About Me

Hello. My name is Jules and I live in the frozen north (Scotland). I grew up eating a mixture of traditional ’80s food like Sara Lee gateau, spaghetti bolognese and Fray Bentos pies, with the occasional Jamaican recipe thrown in (sweet potato pudding, oxtail, rice and peas).
I have now combined my guilty pleasure of reading children’s books and cooking. In the spare minutes I get after my busy job I’m either drawing, cooking or writing my children’s book….and dreaming about owning a field of chickens!

Feel free to share any of my recipes or use any of my photos provided there is a link back and/or proper crediting is given.

About this blog…

When I was 7, I broke our portable black and white TV. From that moment Sesame Street and Neighbours had disappeared from my afternoon ritual. I was going to have to find something else to do. After experimenting with being outdoorsy, attempting to become the first ever rock-Recorder pop star and a Fimo jewellery designer I decided to take up the less taxing option of – reading.

It was cheap and easy and there was a library down the road which I could get to with a bit of running the gauntlet across a busy main road.

The books in this tiny library were worn and smelt of must and formaldehyde, both of which became addictive. It’s taken almost 30 years to realise it, but the bit I loved the most about all these books was when they started talking about food.

There was obviously the Enid Blyton books, full of ginger beer, lashings of various sugary claggy spreads smeared on thick slices of toast. Then the zany Dr Seuss classics with ‘green eggs and ham’. Strega Noga and her magical pot of pasta that overflows and floods the town, scared me more than the Terminator films at the time. Stone Soup I adored and am still fond of broths where you can see bits floating around – although I’ve yet to find one with an igneous rock in it.   Judy Corbalis’ Oscar and the Ice Pick – probably the loveliest book I have ever read – has its finale in a palace made of ice-cream bricks. And not just any ordinary ice-cream – chips and hamburger flavoured ice cream; tandoori chicken ice cream and the deadly belladonna nightshade ice cream – the ice cream that will help the Controller take over the world. Ingenious really. Think of the damage you could do just after lunch if you put mind altering drugs in a Twix. Then there’s the obvious snozzcumber sandwiches, giant peaches and Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights of Roald Dahl. The miserable attempt of the British Dental Association’s warnings against tooth decay , with its tantalising land of sweets and cakes in “Jerry Gibbs and the Magic Toothbrush”. The entire Asterix and Obelix series was a wonderland of European cooking – plum wines and magic potions, roast boar, warm beer, explosive cheese, Massila fish stew and corsican sausages. Then there was the overflowing, billowy, batter of In the Night Kitchen (Maurice Sendak) and then the clouds of puffy, pillowy, dough which could feed the entire inhabitants of Richard Scarry’s world.

The realisation of my early literary gluttony only occurred five years ago when a Jesuit priest and leading Astrophysicist – who I was chaperoning around Jodrell Bank telescope – told me that the reason why there was so much food in children’s books was because it was a type of pornography. Children’s books were addictive because they had been  injected with jam and covered in clotted cream. It was more interesting that he had had time to come to this conclusion during his thinking about meteorites and outer space – but he too loved the imaginatory foods he feasted on from his childhood stories.

And so this blog is a combination of two passions; childrens’ books and food – as I attempt to cook my literary past.

For starters…

  1. Green Eggs & Ham
  2. Mock Turtle Soup (Alice & Wonderland)
  3. Golden Goldilocks Porridge
  4. Strega Noga Pasta
  5. Gingerbread waffle house (Hansel & Gretel)
  6. Black Ice-Cream (Oskar & the Ice-Pick)
  7. Heidi Fondue & Goat’s Milk
  8. Sardines on toast (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
  9. Marmalade Sandwiches (Paddington Bear)
  10. Amelia Bedelia’s Apple Pie
  11. Bee Bread (The City of Dreaming Books)
  12. Roast Wild Boar (Asterix & Obelix)
  13. Blackbird Pie (Made with chicken’s feet – not blackbirds!)
  14. Roly Poly Pudding (The Tale of Samuel Whiskers)
  15. Elevenses (Winnie the Pooh & The Hobbit)
  16. Ratty’s Picnic (Cold tongue, cold ham, cold beef, pickled gherkins, salad, french rolls, cress sandwidges, potted meat, ginger beer, lemonade, soda water – The Wind in the Willows)
  17. Stone Soup (Igneous, sandstone, limestone and meteorite soups)
  18. Mince & Quince (The Owl and the Pussycat)
  19. Jewel’s marvellous medicine (A combination of favourite things…Passoa, Calpol, candifloss, passion fruits, sherbert fizz, oranges, limes and grand marnier)
  20. Mountains of Turkish Delight
  21. Kenny Bear’s Big Breakfast (Richard Scarry)
  22. Magic Noodles (Ponyo)

….and a few more as I dig out the children’s books from the attic…feel free to list your favourites.

