About me


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Hello, I’m Sophie, welcome.

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.

I have had an allotment (Plot 10) for six years, which has turned me into someone with permanently filthy hands and an obsession with early mornings. I have become a gardener.

I think I may be more at home here than anywhere. Perhaps plot 29 is a feeling more than a place. There is belonging here on my own, hoe in hand.’ Allan Jenkins, Plot 29


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.



All photos are my own unless otherwise stated


71 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Hi, thanks for your interest in my blog 🙂 if you have any accidental vegetarian recipies id love to check them out, your passion for food seems amazing 🙂

    Addicted x

    • Hello there. Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated. Actually everything here is pretty much vegetarian, not vegan though. Will enjoy reading your blog 🙂

  2. Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog. Fascinating that you’re from Devon but living in LA — how’s that transfer treating you? Looking forward to checking out more of your recipes!

  3. Met your Mum on the train at Heathrow this morning as she was leaving on her trip to LA and she told me all about your site! Great job!

  4. Thanks for stopping by http://www.domesticingenuity. Your recipes and pictures look amazing! I am really excited to explore more of your website! Have a great day!

  5. Thanks for visiting my Cuisine. Come visit Cape Breton for it’s beauty and the spendid seafood.

  6. Beautiful blog! 🙂

  7. I am so glad that you stopped by my blog – I want to be you 🙂 Living and cooking in Italy is on my list of things to accomplish in the next few years. I look forward to reading more from you.

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post!

  9. Hi, Sophie–You left a LIKE on our blog so I thought I’d check you out. Wonderful photographs, lovely culinary instincts and a sharp sense of humor. Great, great, great. I’d make the Bitter Chocolate and Olive Oil Cake on the basis of the title alone. Thanks for stopping by. Ken

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog!

  11. Love your blog! Rather than go through it all right now and “like” everything, I’ll just follow and take my time in perusing. Thanks for visiting!

  12. Thank you for liking my blog Christmas Programs and Fudge. As I add posts about various countries you’ve lived in please comment on Christmas in those countries.

  13. What a lovely blog! I’m from Yorkshire living in Ontario. I love Devon – especially Dartmoor – such beautiful walking. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

  14. I love your “about”! Thanks for visiting my blog today! i look forward to reading more for you.

  15. Like your picture and recipe so much. Beautiful blog. 🙂

  16. Hi!

    Love the Blog! All of your pictures make me hungry! hahah Im trying to cook once a week and your peach cake will definitely be something I will try to make!

    We stumbled on your site through the Los Angeles Tag and wanted you to be one of the first to know that we are launching an event website called wigo events. Our site focuses on a community of users in Los Angeles sharing cool events that they know about, and we would love to have you be a part of it! If you’re interested in being one of our very first users please leave us your email address at the link right below, sorry its so long, don’t know how to add a hyperlink in the comment section haha. Once our site goes live in the next few months, we’ll let you know!



    Sara, Team Wigo!

  17. Did I know you were from Devon? Oh no, now I need to hear the dialect! Next time I see you I will torture you until you do it!

  18. Would so love to hear more about cooking for the count and countess in Venice! And very happy to find your blog.

    • Thanks for visiting! Yes, I’d love to write more about it: it was such an amazing experience, and something you don’t wholly appreciate until it’s long gone. Love the title of your blog. Two of my favourite things…Sophie

  19. I am so glad I came across your blog! Great pictures and great blog!

  20. It seems you lead (and have led) a very interesting life. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  21. Sophie, thank you for stopping by! Love your blog! I lived in Rome for half my life and have visited Venice a few times. Our last family holiday was in California. In short, there is plenty in your blog that resonates with me! Keep writing!

    • Thanks so much. Always lovely to get good feedback and so glad the writing resonates. As Patience Gray said in Honey From a Weed: “I write for myself and strangers”. Nice to know you’re out there. Sophie

  22. ciao! luvFAB blog.

  23. Thanks so much for dropping by my blog….especially as it led me to yours. Switching Devon for LA seems exceedingly glamorous!
    I’d love to run a B&B one day – so all this is utterly inspirational, and your recipes are just divine!

    • Hello Rachel – great to hear from you. A mutual admiration society has sprung up. I love yours you love mine….! LA is indeed glamorous in a strange out-of-body type way. Come visit us if you’re down our way. Sophie

  24. Love your, blog, stories and honesty. Your about page is great. I happen to love Claudia Rodin (how amazing that she read your work) and your honesty about Italy 🙂 I was a creative writing major and really appreciate that you see the story behind the food. Keep it up.

  25. I’m so glad to have found your blog and look forward to reading more of it. I’m also originally from England, but have lived in France for the past 25 years…

  26. Lovely blog! I’m in Cornwall (UK) so the header image had me interested straight away – I’m guessing THAT’S not LA?! But how amazing and exciting to have made that change, and having never been to America myself it sounds like such an adventure.

    RADA – amazing! I’m so jealous. I wish I could get in there, but I’m sticking to the more humble food and writing thing. A little safer, and fewer hopes dashed …

    Lovely to have found your blog with all its beautiful recipes 🙂

  27. When I have finished going through century old recipes, I look forward to trying our some of yours!

  28. Wow. I think we may have swapped lives. As I am an American actress and native of L.A. who is now in London. So happy to have come across Stories From the Stove. Look forward to reading it all soon.

    • Thank you for visiting – I always find transplanted Angelenos fascinating – how do you ever shake that city? London is positively pedestrian – literally- by comparison. Can I have my life back soon? 🙂 x

      • Los Angeles is still my goal. I’m hoping to come back with my family in a few years. I’ve been in London since late 2009. I’ve yet to commit to a contract mobile. I still have a pay-as-you-go. My reason being Los Angeles is home. London is temporary. But it’s also wonderful. The English countryside is what really gets me though. I love it. So beautiful.

  29. hello! i don’t know how you found my corner of the internet, but i am so glad that you did. i adore your writing and your life sounds so adventurous and wonderful and cool.

  30. Maria's Cul-De-Sac Kitchen said:

    Hello Sophie! Thank you so much for liking my little blog, Maria’s Cul de Sac Kitchen! It is so nice that you noticed! I really like what you’re doing on your blog, your recipes look fabulous! And you run a B&B, one of my lifelong dreams! You go, girl! Wishing you all the best! Cheers!

  31. Sophie, you are too kind to like my little post. I had a kitchen disaster yesterday which I will share, I think, in a post. Keep up the good work – animal fats rule…

  32. I am so happy to have found your blog. Chef Mimi is right, your writing is beautiful. Stunning photography too. Emma xx

  33. What a beautiful Blog! And such pure and delicious food x Marie

  34. Hi this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors
    or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  35. Thanks for the follow, Sophie. I’ve so enjoyed your blog, and glad I’ve met up with you here.

  36. Hi Sophie, Your photos look amazingly delicious. Can’t wait to try some recipes. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  37. Very nice blog…glad I’ve found it 🙂

  38. You have a lovely blog. I look forward to exploring more of your space.

  39. … anyone is always defined by what they do and where they’re from… and you do that in such a wonderful way… article after article.

    Hello from Rome!

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