My latest book, Green Kids Cook, will be out on July 1st.
Packed with simple, delicious recipes and top tips aimed at the 7-14 age group.
Good For You, Good For The Planet.
Hello and welcome to my recipes and ramblings.
Sustainability is at the heart of my recipes, books and teaching but ultimately food has got to look and, most importantly, taste superb, otherwise why bother?
The aim of my blog ( and I’m sure to go off on a tangent quite regularly) is to inspire you to use more pulses, grains, seasonal and local ingredients in your day to day cooking. Helping you to get into the habit of batch cooking, eating more delicious veg’ and less (and better sourced) meat and fish as well as seeking out great independent suppliers.
I’m also passionate about children learning to love cooking and eating (so closely linked) from an early age – so plenty of tips and simple recipes here too.
And now for a bit about me, Jenny
I live in Bristol (U.K.) with my husband Peter, teenage daughter Imi, Bippy the floofty hound and five fish (at the last count).
I grew up in rural Worcestershire where, back then, spaghetti bolognese was rather cosmopolitan and an avocado was pure dinner party chic. The way I cook and eat has definitely been shaped by my nomadic twenties and early thirties when I lived all over the world, eventually ending up as a cook on a very snazzy Italian yacht. Since I’m bound to waffle on about my travels and experiences in amongst the recipes on my posts I’ve probably said enough.
As far as working with food goes, my initiation was a two-week holiday job on my hands and knees picking mushrooms in the darkness of a black poly-tunnel. Since then I’ve worked for caterers (a day inside a fridge painting 300 chocolate rose leaves was probably the last straw), in restaurants (high adrenaline and hideous hours ), as a restaurant consultant in Spain (quite stressy – English and female, you can imagine how well that went down with the chefs), as a boat chef (great for a few years until the nesting gene kicked in), as a caterer myself (too many hours spent deliberating over shades of peach napkins with mothers of the bride) and then, about fifteen years ago, I finally found my dream job/jobs .
It’s a bit of a juggling act ( or perhaps I should up my game and say that I have a “portfolio career”). I’m lucky enough to teach enthusiastic home cooks in a number of great cookery schools, as well as training chefs to focus on more veg-centric, sustainable menus in the contract catering sector. After a year as The United Nations FAO European Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses ( who knew that there was such a thing?) I’ve spoken at numerous international events campaigning for more nutritious and sustainable food for all. I’m the author of five cookbooks – you can read about those on my Books page. Possibly the highlights of my job are the hours I spend reading and researching, cooking, photographing and quite obviously eating too.