Rosemary Shrager, 68, shares the items of personal significance inside the sitting room of her East Sussex cottage
1 BACK TO SCHOOL
I’ve lived in this cottage since 2014. It’s a bit like the Tardis – it doesn’t look big but there’s a lot to it – and I love to sit here looking out at the garden, which is full of herbs.
I studied interior design and really enjoy collecting pictures.
A friend of mine, Sarah Chadwick, did this painting of my cookery school, which is only 15 minutes away from the house.
I find teaching people to cook extremely rewarding.
This is me and my children Tom and Kate in 2001 at the launch of my first book Rosemary: Castle Cook, when I was running a cookery school in a castle on the Isle of Harris.
I began my cookery career late in life, so success has been all the sweeter.
I love being a granny – when my four grandchildren were younger they used to call me Squidgy!
Rosemary treasures this pottery sculpture of an African fertility goddess made by her late godmother’s husband
3 GO FIGURE
My late godmother’s husband made this pottery sculpture of an African fertility goddess.
I used to visit her and admired it, so they had this copy made for me.
I lived in South Africa between the ages of five and seven, when my father was an executive for a crane company there.
I got the baking bug from my mother – I’d enter contests and often win.
4 A TASTE OF THE PAST
I bought this antique cookery book 35 years ago for £100, which seemed rather a lot but I loved the title, The Modern Housewife’s Receipt Book: A Guide To All Matters Connected To Household Economy by Mrs Pullan.
The preface has a hysterical section on what a Victorian man should expect from his wife.
It has pride of place in my collection of hundreds of books, some signed by chefs like Pierre Koffmann and Jean-Christophe Novelli, who taught me so much.
5 THE PERFECT POT
This French cooking pot is a mainstay in my kitchen.
When it was fired salt was thrown onto the clay so when you cook in it the food has a distinctive flavour.
I wish I’d had it on I’m A Celebrity in 2012. Cooking on a fire was a challenge, but I had a great time and I lost two stone.
The two figurines I’ve placed on top of it here are of me in chef’s uniform.
The larger one was given to me by The Alan Titchmarsh Show, where I was resident chef.
6 TAKE A HIKE
When I lived in Cornwall in the late 80s and early 90s I loved to go hiking, often with my cousin Liz, along sections of the coastal path where you get to see coves that you would never otherwise reach.
Liz is incredibly fit and she certainly made me raise my game.
I then kept up the walking on the Moors when I moved up to Yorkshire, and using these sticks certainly made life easier.
I’ve had a cartilage problem in one of my knees since then though, so I’ve had to take more gentle exercise.
As told to Roz Lewis. The Real Marigold On Tour, Wednesday, 9pm, BBC1. For information on the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School, visit rosemaryshrager.com.