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whom I regard as having become a close internet friend,
as a result of our mutual interest in and love of
cooking, is Florence Sandeman, Editor of www.recipes4us.co.uk.
The fact that we have both devoted a great deal of
time to creating recipe sites has meant that we have
a great deal in common. Like the rest of you though,
I am curious to find out how someone like Florence
comes to have such an interest in food and cooking.
took a bit of convincing but at last here is Florence's
biography and don't forget to pay a visit to her website
here). Some of her recipes have been featured
they are only a small sample of a truly superb collection
was born in London in1956 but bred in Surrey, moving
out when I was about five. I started cooking at the
age of seven or eight, having spent the previous four
to five years studying my mother's every move in the
fascinated me just watching her preparing food: always
sprinkling some of this from that bottle; some of that
from this bottle; not a cook book in sight and never
measuring anything. In fact, the pair of weighing scales
we had lived in a corner all by itself and never got
spoken to, let alone touched. I especially liked it
when she made cakes. I'd perch on the kitchen table
just waiting for the moment when the cake tins were
filled and in the oven. Then I got to "lick"
the bowl. HEAVEN!
fact, I think fairy cakes were the first things ever
cooked (with my mother's help). They came out very well,
or so my father told me. I soon graduated to "proper"
food, and like my mother, never measured the herbs or
spices. Being from the West Indies, my parents cooked
with various of herbs and spices. The first time I ate
plainly cooked mince at school, I thought my taste buds
had fallen out. Much British food in those days was
. . . well let's just say bland. It's come on leaps
and bounds since then and is now something to be truly
the age of eleven I was cooking meals at home. Seems
very young now, but I was quite au fait in the
kitchen with whisks and knives and things.
came cookery lessons at school. It was possibly the
first time I'd ever seen a cookery book. What a great
idea! And when I won a book token on my first prize
day (for needlework), I immediately went out and bought
two cookery books. The first of the three hundred plus
collection I have now. It's like a drug. If I don't
get a new cookery book every so often, I go into withdrawal.
The great thing about cooking at school, especially
for 'O' levels (now GCSEs) was that you were taught
the art of meal planning and timing. To this day, if
I'm giving a special dinner party (i.e. five courses
or more) I'll do a time plan to ensure I don't forget
came many years of cooking and eating. For family, friends
and strangers. By strangers, I don't mean professionally,
but on occasions I would entertain my husbands business
associates. I got married at twenty-two and with the
addition of my first home came cookery at a new level.
"The dinner party" became my forte. I'd spend
days going through cookery books to find just the right
balance of dishes. I just loved the "Oooo's",
"Aaaaah's" and "Mmmmmm's" when I
produced something spectacular.
more years of cooking followed, then came the web site
- an idea which came up sort of by accident as a means
of making money. But that initial thought has been superseded
by the love of doing it. At times, it is a labour of
love, but one well worth pursuing.
got an insight into the internet working for Ziff-Davis
UK, a publishing house which published PC and Internet
related magazines. There were a lot of high-tech people
working there who were only too happy to lure another
being into their web. I purchased a package called "FrontPage"
and trawled through the "help" topics, bit
by bit. I gave myself s months to set it up with one
thousand recipes online. Voila! Recipes4us.co.uk
was born on 31st March 2000 and has been going ever
a challenge; it's rewarding, though not financially;
it's expensive at times; it's brought me new friends
who share my lust for cooking. Sometimes it's a headache;
sometimes it's frustrating. But with all that, it's
my baby, it's growing bigger and stronger by the day
and I love it. It combines a very old love (food) and
a new love (the internet) . . . and I think I'll probably
continue nurturing it until the great Cyber Kitchen
in the sky calls me to "come cook".
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