Member since ~ SEPT 2009
Blog Posts ~ 45
My Recipe Box ~ 2864 Recipes
Reviews ~ 340
Photos ~ 1278 (a few more on my camera to upload…)
Published Recipes ~ 3
Submitted Recipes ~ 27 (awaiting Review)
I moved from England to the US one very cold January Day back in 2008.
Not really been used to the cold I tended not to venture out very much those first few months.
If I did leave the house it was to discover all the near by grocery stores (it was before the arrival of wholefoods).
So if I was not shopping I was cooking. One of my main passions.
I have always been a huge fan of the English chef Nigella Lawson and I never thought I would cook anything that did not come from her recipe books!
One day I was visiting a friend and she had baked up a batch of Cinnamon rolls.
Fresh out of the oven they were so delicious and I had fallen in love.
So I came home and searched the web for a suitable recipe. Lots of websites flashed up but for some reason and I’m not sure why I clicked on the recipe from Allrecipes.
I thought it would be a good idea to save the recipe so I decided I would be a member.
For a long time that was all I did. Search for recipes, save them and cook my creations.
I just can’t remember now exactly when but one day I decided to spend a little more time and discovered the Buzz.
How fascinating, I loved reading the posts but all I ever did was lurk.
Now I try and answer questions when ever possible, I post the deal of the day and you will often find me asking plenty of questions of my own.
I decided to be a supporting member, not really for the extra features (although I do love them) but because I wanted to give something back to AR.
Even though a small amount I did feel my financial contribution was the least I could do for all the hours of entertainment I get from the site.
So 3 years later, why do I still love this site?
Don’t get me wrong I love the recipes, I love reading how you have all tweaked them slightly, I enjoy taking photos of my dishes (never had a love of photography before this).
But more than the recipes itself it’s the people, the members that actually make this sight and one of the reasons not a day goes by without me visiting AR.
I have met a great many wonderful people on here and its to you I thank for making Allrecipes the most wonderful food related site on the web.
So I can’t wait to here, what keeps you visiting AR on a regular basis???
About this Cook
A little about me, I am a wife and Mum of two gorgeous boys aged 16 and 22, and now mummy to two adorable English Cocker Spaniel puppies named Brie and Henri. We have
been living in the US now for 4 years. (You will also see me on allrecipes.co.uk - AR's UK site). I guess like most other European’s I don’t eat to live, but live to eat!!! One of my great passions in life is food. Good home cooked, fresh produce. Especially
if it is sourced locally. I truly believe that it is so important at the end of the day for a family to sit down and eat a home cooked dinner together. I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen now, which always amuses my husband. A few years back we had a small
public house and restaurant in the Derbyshire Countryside (England). Never once would I venture in the kitchen. With all those professionals there was certainly no need for an amateur! Should you wish you can contact me at email@example.com
My favorite things to cook
More than anything I adore baking. Cakes, Cookies (or biscuits as they are known to me) and my latest love is baking bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Some of my earlier memories are sitting at my Grandma’s kitchen table in England, watching her bake. She insisted on having to bake a fresh cake everyday. My Grandad
was a big cake fan, and a cake always had to be kept in the pantry just in case a visitor should call. Not that you could move in the pantry for more sugar, flour and butter then any village store. (Just in case food rationing ever came back). On my recent
visit to England, I asked my Grandma what she had done that day. She replied that she had baked a huge apple cake for my Grandad. Unfortunately my Grandad has not been with us for over 12 years and my Grandma would not be allowed in the kitchen in the nursing
home she now lives. Her mind is not what it used to be years back, but I just love how she still holds on to her happy memories of baking. Unfortunately my Grandma has recently passed away, but her passion for baking will always live on through me and I hope
that in time my baking skill will do her justice.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that actually turns out how it is supposed too!!!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my goodness where do I start, like everyone I have had the usual tragedies, sponge cakes that have sunk in the middle, over cooked pie crusts, bread that has just
failed to rise but I can thankfully say with a little patience and practice I am finally getting better!!!
First Review ~ Sept 30th 2009
Bread Machine Pizza Dough
This was the first pizza dough I have ever made in the bread maker. I followed the ingredients but did change how I made this a little. I did find the dough to
be very sticky and quite difficult to handle. I kneaded it with some extra flour and then left it wrapped in a warm place to rise for about 15 minutes. I then rolled out the dough and lined the pizza pan. Did not use the olive oil, but cooked the dough in
the oven for 5 minutes before adding the topping. My family loved this pizza and I will certainly be using the recipe again. Thank you for sharing!!!
And the most amazing thing, 3 years on this is the pizza dough recipe I always use.
The only difference is I add a little Italian herb and Parmesan cheese to the bread machine.
This recipe is wonderful, and I am always asked for the recipe.