Food for thought with Carolyn Waudby

Carolyn Waudby
Carolyn Waudby

Carolyn Waudby is a senior lecturer in journalism at Hallam university, also a poet and blogger ( She lives in Sheffield with her husband, folklorist and author Dr David Clarke.

Are you a cook?

We cook meals from scratch most of the time – Italian during the week but more complex dishes when we have friends or family round.

Any cooking tips?

Always read a recipe through from start to finish before embarking on it.

What’s your favourite dish?

Chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives.

And a drink to go with it?

Sadly I have an intolerance to alcohol, but after a tagine it has to be Moroccan mint tea.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

Lokanta in Broomhill. Turkish fish and fresh herby salads bring the tastebuds alive.

And pub?

As I no longer drink, I favour cafés, but I love an evening at welcoming Fagan’s.

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

Chicken satay in a 19th century café at Amsterdam station. We were tired and hungry but the chicken seemed coated in thick brown varnish: inedible.

And the best?

A Valentine’s meal of haddock, chips and peas at Whitby’s Magpie café, after a day planning our wedding.

Your favourite TV cook?

Rick Stein – he’s so passionate about food and the countries it originates from.

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

Its strength lies in the diversity of restaurants. I enjoy food from other cultures more than fine dining.