I was fortunate enough to meet her on numerous occasions through the Food Media Club of which she was Patron. In 2008, she presented me with ‘The Margaret Fulton Award Recognising Potential in an Emerging Recipe Author’ and I have been writing ever since. Her advice to me still remains in my ear: ‘Continue what you are doing, continue having fun, enjoying it, inspiring others – and things will naturally flow.’ And wear good shoes!
I made lunch for her one day and we had it together in her home. What to make for such a kitchen hero?! In a dramatic voice on the phone, she told me to not make huge mounds, so I decided on something true to my heart. Latvian open sandwiches. The whole plate was devoured (phew) and she asked if she could keep the remainder of my Citrus Butter Cake. Now that was the ‘icing on the cake’ – so to speak.
I feel sad for her passing, but happy that she achieved so much and was able to spread that passion and humour to me and so many others.