How did you end up becoming a writer?
I fell in love with a movie producer and ran away to live with him in Los Angeles. One day an old friend who worked at Tatler called me and said they were desperate for someone to interview Salma Hayek, would I do it? Would I ever! Though it took years for me to figure out that what I really wanted to write about was food.
How do you relax/switch off?
I have lunatic dance-offs with my kids to cheesy disco in the kitchen. And when I’m feeling more adult, I do yoga, read and make jam (yes, truly).
Can I have two? Currently, The Antidote: Happiness for Peope Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. It’s a brilliant look at how to navigate life’s hiccups. And then Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries. How did we ever exist before him?
I’m torn between Terms of Endearment and Tootsie. But then I find Footloose hard to resist, too.
A-littlebird.com - brilliant cultural picks, books, restaurants, recipes, all chosen with true intelligence spiked with just the right amount of quirkiness.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Fab ice lollies - I eat one pretty much every day during the summer
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
You can get through anything with a grin and a bit of grace.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Jo Whiley on Radio 2. And rather too much cheesy disco (see above).
What’s your go-to weekend recipe?
Chicken Piri Piri - chicken baked till golden in olive oil, chilli, garlic and oregano. An instant hit with all, works whatever the weather and couldn’t be simpler.
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