My friend Robert Stewart was always with me as a kid. He was a little blond boy who often had a cocker spaniel puppy tagging along when we played. Our favourite thing to do was to have tea parties under the shade of the fruit trees in my grandparents’ garden.
When I want to feel connected with my nan, I get out the special recipe book she made me when I first moved out of home and choose something to make. There are dinners and cakes, desserts and slices and lots of things in between. I’ll talk a lot about Nan’s book when I’m writing about food, and I’ll try to share some of her recipes, but I feel a bit precious about them ending up on the internet because they are so special to me.