Cook and author
Thank you for visiting my site, where you will find details of my first cookbook, recipes and a little bit about me. I would love to hear from you so please do get in touch.
Are you looking for reliable, delicious recipes that solve the problem of "What to cook?".
'Share', my first book is a personal collection of food cooked for my family and friends over thirty years, that does just that.
Inspired by living in the UK, United States and Australia and bringing together a wealth of experience from both professional and home cooking, I have created a great-tasting collection of over 100 recipes.
Here you will find imaginative, vibrant dishes that are accessible and easy for the home cook to follow. Bursting with ideas for everything from tantalizing appetisers, leisurely lunches, weekday family meals, weekend entertaining to sweet treats, this book will soon become a well trusted source of inspiration.
The heartening message that weaves its way through the book is that, in my view, there is nothing more emblematic of family life than a shared meal.
Being at heart a home cook with a hungry family of five children means I am well qualified to write about food for family life.
I have a no nonsense, practical approach to meal preparation using ingredients that are easy to find and clearly explained tried-and-tested methods. The results are tasty, interesting dishes to share with family and friends.
Cooking was a favourite pastime of mine as a child, and I learnt from my mother in our Channel Island family home. I left the island to study English Literature and Art history at The University of Nottingham followed by a career in banking before coming back to my real interest – food.
As well as cooking at home I have had a varied career in food. This has ranged from writing restaurant reviews to giving cooking demonstrations as well as developing recipes and cooking for independent food businesses. A highlight was running my own savoury snack business, ‘Sundowner’ – where I took the business from a kernel of an idea to supplying delis and farm shops all around the UK. I enjoy working in a professional kitchen as I do now cooking fresh, tasty, healthy food for students at a school in Sydney.
Winning a food writing competition in Good Housekeeping magazine was quite a turning point as the prize was a 6 month professional training course at Leith’s School of Food and Wine. I also have City and Guilds Cooks Professional qualifications and a Food Styling certificate from The Culinary Institute of America, New York .
My writing skills were honed during courses in Food writing at both City University and London School of Journalism.
My strengths in recipe development, writing and testing have resulted in a project that I am very excited about – the publication of my first cookbook – ‘Share’ Food for Family Life.
Having lived in the UK and USA, I currently live in Sydney, Australia but return regularly to the UK.