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We are so excited to introduce our new contributor Sofia Wood. She is our forever favorite foodie and has an eye for what's beautiful, sustainable and enjoyable in both food, arts and fashion. From now on, she will share favorite food ideas and recipes every week on Make it last. Get to know her here.

What sparked your interest in cooking? 

– My mother always cooked, food was always, and is still, a big thing in my family and it’s just been a natural part of me since forever. I can’t remember ever not cooking, or talking food, or thinking food… You get the idea.

What does the act of cooking – and the space that is your kitchen – mean to you? 

– It’s definitely a creative, explorative and calm space but most of all it’s about doing something for others and showing love I think?

 

Two weddings, the same dreamy cake maker.

Tell us about a special cooking experience that you’ll always remember. 

– I recently made the wedding cakes for my dear friend Louise’s wedding. There were six individual cakes in all, consisting of four double layered dark chocolate cakes, filled with strawberries and covered in vanilla frosting and scattered with seasonal flowers because that’s my friends passion. Obviously there’s a lot of nerves involved in that, really wanting to make the couple happy and just the scope of baking that many cakes or whipping that much frosting haha. I’m really happy I did it, their faces were so sweet and happy when they saw the cakes.

How do you reason when it comes to cooking sustainably? 

– Focusing on food that is seasonal, local and mainly vegetarian are the basic baby steps we all should be able to take. It tastes better (ever had a perfect sunripe tomato in late summer in comparison to a tasteless hard thing in winter?) and it’s also cheaper. Choosing not to eat meat or at least reducing your consumption is obviously also a big part of this, and honestly I get that it’s a hurdle for a lot of people, I’m no fan of unsexy lentils or soy meat either but there’s lots of inspiration to be found in other places – hopefully my recipes here being one of them!

What’s your best tip on making everyday cooking more imaginative? 

– Cooking should be fun, not super serious or even a chore but foremost on an everyday basis it needs to be easy. I have two small kids and both my husband and I have full-time jobs so time is not something we have lots of. We tend to have a lot of dinners that are really more bits and pieces, a few smaller vegetable dishes and some good cheese, a few dips and a piece of yummy bread. That type of relaxed cooking tends to spark the imagination I think.

Left: Hasselbacked sweet potato with blue cheese, chilli and pomegranate. Middle: Chanterelles on butter fried sourdough toast with extra everything. Right: Strawberry galette with raw sugar crust and vanilla crème fraîche.

You work in the art industry and have worked in fashion, how do your interests relate to each other? 

– I was in fashion for a long time but fairly recently started to work at at Bukowskis which is an auction house that mediates fine art and design. Both are obviously creative fields, where quality and sustainability is in focus. But what I’ve really appreciated in transitioning from fashion’s inevitable need to consistently push new products is how we through the auction market can cater to individuality, truly invest in pieces with history and actually consume quite a lot without anything creating more clutter, more things being put into the world – just cherishing what is already made.

What’s your favorite three course dinner? 

– That’s completely impossible to say, there are too many options! I don’t have a favorite dish and could never answer what my last meal would be. My favorite dinner is one with lots of friends, or lazy weekend breakfasts with my kids, or fish and chips on the beach in Australia where my dad lives.

Read Sofia’s first food contribution to Make it last – the loveliest weekend lunch idea – here. Follow Sofia on Instagram here.


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