I'm 47, a freelance writer, and a mother of three. I've lived in Johannesburg for the past 17 years, and have recently moved to Hout Bay, which is about half an hour's drive from the centre of Cape Town, South Africa I've been cooking since I was nine or so, but it's only in the last eleven years that cookery has turned from a hobby (and an often dreary chore) into something of an obsession. I love food, especially simple home cooking that warms your heart and makes your tastebuds sing. I don't like cheffy, fiddly, arty-farty food, silly fusions and flavour combinations, food stacked in towers, foams, spooms, smears, dribbles, drizzles, twirly bits, or any recipe that contains the word 'jus' or 'coulis' (unless it's written in French).

My cooking/eating style? I love fresh crunchy salads, home-made soups and all vegetables except butternut and pumpkin. I adore roast meat - beef, lamb, pork and chicken, in that order - and would like to eat fish every day: fresh, smoked, pickled or tinned. I have a particular passion for the warming spices of Indian cuisine, and am smitten by the combination of pork sausages, mashed potato and gravy.