I enjoy cooking. It's always been a passion of mine, but only recently have I started to really go crazy. I have been inspired by the great food available in the Grand Rapids area and by some of the programmes on the Food Network TV channel in the US. During the summer we get a lot of ingredients from Fulton Street Farmers Market, and 2013 saw the Downtown Market open right across the street from us. It's a foodie's paradise, and having the extra farmer's market option across the street was great. We have switched back to using Fulton Street as they are open more days and have a longer season.
I have been a vegetarian since 1988, my girlfriend at the time was a veggie and I decided to give it a go. I don't mind cooking the odd bit of meat for the wife, but would prefer not to. I usually let her cook her own leg of chicken or whatever.
I am the proper definition of vegetarian, where I don't eat anything that caused an animal or fish to die. I consume eggs, milk, cheese, etc. Most cheese is made without animal rennet these days. We get farm fresh eggs from free range chickens whenever possible. And I even check for gelatin on yogurt - it seems organic products are the way to avoid that, they use pectin instead.
When eating out, I enjoy Indian, Chinese, Thai, Ethiopian, "Eastern Mediterranean" (Hummus, Stuffed Grape Leaves, etc) and Italian.
I thought I would list our favourite recipes on here just as a way to keep them safe. The list will grow over time. We don't cook using recipes though. Most of what you see here is baking or method related.
Pancakes UK style
Hot Water Crust Pastry