Elly, can you tell us about your background?
I grew up in South London and moved to Essex aged 10. I came to Bristol for uni and never left! I worked in hospitality since I was 17 and opened my cafe, The Pear Cafe (hence why I get called Elly Pear) in 2006. I closed it in 2018 to concentrate on writing and my third book, which is out now…
You have recently launched your new cookbook, Green, can you give us a synopsis?
Green is a book full of veggie and vegan recipes for ‘no fuss weeks and relaxed weekends’. That’s what it says on the front and it’s true! Loads and loads of dishes ready in 20 minutes or less; lots of stuff you can cook in batches and freeze, seasonal menus, brunch dishes.... basically all the stuff I like to cook and eat.
What’s your favourite dish from Green?
The one I’ve been cooking lots recently is the kimchi mixed grains with a crispy fried egg. It’s super quick, filling and delicious.
Do you have any tips for cooking en masse with Falcon this Spring/Summer?
Get a load of dips done in advance, serve in the small pudding basin size bowls (the 12cm bowls) and dot along the table, served with crackers and crudités in more bowls. It looks so pretty displayed like that.
If you could invite 8 dream dinner guests - who would they be and why?
Jeez, that’s a hard one! This is going to be a really random list. I’d like Michelle and Barack Obama there. Claudia Winkleman and Dermot O’Leary. Samin Nosrat, Lauren Laverne, Alan Carr and my boyfriend. What an image. There'd be good music and hysterical laughter.
Where are your favourite places to visit in the UK during the summer months and why?
National Trust properties with kitchen gardens, Cornish and Welsh beaches, London parks, pub gardens and Bristol harbourside. The UK is so brilliant in the summer, I can’t choose one place!
Can you name a place that feeds your imagination?
The city feeds my imagination. I find Bristol and London both endlessly inspiring.
Can you give any tips on the best places to eat, drink, source ingredients in London at the moment?
If you’ve not visited Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, get down there! So many great places to eat.
What's the most important piece of advice you have been given?
Just crack on.