The Guest Edit: Elfreda Pownall
There aren’t many people who can claim to have cooked for royalty and rockstars, but Elfreda Pownall is certainly one of them. As Food and Interiors Editor of Stella Magazine, this week’s guest editor is more than worthy of domestic goddess status. A genius in the kitchen with a clear talent for design, we caught up with Elfreda to learn a little bit more about what makes her tick — and to hint at an invitation to dinner.
How would you describe your home?
I live in a 1865 terraced house in South London. I like simple timeless design, at the moment however, my home is a mix of dust, chaos and coffee mugs — we have the builders in!
We want to know what you’d cook for a Less Ordinary dinner party, and how you would style the table.
For a summer dinner party, I’d make a fig, goat’s cheese and toasted pine nut salad, with a whole baked fish and salsa verde. For pudding, I’d cook my favourite chocolate tart. I like bright tablecloths with napkins in clashing colours and plain white plates — I have quite a weakness for coloured water glasses too. A bright table is always cheerful, and looks welcoming when guests walk in.
Where did your love of interior design start?
I’ve been a magazine addict since my early teens, and have always been inspired by their beautiful glossy images. When I was 13, I covered my bedroom, wall-to-wall, with black and white photographs from Vogue – I’ve been an interiors freak ever since.
What or who inspires you when you’re cooking?
Shopping for food is my main inspiration — just seeing some lovely vegetables or fruit and then imagining what I can do with it. I love recipes by Diana Henry, Stella’s brilliant cookery writer — I’ve never had a Diana recipe go wrong!
What in your kitchen, could you not live without?
I wouldn’t be without a set of good knives, a sturdy pestle and mortar and a microplane grater. Plus, olive oil, garlic and lemon. All essentials in the kitchen!
Do you have any styling tips for us?
Don’t be afraid to use colour. It’s the cheapest and most exciting way to make a room look great.
WHAT ELFREDA LOVES
Here are Elfreda’s top picks to help you get inspired.
“A neat, discreet bee hotel, but the bees will surely find it.”
“A good colour and a great shaped teapot.”
“This wire work open storage shelf is perfect for the bathroom or as a hall tidy for mittens and hats.”
“Really pretty and original — three of these filled with flowers would make a great table centre.”
WHAT ELFREDA WANTS
Expect to feel an incontrovertible urge to BUY THEM ALL. You can also add items to your wishlist, share it with friends and leave the buying up to them…
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