Through a mix of Instagram and Twitter posts, I asked my lovely followers to ask me anything! Here are the questions, if you would like to get to know me…
With all the amazing food you eat, do you find it hard not to indulge in tons of rich food?
Nope. I eat what I want when I want. The issue is that since a car accident 2 years ago I’ve struggled to get back into pole dancing and the gym. I love pole and every time I try to take it back up, I injure myself. Last weekend I messaged my friend to say ‘let’s go back to a pole class’. Later that day I fell down the stairs and I’ve bruised my coccyx. It hurts to sit down! I think I’m destined to be a stone overweight!
What would you say is your signature dish/starter and main combo? (I’ll allow you a second and third choice)
Ooh, I love to cook. For starter I would do summer rolls and for main I’d cook either a Thai laksa or a Red Thai Curry. I absolutely love Thai food.
What make up and hair care products do you use? What’s your secret to those beautiful curls?
I use no7 foundation, benefit powder, bronzer, eyelash primer and mascara. I use any number of eye shadows including Mac and Urban Decay, and I use a super cheap blusher from Primark!
For 15 years I straightened my hair, almost to death. I then came across a method called ‘the curly girl method’ by a lady called Lorraine Massey. It basically means not using shampoo and instead washing with conditioner. You don’t use any sulphates, silicone or drying alcohol. My hair has good days and VERY bad days but in the last 18 months I’ve come to terms with the fact that my hair is a natural frizz ball
Where’s your favourite place to eat?
Ooh that’s a hard one! For a quick, cheap delicious meal I would choose Son of Steak. The food there is amazing and such good value for money. My other choice is Notts Street Food in the Victoria Centre. There’s so much choice and I love supporting local eateries.
For a special occasion, it would be Alchemilla. The 10 course taster menu blew my mind and I’d love to be able to eat there more often! Alex Bond definitely knows his way around a menu!
If blogging isn’t your day job, how do you fit it into your day?
Oh god I don’t! I work full time and by the time I get home all I want to do is eat, watch Hollyoaks and crawl into bed. I usually write at weekends to be honest. I quite like having a deadline to work to which motivates me a little more, but I have a list of posts as long as my arm that I need to do when I get back from Portugal!
What has been your biggest achievement in life?
Hmm this is a hard one. I think the thing I am most proud of is building a life in Nottingham over the last 6 years. I moved here after my marriage broke down and have a great set of friends here now that really do enrich my life. It was hard but I don’t regret a second of it. I would never have visited Asia, danced in tents at Glastonbury or the other millions of things I have done if I hadn’t moved here.
Do you have an all time favourite restaurant? feel free to split it per meal if that helps you narrow them down!!
The restaurant that brings back the best memories has to be Favinha in Portugal. It’s a little local bar/restaurant a 5 minute walk from where we stay and it just reminds me of being with my family. We have been back a few times this holiday and the food is fantastic.
If you could describe yourself as a gin, what would it be?
Probably the Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger gin. It is sweet with a hint of sharpness and great to have at a party!
If money was no object where in the world would you travel?
Everywhere! I’d start by doing the rest of Asia (I did Thailand in 2016 and Vietnam in June 2018) and I’d love to visit Laos, Myanmar and Japan. I’d also love to drive through America!
What three things about yourself do you like most?
I am incredibly loyal to my friends. When I should have given up on something a long time ago I try to stick it out, for better or worse.
I love my hair. It’s taken a long time to come to terms with the fact that it’s not poker straight and shiny and lovely but I think it reflects my personality quite well.
I like that I’m a planner. I like to know what I am doing and how I am filling my time, and I love to plan exciting trips to get the most out of the time I am in a country!
If you could do any job in the world what would it be?
I grew up wanting to be a newsreader in America, quite the big dreamer! I hate being in front of the camera though so I’m not sure I could hack it.
If I could do anything, I would love to be a Special Victims detective working with Olivia Benson! (If you don’t watch Law and Order SVU, she is the main woman on it!)
What are your top 5 favourite foods?
Roast dinner, tapas, sushi, chicken casserole from my Mum and a good steak!
Where did you get the hat? I love the way that you have it at a jaunty angle.
