Ann and Jack in New Hampshire; Ann's children; view from our apartment building roof top in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; a quilt made in 1998
Vital Statistics: I am old enough to have watched the Watergate hearings live. Though technically born long enough ago to be counted as part of the Baby Boomer generation I consider myself a first generation punk. I have three amazing children, one ex-husband, two cats and a lovely partner named Jack.
Other Stuff: I'm one of those people who have trouble figuring out what they want to be when they grow up. Therefore I have remade my life mulitple times, working many trades. I've been (in roughtly this order) a preschool teacher, an assistant editor for an educational publisher, a cake finisher at Rosie's Bakery in Boston, a wallpaper hanger, a program manager for a non-profit providing support to teenaged moms, an award winning quilt artist, an editor and freelance writer in New York and for the last ten years a consultant for a large software integration company, which means I am frequently the only woman in the room. An ongoing constant interest has been a love of writing, but I think I am happiest when I am working with my hands-- which would explain the quilting and the cooking.
Why Redacted Recipes? I write this blog because I need to write and because I cook almost every day-- which means I have something to write about almost every day. In addition to redacted Recipes, I am a co-founder of The Mini Pie Revolution, and a contributor to The Daily Tiffin.
Jack at Brighton Beach, Brooklyn; our living room and his beloved Gretsch guitar; a Camden pub in London; the local tube stop (Tooting Bec) in South London
Vital Statistics: I am old enough to remember 78 rpm records clearly, although not old enough to have bought them for myself. I am British by design, upbringing, temperament and sense of humour, but stateless in my opinions. I have no children, no car, no iPod, and a lovely partner named Ann.
Other Stuff: I never knew what I wanted to do for a living when I was a kid and I still don't. Actually I do, but "travel endlessly, eat at fine restaurants and generally live the life of a complete sybarite" doesn't seem to feature too often in career ads. I was fascinated by science as a youth and this led to me studying physics and astrophysics at university. Three years of that did a good job of burning out the area of my brain capable of handling such head-spinning complexities so I concentrated on drinking instead, at which I excel. At the age of 21 I drifted into a "career" in IT, which I hated. I did this for the simple, pragmatic reason that a software house was the first company to offer me a job. I still work in IT and I still hate it, but the non-working area of my life more than compensates. The only time I have even come close to enjoying a job was during a brief period in the late nineties when I worked in a musical equipment warehouse as a hump-n-stack grunt. It seems I enjoy thinking, but deeply resent having to do it in order to earn a living. I love good beer and wine, music from punk to Puccini (and most points in between), skiing fast, and playing guitar: generally not all at the same time, although I wouldn't rule it out.
Why Redacted Recipes? Because I love food and I enjoy cooking, although Ann is more courageous and experimental in the kitchen than I am. I put this down to lack of confidence in my practical skills and the fact that I'm just not as good a cook as she is. I try to make up for this by rambling about stuff which may have only the most tenuous connection to food but which I actually know a bit about, or can at least bluff convincingly about.