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Please Do Not Feed The Animals

I am a part time GP, wife and Mum to two little boys.

The main purpose of my blog is to document my boys as they grow up helping me in the kitchen but I have found I am really loving the interactions with other bloggers immensely.

How long have you been a Daring Baker/Daring Cook and what’s your favorite thing about being in the group(s) so far?

Joined both in November 2010.

What’s your favorite kitchen gadget? How about your favorite kitchen appliance?

My Mum bought me a Kenwood Chef a couple of years back – I am a very lucky girl!

Is there any recipe and/or technique that we haven’t covered yet that you’d really like to make/learn?

I’m sad that I joined too late to do the challenge of decorating sugar cookies. I love looking at blogs like Sweetopia and admiring the icing work but I’m scared to do it myself!

What is the ultimate comfort food to you?

I live in North-East Scotland so it is often pretty cold here. I love all the traditional Scottish dishes which were obviously made for this climate. So – mince and tatties or haggis, neeps and tatties.

Which season (Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall) is your favorite.. why?

I love them all – we are lucky here to get such variety. Autumn is probably my favourite in a lot of ways – I love the colours of the leaves, walking on bright but cold days, the variety of produce in season, the quality of the light in the early evening in Autumn is beautiful, and my husband and I got married at the end of September back in 2002.

Other than cooking and/or baking.. what hobbies do you enjoy?

I have an Irish Wolfhound called Bob – I love going for walks with him and doing some basic obedience training with him. I was much more involved in dog training – obedience and agility and a little working trials before I had children and I hope to get back into it competitively again when the boys are a little older (although more experienced parents keep telling me that I won’t have more time until the kids leave home!).

How long have you been blogging? Do you like it? What’s your favorite post you’ve written?

Only since August 2010. I am very conscious that my writing is very poor and my photography skills too. I’m here to learn, though, and am inspired daily reading other blogs. I guess I’m most proud of my gingerbread house so far –…

What’s your favorite cookbook for desserts/baking? What’s your favorite cookbook for savory/cooking?

Desserts/Baking – Nigella Lawson – How To Be A Domestic Goddess.
Savoury – Nigel Slater – Appetite.

Who taught you how to cook and/or bake?

My Mum did. She wouldn’t describe herself as a particularly good cook but she always made great meals when I was growing up and would take the time to bake with me. I particularly remember the excitement of getting to help her make and decorate the Christmas cake. Most of all, though, my parents loved their food and that was passed on to me.

Where is your favorite vacation (holiday) destination?

Crieff Hydro, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland. I had many happy summers here on family holidays as a child and then Steve and I got married here and we now take the boys when we can. It was a magical place for me as a child. The surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning and especially so in Autumn when the leaves are such beautiful colours.

What did you eat for dinner last night? Did you prepare it or someone else?

I made prawn and pea pasta. Quick, easy family meals are the usual round here.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Until very recently the boys would nap for an hour in the afternoon and I would take a cup of tea and some chocolate and sit in front of the computer for the hour. I still do it now – I tell the kids that it is “quiet time” and they are good about leaving me to enjoy peace to read the blogs. It doesn’t always last as long as an hour anymore but it’s wonderful.

Do you watch any competitive cooking shows? Like Top Chef or Hell’s Kitchen? If so, which is your favorite and why?

I love watching Masterchef with my husband. We get so involved.

If you could eat in any celebrity chef’s restaurant which restaurant would it be, and which chef owns it?

My parents very kindly gave us money to go to London to celebrate our 30th birthdays last year at Gordon Ramsay’s three starred restaurant in Chelsea. It was a dream come true and probably never to be repeated. We got to go into the kitchen and meet the chefs and watch them work. Truly amazing.

You can visit Louise on her blog Please Do Not Feed The Animals

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