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I love to cook, bake and eat. The latter is my downfall. My interest began when I was a tiny girl. My late Mam was a great cook and was always baking and cooking us great food. She loved watching Darina Allen on television when we were children growing up in the ’80s in rural Ireland and I always watched too curled up beside her on the sofa. I would leaf through her cook books and circle the things I wanted her to make for me. Later on in life, when I went to university in Edinburgh, I would call her with terrible home-sickness and she would always make me feel better by telling me what she would cook for my next visit. It was always roast chicken and the trimmings. Food is love, it can make you feel better immediately.

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