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A little about me

As you may be able to tell from my so-called nick name on this site, I am of a culinary frame of mind. I have a passion for food, eating it and cooking it, and I love cooking for my friends (last week, a vegan dinner party for 9, no, I am not a vegan, I confess to being carnivorous). I trained as a chef for a couple of years and worked in Simply Heathcote’s in Manchester for about 5 mins and hated it. Oh well, sometimes the plan does not work out. But I have more fun cooking what I like, when I like and for a more appreciative audience! To counteract the food thing, I spend many hours every week at the gym (willingly!) and managed to loose a load of weight a few months ago, which has remained lost – hurrahh!! I live in Manchester with my fiancé Peter and his son Oliver, we live on the top floor of a converted Salvation Army warehouse, which we are trying to sell at the moment as we are designing our own house and are planning to start (our architect tells us in March 2003) it’s all very exciting . . . . .

What I like and what I do

As well as food and gym I am doing an Open University course on the English Language which is at times fascinating, and at times totally tedious (in a tedious bit at the moment, which is why I am writing this rather than studying speech patterns of children).

Great Books and Authors

I have just been through a pretty intense Harry Potter phase. but I won't patronise anyone hear by explaining them!

SUSAN HOWATCHis a phenomenal writer, she writes series of books, the most recent is about the Anglican Church in England – there are six books in the series and are real page turners – I have read all of them a couple of times.

JANE AUSTEN is a writer who I have come to love recently after enduring her work at school for English A Levels 10 years ago. I have now seen the light and think that they are great stories, beautifully written.

WENDY PERRIAM – Funny, wicked books.

JILLY COPPER – Tacky I know, but what fun!

HOWIE COBB – as far as I know he has only written one book, a travel book set in Asia as he travelled around “The Two Minute Noodle” I loved this from the first page, it is a truly wonderful, funny, sad and educational book. I wish he would write more .

PICO IYER – He lived in Japan for a while and wrote a couple of real winners “The Lady and the Monk” is the story of how he met his wife, a Japanese lady, married at the time, while he was living in a monastery. It is a very subtle book, full of fascinating information about Japan, and is also very touching and funny.

“A Conspiracy of Paper”

“The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon”

Other things I enjoy

shopping, art galleries, crafts (I will be opening a craft gallery in the new house), and lots of other things which look really shallow when put in print so I won't bother. Oh and I work with my mother, doing all the admin stuff for her business, accounts and nagging our clients to pay us – a never ending job.

What I need to do

So having rambled on and on, I should learn how this mysterious ‘GuideML' works so I can make this look more interesting!


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