Smokeandumami started off as Nick’s personal food blog. A few years ago, Lap (@oishinboy) also started posting here and started to shame Nick with the frequency of his updates.
I live in Birmingham and am generally obsessed with food. I enjoy curing and smoking at home on my Bradley smoker. I’m generally finding that there are few things that aren’t improved by either a spot of curing or a spot of smoking, or maybe both. In 2011 we ran a pop-up Jewish style deli called Popstrami for a day with some friends. I get asked why we did it, and the reasons are not clear to me, but I did really enjoy curing and smoking over 20kg of brisket. Other than curing and smoking I love Spanish food, and it was the first Moro cookbook that seriously got me interested in food. I am also a big fan of Korean and Japanese flavours after a recent visit there. I love going to the local farmers markets at Harborne and Moseley and seeing what’s on offer there, the West Midlands is a great source of quality meat and vegetables. I do this for fun, not profit and I object to blogs that are thinly-veiled adverts for products.
I am Robin to Nick’s Batman. We are here to save Brum from cooking and dining mediocrity because we all deserve to eat better. I have my own blog The Foodist which has very nice pictures of food and more ranting.