My name is Pheeraya Hill. Like all Thais I have a short nickname, which is Nid, and this is what everyone calls me. I came to the UK in 1992 and have lived in Somerset since then. I originally come from the North of Thailand near Chiang Mai, but moved to Bangkok when I was 18 to study for a diploma in marketing.
I have always been interested in food, and learned about cooking from my Mum and my Aunts. When I first came to the UK it was hard to find any Thai ingredients outside London. This led me to start growing things like chillies, coriander and lemon grass, which I could not buy, and we now grow many Thai vegetables in our greenhouse and small polytunnel. Some things are hard to grow or find in the shops, so I have developed recipes which use local vegetables as a substitute.