In the summer of 2019 I realised that I had accidentally written a cookbook. It took the form of a pile of half-written scribbles in four dog-eared notebooks that contained all my recipes and coping strategies for making family meals whilst managing my post-natal depression. What started as a therapeutic exercise had grown into a pretty kick-ass compendium of meals and tips for feeding my family.
Besides recipes the notes recorded my journey back to loving cooking after the shattering effects of post-natal depression. Throughout my life I’ve generally been an upbeat and optimistic person but PND brought feelings of fear, anger and despair that were completely foreign to me and extremely frightening. I’m still managing PND years after it started but it no longer consumes my life. So now I have enough clarity to compile my gravy-stained notes and thoughts into an actual cookbook and I’m going to share that journey with you here at One Tough Cooker.
One Tough Cooker is me and it’s you. Whether you have young children, like me – that’s my crew above, or grown up kids sat round your table you have to find time, energy and inspiration to feed them. Even without post-natal depression, the family cook is One Tough Cooker and I am going to remind you as often as I can that you are AMAZING! No matter what’s happening around us we feed our families food, love and life at tables up and down the land in every country, every day. Feeding our families, is a huge achievement and One Tough Cooker will celebrate all the wonderful and important things that happen at our family dining tables besides just what we eat.
My recipes cover everything from classic family favourites to international dishes that the kids can help you make. But I wanted my first recipe to be the humble boiled egg because its simplicity and joy sums up the best things about eating with our families.