Great Food Live

Everything about the programme that has been my life for the last five years. Please visit the homepage for recent news from me.

Good Friday ( 6 April 2007)

8.40pm on Good Friday. I have so many bunches of flowers I feel I am present at my own funeral. The truth is we pre-recorded today's show, and now I realise why. After five and a half years, 5,942 recipes,...

Ritualistic ablutions ( 4 April 2007)

I have over one hundred cookery books in the flat, and even more at home in the cottage, so when the Hairy Bikers Cookbook arrived on my desk, I was less than overjoyed at yet another tome I had to...

Box, set and match ( 3 April 2007)

Richard Phillips cooked English lamb and liver, Nick Watts made sashimi with red mullet and daikon, Charles Metcalf brought in the booze, Paul Young provided the easter eggs and my body has gone into revolt. Just how many bloomin' bits...

Poor old Tracy ( 2 April 2007)

It's 18.45 and Tracy is about to be convicted of killing Charlie Stubbs in 45 minutes so I'd better be quick. I've just been up the Kings Road, not a million miles from the flat, and down past the Thames,...

Jackson (31 March 2007)

Yes, I do have a life but Jim's doing his last show night. I am all alone with the dog, who's just had his freshly cooked brown rice and a third of a big tin of dog food. I don't...

1.01am (31 March 2007)

Well, it's 1.01, or too-late-for-my-own-good. The old man has just arrived home from Hornchuch where he's been giving his Trinculo in the Tempest. I watched some TV after driving for two and a half hours from the centre of London,...

Friday morning (30 March 2007)

The alarm goes off at 7.00. I either meditate for 20 minutes or sleep for 45 or jump out of bed and ablute. This morning I slept. I am knackered from taking out my daughter, nephew and great nephew for...

Jammie Dodgers (29 March 2007)

One of the best things about getting older is that you really do know what you are doing. In today's 'wrinkle free, let's pretend we haven't lived for years in case we look a day older than 28' culture we...

Hangover cushions (28 March 2007)

Thank you for the kind comments. So many and too many to answer individually, but be rest assured they are noted and gratefully received. We had a little hangover cushion on today's show. Stuffed with herbs in brown silk, it...

Acupuncture and pink champagne (27 March 2007)

I guess this post ought to be in my acupuncture category but you really need to know the ridiculous lengths I'm going through to survive the last few days of GFL. I had needles put in the tips of my...

Not good enough (26 March 2007)

This is just not good enough. I am weeping all over the place. You can't be saying all those things and expect me to keep a dry eye. But the sun is on the river, the sky is blue and...

Thank you (23 March 2007)

Thank you so much for your support. I can't answer each and every one of you - there are so many to read, but just to let you know that yes, I will keep up this site. And yes, I...

Points of interest (22 March 2007)

Cor, blimey! Thank you for your lovely comments. I am overwhelmed. Really I should be out running or, at least, power walking, but it ain't 'alf cold out there. Today's show was... It's 14.59. I've been off air precisely one...

The First day of Spring (doing!) (21 March 2007)

Ain't it always the way? The more successful a person is, the easier they are to talk to, be with, listen to and appreciate. And so it was with Anton Mossiman. For the last five years we have always had...

Las Phallus (20 March 2007)

Andrew Nutter trains it down from Rochdale and he never once complains, about the journey, about the weather. He just turns up with another one of his daft shirts and gets on with being utterly Nutterly. The show today honoured...

Three weeks left (19 March 2007)

Today we announced that the show had three weeks left. I was surprised at my reaction. I thought I would get really tearful but actually it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I kept examining my feelings...

Beware the Ides of March (15 March 2007)

Caesar was stabbed in the back in 44BC, but I had a stab at my Caesar salad earlier today at the hairdressers. The woman who runs it has won every colouring award in the business and the clients are rich,...

Giving up smoking (14 March 2007)

Well, worra night! Well, worra day, actually! National No Smoking Day in good old Blighty. Nobody on the show had ever smoked so it fell to me - ex-addict - to reveal the truth giving up the weed. My daughter,...

The Dragons' Den (13 March 2007)

The sun is beating down outside, the sky is clear and I'm in here. I have been poorly for a couple of days. Eating on the show has been really hard. The food was good but my stomach wasn't. I...

Four weeks (12 March 2007)

Today we had Simon Rimmer on. He has been absent for a long time - he said today's show felt like coming home. But he's been off doing his thang: opening restaurants, being a dad, writing books, being on telly......

CO2 ( 9 March 2007)

The end of another week. The time is going so swiftly. The boxes are being delivered to my dressing in preparation for packing up 5 years worth of clothes,120 pairs of shoes, endless old scripts, bottles of vitamins, loads of...

Make-up ( 8 March 2007)

How will I cope without make-up? Everyday, except for Sundays and holidays, I sit in the make-up chair and get done. Eyes closed, rollers in, head back, my makeup is applied. I do my own mascara and lipstick but the...

Pink Lipstick ( 8 March 2007)

What an extraordinary day. Frantic in the studio. Too much to do in too little time. We rehearse from 10.00 until 12.00. I take a break in the make-up chair then it's out into the void. We had the lovely...

Breakfast at Tiffany's ( 6 March 2007)

This is my third attempt at writing this bloomin' post. I have pressed the wrong key three times and deleted everything. You had better read it and make it worth my while! Today on Great Food Live we made breakfast....

All over, save the gravy ( 5 March 2007)

Twenty four days to go and then that's it - the show ceases to be. Of course, it's hard. I'm spending a lot of time not thinking about it but it is the backdrop to my life. Any more clichés...

St. David's Day ( 1 March 2007)

Well, pinch, punch, first day of the month and all that. GFL was really good today. My editor came into make-up and we agreed that we wouldn't make a big number about the show coming off air, but it is...

Eating squirrel (27 February 2007)

Well, maybe it's something planetary but today has been weird. Maybe it's because I knew I had to eat squirrel. Fergus Drennan came up from Herne Bay. He brought with him an assortment of wild herbs and mushrooms and, of...

The Year of the Golden Pig (26 February 2007)

It has been a very short month. One minute we were in the Year of the Dog and then Nancy lam and Ken Hom were on the programme and it became Year of the Pig. This year is very auspicious...

The end of Great Food Live (15 January 2007)

At present I am doing a daily food programme called Great Food Live, formerly Good Food Live. Nick Thorogood, now at Channel Five, launched the programme for UKTV Food. I was brought on board not because I knew anything about...

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