I live in the North of the UK where food has always been an important part of life. Rich green fields that produce some wonderful ingredients. I live with a 19 year old cat who thinks she's a guard dog, she hates the postman & growls at him (from the top of the stairs haha) I like cooking new foods, especially with fresh ingredients straight out of the garden, or locally sourced if I don't have what I need. I don't like takeaways or fast food (5 minutes to cook, 5 seconds to eat), no thanks. I trained as a chef, but I'm now a full time carer for my disabled Mum, who lives just around the corner. My late Father & I used to cook together all of the time, especially at Christmas. When he died in 2007, I lost all interest in cooking (except for mine & mums meals), but when I found Recipezaar, that changed, I began to find recipes I'd like to try. It's all thanks to you amazing, generous people.