In May 2016 I was appointed as –
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation Special Ambassador for The Year of Pulses , European Region.
I am thrilled and honoured to be given this role and will continue to shout about the benefits of eating such incredibly nutritious, tasty ingredients that are amazing for both you and the planet.
I have just published my latest book, this time a cook book for kids. I’m passionate about getting children to prepare and enjoy (both closely linked) real food. And, of course there are just a few beans thrown in too.
Hello and welcome to my recipes and ramblings.
The aim of my blog ( and I’m sure to go off on a tangent quite regularly) is to record and share what I do with the summer tomato mountain, the huge pot of freshly boiled chickpeas or that rather exotic bottle of verjuice that’s lurking in the back of the cupboard. You’ll soon see that I’m fairly obsessed with pulses, don’t eat much meat at all (but love it when I do) and am constantly trying to get my daughter Imi (aged 9) cooking and enjoying good food.
I rarely seem to buy food for one meal. When asparagus is in season I become obsessed. If I’m cooking grains or pulses I’ll prepare enough for an army to save time later. By delving around and experimenting with recipes from blogs and cookbooks (I own at least 500), I inevitably end up with piles of leftover bits and pieces. So, the idea is to focus on an ingredient, to cook up a couple of great recipes and think about plenty of other options too.
And now for a bit about me.
I’m Jenny Chandler, as you may have guessed by now. I live in Bristol with my partner Peter, little daughter Imi, two guinea pigs and five fish (at the last count).
I grew up in a house on a hill 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 while 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 ten 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 spend a couple of days a week teaching, enthusiastic foodies rather than trainee chefs, which I simply love. I’m an author of four cookbooks but you can read about those on my “Books” page. I spend hours reading and researching, cooking, photographing and quite obviously eating too. I’m obsessed with traveling although nowadays with young Imogen in tow, trips are more about the odd week here and there than a year in the South Pacific.