Florta Shedden: Bake-offs, books and bacon sandwiches | Kitchen Encounters

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Bake-off runner-up, blogger, writer and cook Flora Shedden on her cravings and cookbook inspirations

My kitchen is … a big open room, right in the heart of the house. We live in an old barn that my parents converted, in rural Perthshire. I grew up in this kitchen – my mum still has drawings I did as a kid up on the walls. There’s a 1960s Aga at one end, and a big table at the other, counters all around. It’s a very busy space, full of things and people. It’s the one room the whole family spends most of their time in. We all cook a bit, but Mum and I tend to do most of it.

My favourite kitchen tool is … a good spatula. I think they’re underrated. We’ve a few, in particular a wooden one that always gets used when the cakes are being turned out … I also love wooden spoons, for obvious reasons, and an old-fashioned dinner knife – it’s perfect for icing cakes.

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