This is for and about home cooks - the women all over the the world (and through the centuries) who put dinner on the table every night. They know how to cook quickly, easily, economically, healthily and satisfyingly whether for one or a dozen.

Part memoir, part diary of shopping, cooking, reading and thinking about putting supper on the table, by a former fashion/design writer/consultant whose secret love has always been food.  


Vegetables & Herbs at The Chelsea Flower show


A friend has her pocket handkerchief sized London front garden planted (by a kind and talented neighbour) almost completely with decorative (and culinary) herbs. It looks enchanting.

And so at Chelsea, while my sisters-in-law happily noted specific varieties and colours of flowering bulbs and plants, my eyes were caught by the innovative, often playful use of vegetables and herbs. Foolishly, however, preoccupied with the mix of colours and textures, I failed to note names of the producers. So sorry.

Despite being a devoted city dweller, I love everything rustic and country in mood. Old water troughs overflowing with lettuces or nasturtiums (lovely peppery leaves for salads) are enchanting, surrounded by mixed plantings of herbs and leaves. Tomato plants in rough boxes make a simple hedge. 

Mixed green herbs planted thickly, contrasting colours and shapes, look delicious.

Such a simple idea, odd pots of herbs in different shapes and sizes on a brick and gravel surface. Trying to think how we can do something similar. 

There are more herbs in the raised bed behind.

The perfect vegetable garden.


Potato possibilities at The Potato Story, Morrice and Ann Inness.

Every herb I could possibly want delivered to my door. 

A quote worth remembering. 

Italian Ricotta Pie