Likes to for­age for food from her friends’ gar­dens

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an ab­so­lute dream in the prac­ti­cal and spa­tial sense. It has a giant is­land bench made of re­claimed tim­ber, a walk-in pantry, tons of plants and a gi­gan­tic ceil­ing. It’s also open to the liv­ing space, which is a nice change, as at our old house I was ban­ished to the kitchen.

My kitchen is ...

my old tatty cof­fee pot. It’s the first thing I go to ev­ery morn­ing. It’s a piece of junk I found in a char­ity shop years ago. It makes my cof­fee taste slightly metal­lic, but I’ve be­come so used to it that any nor­mal cof­fee just tastes weird.

My favourite kitchen tool is ... My store­cup­board sta­ple is ...

buck­wheat. Since be­ing di­ag­nosed with coeliac dis­ease I’ve been look­ing for a com­fort snack to re­place the loaves and loaves of bread I con­sumed. Buck­wheat has taken up the man­tle quite nicely. I’ve also learned it’s ac­tu­ally pretty good for me. Which is a re­lief, as I eat it of­ten and I eat it plenty.

love bas­mati rice. Don’t judge me! I love the smell it gives the house when it’s cook­ing and I love the warmth it gives my belly when I am eat­ing it. Of course, I don’t just eat it on its own; I swirl some sriracha over the top to give it that ex­tra boost of poor uni stu­dent flavour.

When I’m starv­ing I ...

my kids – it may sound corny, but I love to make food that makes them happy, ex­cited and gets them in­ter­ested in cook­ing and eat­ing. It’s a real victory to have them ask for some­thing I made

My culi­nary in­spi­ra­tion is …

for a past meal. We don’t eat fancy, we just eat sim­ple and tasty. the top shelf. It has all the choco­late.

My best-kept kitchen secret is ... When I’m in­vited to din­ner I al­ways take ...

a re­ally sim­ple cake. When some­one brings one to my home, I go weak at the knees. So I just as­sume it does the same for other peo­ple too. The smell of a cit­rus or a cin­na­mony ap­ple cake fills any home with good vibes and the cups of tea do flow. Peo­ple al­ways ask for the recipe too, as these cakes look sim­ple enough for peo­ple to think: “I can make that.” They en­cour­age peo­ple to go home and bake their own.

Ev­ery­thing tastes bet­ter with ...

some­one else.

make sure I’m not hun­gry. Bud­get blowout right there.

When I go shop­ping I …

I’m hav­ing fish and chips! We have an amaz­ing trout farm up the road, where it takes about 5 min­utes to catch a fish. I then take home my freshly hunted trout and get my fella to smoke it. We also live near the world’s best pota­toes (not of­fi­cial, just my opin­ion). I chop them up with some lemon, rose­mary and thyme and make chunky chips. We dunk our chips in aioli made from our home-grown gar­lic, some lemons my short friend can’t reach on her lemon tree and eggs from our friend’s chooks. A meal made from back gar­dens.

For din­ner tonight ...

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