If you would have told me 3 years ago I would be living in the countryside making Wines and Mead, baking and be completely obsessed with all things food related and vintage, I would of laughed until I cried! But then things changed, my husband fell ill and we thought the worst so without hesitation I up rooted my young family for a once in a lifetime opportunity. So it began, taking on Lurgashall Winery, established for nearly 30 years but had suffered as a result of a recession. No-one can ever say I don’t rise to a challenge, I don’t see problems just opportunities.
Moving to Sussex has not come without its challenges but without doubt it is the best thing we have ever done. During the past 3 years we have achieved and been presented with opportunities we would of never of dreamed off; made new friends, met up with old, learned to cook, been on TV and Radio and the children love it.
Why do I cook?
I have to be careful as when it comes down to it, I get bored very easily. I am on a constant quest for new things to excite & challenge me, and that is one of the reasons why I have fallen in love with cooking. For years like many, I have had a love-hate relationship with food, a denial about the fact I really enjoy it!
When I became a mum, I felt the pressure of becoming “domesticated” and for anyone that knows me I still struggle with that nowadays. This pressure didn’t come from my husband but the social peer pressure of being a “yummy mummy”, which I totally rebelled against. My husband was always the one who undertook the majority of the cooking or if you asked me what I would like for dinner it always used to say “Chinese” (something’s never change!) Anywhoo, when we moved my eyes were opened to the wonderful delights of local food and drink and ever since then I have been addicted.
I am always tasting and constantly educating my palette, particularly when choosing ingredients for my wines. It is only natural to seek out amazing food to compliment them as well. I have always enjoyed strong, fresh flavours and, to be honest, it has taken me a long time to build up the confidence to experiment with them. Now I can’t stop! I must admit, I do have a tendency to add alcohol to most things I make, ranging from roasting vegetables found at the bottom of my fridge to making boozy cakes and I’m always testing them on any unsuspecting guests! I also can’t deny there is still a closet student in me that will never disappear from the days of creating skittle Vodka now they were nights to remember … or not!