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Home Town: York, Yorkshire, England, U.K.
Living In: Otley, Yorkshire, England, U.K.
Member Since: Sep. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening
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About this Cook
I am almost 60 years old and have been interested in food for the last 50 years. I used to watch my mother baking her wonderful cakes and magnificant Yorkshire Puddings. I think this was a great influence on my cooking and baking. I have to adjust virtually all my baking recipes as we live 6000 ft above sea level. This was quite a move from below sea level in England. I must be the luckiest person alive as it doesn't matter what I cook or bake, my husband loves it. We live with my daughter and her three teenage children in South Africa. My son is a Forensic Mental Nurse in Australia.
My favorite things to cook
I like making pastry and muffins. I also like finding and creating original salads. I also like making lasagne and desserts. My latest addition is baking bread in my bread machine and finding recipes for this.
My favorite family cooking traditions
These include roasting meats. I steam all my vegetables, but not potatoes. In summer we regularly have our braais (BBQs) when I try new salad recipes and make garlic bread.
My cooking triumphs
I am an expert pastry cook from flaky, through shortcrust and onto hotwater. My grandchildren all love my muffins, particularly the chocolate and banana and my lemon and poppy seed. Nobody can match my roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. My grandson is a weekly border at his school and my daughter tells me my lasagne is the talk of the hostel.
My cooking tragedies
I bake the most dreadful cakes - they just don't rise so I've given up trying. Even my Christmas cakes are a flop so I buy them.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Perfect Lemon Curd
I wanted Orange curd but I can't buy any decent lemon curd in South Africa and nobody has heard of orange curd but I wanted this for a fantastic chocolate orange tart. I just changed the lemons for oranges; absolutely fantastic. I didn't bother to try the other recipes I found on the net. About eggs curdling, I use a stoneware pot that I cook everything with eggs in, sauces, etc which I put in the pan with boiling water. The water boils but the eggs don't curdle. It's a slow method but worth every minute as there's no fear of any burning either.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2010
White Bread I
I've made this for the first time this morning. The tast is excellent, my daughter walked in and asked for a slice as she was starving (a thick slice) even she thought it was gorgeous. Same problem though, I live in Johannesburg, 6000 ft above sea level and even with some adjustments still very dense. Will mke it again later in the week though as it's worth it for the flavour. Many thanks for sharing this

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2010
Zesty Coleslaw
Gorgeous - don't have Miracle Whip in South Africa soCross & Blackwell mayo used. It's the only one I prepare now.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 27, 2008
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