My Nan was the first person I ever cooked with. We used to grow our own vegetables in her garden, things like carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbages and strawberries. I really wanted to grow grapes, so I used to buy seeded grapes. I’d eat the grapes, keep the seeds, then bury them in a part of earth and water them. The next morning, we’d rush out to the greenhouse and find grapes buried in the soil where the seeds have been!
Nan loved cooking and she was quite traditional. Meet and two veg with gravy was pretty much her offering, and she taught me well. Cooking was my fun time. Our family didn’t really go for convenience food, so we cooked from scratch every day…