|Me on a good day|
I'd like to introduce myself and welcome you to my blog. I'm Doreen Simpson known to my Facebook followers as Dor. I started my page on Facebook in 2011 just to make contact with other like-minded fanatical cooks like myself. My goodness how the experience has changed my life. I've met so many wonderful people who have become such firm friends in a relatively short space of time. After cooking for virtually all of my long life I thought I'd seen it all, but no, I have learnt so much through my fellow bloggers. There's a whole world out there of wonderful food that I can't wait try and I'd love you to join me.
Here's a little bit about my life.
I worked for the Midland Bank on leaving school. To this day I wonder why? I was never cut out for office work and I spent a good deal of my time there organising our social events and disappearing to the kitchen to knock up lunch for everyone. But the money was good and I stayed with them for 12 years.
After an unsuccessful marriage I ventured into the cake making world and although I made a reasonable living out of it I decided to go to college to get my City & Guilds and become a chef. It was great fun, I enjoyed every minute of it and never looked back.
I was employed by a large catering company where I really learned my trade and left after two years to start up on my own.
I've run a successful catering company 'La Difference Catering' for the last 20 years now & enjoyed catering for the 'rich and infamous' of the Cheshire set but mainly for ordinary folk like you and I who have something lovely to celebrate.
The highlight of my career happened last year when I catered at a weekend's shoot for The Duke of Edinburgh, Lord Brabourne (Mountbatten's son) and several others of the nobility. I prepared afternoon tea for them, dinner in the evening and breakfast the following morning. It was quite nerve racking and I spent weeks of sleepness nights working up to it, but in the end I thoroughly enjoyed it, the Prince was an absolute delight and such a lovely chap.
Years of cooking & organising events have given me a wealth of experience that I would love to share with you all. If you are planning to start a career in catering then I can offer you any advice that you may need. Also if you're planning a large event yourself then I'm willing to help you.
I hope to bring you a few stories of triumphs and disasters in my career, hopefully in a humourous way along with glimpses of my very happy home life with my partner Clive and my two lovable Jack Russells, Bugsy & Molly.
But the main purpose of my blog will be to share my recipes with you. Don't worry I've got thousands. Trouble is it'll take me years to post them all.