Guest piece by Jenny

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This piece is a bit different. I will be talking about the other side of the gangster lifestyle. The side of living with a gangster.
Being the other half of a gangster can be challenging. A lot of time you dont get to see your other half and their time if very valueable so you have to grab every moment you have and use it wisely.
The plus side it’s a great learning experience and I am learning new things everyday. Now a days I can’t go anywhere without spotting little things on the side of the road that can be picked to use in food, it’s drilled in my brain at this point. It can be frustrating at times though because I would have no idea what to do with them 😛
Although it’s hard to spend quality time alone, being even a somewhat accosiated with the gangster s is actually very fun. Getting up early is a pet peeve of mine but discovered going to the beach early on a winter morning picking clams is not only relaxing but calming and you feel better just getting the fresh air. Being able to see the demos they do is inspiring. You learn many simple tricks to make simple dishes look like you spent days making them 🙂 also having the receipts on the blog is handy to see and also having one at home is handy to experiment with the food I tried to make (he hadn’t got sick yet so I’m getting somewhere with the cooking i guess).
I couldn’t cook a thing 4 years ago. Not a thing. I burnt a boiled egg ( I still don’t know how) and made myself sick making a sandwich (it’s a skill I swear) I was a mess when it came to cooking, I swore that I wasnt made to cook. Since meeting a gangster things changed..I will make a full roast no question asked. He can now come home to cooked meal with out fear or any poising. Spices were scary, very scary I wouldn’t go near them. Now if I don’t have spices in my food I feel it’s not complete. Also making sauces from scratch adding in foraged goods is something I’m trying ( if 20 year old saw me now she be so proud). It’s actually a great feeling. My palette is being explored from all the explosive flavours, flavours in which I didn’t know exsisted. You can pick from the side of the road, found at the coast and generally around the place we just walk past to add in to dishes to make them perfect.
But the best thing about living with a gangster is seeing the progress and watching them learn as they progress forward. The joy when they discover new things to work into dishes, new plants just outside the door they can use and the general excitement within their careers , it’s inspiring …but also living with a gangster I get to try all the yummy treats and test new food, who doesn’t want that 😛
Thank you gangsters for showing me anyone can cook if you put your mind to it.

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