About me

Welcome to the website of the Ordinary Cook. I am Kath and I hope this site inspires you to enjoy cooking.

I love to cook.  I learned to cook from watching and helping my mum and I have developed my cooking knowledge by cooking for myself and my family on a daily basis.

I love cookbooks and I am often found with my head buried in a recipe book.  I use these recipes to inspire me. I experiment with and adapt recipes.

We are lucky enough to live in a rural spot and we keep chickens and have a veg patch, so my recipes also reflect what is available to us from the garden.

I have two girls who have helped me cook since they were old enough to stand on a chair to reach the worktop.

I cook using a four-oven Aga and so will usually include instructions for cooking with an Aga in the method for each recipe.

I call myself the Ordinary Cook because that is what I am – an enthusiastic home cook.

In 2014 I set up Veg Patch Kitchen, a cookery school that teaches bread making courses from our bespoke kitchen next to our home in Ironbridge in the beautiful county of Shropshire. We would love you to join us for a relaxing day or evening, learning a new skill.


I would be happy to discuss opportunities to review food related items or to discuss your advertising needs.  If you need a food writer get in touch. Take a look at my PR Queries and Disclosure page or contact me.

This is me, doing what I love, at a loaf shaping demonstration.

This is me, doing what I love, at a loaf shaping demonstration.

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29 responses to “About me

  1. we like the look of your cookbook will be trying a few this autumn as long as there are no olives involved.
    sue & christine

  2. Hi Sue,
    Brilliant, I look forward to hearing about what you are cooking . I am sure you will need some recipes for eggs if not for olives…

  3. Hi Kath,

    Cottage pie is easy enough for even me!

    I could be in trouble with the damson vodka though but I’m certainly going to give it a go…….

  4. Love your website, will be trying some recipes over Christmas!

  5. Hi Kath

    You have a magnificent blog. I love your enthusiasm. Congratulations.

    I am new to blogging and thoroughly enjoy posting my daily recipe. Your recipes sound and look absolutely delicious – every one a taste-explosion for the taste-buds.

    I have added you to my blogroll and I invite you to have a look at my blog – I would be honoured if you would add me to your blogroll.

    Looking forward to sharing with you.

    Sunny regards,

    • Hi Mandy,
      Thank you for your very kind comments. I like what you are doing with the Complete CookBook, some lovely recipes there and would be pleased to include you in my blogroll.

  6. Thanks Kath, nice to have another friend in the blogging world.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. Tthe radio interview was great! Well done!

  8. Hello Kath – I’m still around. Been away, got back, got muddled, resorted, went away, came back – with loads of apples and pears from daughter’s garden …. I’ve got a load of your recipes to try too …

    • Hi Flavia, I am glad you are still around. Life gets in the way sometimes doesn’t it. It’s always good to come back with lots of good things to eat though. Looking forward to hearing about the cooking x

  9. Hi Kath – today I managed to use up all apples, pears, onions, beetroot and made a spicy autumn ketchup. I think it should be OK. The only things is that at present a small piece of rubber glove finger has disappeared in the confusion.

  10. Thank you for the invitation to join this site. I have a great love of cooking, but have been feeling a palpable lack of inspiration for quite some time. Hopefully being in contact with like-minded home-chefs will renew some of my passion for the culinary arts 🙂

  11. Hi Kath. I love your website… I love to bake but not good at it as I’m not good in following instructions.. Your boiled fruit cake is easy enough though. I usually like to get some ideas on ingredients , and I will definitely try your lemon yogurt cake.
    Maria from South Australia

    • Hello Maria, thank you for your lovely comment.I am rubbish at following instructions too. As long as you enjoy the process and the results are edible I think it’s all good. Keep doing it. Do try the lemon and yoghurt cake. I made it the other day with plain yoghurt and it was just as good as with the lemon flavoured yoghurt.

  12. I came home cold, tired and hungry and have been transported to a world of comfort & wonderful yet modestly branded ‘ordinary cooking’. I could taste some of those glorious bakes. Brilliant blog lets hope there’s a book soon.

  13. I love to experiment with recipes (sometimes with spectacular disasters, but edible nontheless). Looking forward to using the site sharing with all.

  14. Dennis Ainsworth

    Have found some very interesting recipes and will be trying some for definite.

  15. I love making jam & chutney to give as presents at Christmas. Am looking forward to trying some of your lovely recipes. Thank you best wishes, Pam

  16. Our shared affinity for prunes (as well as the fact that I’ve been very much enjoying exploring your blog since then) mean I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award here: https://ohtogoawandering.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/753/
    Feel free to take part or not, as the mood takes you 🙂

  17. Would the butter bun recipe be a similar one to those made at Ludlow Food Centre? Seriously sinful 😊

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