about food:mk

a web site from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK

I originally put this site together for my own use as place to keep my recipe cards. You know how it works; you make modifications to that great recipe you've just found, but can't remember exactly what it was you changed a few months later when you come to try it again. It has since grown into more of an opinionated, disjointed ramble around all aspects of the subject of food in the Milton Keynes area.

After administering this site for many years using Microsoft Frontpage, a package that was very easy to use but produced pretty awful HTML, I've now moved to Dreamweaver CS6. This should mean more compliant HTML and more consistency across browsers. I was very keen to improve the navigation around the recipes. I've built the menu bar using CSS3Menu.com which works across mobile devices.

For anyone who is interested in this, the HTML is viewable. On Firefox, click the 3 horizontal bars in the top right corner - developer - page source. On Chrome, click the 3 horizontal bars in the top right corner - tools - view source. I'm sure professional web designers are horrified by my mish mash of fonts on the pages. Not a high priority of mine right now, but I will sort it eventually.

My next project is to learn something about the copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 that I've just bought. The site is somewhat light on piccies. I know when I buy cookbooks (something I'm trying to resist these days since I have scores of the bloody things) I expect a photo to accompany each recipe. But there are precious few here. Soon to change, perhaps.

and about me

OK, so the picture was taken a few(!) years ago, but it's still how I think of myself - until I look in the mirror, that is. I'm a gentleman of traditional build (think country squire but without the country estate), a passion for good food, trying to get thinner.

I obviously have a face for radio since I once auditioned for a spot on Gordon Ramsay's F Word, unsuccessfully, but have been on BBC Three Counties Radio on Nick Coffer's Weekend Kitchen, which I have to say is a strange way to demonstrate cooking techniques. And boy, does the host of that show treat his listeners like children. Studio Lambert asked if I wanted to appear on BBC2 The Family cooking show, but my family weren't too enamoured by the 6 day shooting schedule. ITV also contacted me about appearing on Come Dine With Me, but that show is now more reality tv than about cooking. I declined. So I'll remain anonymous.....

Please feel free to get in touch and let me know what you think of the site. Perhaps together we can get people more interested in what promises to be the most important subject of the 21st century - food

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