STAFF STORY / SHAUN

I started working for A Rule Of Tum in March of 2017, so my journey so far is a relatively short one. I've lived in Worcester for pretty much my entire life, but have spent a considerable amount of time away from the City travelling, with my interest in food and drink having taken me to many weird and wonderful places.

I love connecting with people with similar passions and believe it's important to have an opinion. Above all I'm incredibly excited to represent AROT who I believe have the correct attitude towards a sustainable future, with quality food and community at the heart of their business model. 

 

FAV MEAL TO COOK AT HOME
Currently it's Chengdu ZaJiang Noodles, which is crispy fried ground pork or veal, sesame paste, jarred ground chillies with shrimp, chicken broth, soy sauce and hoisin. It's a spicy, nutty, savoury sweet noodle dish. I read the recipe in a recent copy of Lucky Peach magazine and it's super simple and very very tasty. Otherwise I'm always roasting chickens, from the leftovers I can make stock for the above dish, and the scraps keep my cat happy for a week! 

Trips to Israel have helped me hone an excellent recipe for warm fresh hummus sprinkled with cumin. Anything with eggs, kedgeree, dumplings, broccoli fried in sesame oil with fresh chilli's. Things that generally require a lot of washing up!



ONE PERSON I'D HAVE DINNER WITH DEAD OR ALIVE
I'm gonna be sentimental and say fish and chips with my Nan or a giant pork pie with my Granddad. They were both great talkers and would always be trying to feed me something. My Nan wasn't really a cook, she'd make shepherd's pie and forget to put any potato on top! When I think about my passion for food, I think about my grandparents a lot. They were really into game. We ate a lot of rabbit, went night fishing for eels, I loved a visit to the butcher, so we ate pig trotters on more than one occasion. Dripping on crusty white bread with salt and white pepper was a Monday treat, or eating pickled whelks in Birmingham fish market with a cocktail stick. They never threw anything away, nothing was wasted! 

They've both been gone for quite some time now, my Nan was last to go and lived on her own for a good few years. I quite regularly think back to when I would get her roe and chips from the local chippy, sit down with a cuppa and have a good chat. That meal would be better than any fancy restaurant.

 

WHAT I ALWAYS HAVE IN MY FRIDGE
Beer, pickles...condiments. Loads of condiments! 

 

FAV A RULE OF TUM DISH
To date it's probably The Bookshop's Sunday dinner. It's the lamb with green sauce and all those seasonal vegetables. Alex Gooch sourdough with chicken skin butter ain't so bad either.

 

WHERE I FEEL MOST AT HOME
Worcester is my home, I have an amazing partner, so I'm most happy travelling with her, eating tasty authentic food, seeing friends, living life. Then coming home, seeing my cat and working hard for the next adventure.

 

WANTED TO BE WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD
From 7 my biggest memory is Italia 90". I sat in front of the TV and like Stuart Pearce balled my eyes out! I still get goosebumps when I see the footage of Gary Lineker pointing out Gazza. I remember having the small Coca Cola leather football in the playground, the Esso garage coins with the players faces on, even the John Barnes rap still gets me pumped. I spent the rest of that year and a good few after convinced I'd be a footballer.