Best books for me are:

  • Red dragon - Thomas Harris, by far the best book I've read, gory, inhumane, and unputdownable

Friday, 25 February 2011

That was the week that was!

Ive been really busy!  I really wanted to write this a lot sooner than I have but never mind, its here now. 

Healthy meal kits are taking off a storm.  I am at the moment looking into creating a website, which is a pretty mega thing for me!  There is about 30 kits now in the collection and it is being added to each week!

Well anyway, the week started off with winning a competition on Twitter!  I love Twitter, it communicates friends and celebrities.  There are lots of competitions, of which you really dont do anything only 'follow' someone and 'retweet' their tweet.  Well thats all I did for MOMA - the breakfast people.  I then received an email saying I had won breakfast for a month!  Whoop Whoop.  Only then to read on, it asked me which London train station I travelled through each day!  I had to email back, as I live in the North it was a bit of a trek to collect my breakfast!  Trust me!  Feeling that I had lost my winnings, I then was contacted again to say that they were prepared to do an online shop for me every friday for four weeks!!  How good is that!  So now I receive five pots of MOMA's oatie breakfast on a friday morning from Ocado!  The delivery man thinks Ive gone mad, after all its cost nearly £20 to deliver it.  Im not complaining.

MOMA pots are absolutely delicious.  I was in desparate need of a breakfast shake up.  Regularly leaning towards bad habits.  I am converted.  My favourites are Banana and Strawberry and Wild Berry.  It is a pot of oats with yogurt, fruit and maybe a little juice.  They are thick, gloopy and very delicious.  They also do smoothies and yogurt pots, which are well worth a try!  Healthy breakfast (but for any time of day) and especially good before a night on the town I believe!

The second thing that happened (again through Twitter).  I answered a tweet from the BBC and Claudia Winklemans Art Show which is broadcast on Friday nights.  The question was, had any piece of art, poem, book etc had a big impact on your life and if so why.  Sat at work it didnt take much thinking.  My favourite poem is 'Funeral Blues' by W H Auden (commonly known as 'Stop all the Clocks').  I first heard it on Four Weddings and a Funeral.  I then got a phone call from Jessica Rickson, the producer of the show to see if I would like to record my 'big impact'.  YES I said, initially without thinking. 

Jessica rang me back on the Friday evening, put me right at ease and had explained how she wanted me to start.  I found it easy to write down all my thoughts on the paper, but oh dear!  How nerves took over!  I was so shaky!  It came across I am sure about that!  But whatever, I have done it now.  Jessica was pleased with the recording (which is yet to be aired, it may be tonight 25th February).  All I could think about was how dreadful my voice and northen accent would sound!

Doing this recording made me think of a couple of things.  Firstly, I didnt know this show existed.  I decided to listen to it as they leave it on iPlayer for a week afterwards.  I was very surprised, what a fantastic programme.  Not at all out of my reach and brainpower, which is what I thought!  I am now a regular listener.  Secondly, the amount of work that goes into these programmes.  Research and planning etc.  One or two people fronting the show have a team of hard working people behind them that we tend to forget, as on the radio we dont see the credits at the end of the show!  So well done to the producing teams, an excellent job you do. 

I am sure that something else happened this week?  Ahh yes!!  Again on Twitter I answered a tweet from Stephen Fry and applied to become a Giver for World Book Night (I am aware that this has been advertised on the TV).  1,000,000 books are being given away to celebrate reading!  As I was one of the first to answer I was chosen!  So I have now received 48 copies of my chosen book which is 'A Fine Balance' By Rohinton Mistry.  A very moving book about how 4 unlikely people find themselves thrown together.  Through days of bleakness and hope their circumstances and their fates become inextricably linked in ways that no one could have forseen. I did some research, and decided that I would rather pick a book, with some meaning, that I hadnt previously enjoyed.

Apart from finding lots of other fascinating people, through Twitter and Facebook, receiving emails for large orders of kits, thats about it!  Fantastic couple of weeks, and long may it continue. 

Again, I have included below a link to my ebay shop to show you some of the kits.  If there is anything I can help you with then please ask.  If you write a food blog, get in touch with me on if you would like a free kit to sample and write about.  Please provide me with the name of your blog and I will add it to the pot!

Hope you enjoyed, I certainly did!