Picture this...a cozy restaurant with brick walls, soft lighting, comfy chairs, friendly staff, maybe a fireplace, a considerable selection of beers on tap, a wonderful wine list, music that makes you feel right at home, and above all great food. The kind of place you plan your Friday nights around. It's called The Hairy Peach. Well for the moment it's existence is entirely in my imagination, but maybe one day that will change. I know you're asking what kind of name is The Hairy Peach for a restaurant, but it got your attention right? One night over a glass of wine or two...or maybe it was three and our frequent discussions of opening a restaurant and planning the menu, the name just kind of arrived and it stuck. It's been a running joke for a long while and it only seemed appropriate that the blog carry the name in it's place, till opening night of course.
My name is Meeling and I'm a foodie. Not officially I guess, but self appointed. I have no food credentials behind my name, and the only person that's ever called me Chef was my kids, but thats gotta count for something.
I enjoy food. I love to cook. I love to eat. I'm pretty good at both.
I'm no Anthony Bourdain for sure, though I'd like to think I'm slightly better looking than he is. I have pretty much every spice known to man and have actually used most of them. I count kochujang and harissa as pantry staples and cumin in our house comes in an industrial sized vat. Of course there's probably also some Mrs. Dash and Frito's Bean Dip in there, so I'm not really sure what that says about me.
We host our own Chopped food competitions in our kitchen at fairly regular intervals. Our boys think these are normal family evenings and are getting pretty good at stumping us with the ingredients. The last four they picked out: lamb chops, chocolate, bacon bits and Rice Krispies. I love that they are involved in the process and hopefully they'll grow up and have a love of cooking and no fear of putting on an apron. That's my man in the apron below, and he can kick my butt in the kitchen...well sometimes he can...when I let him win. Wink, wink! (I'll make sure he doesn't read this post)
And so here is my blog. I like to write and I like to eat and somehow there's a little life that's bound to make it onto the page as well. I hope you'll follow along with me and see where we can go and what we can eat.