I cook to sustain life because I live on a budget, I find it therapeutic; it is a good way to entertain friends.

Living alone and on a small income means I have to derive benefit from every penny and cannot afford to waste money on ready meals or pre-cooked sauces.

Four years ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Cooking from scratch means I can control the amount of sugar, salt, fat and other content in my food. In that time my blood sugar level has gone from 108 down to 43. This equates to my blood sugar being at a pre-diabetic position now. Food has played its part and so has the medication in tablet form I take daily.

These days I rarely have people round to share a meal. So I thought I would share my cooking with you via the Internet. In the articles to follow as “The Queer Cook” I will share my experience of food and the techniques, I use to achieve pleasing results.

It is not hi-tech, I have a small kitchen, a gas cooker, a microwave and a blender. Amongst my utensils are a set of saucepans that are 14 years old and knives and cutlery I have had from a few months to 20 years. A colander, given to me by my mother. She purchased it in 1972 or 1973 and passed it on to me around 1979.

My cooking is from a lifetime of experience. In some ways, I resent television chefs as they have given away many of the tips and tricks it took me years to discover from others and develop through trial and error. I was cooking before Jamie Oliver was born and the only “F” word in my kitchen is the “frying” pan.

Over time I hope to add many recipes of foods I enjoy and hope you will enjoy them too. It is my intention to build on the recipes by adding to their appeal with videos on YouTube.

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Hopefully, the recipes can be a resource for people wanting to cook affordable meals from scratch.

Please feel free to send me your recipes and tips so we can make this a joint effort