Dear readers – it’s been a busy week for me! And I have a few things to share with you all – so buckle up, because there’s a lot to take in. Last week I was invited onto ITV’s This Morning programme to cook three family dinners for four people for a fiver – and viewers at home LOVED it! And what’s more, I really, really enjoyed myself. I’ve been very awkward and nervous about cooking on television or in front of any kind of camera for the last six years, but it was like something snapped very gently inside me that day, and I came home and threw my self doubts and gremlins in the bin. I knew that I had to seize this good feeling and run with it, but, television being fickle and schedules being unpredictable, I didn’t have any idea if I was ever going to be asked back again. (I was, but that’s another story!) So I came home, and decided to record my first ever proper video for YouTube. Not a ballsy retaliation to some criticism, not a statement in response to something I’ve messed up on, but just for the fun of it. I’d had the idea for this series for, oh, about three years now, but what I didn’t have, was the courage to sit down in front of a camera and make it happen.

 

There’s more to come – I’ll get onto that later – but for now, please enjoy this recipe bedtime story, a cross between a cookery video and a soothing sleepy podcast, slightly bonkers but people seem to love it, which is exactly what I’d hoped for. And thankyou, my dear readers, for continuously giving me the gentle prods and nudges towards dreams that I didn’t even realise I had, or was too terrified to ever try to achieve. I’m having a Really Good Bit at the moment, and I wouldn’t be doing it all, without all of you. Now curl up and sit comfortably, and I’ll begin….