Food For Thought: Becky Clements reveals her favourite dish

Becky Clements.
Becky Clements.

Becky Clements is an office manager. She lives at Kelham Island with boyfriend Andrew and is an enthusiastic amateur cook.

Are you a cook?

I love cooking and do most of the meals at home. People say they like my food but they could just be scared. (I once lost a ‘chilli off’ pretty much because my boyfriend didn’t vote for my chilli. Everyone’s been walking on eggshells ever since…)

Any cooking tips?

I’ve just bought a ‘mini-chopper’, as recommended by Delia and Jamie, which is amazing for speeding things up, whether it’s chopping an onion or making a salsa. And tidy up as you go along (boyfriend please take note!).

What’s your favourite dish?

Food is the highlight of my day, so to pick a favourite would be impossible and I’m not at all fussy! I have a love-hate relationship with carbs and my general rule when it comes to curries and stir fries is the spicier the better.

And a drink to go with it?

A glass of medium white wine but nothing beats lager with a good curry.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

Living just round the corner, I have to say The Milestone. Milano impresses when family visit and Nonnas in Ecclesall Road when the sun’s out. I’ve had a couple of great meals at All Siam and Thyme Café too.

And pub?

The Old House in Devonshire Street is great value for a hearty meal, and their drinks menu’s impressive too. On Kelham Island we’re spoilt for choice – their beer gardens are the best around – and the Fat Cat’s my favourite.

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

Having been a student, too many to mention!

And the best?

My boyfriend cooked an amazing butternut squash risotto on my birthday. A huge pile of carbs with crispy pancetta on top is definitely the way to my heart. But he Milestone’s whitebait and ‘Yorkshire caviar’ is still my favourite starter ever.

Your favourite TV cook?

I’ve been working my way through Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals since Christmas. I love Raymond Blanc and Heston Blumenthal too – it’s like watching artists and magicians at work.

What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?

It’s pretty good but there’s definitely room for improvement! We do have a pretty good selection but there hasn’t been anywhere yet where both food and service have been spot on for me.