Hello, I’m Sophie, welcome.
A little bit about me: I grew up in Devon with goats in a small place called Ottery St. Mary. I lived in Venice and Rome as a young person, cooking for a countess and studying for my degree in Italian respectively. I then trained as an actor. I lived in Los Angeles for six years, not acting, and recently I returned from nine months teaching in Spain. Teaching has become the residue of my acting life, for good or ill. It can also be a surprisingly happy place to be, when the conditions are right. Nowadays I reside in Hampton, a leafy suburb of London. I have an allotment which has turned me into someone with permanently filthy hands and an obsession with early mornings. I have become a gardener.
I have also outgrown the recipe element of the blog; the recipes are still there and I believe I have written enough about cake. I love growing things, and there are many people out there like me. I love the allotment as a place to be to sort out my thoughts, run away from them, and create some kind of order where none exists. It is very good at making me disciplined. There is something quite useful about having someone in authority with a clipboard looming down on you if the paths aren’t suitably maintained, despite my fantasies about running naked through the weeds.
“Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.” Thomas Fuller (1654 – 1734)
Photo of calendula taken by Susan Lucas
All photos are my own unless otherwise stated