MY LIFE IN FOOD: JANE LOVETT

Northumbrian cook, tutor and food writer Jane Lovett shares her foodie love stories…

A meal that takes you back to childhood…

I was brought up on runner beans in white sauce and baked marrow, as was my mother, so I think of them as family recipes. My mother grew both and I do now too. I never tire of eating them!

The food that bring you the greatest joy…

A relaxed supper or Sunday lunch with my loved ones. Just a few people, good plain food, good wine and lots of good chat. You can’t beat it.

The food that represents where you come from…
Fresh, seasonal food. Living in the country and on a farm as I do, growing fruit and veg, foraging, buying locally-reared meat and locally-caught fish, as well as artisan bread and cheeses, is paramount for me. We’re so lucky that there’s no shortage of wonderful ingredients from the land and sea on our doorstep in north Northumberland.

Your most memorable meal…

The most recent was at The Raby Hunt, near Darlington. I don’t usually seek out Michelin-starred restaurants, preferring simpler food in more relaxed surroundings, but this completely knocked all my preconceptions out of the window. We ate 17 fabulous courses.

Your favourite meal of the day and why…

Brunch at the weekend and supper the rest of the week. Supper signifies the end of the day – a time to wind down and relax, hopefully with a glass of red wine!

The best cook you know…

Babs, who I taught with at Leith’s School of Food and Wine. She’s a wonderful, natural cook. Her food is original, effortless and always delicious.

The food you turn to when you need some comfort…

Fish pie, Shepherd’s Pie (with cooked lamb mince) and slow-cooked stews made with tasty cheap cuts of meat, such as oxtail, cheeks and shin of beef.

The food you always need in your fridge…

Butter, cheese, root ginger, chillies, mustard, chorizo, homemade pesto, lemons and limes. With all of these, plus a few store cupboard ingredients, I can usually pull something out of the bag.

The food you never give up…
Bread, eggs, marmite and vegetables. But I’d miss meat and poultry, too.

What food means to you…

It means everything. It’s my life and raison d’être (after my family, of course). I think about food and eating all the time. As soon as one feast is over, I’m thinking about and planning the next.


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