When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I started to take an interest in food and cooking in my teens. I used to make a Chinese banquet every Sunday for my parents and siblings from the age of 14 – things like Kung Pao Chicken, Fried Rice, Sesame Prawn Toast, Pot Stickers and Won Tons.
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
A have a big kitchen with European alliances. It’s modern and functional. I spend just about ALL MY LIFE in it. I’m actually a pretty messy cook, so organisation isn’t one of my strengths, but I do like to use a cookbook stand to keep from spilling ingredients over my precious books and I put all my dirty dishes onto a baking tray as I dirty them to get them outa my way.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Read, watch, listen and have fun, it’s only food.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
I’d love to feed Nigella Lawson. I think she might be able to match me bite for bite. I’d cook her some tacos and we’d have Margarita Ice Cream for dessert… and then we’d talk until dawn and wind up being besties…
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
My mother was a beautiful knitter and taught me how at a very young age. I also crochet and quilt (though my quilting skills still need a bit of work.) But food is my real obsession; I mean hobby… including collecting cookbooks, reading food blogs, hoarding kitchenalia and eating… mustn’t forget the eating.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I think I’ve probably said enough