Have you ever reached satiety but carried on eating anyway because the food tasted so good? What about hiding dinner leftovers in a “secret corner” in the fridge, hoping no one else in the house will notice, and having a little midnight feast before anyone discovers your booty? Do you return to the same restaurant and order the same menu item over and over again? Wouldn’t you rather know how to prepare it yourself? This blog is the Greedy Gourmet‘s quest to finding new scintillating recipes containing the “oomph” factor.
All food displayed on Greedy Gourmet is 100% real. No motor oil is brushed on a chicken to make it look good. If you like my work, you’ll be glad to know I am available for food photography assignments. On MichelleMinnaar.com you can have a peek at my portfolio. I specialise in restaurant and editorial food photography. If you’re interested, just drop me a mail.
Only restaurants and hotels are written about. All reviews on this blog are unpaid for, my opinion is my own. However, I’ll mention if I received anything for free at the bottom of a post.
Welcome! My name is Michelle and I’m the author of this blog. To cut a long story short, I’m a South African who has lived in the UK since 2004. Due to a lack good restaurants in Essex I had no choice but to put on my apron and get stuck in. Thanks to this blog, my career has changed from programming to food photography. Check out my services here.
On this blog you won’t hear stories about our wonderful life such as skipping in the meadows, picking and smelling wild flowers and my kids pooping gold nuggets. There is no perfect facade and things are kept 100% real as we hobble along through this thing called life.
Here are my kids, Gabriel and Robyn. Gabriel is autistic and although he talks we don’t understand anything except for the odd word here and there. Fingers crossed he will talk someday and not just rely on Makaton, PECS and Proloquo2Go on the iPad. This doesn’t define him though. He’s got a keen sense of humour, loves cuddling and although he’s receptive to learning he much prefers solving puzzles on the computer or playing Rayman on the Wii.
Robyn is a chatterbox with strong “leadership skills” (read very bossy). She loves going to school and diving into her closet to pick out new outfits. Always keen to cook with me she’s a pretty open-minded eater and “Daahgle” (what she calls Gabriel) is her best buddy.
Pluji was adopted from the SPCA in June 2003. She is fiercely loyal, learns quickly and is a tad on the pathetic and neurotic side. On your first visit to our home she won’t like you and when feeling confident and reassured will even growl or bark at you. After your eighth visit she might warm up to you and if you are lucky you will receive a lick and lots of affection. She’s a walking dustbin and will eat anything, including Shacia’s food. Her proudest achievement was when she was a puppy and got away with eating seven bowls of cat food before anyone noticed the cats weren’t that hungry after all. With a stomach ready to explode, she waddled, not walked. Every time Gabriel chases after her another hair turns grey. I guess it happens a lot.
On Shacia’s arrival, adopted August 2003, Pluji was seriously ticked off but learnt to accept her and now the two are inseparable. A complete opposite to Pluji she will play with everybody and look at them as if to say “Are you my mommy?”. She is the friendliest and lickiest dog I’ve ever known and have never seen a hint of aggression from her. She is a picky eater though. Her proudest achievement was when she caught a fat, corn-fed pigeon from the wheat fields adjacent our house. As a knee-jerk reaction I immediately threw it in the garbage can but she was heartbroken and pawed miserably at it. Ridden with guilt I took it out again and she ate the whole bird, fair and square, except the gallbladder while Pluji looked on in disgust and momentarily turned into a vegetarian.
In December 2013, both at the age of 11 years, I had to give Pluji & Shacia up for adoption. I’m heartbroken that I couldn’t keep them to the very end. They’ll always remain in my thoughts.
If you’re reading older posts and wonder who is Neil, he’s my ex-husband.
Life isn’t easy being wheat and milk intolerant. My mother suffers from it too and I guess that’s where I got it from. In my early 20’s I drew the line after suffering at least one seriously painful bout of stomach cramps a week, year in and year out. For one year I vowed to cut out all forms of wheat and somehow I completed it successfully. Still, when I ate a gloriously creamy pot of Greek yoghurt with a dollop of honey, my stomach bloated 30 minutes later and I would look 5 months pregnant, not to mention the stinky farts that came along. Phlegm also formed immediately and if I pushed my luck by eating milk products a few days in a row, it would start with a sore throat and turn into a full-blown cold. My next New Year’s resolution was to cut out dairy (and wheat again) for a whole year. Things definitely went better but boy, was it difficult watching everybody around me devour chocolate eggs during Easter! After that I moved to the UK and started cooking full-time for myself, i.e. restaurants and take-aways went off the menu. From then on, my health took a drastic turn for the better and I rarely get ill (touch wood).
If you browse through Greedy Gourmet you will notice that there are recipes that contain wheat and/or dairy to make the site friendly for the general population, but rest assured they are not dishes that I will consume every day, but treat myself with once in a while; most of the time with no ill effects.
Since I know how difficult it can be to make the transition to exclude a prominent ingredient in your diet, I have created a Special Diets section to ease your search for “you-friendly” recipes. I even cater for vegetarians and vegans!
- One thing you wouldn’t find on this site is how to cook food in a microwave. It is an abomination and there is nothing natural or healthy about nuking your food.
- Another one of my pet peeves is the use of ready-made brand food in recipes. Searching for that particular product living in a different part of the world than the author makes it truly impossible to find. I prefer making things from scratch, using fresh and natural ingredients. Anyone can use the recipes on the site, since all the ingredients are generic.
- Stickers on fruit. Why? Why? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaay?