This week’s interview is with Sue Fudge, of Fudges Biscuits. She tells us about her dark chocolate florentines, ‘bic-nics’ and Sunday tea!
What inspired you to start Fudges? To carry on Granddad Percy’s legacy was a natural progression for us. To continue baking fine products, develop new biscuits and bring things up to date was in our blood and a way of life, so a desire to keep the family name going was all the inspiration we needed.
Who taught you to cook? My lovely mum. My twin brother and I always helped her make cakes on a Sunday afternoon ready for tea, and the science of food was taught to me at school by the amazing Mrs Ray (this was the only subject I got Grade A in at O Levels!)
What’s your favourite biscuit? It has to be our Dark Chocolate Florentines
My favourite thing to make is… something from nothing! As well as baking, I’m also a huge fan of crafting – I recently made a beautiful basket with materials gathered from the hedgerows.
My favourite thing to eat is… local creamy cheeses served with our biscuits (of course), a little homemade chutney and fruit.
You wouldn’t know it, but I… used to be a state registered nurse!
The greatest meal in the world is… Christmas lunch – all those spices and aromas and best of all, sharing it with the whole family
The meaning of life is… to give life!!! But I think we are meant to try and do the best we can in whatever we do, whether that’s at work, looking out for one another and also treasuring our family and the world around us.
If I could have one wish it would be… for my parents to meet their great grandchildren and to share in the Fudges experience as it is today. They helped us so much in the early days.
The most amazing feeling in the world is… finishing a project!!!
My favourite place is… Durlston Head near Swanage – to sit looking out to sea with a flask of coffee and my favourite Fudges biccies. It’s the perfect place for a ‘Bicnic’!
My earliest foodie memory is… Sunday tea. What a choice! What a feast!
The best advice I was ever given is/was… be what you are and don’t try to be someone you are not. Be true to yourself; work hard too, as there is definitely no such thing as a free lunch.
Where can we buy your biscuits? Everywhere!!! Our biscuits are available at Asda, Tesco, Waitrose and hundreds of farm shops and delicatessens across the country. Or you can buy direct from our online shop at www.fudges.co.uk