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Editorial on Clever Kitchens

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House and Garden editorial Aug16

Editorial on Clever Kitchens

Editorial on Clever Kitchens

Editorial on Clever Kitchens

Editorial on Clever Kitchens

House and Garden editorial Aug16

Unveiling a blue plaque for Elizabeth David

Unveiling a blue plaque for Elizabeth David

 

It's no secret to my friends that I had a close relationship with my aunt, who was my mentor. Two weeks ago I was asked by English Heritage to represent the family by unveiling a blue plaque on her house in Halsey Street. I enjoyed many memorable visits, ate delicious meals and carried out creative house repairs there - I was a kind of honorary household 'comptroller' (her word). It was in this Chelsea street that I built my aunt a sink cabinet on the back of my open Land Rover, woodwork shavings blowing down the pavement and neighbours being mostly tolerant, if understandably a little grumpy. Yellow lines were yet to arrive. There was a flex to trip over but even that could start a friendly chat.  This was my entree into kitchen making.

The BBC have picked up on the unveiling story. You can read it here.

There were three other speakers (pic below, left to right): food writer Rosie Hanson, Rosemary Hills, writer and academic from English Heritage, and Jill Norman, food writer and literary executor.  We all told stories about her life for half a rainy hour, revisiting the remarkable, productive life she led for many years just behind the walls, windows, steps and door we stood in front of.

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