A few of my favourite things

Country Life Every Week - - A Few Of My Favourite Things - Words by Hetty Lin­tell. Il­lus­tra­tions by Ol­lie Maxwell

The South African-born cook moved to Eng­land in 1960 to study at the Cor­don Bleu Cook­ery School, go­ing on to found the renowned Leith’s School of Food and Wine. Over nearly 60 years, Prue has risen to the top of the British food scene and is a judge on Chan­nel 4’s The Great British Bake Off. Her new cook­book Prue: My All-time Favourite Recipes, pub­lished by Blue­bird, is out now

I’m not sure our Cava­lier King

Charles spaniel, Tat­tie, is a lux­ury, and she’s not re­ally mine as I gave her to my hus­band for our wed­ding present, but I’m pretty ob­sessed with her. If ‘a lux­ury’ means ex­pen­sive, then she’s cer­tainly that! Up to now, my dogs have been res­cue ones, ours for a do­na­tion to the char­ity, but John had once had a Cava­lier he swore was the per­fect dog: it would walk to heel across Pic­cadilly with­out a lead, it went ev­ery­where with him and sat un­der his seat. Well, all I can say is Tat­tie is spoilt rot­ten, badly be­haved and has never heard the word ‘no’. When I protest, John says: ‘She’s a princess. Princess Ta­tiana.’ I re­mind him she’s called Tat­tie to go with Neeps and Hag­gis, his other dogs

For 40 years, I’ve oc­ca­sion­ally bought But­ler & Wil­son pieces. I love their over-the-top glam­our, their glitz, their colour. I’ve a dia­mante ele­phant brooch about 4in across whose trunk moves if I gig­gle, but my cur­rent favourite is a pair of ear­rings bought for me by my hus­band— who likes vul­gar colour as much as I do (020–7409 2955; www.but­lerand­wil­son.co.uk)

My Ther­momix is a mon­ster Ger­man ma­chine that heats as it blitzes. I’ve had mine for 30 years and it cost an arm and a leg at the time, but it’s earned its keep many times over. It makes soup, mar­malade and bread­crumbs, grates cheese, chops nuts and even grinds bones for the dogs. It makes bril­liant hol­landaise and I sus­pect does 100 other tasks I’ve never asked of it. The mak­ers keep of­fer­ing me a new one, and my brother loves his, but I adore my old work­horse and if it ain’t broke, why sling it? From £964 (0330 660 0834; www. ther­momix.vor­w­erk.co.uk)

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