Three years ago my debut cookbook, Homemade Memories, hit the shelves. I adored the process, a labour of love written, tested and tasted during the evenings and on weekends whilst working a full time job. The day after my book launch, I found out I was pregnant and since then Nino has been born and his little sister is cooking up nicely for her summer arrival. I guess you could say this book was my first baby, a trial run of late nights and hard work and ever so slight obsession. When I was working on the book, people often asked how I managed to find the time. But if you truly love, believe in and benefit from something, somehow you make time, whether it’s baking, or jogging or juggling a family alongside a career.
That’s what I’d like to believe, anyway. Recently – most likely due to our house move last weekend – the scales of work and family and personal projects feel slightly off kilter. Suffice to say I’m excited for maternity leave, for nesting in our new family home, spending time with Luke, Nino and our imminent arrival and reconnecting with the kitchen. Everyone knows new baby visits must be accompanied by cake, right? So there will be cake. And scones and biscuits and bringing out the ice cream machine in time for hot summer days spent in the garden without dreaded commutes or deadlines. I’ll be making a lot from Homemade Memories – is it odd to bake from your own book? It truly is a collection of my favourite recipes, so I suppose not. Anyway, I’d love for you to make things from it too, so in the spirit of moving house and discovering some spares (!) plus the thrill of a third birthday and need for celebration, I’m giving away three signed copies.
How to enter
Simply leave a comment below or on Instagram telling me your favourite childhood food memory. Maybe it’s baking with your Granny, the birthday cake your Mum made you every year or a melting ice cream cone on holiday abroad. It could be nibbling the jelly from a Jaffa cake, licking a bowl of Angel Delight or eating an entire packet of Fig Rolls. Whatever gives you those warm fuzzy feelings of food nostalgia, I want to hear it – you never know, maybe your memories will make it into a second book 😉
This giveaway is open worldwide and will close at midnight on Monday 11th June. The three winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email within one week, with cookbooks posted out as soon as I receive your postal address. Good luck!