Even the sim­plest foods can have an ad­ven­tur­ous el­e­ment. A hint of am­chur and garam masala in this pot of poached chicken and chorizo makes it un­mis­tak­ably

The Guardian - Cook - - To Finish -

ur kitchen-din­ing area is very bright, with two huge sky­lights. We never need to turn the lights on – it’s like eat­ing out­side. It’s a min­i­mal­ist space, with lots of knick-knacks in a pile in the cen­tre some­where. I know that’s a con­tra­dic­tion, but it’s pos­si­ble.

I thought my daugh­ter, So­nia, would have fewer toys as she grew older, but boy was I wrong. She’s not re­ally into dress­ing up, but her stuff is ev­ery­where: Polly Pock­ets, very small

Oplas­tic crea­tures, books … We’ve a bright or­ange bookcase full of her toys. I like sit­ting at the ta­ble to eat – if you sit on the sofa food will even­tu­ally fall off your plate. I’m try­ing to get So­nia into the idea too, but she usu­ally ends up run­ning around. We al­ways have can­dles and nap­kins, and So­nia eats off the same mish­mash of dishes as we do. When it comes to table­ware, it’s more like a ba­sic stu­dent flat. I do have loads of beau­ti­ful plat­ters and serv­ing uten­sils though …

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