Most of you will know that I have six loves in life: food and wine, books, photography, walking, family and my labradors Jack and Henry. A lot of these can be combined so indulging them all is not too consuming and the plus side is that I don't have time to persue the pet hates of fashion and trudging around the Metro Centre and Eldon Square.

I discovered cooking at the age of five and put my first Sunday dinner on the table at six and studied at the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in London for my Diploma between 17 and 18. Whilst becoming disillusioned with the trade for various reasons, I still enjoy my cooking and love the opportunity to spoil family and friends. My favourite dishes are desserts as I have a very sweet tooth.

I have been thinking for a long time that I would like to share some of my recipes with you and so this month I will be adding the recipes for the sweets made or handed around at the November meeting, the recipes I will use to make my contributions to the January meeting and a few others.

If you have any questions or feedback then please email me at claire.wallace.watson@btinternet.com (but please don't send any requiring an immediate answer).