About

Heather Lamont
I was born in Derbyshire, England but grew up in the Belgium Congo. My parents Rev Wesley and Hannah Beardsmore were missionaries at Lulimba, Kivu, 200 miles inland from Bukavu. I attended Sakeji boarding school in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) on the Congo border. In 1960 I returned to my Grand parents in the UK to attend Swanwich Hall Grammar School. My parents and two brothers were held hostage for 5 months in 1964 but that is another story.
I trained as an Registered Nurse at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield. Midwifery at the City Hospital, Nottingham and district midwifery on a bicycle around the country side near Sutton-in-Ashfield from King’s Mill Hospital. I took Tropical Diseases at Liverpool University and worked on the Tropical Disease Ward at Liverpool Royal Infirmary before returning to Africa in 1969.
As a Ward Sister at the Roan Antelope Hospital, Luanshya, Zambia, Tony Lamont, a medical student, was allocated to my ward and the rest is history! We have been married 41 years. Tony was at Harare University, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) so I moved to be with him. In 1975 we moved to England and became NHS gypsies moving around England as Tony’s career demanded.
My interest in Vegan Recipes and Vegans came about in 1986 when we had a vegan friend come to stay with us for a week and I realised that I did not know how to feed him. I stood in the school playground and shouted “help”. A number of vegetarians gave me help. I discovered that there were no Vegan recipe book only pamphlets and magazines. The visit was a success and shortly afterwards Tony moved to a Consultant post in Leicester while I remained to sell the house in Sheffield. With no back-up I had to give up my night nursing job. I had collected a lot of vegan recipes and researched into veganism. I saw an opening for a book. In 1988 Gollanz published my book Gourmet Vegan. After three reprints sadly it is out of print.
We moved to Queensland Australia in 1995. I have travelled widely with my husband and enjoyed talking to people about their food and collecting vegan recipes. I wrote Vegan Recipes from Many Lands but could not get it published.
My son suggested and helped me set up my blog where I have put out nearly 500 recipes and still have plenty more. I continue to collecting recipes from friend and as we travel.
Three years ago I retired after 47 years of nursing to help look after my four Grand children. It also gives me more time to try and understand the logic of computers.
I live with my husband and Chui a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog (Chui = leopard in Swahili) on a farm north of Townsville in a valley on Hervey Range. We have 700 mango trees – hence all the mango recipes!
I have had a very interesting life and enjoy where I am at. I hope this potted biography satisfies my followers who have asked about me. 

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8 Responses to About

  1. I like this web site very much, Its a very nice billet to read and incur info. “If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking ‘Do you want fries with that'” by John Cleese.

  2. Veronica says:

    Your’re a great cook ! Keep going !

  3. Consultancy6356@live.com says:

    Where’s the information on the remarkable cook, Heather Lamont? I see nothing about her o this site? Or…. Am I missing something?

    • Your right I’ve been concentrating on getting the recipes out there and have written nothing about myself. Thank you for stimulating me I shall try and put out a history of my self and if you are lucky maybe even a photo in the next week.
      This weekend I am flying to Brisbane to enjoy my two month old grand daughters and the following weekend I am sitting the Rural Fire Fighters exam. Time is rather full but great fun. Heather

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