Ingredients play a big part in my cooking. Although I certainly do not have a limitless budget, I try and buy the best ingredients I can, which I do think make a very real difference to the end product.
Wherever possible, I try and use local ingredients and support local producers, farmers and retailers. I am a country girl at heart and love to forage for wild food and use local game.
Cooking remains one of my very favourite pastimes, even though I am now grateful to do it for a living. I get so much pleasure, satisfaction and, crucially, time and space to think whilst I cook. There is always something new to learn and I enjoy trying new techniques, cuisines and ingredients.
The recipes featured in this site are recipes that I cook at home. It is everyday food. Delicious recipes that really work. I like simple, flavoursome food, which is straightforward to prepare. When I cook more labour intensive dishes, I like to cook in larger portions and freeze the extra food.
I have a collection of several thousand cookery books, which are a constant source of inspiration. I enjoy keeping up to date with current cookery publications. There’s nothing quite like sitting down and losing myself in a cookery book.