Food has always been my passion. When I was knee high to a grasshopper, I would spend hours messing around with scraps of pastry and leftover mixture in bowls. Mum poured over her de rigueur Cordon Bleu cookery magazines and made everything, from thick, yellow cream to pastry. The era of 'the dinner party' was well underway and eating the leftovers the following morning was as an intrinsic part of my education, I still have a weakness for next day’s pavlova.
After graduating, I cooked in France for six months and for anyone locally who needed help in the kitchen from ‘drop-off-and-run’ suppers to canapé parties before spending nine months at Leith’s School of Food and Wine. It was then time to set about finding a full time job. I was a devotee of New Covent Garden soups and was lucky enough to work there writing recipes and living and breathing soup.
Next, I worked for Delia Smith over a period of 10 years on magazines, television programmes and Delia’s best-selling cookery books. Following projects in Australasia and New York, I returned home to become Food Director at Sainsbury's Magazine.
One of the first books I co-wrote was The Food of France (Murdoch Books) winning a prize at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. I contributed the recipes for The Camper Van Cookbook and The Camper Van Coast and wrote Weekend Baking, now renamed as Family Baking. My latest book is Marmalade: A Bittersweet Cookbook and I launched my range of Bittersweet marmalades in 2015.