“I love food. I love cooking it and eating it, and my whole family is food obsessed. My mum [pictured with Lisa and her sister] and grandmothers were all great cooks, so I grew up surrounded by it – we would always be eating breakfast and talking about what we were going to eat for lunch and having lunch but thinking about dinner. It’s the same with my daughter, Billie: we always cook together and her favourite is roast chicken, which I’ve always thought is the ultimate comfort food – it’s like a big hug.
“My mum made everything, but one of my favourites was her pavlova, so I wanted to do a take on her recipe but make it for my lovely Grandpa Lely [pictured ], too (he was called Lesley, but I could never pronounce it when I was little), who had a real thing for cherries. He adored them – fresh, tinned, it didn’t matter – and my mum used to make him hot tinned cherries with ice-cream for pudding.
“Mum was a sucker for an occasion, so even on New Year’s Day when we were sitting around doing nothing, she would make a huge lunch for everyone. She would set the table in the dining room so it looked gorgeous and serve up one of her hazelnut meringues – I’ll always remember those meals. They had a real sense of occasion.”
Lisa Faulkner’s From Mother to Mother: Recipes from a Family Kitchen (Simon & Schuster) is out now