February, 2014

26 February


‘Behind the scenes at the Brits’

One of my personal highlights on the music calendar is always The Brits. It’s an institute, something I grew up watching religiously as a kid, crossed-legged glaring, goggle-eyed, at the TV screen.
So to actually attend and be part of the proceedings is pretty darn surreal.

It’s my third year hosting the live red carpet and backstage show and without a doubt, this was my favourite year. Arctic Monkeys opened the show explosively… Quite literally.

I was sandwiched in between two legends Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams at one point. I had bumped into Nile earlier on in the day backstage. I was running through rehearsals with our backstage crew and blocking out my interview with the guys, when who should wander through but Nile! Just by himself having a little nosey around and taking pictures on his personal camera of all the behind the scenes shenanigans. What a dude!
He even took my picture before I told him I was actually rehearsing an interview… With him! So he decided to watch. Which put A LOT of pressure on the camera man who was pretending to be him.

Pharrell is an absolute gent. So polite and well spoken.. And when I said this to him, he thanked his southern upbringing. He was definitely raised well! And that guy doesn’t seem to age does he?! I need some of whatever he’s taking.



Bastille took home ‘British Breakthrough Awards’ and well deservedly… What a year it’s been for them. They are unbelievable live and their performance on the night with Rudimental and Ella Eyre was bloody good. Did you hear their mash up they did in the live lounge, as an ode to the Brits, of Michael Jackson V Pulp?! It’s so good! Check it out..

Also I’ve been raving about Haim for a loooong time and finally I got to meet the girls in person. They are the coolest chicks ever! They even took the Rizzlekicks boys’ naughty joke of them being a male version of them well. They said they’d just add ‘-men’ to the end of Haim… I’ll let you work that one out for yourself.

It was a long night, and the best thing about the Brits was the party didn’t end when the cameras stopped rolling. There was many a record label afterparty to get to and let’s say it was quite a late one…

11 February


‘Food for the soul’

Travel broadens the mind. It also broadens my waistband. I love experiencing different cultures and the best way to truly experience a culture is by eating their food.

NOT a thai green curry from your local take away but the REAL stuff. Fresh ingredients, traditional methods of preparation, authentic cooking.

I’ve been travelling around Thailand for the last two weeks and while staying in Ao Nang in the south of the island, I partook in a cookery class under the instruction of a Thai chef called ‘Yolk’ (‘as in egg-yolk’ was her suggestion to help our pronunciation).



I find living in London, everyone is always racing around so when I do cook, it’s for practicality rather than enjoyment. Three important points to take into consideration are: 1) what’s gonna be the quickest 2) what’s gonna fill me up the most and 3) what the hell can I make using the ingredients in my fridge (this proves to be the most challenging)?

So it was a welcome change to spend a long time understanding the ingredients, smelling the fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables, crushing them and releasing the flavours.

Now by no means am I Nigella Lawson, I don’t have the cleavage for a start (best not mention anything else) but do you know what?! I’m not that bad.

I whipped up a pretty mean Tom Yum soup and papaya salad with mango and sticky rice for dessert. I also made my very own Thai green curry from my own homemade curry paste that would give my local Thai restaurant a run for their money. I decided to take a bag of the green curry paste with me as so much love and work went into it and it supposedly lasts for a few weeks. I had visions of London dinner parties showing off my cooking skills. Then I realised travelling around Thailand with a little plastic bag with dark green dried curry paste was probably not a smart move.

I’ll just have to get the mortar and pestle out when I’m home and start from scratch… Let’s hope I remember.

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