A Potted History as opposed to Potted Stilton………
I was born in South Africa and on moving back to England I was brought up in rural Northumbria, in an old stone cottage; my earliest memories are of picking hazelnuts and foraging for wild herbs and garlic with my grandmother for her famous stew pot. The milk was delivered by the farmer and was decanted into a billy can directly from the milk churns. All of the fruit and vegetables were home-grown, and we always had fresh eggs from our hens. Although I later moved abroad several times, Hong Kong, USA, Cyprus and Germany, due to my father’s job, I also lived in Cornwall, Berkshire, Lincolnshire, Hampshire, Scotland, Herefordshire, before I finally moved to beautiful North Yorkshire, on the edge of the North York Moors, where I still have a home.
My interest in food started from a very early age; I was greatly influenced by my grandmother and mother. I clearly remember tables groaning under the weight of home-baked pies, cakes, scones, tarts, preserves, jams, pickles and bread. Nobody ever left the table empty. Cooking was seasonal and I remember looking forward to the new season’s produce with anticipation and pleasure – the seasons marked the year and its feasts and celebrations. I have always been passionate about seasonal food and local produce and I feel sad that so many of our traditional British feasts and festivals are being marginalised and forgotten, something that I am attempting to highlight and remedy with my writing, photography, recipes and food articles.
I am currently writing a cookbook, based on all of my research into British food, recipes, customs and traditions. All the recipes are my own original recipes, and many are based on ancient and old recipes/texts. All of my recipes are triple tested by myself in my Cookery school in the South West of France.
I share my time between North Yorkshire and South West France, where I devote most of my time to food writing, food styling and photography. I also hold regular French and Seasonal Cooking Workshops in my specially designed kitchen. I grow most of my own vegetables and all of my own herbs – specialising in old-fashioned herbs, many that are seldom used nowadays. I am married with one daughter. I have a BA in Graphic Design and Advertising and a MA in English Literature. On leaving university, I worked in printing and publishing for several years before moving into my dream professions of cooking, writing, photography and food.
Thanks for stopping by and please do contact me if you would like to discuss commissioned work or some of my recipes.