I am Rosemary, aka JuliaBalbilla, and my husband Mike and I are extremely fond of cooking. Mike even has his own chef's uniform and doesn't he look a prat :-). Our daughter Matilda is not so interested in food, but she had an ice-cream maker for Christmas, so hopefully she will come up with some recipes. We live in the Cotswolds where there is an abundance of fresh vegetables and locally produced meat.
When I am not messing about with food I spend a lot of time doing various Open University courses, mainly classics and history related.
Mike: Gordon Ramsay
Matilda: Hairy Bikers
Rosemary: Gary Rhodes, José Andrés, Thomasina Myers, Elizabeth David
Mike: Serrano ham, chicken, eggs, game, curry, paprika, lamb, fish, garlic, garlic and garlic
Matilda: Serrano ham, garlic sausage, lamb, cheese, cucumber, sweet peppers, fruit and junk food
Rosemary: Garlic, smelly cheese (except goats'), garlic, olives, garlic, salad, garlic, olive oil, garlic, rice, garlic, watercress and even more garlic
Mike: Cheese, olives, capers
Matilda: Chillies and anything else that suits her mood
Rosemary: Meat, fish, mushrooms, goats' cheese, squash, okra, overcooked vegetables
Mike: Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Saxon, Metallica, Led Zeppelin
Matilda: Lily Allen, Amy Macdonald, Britney Spears, Queen, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Basshunter, 23 Deluxe, Kci and Jo-Jo, Chris Crocker,Gym Class Heroes, Katy Perry, Soapbox Story, Kanye West, Ronan Keating, Rihanna, PCD, Nickelback, Dizzee Racsal, Taio Cruz, Alex Gaudino, Blackout Crew, Duffy, Estelle, Adele, H20, Flo Rida, Mark Ronson, Maroon 5, Mika, Niche, One republic, T2, The Ordinary Boys, Wiley, Billie Piper, Mia, Beyonce, Darren Styles, N-Dubz, Cascada, N-force, Fallout boy, Armand Van Helden, Daft Punk, Eric Prydz, United Nations, Kid Cudi, Jason Mraz, Princess Superstar, Bryn Christopher.
Rosemary: Led Zeppelin, ELO, King Crimson, Kinks, Uriah Heep, Radio Tarifa, Bach, Wagner, Bruch, Pergolesi, Handel, Curved Air, Victor Jara and many more too numerous to list.