Food for thought: Sara McClean

fft - Sara McClean
fft - Sara McClean

Are you a cook?

Yes, I love baking and I find cooking a ‘proper’ meal every evening for my family relaxing after a day at work. Roast dinner on a Saturday evening is a family tradition. Sunday is a day of left-overs, which means I get to spend the afternoon at the gym, supposedly exercising – but a lot of tea drinking and cookie eating goes on, too…

Any cooking tips?

All the best recipes are passed on by friends on scruffy bits of paper. I try to be organised at putting them on the computer or in a book.

What’s your favourite dish?

Anything with chocolate always goes down well. Toast and marmite when I need comfort food and chips, cheese and gravy when I need cheering up.

And a drink to go with it?

A good old-fashioned cup of tea.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

Don’t eat out that much. Ego is good for a quick meal before the theatre. For a special occasion Rafters at Nether Green is great – you can’t beat their bread and butter pudding.

And pub?

I meet up with a group of friends once a month at the Prince of Wales in Ecclesall Road South.

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

Anything served up on an aeroplane…

And the best?

A Chinese meal in a restaurant in Barstow, California, that was in the middle of a parking lot. My boyfriend (now husband) and I had only called in to do our laundry and decided to eat while waiting. The chicken chow mein was wonderful with a spicy sauce and melt-in-the-mouth chicken.

Your favourite TV cook?

Jamie Oliver – love his recipes and they always work. Can’t beat Delia Smith, though, for taking you through the basics and my Christmas turkey is always cooked to her instructions.

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

There’s a wide variety of places, catering for all tastes and budgets. I like trying somewhere new and a friend and I take turns to find a different place each time we meet. My last choice was Graysons in Hutcliffe Wood Road. I enjoy reading the reviews in the local papers and am a big fan of little one-off cafés, especially their cakes…