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CONFIDENTIAL KITCHEN


Name: Steph Anderson Hometown: Winsley, Wiltshire Occupation: Owner of In a Pickle Must have kitchen item: Santoku chef’s knife


Go-to recipe: St Stephen’s Day pie You love the taste of… Truffle oil Coffee or tea? Coffee Beer or cider? Cider


Five people you’d invite to your dinner party: Gordon Ramsay, Alex Polizzi, Gary Barlow, Nigella Lawson and Clare Balding


The look of your kitchen in three words: Light, smart, homely


Kitchen uniform: Clogs and an apron – and whatever is underneath


Preferred midnight nosh: Chocolate Your kitchen is awesome because… I designed it!


Secret skills: I’m quite a decent golfer What’s on your cooking playlist? Katy Perry, The Killers, Kings of Leon and Adele


What are you going to cook this weekend? Slow-cooked ox cheek, red cabbage, creamed potatoes, gooseberry crumble and custard – it’s that time of year


Unexpected item in your kitchen cupboards: An old pressure cooker Most prized item: My son


You can’t live without: My iPad Favourite condiment: Balsamic vinegar


If your kitchen could talk, it’d say… Give me a rest!


has put into designing her perfect space. “We spend so much time in here, and I


love to entertain, so it was designed with that in mind,” says Steph. “We had to be careful, what with me working from home, that there was a clear gap between the old working kitchen at the front of the house and this new family space. This is now where I relax, and where I spend time being a wife, mother and friend.” There are signs of Steph’s affinity


for design in every direction, from the perfectly matched mugs from Blue in Bath, which hang in neat rows, to the elegant curved doors from Bath Bespoke Carpentry and mocha stone flooring from Beswick Stone in South Cerney. A


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towering Whirlpool double fridge freezer makes it easy for Steph to feed the family and plan ahead for busy days, while the onyx AGA Total Control may have been Jeff’s choice, but Steph’s slowly coming around to its iconic structure and unusual cooking guidelines. “The first meal I cooked on there,”


she admits, laughing, “was a complete disaster! I was so used to cooking with gas rings. But, as with any new gadget, it’s just trial and error.” Her favourite kitchen piece? “I love the Le Mans S-shaped carousel


shelves in the corner units. They help make use out of an otherwise wasted space. And my Lesley Waters Smelly


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Board. I use it all the time to chop onions or crush garlic.” With new seasonal opportunities inspiring Steph regularly – a neighbour’s groaning quince tree last autumn turned into her popular Quince Charming recipe, while a by-chance chat with Edington Farm Shop resulted in a devilishly addictive Three Daggers Ale Chutney – it seems everyone is eager to get their condiment fix. So what does the future hold? “From In a Pickle comes In a Jam, of course! I’ve been working on a range of jams, marmalade and lemon curd, which should be on the shelves by March.” ✱ www.inapicklefoodco.co.uk


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