What did you eat/drink today?
For breakfast I had what I usually have ‘“ apple juice and then porridge with the addition of dried apricots, dates, cranberries, walnuts and yoghurt and just a dash of milk. When I was a child we had to make it in a pan on top of the cooker; it took ages to cook and you had to keep stirring ‘“ I used to like it with golden syrup just swirled on the top. These days I cook it in the microwave and it takes 2 ½ minutes. For lunch I had homemade leek and potato soup and homemade bread, with a glass of water. For dinner tonight we’™ll have ‘œWok-It Chicken’ ‘“ left over chicken, with stirred fried vegetables and egg noodles.
Also this afternoon in a throw-back to the 1970s we’™re going to have a slice of black forest gateau with a cup of tea.
What do you never eat/drink?
I eat most food, but not things that my dad used to like, such as tripe, pigs trotters, brains and rollmop herrings. Mum used to cook these for him regularly but I would never eat any of it. I don’™t like tinned tuna, fresh is nice, but tinned is just like cardboard. I’™m not too keen on red meat, although I do like roast beef and I will eat beef casserole. These days I eat very little lamb and hardly any pork. I never drink whisky, I can’t stand the stuff.
Favourite failsafe thing to cook (if you cook) or defrost if you don’t
Spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne, steak and mushroom pie or fish pie.
Complete this sentence: In my refrigerator, you can always find
Milk, yoghurt which I make in a yoghurt maker about twice a week, fruit juice, eggs, cheese, carrots, peppers, and broccoli. There are usually some cans of lager (not for me!) and sometimes a bottle of white wine (yes, for me).
What is your favourite kitchen item?
Like Geranium Cat I like my hand-held blender, which is indispensable for making soup. It’™s great for pureeing food, whisking up batter for Yorkshire puddings and whipping cream etc, so much easier than a food processor and easier to wash as well.
Where would you recommend eating out – either on home turf or elsewhere?
I think one of the best meals I’™ve eaten was in The Fleur De Lys restaurant at the Savoy Hotel in Funchal, Madeira, but it’™s a bit far to go!
The world ends tomorrow. What would you like for your last meal?
That’™s like asking what book, apart from the Bible and Sakespeare, would I take on a desert island ‘“ there are so many to choose from and food is nearly as bad (I mean good!). I love all kinds of pasta, penne in particular, so maybe it would be penne with chicken and arrabiatta sauce, or grilled trout, new potatoes with broccoli, followed by creme brulÃ©e, or anything made with chocolate.
Time for tea and gateau now.