Oh well, we are such opposites and he makes me laugh. He teases me mercilessly like a little brother does, and there's always a lot of laughter.
Oh my goodness yes. I guess the thing is, from experience, you know how to fix disasters, or the ones not to sweat about. Because I'm a flavour-driven cook, if I'm rushing it and my pastry shrinks a bit, but it still tastes wonderful, I'm okay. I'm not the one being judged, though!
I would be hopeless! My kind of baking is much more rustic. When I think of the creativity of the bakers in the show stoppers, that is not my kind of baking, but boy do I love seeing it happen. I just adore it. But no, I would be the first to go!
Every now and then my husband, Colin, says he'll cook … but I cannot bear not to say, "Well, do this" or "Do that". He'll say to me, "I'm following a recipe. I'm going to do it exactly as the recipe says." Which I never do.
Last night our granddaughter Lily came and cooked dinner for Colin because it was my choir night. It's a real interest and a latent ability. When they were very young, I used to cook with them, roll out pasta and do things together, but now I just get in the way so often.
Never, but I'll cook something really simple. Like on Tuesday night, Colin plays competition squash. I was home and I hadn't thought about anything, but I had some eggplant in the fridge, some leftover roasted capsicums, some zucchinis from the garden and a bit of leftover blue cheese. So I just roasted all of those, melted the cheese and that became dinner. I would never not cook something. It might just be broth with some raw egg, a bit of parmesan and parsley from the garden. In other words, I'm not talking complicated, but I'm talking [cooking] everything from scratch, always. And simple. And never ever have I been tired of it.
That's an interesting question. I'm sure it goes back to childhood. My parents were small- business people who lost their business when I was 14. My older brother and I left school and, with the help of my aunt, kept the family afloat financially. I had the drive to know that you just needed to do it. That drive, I'm sure, comes from those times. And I'm also sure it's a positive from something so traumatic.
Yes, they certainly do. And if it weren't for the foundation, I would be slowing down. But I have a lot left that I want to do.
Well, I love my garden. They talk about smelling the roses – I've always had a garden and done something with it, but I've done a lot more since COVID. I have a choir and I love to sing, and I would love to take up the piano again. There is a lot. I always feel guilty, unless it's Sunday afternoon or we are on holidays, if I take time out to read.
I guess people have been so lovely to us, and I love being in the kitchen and sharing how to do beautiful food very simply and easily without complication. Over the short period we did it, we had six million views, and the feedback was so lovely. It was just done with my assistant, Chris, on the other side of the counter, keeping socially distanced, filming on my phone. There was nothing special – no microphone, no lights, just me in my kitchen at home. It was so fun.
I enjoy parts of it. I love Instagram. It's passive inspiration – something that you can pick up and that little trigger happens. I'm a very visual person, that's why I love Instagram.
What I disliked is when a scam happened in my name. It's the most terrible thing that people who can't be controlled – who we can't get to – can take my face, my voice, my words and put them into a business scam. That's the most terrible thing ever.
I live in a pretty cocooned world. The thing that riles me up is when people don't do the right thing by others. But I also have a great belief that there are so many people out there doing great things – and that outweighs the bad. I hate ageism. But I really like to deal in the positive, doing what I can to make things better, yet also putting up my hand if something is wrong.
I should preface this by saying that there has been a lot of luck in my life as well, and one of [those lucky things] is that I have inherited my mother's passion for life. But even when things are really hard, there are things to find joy in. That put me in good stead even for all the highs and lows that everybody goes through in life.
I think people are too nice to me. They think I'm lovely all the time. I have very high expectations of myself and everyone else, and I don't want people to think I'm some kind of Pollyanna.
I never lose my temper, ever. I can get very frustrated with myself, but I do not have a temper.
It would be convincing everyone that if they love food and music and people, the world is going to be okay. If I could just infuse in people those loves!