Hello and welcome to Mama Coops Kitchen!
I’m Sarah Cooper (a.k.a ‘Mama Coops) In case you’re wondering, the name came from the fact that my three children all call me Mama and my friends tend to refer to me as Coops. It seemed a logical progression! My intention was to write down recipes that were like mama used to make. Good, old fashioned home cooking.
I started this website for something to do in the first lockdown of 2020. Whenever I get bored I start getting creative. And boy was I bored! I couldn’t do my day job (being a Reflexologist!) so I thought maybe just maybe I could help someone by writing down my recipes. I love helping people feel good and nothing makes you feel better than having some great food inside you.
When my daughter was away at University she kept ringing me for my recipes. I realised that having a website with the normal, everyday kind of recipes that people want to make throughout the week would help not only her but other people.
I’ve been cooking since I was about 5 years old and so cooking is pretty much part of who I am. I consider myself to be more of an experimental cook than a rigid recipe follower.
This has many great pros: If I don’t have a key ingredient I normally can think of a suitable substitute and if I don’t like something in a recipe I tend to leave it out.
Unless it’s a key ingredient. My son once asked for a lasagne ~ but ‘without the pasta’ It took me months if not years trying to convince him that you couldn’t actually have lasagne without the pasta. We still chuckle about this today!
The cons of being a bit of an experimental cook are that I find it almost impossible to recreate a recipe because I’m never quite sure exactly how big a dollop of this or shaking of that I put in the last dish.
But normally it works out well in the end. But the key point is, I have access to thousands of ideas for making great tasting food that I can share with you so you too can be set free to make your own tasty, homecooked food.
I hope this website will feel like you’re having a chat with me around my kitchen table rather than being particularly prescriptive and cold 🙂 Like cooking with Mama really should be.