I am a creative writer and content developer who leads a Publications and Documentation Team for a Southern African Regional Health organisation. I was raised in Scotland by an Italian mother, and by a father with a rich Scottish heritage who infused his love of history and storytelling. I have worked and travelled beyond Europe in America, Jamaica and all across Eastern and Southern Africa. I have just one husband, and we have two sons and raised the family in Zimbabwe, where I currently reside. My cooking, like my writing, reflects my lifes' journey.
The most pertinent point, however, is that I cook. I cook up a storm!
You didn’t know I cooked? Where have you been! Keep in touch and I will tell you more.
Check me out on Instagram@ kats_slowfood_zw
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Oh I grew up in the beautiful Scottish countryside. We occupied a big house that was once part of a 17th Century estate, an old creaky building, cold, but we loved it. We had a small-holding of sorts; chickens, horses, dogs and a huge garden, surrounded by farmers and their fields. I was always outdoors. Always helping in the garden, doing chores, going on adventures to the river or the nearby woodland. We cooked food, rather than bought it. We read books when forced to stay indoors and told stories to each other as TV was restricted. Still I cook, I read and I write. My childhood was everything.
What's the story behind your latest book?
You know, this is a very good question. You see, I am a working Mom. By choice. Even when I was a soccer Mom (which I loooooved) I freelanced. Although it was a career break, it wasn't a full stop (so to speak). Being a working Mom means I got really good at separating work and home. This meant at home I was Mom full time and at work I researched and wrote for a huge and diverse range of development facing organisations and institutions. In essence, this cook-book come story-book teaser (there is a bigger one to come) for me represents change. Change at a time that my children are now grown and need to grow. It is hard to let go. I must. So, I just feel it is time to merge by home and my work-life because both are such important sides of me. Writing about cooking feels so natural, and merges two much practiced skills.