the new book by Lindy Wildsmith and Valentina Harris
Occupation Cook and food writer
What would you like to plug Cicchetti, my new book co written with Valentina Harris
Name your three dessert island ingredients shade, drinking water and fish
Food stuffs that you would put in room 101? ready meals and rice pudding
What would you like to have for your last supper? Calves liver and spinach
What cook book do you use the most? Le ricette regionali italiane Anna Gosetti della Sarda
Your favourite spice is ….. crushed coriander seeds
Best dinner party guests and what would you cook them? My grandparents, parents and children.
Stuffed zucchini flowers; Wild salmon, broad beans, celeriac remould, new potatoes and dill sauce;
Gooseberry frangipane and panna cotta
What was your tea time treat as a child? Freshly baked scones in summer and crumpets in winter
What was the first thing you learnt to cook? I can’t remember that far back.....
And what was the first thing you taught your children to cook? Pizza and fairy cakes
What was your mother’s signature dish, and do you try to copy it? Charlotte Russe – no but I keep meaning to.
What dish gets you out of a tricky situation with your partner? Anything with seafood – specifically seafood risotto or spaghetti con le vongole
What would you say was your most memorable meal? The time I burned the mushroom risotto – too many drinks in the garden
And what would be your biggest disaster? The above
What do you wish you had never eaten, but had to? Le palle del nonno – Grandfather’s balls – deep fried profiteroles stuffed with ricotta
What do you consider to be the Best of British? The people
What do you think are the best and worst things about London restaurants? The Variety is the best the worst has to be the bill.....
QUICK FIRE ROUND
Favourite restaurant Walnut Tree
Nigella or Delia Neither
Muesli or fry up Both
KFC or Burger King Neither
Gin or Vodka Gin
Wine or beer Wine
Food Villain Mass production
Food Hero Seasons
And finally your top tip for cooking.Taste, taste, taste as you go along.