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have had a passion for cooking for as long as I can
mother hardly ever cooked when I was a child - she always
said that if you could read and tell the time then you
could cook! My dad did the majority of the cooking in
our house - still does to this day and makes a very
good job of it.
grandmother was the one who got me interested in cooking
as a youngster. I would stand on a chair at the table
(a big old oak thing which is in my dining room now)
and bake pastries and cakes with her.
taught me to make pastry as light as a feather and we
used to go and pick blackberries and bilberries on the
moors in Derbyshire behind her home to make jams and
pies - we had a lot of fun and I think of her often
when I pass my dining table.
and I would create weird and wonderful conconctions
which were based on a can of beans and whatever else
we could find in the cupboards - gherkins, pickled onions
and the like - some were good, some not so good . .
the years, I developed my own style of cooking - every
Bank Holiday Monday throughout the year, my friends
would descend for my 'buffet party'. I'd prepare loads
of salads, meats, fish and cheeses with crusty bread
and hot potatoes - we'd sit round eating, drinking and
talking - swapping jokes and stories.
1984, my parents and I opened a wet fish business in
Nottinghamshire. I used my passion for cooking to develop
recipes for our customers. Every week, we would decide
what was on promotion and I would create a few recipes,
photocopy them and hand them out.
husband and I bought another fish business in 1992 and
the recipes came out for an airing! He and I are no
longer together but my stepson now runs that business
and I am involved again.
was a conversation with David, my stepson, that prompted
me to develop my fish and seafood recipe site.
business delivers door to door in the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire
and Nottinghamshire areas - he wanted to expand and
so we got chatting about websites - here's his website
have been working on the internet for the last two years
- with varying amounts of success - and really enjoyed
building websites - I love the research and everything
about the world wide web.
light went on - I could combine two of my passions -
food and internet.
two could help support my third passion - music. I am
a drummer, congas, full drum kit and cocktail kit -
here's the website www.bluesmother.com
- and the hours are very odd.
had a job when I first started drumming but when you're
getting in at 3.00 am from a gig, you don't want to
be getting up to do an eight hour day in an office -
something had to go and it was the J-O-B!
why I started to look at the internet to supplement
the money - we're not in Elton John's league paywise
- although our entertainment value is equal!
www.find-a-seafood-recipe.com was born and
I love doing it - I have great fun researching, testing,
adapting and creating. My original creations have 'come
out' again but with the passage of twenty years, tastes
research what people are looking for currently with
a variety of tools at my disposal and then build my
website accordingly - it's very simple and straightforward.
The fondue set has come back into fashion it seems -
everybody had one in the 70s but never used it! Likewise,
the crockpot is enjoying a revival. There are sections
on my site for both cooking methods.
really weird thing about all this is my own son, Rory
- nearly fifteen years old. The music is a recent addition
to my interests - I've played something for more than
forty years, but it's only these last two years that
I've become a 'gigging' musician.
until a year ago, Rory wanted to be a chef right from
the age of seven. This last year, he too has made a
shift - he wants to be a sound engineer and is learning
the guitar with a view to being in a band himself -
he still has his interest in cooking, mainly because
he likes to eat, but it's a shift we've made as a family
- and it's wonderful.
a look at the websites, sign up for my newsletter if
you like - it's only monthly and it won't be boring,
are some examples of recipes from the web site:
. . if you want to see more then visit Liz's web site