I was born and raised in London,UK. London, like New York (I love NY!) is very much a multi-cultural society and has been for many many years so I was lucky enough to be able to discover and enjoy food from all over the World, right there on my doorstep, from a very early age. I had Italian grandparents and my happiest times were spent shopping at the local Italian deli with my grandmother and then following her home to her kitchen and watching her cook. She was always in the kitchen and the house always was filled with the most wonderful aromas. Holidays spent in Italy, Spain and France secured my love of all things food. For the last 12 years, I've been living and working in Barcelona.
To quote Brillat-Savarin if I may: "I have drawn the following inference, that the limits to pleasure are as yet neither known nor fixed" (on his summing up of a lifetime's eating).
- What do you cook when home alone?
- For a snack I either make hummus with extra tahini, garlic and lemon with warm Lebanese pita bread and a liberal sprinkling of pimenton dulce, or my lifelong guilty pleasure; a hot, bubbling, toasted mature cheddar cheese sandwich with a dash of worcester sauce. For something more substantial, I have a weakness for pesto served with pasta and a huge handful of freshly grated parmesan.
- Your most treasured kitchen possession:
- My Bad Girl apron- a gift from friends, my stainless steel colinder that belonged to my grandmother (no idea how old it is!)
- The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
- 6 (no dishwasher - so any more guests would spoil the fun!)