When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I did a little baking with my mother as a child, we used to making Christmas pudding together as a family. I got into cooking when I left home and had access to my own kitchen.?
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
I have a tiny kitchen, but I’m lucky to have tall cupboards, which are full to the brim with ingredients that inspire me. I read up on Feng Shui when I reorganised my kitchen, the main idea being that you should keep what you use most often in the most convenient locations, and to keep your surfaces clear of clutter. When cooking I like to get everything I’m using out before I start (though I’m too lazy to measure them out beforehand), and then put them away as I go, it reduces the amount of cleaning at the end. ?
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Don’t be afraid to experiment with flavours, sometimes it goes great (honey and sesame) and sometimes it doesn’t (apple and soy sauce), the more you learn the more interesting you can be with your cooking.?
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I studied Art at university so I would love to sit down with my two biggest sources of inspiration: Frida Kahlo and Tracey Emin. I would cook them a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings, followed by apple crumble and custard. Both artists explored the role of women in society and their culture's traditions, so I would love to serve them something quintessentially British. ?
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I am notoriously bad at finishing projects! My flat is full of them. I like to try my hand at a bit of everything, I currently have an oil painting, sewing project and a knitted scarf on the go.?
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I know it sounds old fashioned but you get out of your body what you put into it, cooking a fresh meal is not only rewarding but will make you feel much better in the long run too. ?