About Me

Christmas 2003 was when I moved from London live with My husband and 3 children on The Wirral.  

For reasons still unknown to me I was chosen to be one of 12 contestants on the 2011 ‘Great British Bake Off’.

I had no idea what I was letting myself in for, it was a relentlessly exhausting and  emotional experience and one I would not have missed for the world.

I am also the Womens Institute Cook of The Year 2010-2011. To my knowledge they didn't have the competition again so I think that makes me the reigning champion.  I write a cookery page for 2 local magazines and I supply cakes  to 5 cafes including Toast and Green Onions in West Kirby and to local food fairs.  I am Also at West Kirby and Heswall Farmers Markets each month with my pie's bakewells, and sticky toffee puddings.

I’m not a person that really thinks things through, I have a husband that does that for me.  I’m the one that leaps in head first then find myself wondering how I got there and why am I wearing wellies and a tutu?  It seemed like a good idea at the time!

I love to create, whether it’s from a basket of ingredients, a pile of scrap wool, a hessian sack or some second hand china, I find it really difficult to throw anything away.  So if you regularly say:  ‘What can I make with that’ or can’t see good food go to waste and end up with boxes of apples left on your doorstep, this is the blog for you.

Important things you need to know about me:

I’ve been married 4 times and each time to the same man – it’s a long story but I love the bones of him.

I have 3 extraordinary children who amaze me everyday.

I get bored quite easily so change my hair colour frequently.

My favourite cake is Blackforest Gateaux, a bit retro I know but a classic

One day I want a house with one of those kitchen doors that’s split in two so you can just open the top if you want to.

The first thing I cooked was Jam Tarts with my mum.

I’d love to have 2 goats but we couldn’t keep the stick insects alive in our house so maybe not a great idea.

I'm going to leave you with one of my favourite food quotes:

"Mummy, you're the cook in the world" - Henry Limbert age 6