Baking queen Payne on whipping up a storm in the kitchen



Baking queen Payne on whipping up a storm in the kitchen

28 July 2016 / 09:40

Her bread and butter is open water swimming but when she’s not clocking up the miles in training or competition, don’t be surprised if you find Keri-Anne Payne cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

On the verge of her third Olympic Games in Rio, and with a silver medal from Beijing 2008, not to mention two World Championship titles to her name, Payne has already undoubtedly achieved plenty over the course of her 28 years.

But there is another target the Brit is keen to tick off – that of her own cookbook.

As a child, Payne would eat jam and peanut butter sandwiches before swimming training but her dietary habits have stepped up a level since those days while going on to establish herself as one of the world’s leading open water swimmers.

Next month’s 10km open water Olympic competition in Rio’s Fort Copacabana will be the latest challenge on a sporting front.

But navigating the culinary challenges of the kitchen to pen her own collection of recipes is one that Payne is also keen to do in the future.

“I absolutely love cooking and baking. I think the reason I haven’t quite got my book out is that I’m too busy cooking and baking,” she said.

“It’s a real release for me and I really love it. I’m working on slightly different things at the moment. There are a lot of social elements around cooking and there’s the media element as well.

“So there are a couple of little things and projects that I’m working on at the minute.

“I’d love to ultimately write a cook book or do a cooking show, that’s something that really excites me.

“We’ll have to see what we can do after the Olympics but at the moment I’m very much working on nutrition and cooking and baking of some sort but you’ll have to watch this space to see what comes with it.”

A quick visit to Payne’s official website will show her appetite for all things food with recipes for spiced pulled lamb and cinnamon, granola and wonder berry rocky road just two of those posted.

It’s no doubt a welcome break from training with Payne revealing previously that she would have clocked up 200,000m of racing in the last two years running up to Rio.

But while some athletes prefer to unwind on the social scene, Payne, who was born in South Africa and now resides in Edinburgh with her husband and former swimmer David Carry, insists she is nowhere happier than in her own kitchen.

“It’s quite funny. I saw an article the other day in a newspaper and it said that these days lots of the youth are not going out anymore to nightclubs and all that kind of stuff,” she added.

“They are opting to stay at home and to cook and bake and go on retreats and do yoga and all that stuff.

“They christened this generation young fogey and I must admit that’s probably me. This young fogey in the kitchen baking, going to bed early, going to training, doing yoga and doing all that kind of stuff.”

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