Wednesday, 23 January 2019

So how is it going??

Well here we are.. tonight is episode three of Tom Kerridge fresh start and I can't quite believe the weeks are flying by.

Week one was incredibly exciting as we were Kindly invited to Toms restaurant The Coach in Marlow along with all of the other families and production crew to watch the broadcasting of episode one. It was lovely to see everyone and we were all incredibly nervous to watch it go out and see how we came across! We posted a little video on our insta stories, go and check it out and you can feel the nerves!

The topic of episode one was get cooking - basically the focus here was to get people cooking. It was a little different for us as we did like cooking but had kind of fell out of love with it and had become swept up with busy family life, so for us it was a re focus moment, a moment to say ok, we need to re order our priorities and the realise that food impacted every area of our lives including the ones we wanted so desperately to change, like fitness, weight and family time.

Episode two was even more scary as we knew this was going to focus more on us! The title of episode two is Boss the kitchen. This really is something that resinates with me and came up a lot in our pre filming chats. The things I really found hard are time, time to be organised, to ensure that the busy nights are sorted and that the food is under control. Our boys, like im sure sure so many others, come in from school and are like locusts, they are starving and I felt like they literally ate everything before I could blink. Tom stopped me in my tracks and made me think of it in simple terms - planning! We plan our work diary, our appointments so we need to take control of our kitchen and food and plan! The planning has made such a difference. Just having and making a list at the weekend, doing it as a team means we can see what we have coming up. We make list of our shopping and we know what we need. Doing this has meant that so far, we waste less and stick to our food plans. 100% this is my top tip! I know its simple, I know it sounds like a pain but honestly... do it! It really really helps!
The plan also means I know the busy nights, I can see when the temptation to reach for a frozen pizza (which believe me I don't have an issue with every now and then,) is coming and I can pre prep anything that I can. If you know you have a crazy family week, take an extra hour on a day when you have it and pre make and freeze a dish, or chop everything and leave it ready for tomorrow, it just leaves you feeling in control and organised, I own the kitchen! Its not controlling me and making me feel like a moody teen, I know whats coming and I can do it.

I will come back to my planning an organisation, I think it deserves a blog of its own or I am going to ramble on!

After episode two I was asked to join Tom on Radio five live with Nihal to talk about the show and my feelings. This was a fabulous experience and I loved every moment.

Episode three was get them cooking and made us all think about getting the children cooking. I really think we are all so busy that it is so tempting to "just do it," and the children don't help much in the kitchen. This really made me think about my role as a parent, about how I need to equip the boys to be good adults, to know about food, nutrition and cooking. Believe me it was hard! Not because I didn't want the boys to cook or to teach them but the thoughts of the mess, the thoughts of what could go wrong and the thought of how long was this going to take! BUT..   I can tell you hand on heart, this has been a revelation! Yes the mess is a little more, but they can help! Who knew... this has shared some of the kitchen roles and means that things actually get done quicker.

So tonight is episode four - get moving! Oh how I am not looking forward to this one! My red, hot sweaty face, working out in front of my tv! I think I will leave you there with that wonderful thought and chat more about it tomorrow once its been aired.



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