Lauren Ash of Punched Up.


Lauren Ash stars on The Comedy Network’s new series Punched Up airing Wednesday nights. This Belleville, Ont. native is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award Winner. She is currently performing in the Second City Toronto’s main stage revue. She is one half of the sketch duo CORY.


Q: What is your fondest memory from your family kitchen?

A: Growing up, everything happened in my grandparent’s kitchen. That’s where we prepared and ate meals, had conversations, played games and made crafts.

Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?

A: Every time you opened the door to my grandparent’s house you would smell something wonderful cooking. One of the best was roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for Sunday dinner.

Q: What is your favourite food to cook?

A: I enjoy cooking things I know will wow other people. Bacon wrapped water chestnuts is a family recipe that always pleases. Cheesy hash browns are also a hit!

Q: How did the first meal you prepared turn out?

A: When I was 10, I tried to make soup from scratch. I boiled some beef broth, pasta and frozen vegetables. I remember that it didn’t taste great. But my mom managed to choke it down with a smile for my efforts.

Q: Is their a cultural dish that you have at family gatherings or an event?

A: Yes. You take whatever is leftover from the night before and fry it into a sort of hash and fried bread. You haven’t lived until you’ve had bread fried in bacon grease. God bless the British and their fatty ways!