“Guru of babycare”
“Any mother who does not have at least one of Annabel’s books in her kitchen, well thumbed and splattered with food, should waste no time in putting that right.”
The Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner
How would you most like to be remembered?
I’d like to think that my books live on and people enjoy my food long after I have departed.
What’s your favourite cook book?
Katie Stewart’s Good Food and anything by Delia Smith - full of straightforward and relatively simple ideas that we can all do. A bit like my recipes I suppose.
I am still trying to perfect, though, Delia’s recipe for boiling that perfect egg.
The quiz that I have with my kids, when we go skiing and want a boiled egg in the morning is should we boil it for a longer or shorter time because of the altitude - it always breaks the morning grumps and gets a conversation going.
If only we could remember the conclusion that we came to the previous day!
Are you concerned about global warming?
Isn’t everyone? I met someone recently who told me it was a huge scam. I can’t remember it being this hot in July when I was a kid. I think we are living in a really exciting time with lots of opportunities but I think we are all going to have to change the way we live. We don’t own this planet, we are just care-takers for the next generation - we need to accept that responsibility.
Do you recycle?
Yes. My two daughters nick all my clothes! Seriously though, I try and do my best, recycling paper, bottles and plastic. My council is pretty good at collecting this. I know I should do more and I can feel myself blushing as I write this.
What is your lifelong objective?
To help mums and dads feed their children through my books and by creating a range of ready made good quality healthy meals that kids love to eat.
Do you get many e-mails?
I must get between 70 and 100 e-mails a day from Mums with all sorts of questions and advice and giving me their own personal experiences.
I try and reply to them all - the sensible ones, at least.
I want feedback. It is important that I know what people think about what I write and I don’t get offended. People are entitled to their opinions.
...and it is important for me to keep in touch.
My kids used to help me do that, but as they get older and until they have their own children, it is important to have that interaction.
Any embarrassing moments?
The most embarrassing moment has to be that in my latest book I gave a recipe for courgette and raisin muffins and forgot to add courgettes in the list of ingredients.
I missed the mistake, my publisher missed it, my editor missed it, everyone missed it except my public - the e-mails and letters have been endless.
So, thank you to you all for those who have taken the trouble to write in - I do appreciate it.
It shows that you care, and I care that you care.
What has been the funniest e-mail that you have received?
I once got an e-mail from a Mum who asked if I had any recipes that can be made for people with one arm.
My immediate reaction was to think, how sad; and have all the natural thoughts that any Mum would have who knows how difficult it is to bring up a child with two arms.
Until, I read on and learnt that this Mum did have two arms, but was always holding her baby in one arm and so, would only ever have one free hand!
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