Let me introduce myself to you.
I am a British Barbadian. I was born in Southwark, Guys Hospital. Went to Joseph Lancaster primary school, Trinity House secondary School for Girls. I trained as a chef – went to Westminster Catering College and further onto South East London Catering College in Lewisham.
My Work ‘Food’ History
Peyton Plaice – opened up the first restaurant in the late 80’s with Bob Peyton in Charing Cross Road- wonderful gentleman RIP
Harvey Nichols – opened up The 5th Floor Foodmarket in the early 90’s – such great memories and with a great team of people, with whom I am still friends. 24 years ago I had the honour of baking 2 christening cakes. Lady Helen Taylor asked for a sample of my bajan rum cake and she loved it. I was asked to bake and decorate one for her first son Columbus Taylor and then was asked to do one for his brother Cassius Taylor a couple of years later. My cake was a hit way back then and still is. And I wish to thank Lady Helen Taylor personally for trusting in me all those years ago – a very proud moment in my life.
Marks and Spencer -fantastic platform where I shared most of my Bajan delicacies with my colleagues
Where did my love of baking cakes come from?
My mother and father came to Britain from St. Phillip / St. John parishes of Barbados in 1958. My father came first and found work on the London Transport as a bus conductor. He had various job roles – which ended with being a civil servant. My mother followed him, She had numerous catering roles in Hong Kong Bank, KeyMarket, BBC, ITV & her last job Shell Oil in Waterloo. She worked for Harrods, Knightsbridge in the catering department. Being the last child of 6, mum was always cooking. If it wasn’t for us it was for the church, St George the Martyr, Borough SE1 to which she is still a member to this day and the longest parishioner to date!
My mum now has vascular dementia and can not remember much. Sadly she never wrote anything down! As her carer I love to bake, which is very therapeutic for me and I try to re-create her dishes which she gave to me when I was a child.
All the recipes on my website are versions of what my mother has taught me. As you may know Barbados has the nickname of Little England. If you haven’t seen the beautiful island of Barbados, what are you waiting for?
Until you do step into my world and let me give you a taste of Barbados.
Dedicated to my mum