The hat I am wearing this this pic inspired this question! My best mate took me to afternoon tea at Teacups Tearooms in Newark and it was on the back of the chair! It was an Alice in Wonderland themed tea and it was delicious! I loved the hat!
Is there any food you would never try?
Yes. Dog. I was all for trying it when we went to Vietnam until I found out that it is believed that the more you torture a dog, the more tender the meat is. Absolutely vile.
What’s your favourite place you’ve travelled?
Both Vietnam and Thailand. They were completely different to anything I have ever experienced and the memories of the places will stay with me forever. Bathing elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand was incredible and the view from our boat in Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam was just breathtaking.
What do you think is the worst travel tip you have gotten?
Ha to be honest I don’t think I have ever been given a bad travel tip! The one I thought was silly was from my mum. She told me to take haemorrhoid cream to Thailand in case I got Delhi belly. She was correct, when you get ill, you need something to numb the pain haha
If you could have dinner with three celebrities, who would it be and why?
Frank Turner as he is my number one favourite artist. I’ve never met him but I have a video message and birthday card from him for my 30th that my sister and my friend Loz arranged for me. Having seen him live 16 times, I still can’t believe I haven’t met him!
Sarah Millican. She is fantastic. She makes me laugh so much and just seems like someone I would gravitate towards and I think we could be best friends!
The Spice Girls. All of them. Together. I’d love to see how they interact with each other and they were a huge part of my life while I was growing up. I wanted to be In the Spice Girls so this would be the next best thing!
What is your favourite Nottingham restaurant?
This is really hard. There are so many amazing restaurants (for different reasons) in this city.
To please everyone, I’d go to Cosmo on Milton Street. Their sushi and Chinese food is amazing and as it’s an ‘all you can eat’ so you can stuff yourself silly.
For steak go to Son of Steak at Trinity Square. Inexpensive and delicious.
For variety go to Notts Street Food in the Victoria Centre. There’s a lot of choice and it’s all local vendors and brilliant food.
For Thai food so close to the real Thailand, go to Zaap Thai. It reminds me of being on Koh San Road in Bangkok!
For fantastic tapas, go to Bar Iberico in Hockley. It is exceptional value!
For a special meal, head to Alchemilla. A fabulous 10 course meal that you will struggle to finish, at a price that isn’t extortionate.
What made you start blogging?
My friend Chloe writes a food blog based in Birmingham (Gastronomic Gorman) and I said I wanted to start. Her words were ‘don’t say it, do it’ and so I did. I love blogging and
What is your dream holiday destination?
There isn’t one particular place to be honest. Ideally I’d like hot weather. Interesting history to get lost in and a swimming pool or beach to relax.
What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?
Pistachio. I first had it while I was travelling Europe as a teenager and I still get excited when I have it!
Pineapple on pizza… yes or no?
Oh hell YES
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
Napping. I love to nap. My mates joke that I treat festivals as a spa because once at Standon Calling I accidentally went for a nap at 10pm and woke up the following day at 10am! I’d only gone for a 30 minute snooze!
If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?
Ooh great question. It would have a huge kitchen with a log burner and an island. I’d have a big cooker to be able to successfully do a roast dinner for my mates without worrying about oven space. I’d have a large dining table to be able to fit everyone round it. It would have cherry blossom trees in the back garden. I would have a window seat that I could sit in and read to my hearts content and I’d have a walk in wardrobe… I don’t want much!
How different was your life 5 years ago?
I had been in Nottingham for a year, was house sharing with a guy in his 40s and was commuting to Doncaster and Lincoln every day for work. I was head over heels for someone that treated me like crap. It was hectic and I was just finding my feet in a new city. I’m much happier now!
What is your favourite film?
Legally Blonde. Without a doubt! Elle Woods is the kind of girl I would love to be. Self assured, confident and intelligent.
What artists are in your most played?
Frank Turner without a doubt. His song ‘Long live the Queen‘ was the first song to make me cry and I still get emotional listening to it. Kings of Leon, Babyshambles, Zak Abel and White Lies are also regularly played.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A roast dinner. I love crispy chicken skin, heaps of parsnips and loads of leeks!