I momentarily feel undeserving as Mama tells me how talented I am, my perfectly diced polygonal potatoes tumbling neatly into the waiting bowl. But she’s right. I *am* talented, and my glistening, perfectly-seasoned beef stew is surely delicious. ‘Fantastic!’, Mama enthuses with every fibre of her being, awarding me three gold stars.
Meanwhile, my real life toast sets off the smoke alarm.
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