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Soup kitchen worker shares her kitchen secrets

THIS week Lea-Anne Williams shares her kitchen secrets for The Observer's In the Kitchen With ... section.

Name: Lea-Anne Williams, with Mia, 3, in the photo.

Occupation: St Saviour's Anglican Church warden, coordinating the weekly soup kitchen - and mum of five.

Cooking style: Fast and furious!

Who had the most influence on your cooking skills? My dad. His favourite dish every Sunday he used to cook was a train smash. It was whatever leftovers from the week, all chopped up, and fried in the pan with butter - it was delicious.

What is your favourite dish to cook? My kids love home-made rissoles.

What's your worst cooking disaster? When I was younger, instead of putting cocoa in the cake I put Gravox in there. They weren't labelled so it was easy to mix up!

What's your favourite meal of the day? Lunch, because I usually always have Greek yoghurt on salads or meat. I love Greek yoghurt.

What's the first thing you cooked? Patty cakes!

How do you flavour your food? I flavour by taste, I put lots of garlic and chilli in. I like it hot with a bite.

What's your guilty pleasure? Greek yoghurt.

Masterchef or My Kitchen Rules? My Kitchen Rules.

How do you lunch? I make my own from home in a container, I'm always eating on the run

RECIPE: One Pot Wonders

Get all the vegies you can think of - celery, sweet potato, carrot, potato, peas, corn and onion. Add bacon and a few cups of water. Cook it on the stove for an hour or two. Blend it with a can of coconut cream. Add salt, pepper, garlic and ginger to taste.



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