HELLO. LOVELY OF YOU TO POP BY.
I’m Kathy Slack and this is Gluts & Gluttony where I write about the harvest I get from my beloved organic vegetable patch, how I grow organically and how I cook when there’s a kitchen full of cauliflower or whatever happens to be glutting at the time. I’m a food writer for hire, generally writing about vegetables (growing, cooking or eating them) and organic life and I host cookery classes and supper clubs using home grown ingredients.
I’m content to witter on about allotmenting, organic food production and cooking all day, so do get in touch if you’d like a chat about vegetables, cooking, allotments and the like.
OK. WELL, IF YOU WANT THE FULL STORY…
I got into this game after 12 years as a brand strategist for London advertising agencies (making ads for food brands), where the fun had been had and the rat race was taking its toll. By toll I mean I pretty much stopped functioning. So I quit. With no idea what to do next.
I’d moved to the Cotswolds a few years before and, now unemployed, I spent my time indulging my love of growing and cooking my own food organically – so was born Gluts & Gluttony.
Enthused by life as a writing cook I retrained at Ashburton Chef School and got a job growing organic vegetables at Daylesford farm in Kingham, Gloucestershire and subsequently in their cookery school and restaurant by day. 3 years and several placements later (at places like River Cottage), I left Daylesford to go full-time on G&G.
I’m a member of The Guild of Food Writers and write for food magazines in print and online such as Crumbs, .delicious magazine, The Huffington Post, AO.com, The Telegraph, Waitrose magazine and The Simple Things magazine. I also present cookery demonstrations and classes for Borough Market (about using seasonal harvests) and at festivals such as Wilderness, Big Feastival, Taste of London, Grand Designs, regional food festivals as well as for brands such as AEG. I also write recipes for organic food companies like Sharpham Park, Natoora and The Organic Trade Board.
I have a fairly large patch in a neighbour’s garden which consists of one big bed (100m sq) and a few little beds across the road in my own garden. I’m not registered organic (too tiny for that) but I do use organic seeds, feed, compost and no chemicals. I can get a bit hippy about it all sometimes – you have been warned.
I tend to write about the harvest I get, how I’ve grown them organically and what to cook with them. I expect to digress from this frequently, especially during the Hungry Gap or when I’m distracted by exciting supper club menus or cookery classes and the like.
Ps. The recipes are my own unless otherwise stated, as are the photos, so please credit anything you reuse and just because I don’t, it doesn’t mean you can go making pennies out of my stuff for which I exert our moral rights blah de blah de copyright blah. Ta.