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Once upon a time, back in the dim, dark ages when I was a little tacker – a faraway time known as ‘the 70s’ – blokes did not cook.

Men went to work. Women stayed home to raise kids and cook meals. Back then, unless it was actually his job, the only cooking a man ever did was to occasionally burn a sacrificial sausage or two to a blackened husk.

But times changed. Today, the burdens of work and home are shared: women go to work, and men share in what my Dad’s generation called women’s work.

Except the equation’s a little lopsided: while women are working, we men aren’t entirely holding up our end of the bargain. Especially when it comes to cooking.

That’s not to say that men aren’t cooking at all, but we seem to do it as a kind of show-off hobby, experimenting with ‘special dinners’ and showpiece recipes in the same sort of way we used to stick our heads under the hoods of cars, build stuff in the shed, or work in the garden. What we aren’t doing, it appears, is the hard slog of getting something on to the table, every night of the week.

So, fellas, it’s time to do our bit, and that’s what this blog is about: getting in the kitchen, rolling up the sleeves and putting food on the table, day in, day out.

After all, fair’s fair.

Besides, there’s one other, very good reason why you should pitch in and do your share in the kitchen: you’ll get more sex.

That’s right, research shows that men who share more of the domestic duties tend to get more action in the bedroom. Hey, it’s science!

So, this is a blog about being a Bloke Who Can Cook: none of that MasterChef showboating, no bullshit about ‘plating up’, just the stuff I cook, day to day, to feed a family of four.

I avoid food snobbery, too, but there’ll be no cheating with packet mixes either. This is about how easy it really is to serve up a decent, healthy, fresh-food diet.

I do prefer to use home-made stock, definitely fresh ingredients, and fresh herbs when I can. Sometimes I’ll use the ‘good stuff’ rather than a cheap’n’easy alternative, because, well, it just tastes better. For the same reason, I use butter instead of margarine (except, of course, if you’ve got a cholesterol problem or something). But I do avoid the ultra-expensive, hand-selected, especially imported from some terroir in France snobbery, because this is about feeding a family, not about scoring points on “My Kitchen Rules”.

Besides, I can’t afford that stuff, and I’ll bet you can’t, either.

Who am I? Well, I’m not a chef, I’m not even a professional cook; I’ve never worked in hospitality or food services in my life. I’m not even a “foodie”.

I’m just a Bloke Who Can Cook.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Matthew Vaughn permalink
    May 24, 2011 2:46 pm

    I like your About! I really need to write one for my recently started blog.

    My dad is definitely one of those ‘special dinner’ hobbyists you talk about. He’ll cook maybe once a month and it will always be an elaborate affair that he spends hours preparing and putting together, with a few f-bombs. It’s exhausting just watching him; it’s no wonder he’s sick of cooking by the end of it all.

    • May 25, 2011 12:41 am

      Thanks! I’ve been surprised by the number of blogs I’ve come across whose About is the default ‘this is a wordpress blog’ text. All I did, really, was repost my introductory post 🙂

      It’s good that your Dad cooks at all, but it’s like any physical activity – practice, practice, practice! Just going out for a big run once every month or two won’t get you fit like running for ten or twenty minutes every day (like I do either!).

  2. June 1, 2011 4:57 pm

    You said it Good cooks make good lovers!

  3. June 6, 2011 8:08 pm

    I agree that blokes can and should cook. Too many people are intimidated by cooking in general, women and men. Great message though, can’t wait to check out your blog a bit more.

    • June 7, 2011 5:18 am

      I’ve got to get around to posting some more, especially videos, on the basic, basic stuff. I think a lot of the reason people are intimidated by cooking is that they haven’t always been well versed in the basics. It’s a bit of a casualty of our way of life for the past generation or so, perhaps.

      Which is something I touched on in this entry:

      I did video a demo on cutting onions the other day, but when I looked back on it, I realised I had my hand in the way for nearly the whole thing! Nice work from a former video producer!

      • Matthew Vaughn permalink
        June 8, 2011 10:57 am

        It’s good that you know who your readers are meant to be, I’m still not sure who I’m writing for. I don’t want to dumb it down too much, but I don’t want to sound too technical or pretentious either. Thanks for the blogroll add! My very first!

      • June 8, 2011 1:23 pm

        If nothing else, write for yourself. I try and follow the advice of the great Christopher Hitchens, and write with my own voice. What you read is more or less me speaking (albeit with a lot less profanity).

        For example, that’s what, to my mind, sets the old Warner Bros. cartoons apart from Disney. Disney seemed often to be self-consciously trying to make cartoons “for” children; the Warner’s crew seemed to be amusing themselves as much as anyone – which is why they were so much funnier.

      • June 8, 2011 2:28 pm

        And reading your blog again, I think you’ve found a pretty good voice for yourself.

        It’s good to see someone ‘fessing up to using prepared curry pastes – I find a couple of jars of Korma, Jalfrezi or Rogan Josh in the pantry will never let you down.

  4. June 7, 2011 4:33 am

    I am thrilled that I saw your comment on Rufus’ last post, which led me to come and have a look at your blog. I am looking forward to receiving updates for your recipes going forward.
    🙂 Mandy

    • June 7, 2011 5:15 am

      Thanks! I’ve had a quick glance at your blog, and I’m looking forward to perusing it further. I imagine a place like Mauritius would be a constant source of inspiration.

      Your post about pairing beer and food went straight to my heart, as I brew my own beer as well. I’m more likely to have a glass of beer at my elbow while I’m cooking, than anything though! 🙂

  5. August 6, 2011 9:02 pm

    Apt name for your blog and I could have used it as well, as that is how I sum myself up!

  6. November 18, 2011 2:48 pm

    Hi bloke who can cook! Here are two girls – only one of which can cook 😉 The other one can style! Yummy stuff!

  7. Liam Fitzgerald permalink
    May 29, 2013 6:56 am

    Hi Bloke,

    i had a laugh at work when i read you were using the ‘Cooking the Australian Way’ cookbook. we have one at home that we occasionally break out for treats like the jam roll up. have just come across your blog and am so far impressed and enjoying the read. keep it up.

    • November 1, 2013 10:50 pm

      Thanks. I must confess to being shamefully lazy lately. It happens. I’m studying journalism, yet I’m possibly the laziest writer on the planet 😦

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