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I grew up in the south of England at a time when most Mums still stayed at home and looked after the house and kids. My Mum loved to bake and I guess I inherited my love of cooking from her. She was happiest in the kitchen, apron on, rolling pin in hand, and us kids around the table chatting and shelling the peas my Dad grew in the garden.
Now I live in the United States and I love to surprise my guests with traditional British food such as Bubble and Squeak, Toad in the Hole, and the one pudding guaranteed to cause many frivolous remarks, Spotted Dick. My American friends love to make good-natured fun of British food along with my "funny" accent!
I am a huge animal lover, which caused me to become a vegetarian many years ago. But I still cook meat for guests and for my dog. I also love art, reading, music and needlework.