to know you.

Lets cook!!

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