We are thrilled to add a new member to our team at Squidbeak. Joan Ransley is a friend of ours, but more than that, she is a nutritionist, a cook and a talented photographer and she has agreed join Squidbeak to run our recipe pages.
Originally from Wallingford in Oxfordshire Joan has lived for many years in Ilkley. She is a nutritionist by training with a BSc in Food and Nutrition from Surrey University and an MMedSc and PhD from Sheffield and Leeds, so she knows a great deal about what we eat and what we should be eating.
Don’t think for a moment that makes her preachy nor her recipes dull and worthy, Joan really enjoys food and it shows in everything she cooks. In recent years she has established herself as a very accomplished food photographer (she’s just been shortlisted in the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards) and when you see her photographs on our pages we think you will agree.
All this would be enough for most of us, but not Joan. She knits, sews, has created a beautiful, edible potager in the front garden of her Ilkley home and more recently has taught herself ipad art producing delightful illustrations for some of her work. Oh yes, and she’s visiting lecturer in human nutrition at Leeds University.