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Living In: Guildford, Surrey, England, U.K.
Member Since: May 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Hi! I used to be a primary teacher, but am retired now. My family has lived in Guildford since 1977 and prior to that we had lived in Zambia in Africa for five years. I was born in Bombay, India and my husband in Argentina, so we have quite an international background which has influenced my cooking interests a lot.
My favorite things to cook
I am quite an adventurous cook and love to try new things. I love baking bread and have recently been jamming the plums from our plum tree. In the season, I make all our marmalade, but Seville oranges are getting harder to find.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother-in-law always made all the family's jams and marmalades and I seem to have taken this tradition over - I even use her marmalade recipe, which is really good.
My cooking triumphs
We have a grape vine growing up the front of the house and last year I used the grapes to make a barm from which I made some very successful sour dough bread. That was a wonderful experience and made me feel like a million dollars!
My cooking tragedies
I've never had an out-and-out tragedy - just a few things I won't bother to try again because the results weren't that great.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)
I made this recipe the other day; it is wonderful and very easy. It does need to be seasoned up a little bit, so I added salt, pepper and a quarter teaspoon of mace but there is a huge variety of herbs you could add to this to edge it away from blandness. For a family of four, I found I could halve the amount of spinach with no detriment to the end result: the amount recommended in the recipe is great but my pan won't cope with it. I used "1 Cal Spray Olive Oil" to oil between the leaves of phyllo dough. Thanks so much for this, Silverwolf - it's a super recipe :-)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2013
Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup
I've just made a batch of this soup and it's very, very tasty. The chicken is a bit overwhelmed by the amount of chilli bean and tomato but it's still a lovely meal. The next time I make this I will try substituting condensed chicken soup for the condensed tomato soup. This quantity made 8 English pints of soup so I have stashed loads in the freezer for eating and enjoying later. Thre recipe is very easy to make up and there could be endless variations on it which is what makes a good recipe great! I left out the 3tbsps of chilli powder as this might have been too hot for our tastes but otherwise I made no alterations. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Catherine :-) I only rate it 4* and not 5* because the chicken is overpowered by the chilli and tomato so I thought it was misleading to call it a chicken soup - more a chilli bean and tomato soup with chicken.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 19, 2012
Fabulous Fargozas
These were lovely and I shall certainly be making them again. I will use less sugar next time and substitute the mazzarella for mature English cheddar next time as I like a stronger taste of cheese. Thanks so much for the recipe :-)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 14, 2010
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