At home in the kitchen at Kasteel de Berckt, Holland
Formal dinner at Roly Towers
Uncle Roly and 'The Chef' (Simon Smith)
Uncle Roly Street Speak
New Years Eve dinner at The Embassy
What started out as a hobby soon became much more. Uncle Roly loves his food, no doubt about it, and if it's accompanied by something nice in a glass then all the better.
Having written books on historical cookery and also etiquette and dining it seemed only natural that Uncle Roly would end up talking about food and giving demonstrations to audiences who shared his passion. That's what happened when he was introduced to Master Chef Simon Smith. Soon the pair of them where touring the UK and Europe giving shows on historical food. Always anarchic, their shows were once described as 'More pantomime than cookery' and on that 'The Chef' and Uncle Roly would not argue one bit.
Always informative and always hilarious the shows received huge welcomes from their audiences. (If you want a sneaky look at his sense of humour check his 'Street Speak' clip).
Uncle Roly has always been fascinated with the more 'Household' cultural side of history. As he says "It's all well and good knowing what battle was when, but what was Mrs Ancient cooking when Mr Ancient was away fighting?
His recipes range from ancient Egyptian up to the Victorian era.
Nearly all of them are still as tasty for todays palate as they were back then.
Uncle Roly's favourite periods for recipes are probably the 17th and 18th centuries. As he explained, "Dishes started to become more structured and more complex in flavour".
Invitations to dinner at 'Roly Towers' are always sought after, even now with his retirement in Cornwall if you are asked to dine at his table don't turn it down.
As Uncle Roly has stated frequently, "Many people have have eaten my food and gone on to lead relatively normal lives".
As well as cooking Uncle Roly loves to serve the food well and dressing the table is always a priority for him.
The silverware, crystal, linen, it's all important to make a dinner a real occasion.
If you've spent a long time in the kitchen, lovingly preparing the food, why spoil the ship for a lack of tar.