13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Jules,
    What a wonderfully decadent blog! How about Pippi Longstocking’s pancakes, made with eggs cracked on her head, or Pearl of The Amazing Bone, a pig-girl kidnapped by a fox determined to eat her for dinner. “I regret having to do this to you,” sighed the fox. “It’s nothing personal.” Oh, and Lola’s pink milk comes to mind, and so does Harry Potter’s butterbeer….

    1. Hi Kristen – thanks for your comment – and wonderful suggestions. I’ve put them on my list. Love The Amazing Bone story – I’ve never come across that before. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  2. Hi Jules,
    What a lovely Blog! Your scones sound and look lovely!
    I love children’s books too and my favourite is Charlotte’s Web.
    If you haven’t already done so you must read ‘The Vicar of Nibblewiche’- rude but really funny if you need a laugh!

    Will add you website to my favourites and will keep checking up on it.

    Keep reading and cooking.

    Carol

    1. Thanks Carol. I’ve just looked up The Vicar of Nibblewicke (Roald Dahl) – I never heard of it before, but have just ordered it. Thanks for the recommend. I’ll have to re-read Charlotte’s Webb as well – ages since I read that one.

  3. Best Friends For Frances has a smashing picnic of “Hard-boiled eggs and whole fresh tomatoes. Carrot and celery sticks.There are some cream cheese- and chive sandwiches, I think and cream cheese and jelly sandwiches too, and salami-and egg and pepper- and egg- sandwiches.Cole slaw and potato chips and of course Ice-cold root beer packed in ice, and watermelon and strawberries and cream for dessert…”
    And of course, Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder has some of the best food descriptions ever. Ever.

  4. Hi Jules, thank you very much for visiting my blog earlier. You’re such a cute & fun person and your blog looks exactly as what you are. Love it. Looking forward to see you around more often. And not forgetting to wish you a very HAPPY 2012 ! May 2012 brings you all good thing. Enjoy & have loads of fun.
    Best wishes
    Kristy

  5. Thank you for all of this information!! My 4-year old daughter has had terrible eczema all over her little body, which that came out of nowhere for the last 4 months.. The doctors just prescribe horrid steroid creams, the allergy tests are negative, doctors keep saying change soups and detergents (which we did months ago), but I know its something more. My daughter eats tons of fruit, rice, sweet potatoes, squash.. I always thought kids could handle starches and natural sugars, but she does often complains of a tummy ache.. So after endless research, I have begun on my own to assume she might have candida. So I googled anti-candida recipes today and found your site and I’m so excited to get this info, your three step approach, and to try these healthy recipes. Hoping having her cook these with me, will be exciting and she will be able to handle no sugar, rice, carbs, etc.. We have already changed to a gluten/dairy free diet (other causes of eczema), but this has not worked.. so started restricting, rice and potatoes and carrots that all change to sugar, so its a lot for a little girl to handle, but I think we are on the right track now and I am truly grateful for this information. Thanks you!

    1. I hope it works for her…I would see a qualified nutritionist as well to help. I saw doctor after doctor, and even had exploratory surgery to no avail, finally got some guidance from a nutritionist. Its hard though as almost all packaged foods have some form of sugar. But I know for me – I really saw the benefits. I do occasionally stray and feel ill again, but I get comfort knowing what is causing it and that I can heal myself if I stay disciplined. Good luck.

  6. Jules… this is fabulous. I had a similar epiphany the year my sister tried to water our television with orange juice. Anyway the one book that I could not leave off your list, the Witch in the Cherry Tree, by Margaret Mahy.

    Here in the Shaky Isles she is a national treasure.

    (And thanks for the fish curry recipe too).

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