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 find this much easier now I live out of London. 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 lucky enough to earn a living from cooking and writing about food. I get so much pleasure, satisfaction and, crucially, time and space to think whilst I cook. I have much to learn and enjoy trying new techniques and ingredients.
Although I love a potter in the kitchen, the boundaries are now blurred between work and pleasure. I often find myself very, very busy, and have a very limited time to cook a meal. Some days I will have spent hours in the kitchen working on recipe development, and I don’t want to spend much more time cooking an evening meal. I also travel a lot. There is (usually!) not a week that goes by when I don’t go somewhere.
The recipes featured in this blog 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. I don’t read fiction, I read cookery books. There’s nothing quite like sitting down with a cup of coffee, a homemade biscuit and losing myself in a cookery book.