Food for thought

fft - Sue Beckingham
fft - Sue Beckingham

Sue Beckingham is an educational developer in the faculty of arts, computing engineering and sciences at Sheffield Hallah University. A keen foodie, she lives with husband Chris in Fulwood.

Are you a cook?

My husband and I share the cooking and always make something special together at a weekend. My speciality is homemade soups, puddings, cakes, sauces and pastries. I also make a tasty curry, savoury scones and quiches, and my meat and potato pie with a dash of Henderson’s Relish is ranked very highly by my family!

Any cooking tips?

Every kitchen needs the Be-Ro cook book and Jamie Oliver’s Italy for simple but delicious recipes. Add a good set of knives and a place to grow your own basil, tomatoes and birds eye chillies, then go experiment and adapt recipes to suit your taste.

What’s your favourite dish?

Buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil drizzled with good extra virgin olive oil – followed by Chris’s king prawn linguine with creamy tomato sauce and a hint of lime – and homemade tiramisu to finish.

And a drink to go with it?

A bottle of red, usually a Merlot or Shiraz.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

We don’t eat out often as we enjoy cooking so much but I do enjoy lunch at the Fusion Organic Cafe in Arundel Street. And I was very impressed with Thai at the Travellers in Holmesfield.

And pub?

Has to be the Hallamshire at Walkley for the amazing hot roast pork sandwiches made by the wonderful Les and Sue – who have sadly just retired.

What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?

Everything British Airways put on a tray and labelled food on a long-haul flight to India.

And the best?

Thai crab curry in Bangkok, washed down with cold Singha beer, followed by fresh mango and Mekong whisky.

Your favourite TV cook?

I love Jamie Oliver’s recipes but Keith Floyd takes some beating. His commentary as he cooked his way around the world always captured the feel, smells and tastes.

What’s your opinion of Sheffield as a place to eat out?

There’s such an amazing choice of places to suit all tastes – and prices to suit all pockets. You don’t have to pay a fortune to get a good meal in Sheffield (unless you want to).