In this, the second part, I've done my utmost to answer the wonderful Mummy Plum's questions with colour, flair and a dash of cinnamon.
1. Which song gets you in the mood to party.
I think this has to be Once In a Lifetime by Talking Heads. Love the music. Love the lyrics. Its become something of a morning ritual for Little A and I to shake our booty to David Byrne and Co.
And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself-Well...How did I get here?
2. What's your favourite dish to cook for friends and family.
Strawberry crumble. Its my signature dish. You may not know this but hot strawberries taste otherworldly. They're utterly divine. I guarantee your taste buds will back flip in delight. My crumble has silenced many a dinner exchange. And its perfectly complimented with custard or a generous scoop of Green and Black's vanilla ice cream. I often add oats and ground almonds to the crumble mixture for a more textured, sweeter taste. Nigella ... read and learn.
3. Which of the books you've read recently would you recommend as 'good reads'.
To be honest I can't say I've read anything currently that would be considered a good read. Over the last couple of years I've mainly had my head buried in parenting books. Of those I can highly recommend What Every Parent Needs To Know by Margot Sunderland and Why Love Matters - How Affection Shapes a Baby by Sue Gerhardt. Recently I've been immersing myself in fiction again, and have to admit to reading the Twilight series, yes, at 41 years of age. Its not particularly well written but its still a great yarn. It takes me back to the yearnings, obsessions and hidden desires of my late teenage years. This can only mean one thing; the beginnings of a mid life crisis ...
4. What's your must have beauty product.
Well actually I have two.
Firstly there is this ....
|Vaseline Lip Therapy|
Its cheap but does what it says on the tin. It keeps my lips moisturised and plumped come wind, rain or shine.
Secondly there is this ....
|Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream|
Not so cheap but a real treat and probably the best cream I've lavished the delicate skin around my eyes with. No puffiness. No grease. Just deeply moisturising and rejuvenating. Honestly, its worth every penny and one pot will last around five months.
5. Do you have a favourite mantra/proverb/saying.
No not really but being the domestic hub for the persistent demands of an ego centric two year old I find myself frequently repeating the word calm, caLM, CALM.
6. What is the most romantic thing you've ever done.
I wouldn't ordinarily class myself as a romantic. I'm more of a nuts and bolts girl at heart. But one year I made Younger Dad a special gift for Valentines Day. I bought an A2 black spiral bound album and transformed it into a little book of love for him. In silver pen I told the story of our first encounter, our first date, all the qualities I admired in him and why he was, at the time, such a wonderful boyfriend. I then embellished my gift with an array of red and gold love hearts and photographs of happy times together. Needless to say he kept me hanging around.
7. If money were no object, where would you like to go on holiday.
Unquestionably the Maldives. It was the destination of my honeymoon. I would love nothing more than to spend three weeks, no, lets make that four, on the idyllic, sun soaked canvas of a Maldivian Island.
8. What's your most treasured possession.
Any photograph of my late grandma. There is one that really stands out though. Its a polaroid of my grandma and grandad on their ruby wedding anniversary. They are stood shoulder to shoulder, heads angled towards each other. Their hands are joined around a knife as they're about to cut the cake. They look so fulfilled and at ease in their marriage. But the most special aspect of this portrait is the gentle love emanating from their matching expressions as they smile at their children and grandchildren. How satisfying to look upon the legacy they created.
9. When was the last time you wrote a letter by hand.
Sad but true this is challenging to pinpoint. But you are in luck as the curtain is rising on the platform of my consciousness. Drum roll please. I can clearly recall that the last letter I penned by my fair hand was during University. The year was 1990. That was twenty two bl**dy years ago!
10. Which 3 famous people (alive or dead) would you like to 'Come dine with you'.
I'm going to cheat and invite five to my feast. From Hollywood Royalty it would have to be Kevin Spacey and Johnny Depp because they don't fit the mould. From psychology luminaries it has to
be existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom. Additionally I want extend my fine hospitality to JK Rowling and Margaret Atwood for guidance on writing fiction.
11. If you could rub Aladdin's lamp and make one wish ... what would you wish for.
A British Summer where the rain clouds part and let some mood enhancing rays in. Is that too much to ask?
I did it! I made it to the end ...... now for a well earned cup of tea and homemade banana muffin.