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A StreetSmart Supper Club
with a top chef line-up

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“No one should have to spend Christmas alone and no one should have to
spend Christmas on the street” – Alexandra Dudley

I couldn’t agree more with this statement. Many of us do. And so do chefs Eyal Jagermann (The Barbary), Billy & Jack(Masterchef 2016) and chef and food writer Alexandra Dudley, who have have teamed up for a one-off supper club to raise funds for homelessness charity Streetsmart. They’re like the A-Team. But with whisks. (Not guns). (And no, I don’t know which one is Mr T).

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Cosying up with Heinz

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2018. This was the year that I got married, had a baby and did a side return extension. It’s an adulting hat-trick. And I still can’t believe that it all happened, even though there is ACTUAL EVIDENCE staring at me in the face every day. (Hello Isabelle).

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Saturday brunching:
Rotunda, Kings Cross

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Brunch is my favourite word. (Apart from ‘bramble’. I’ve got a soft spot for that word too).

And this morning I found myself scampering through the last signs of Autumn to Kings Cross, to meet a very dear pal for brunch at the newly refurbished Rotunda.

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Time Poor. Tea Rich.

Patience is something I used to have more of. In fact, in certain situations I used to have it in droves. I’d be the one waiting calmly in line while people faffed about at the front of the queue (especially in airports – what on earth do people start chatting about when they get to the front?), I was always able to make scrambled eggs on the lowest heat so that they’d be as creamy as possible… even though it would take five times as long…

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Autumnal Afternoon Tea at Dalloway Terrace

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Team. You are being so patient with me and I so appreciate it. Thank you. I know I haven’t written for a while and your comments on instagram and Twitter really are so wonderful to receive. Who’d have thought I’d make such a bunch of fabulous friends around the world, many of whom I’ll never meet, but who continue to lift me up and support me daily. You are the cat’s pyjamas. The bee’s knees. And all other peculiar sayings.

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Doing a side return extension on
a Victorian terraced house
~ Part 4 ~

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Sorry gang, for the delay in writing this final instalment of our side return extension building project. A little thing called Isabelle rather scuppered my writing schedule and all of a sudden 4 months have gone by.

However I am thrilled to now share with you our new transformed home. Doing a side return extension on a Victorian terraced house brings with it all manner of challenges and potential complications, however everyone we worked with ensured that obstacles were overcome, challenges were relished and complications were always ironed out. And we are over the moon.

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Overcoming a fear of driving on the motorway

Birdcage Afternoon Tea at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

I consider myself to be a pretty confident person. I don’t tend to shy away from people or places and when life obstacles pop up, I do my best to find a way to bash them out of the way. (It doesn’t always work. But I try.)

I learnt to drive when I was 17. I passed on my third attempt (I managed to drive over a roundabout in my first test – it was a low point) and very quickly I was on my way, tooting around London town in my little old Mini Cooper.

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