Born and raised in Liverpool, England, I began my career as an apprentice chef while studying for a three year diploma in French Cuisine. After many years working in hospitality industry in Liverpool, London and Germany I finally knew I had found home when I arrived in Muriwai on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand (Auckland) in 2000.
I had always dreamed of sharing my knowledge through cooking workshops and writing a cook book. Hubby was a bit smarter, he knows me well with my short attention span and suggested I practice writing for a book in the form of a blog. That was 4 years ago and my short attention span still loves blogging, it’s forever evolving and growing with me and whatever fad I have at the time.
Why call it Peasepudding (also know as pease porridge)? Particularly since my passion is for desserts not peas! Pease pudding is a nursery rhyme I remember from my childhood in Northern England. I had a big Mother Goose rhyme book and this was one of my favourites, even though I hated peas as a child! When I was looking for a Blog name I wanted not only something to do with food but also a link to my heritage which was unique to food Blogs, hence peasepudding.
The origins of this rhyme are unknown. The name refers to a type of porridge made from peas, pease pudding, also known as pease pottage (in Middle English. (“Pease” was treated as a mass noun, similar to “oatmeal” and from that we get the singular pea and plural peas.) One theory is that the rhyme is a doggerel by partisans of Princess Mary (Queen Mary I of England), celebrating the downfall, and disparaging the pretentions of Lady Jane Grey, the “Nine Days Queen”, indicating that she was less than royal–pease pottage being a staple of lower class commoners.
- The lyrics to the rhyme are:
- Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
- Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
- Some like it hot, some like it cold,
- Some like it in the pot, nine days old.
When I’m not blogging or working, or perhaps that should be the other way around, I like to spend as much time in the ocean when conditions permit doing one of my new found passions, surfing. It keeps me fit, gives a great adrenalin rush and burns off al those dessert calories!
If you would like to get in touch with me via email you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org