One of my favourite celebrity Q&A’s is featured in the Guardian Weekend magazine (on Saturday’s). It lists approximately 20 questions ranging from “What is your earliest memory” to “What song would you like played at your funeral” with the celebrity’s answers underneath. It’s my go to page as soon as I open the magazine. (The Measure being my second.)
The Q&A style cuts through all the usual celebrity interview BS where they tirelessly amaze us with their latest accomplishments and international adoptions. The questions aren’t designed to bring out the best in them (think Hello magazine) but rather asks “who are you” when you aren’t being famous.
Last week’s edition featured Robin Gibb. Two of his responses worth noting are:
What was your most embarrassing moment?
My whole life, but I wouldn’t change it.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Rarely do I attach guilt to something pleasant. Life’s too short.
I have imagined time and time again what my answers might be should anyone ask. Here’s a sample of how I would respond today:
What is your biggest fear?
My children dying before me.
Is it better to give or receive?
I love to give but have to remember that giving is about making someone else happy and not about me looking good. That’s very hard as I love looking good.
Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Not a clue but George Clooney would definitely play my love interest.
What has been your greatest disappointment?
That I can’t eat whatever I like and not gain weight. I live with a man like that and it’s extremely annoying.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Winning English Mum’s great valentine’s day cupcake challenge. It was life-defining for more reasons than this space will allow. But don’t tell my children. They may not sing at my funeral.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Amazing Grace sung by my children.
Tell us a secret.
I don’t get on with fondant icing. It’s a better baker than me that does.
I won’t go on. After all I am not really that well-known. Try it some time though. I promise it’s almost as fun as imaging your Oscar speech, the dress you would give it in and the man you would thank.
English Mum’s Big Bake-Off
The extremely gorgeous English Mum has asked me to judge her latest bake-off. I was the proud recipient of her previous challenge with my Rose Cupcakes (see above). It was life-defining because it happened in my first month of writing this blog and it cemented my presence in the blogging world. At the same time it validated me as baker; finally someone else, other than friends and family, liked what I was doing.
When I accepted the responsibility of picking the winner, I had no idea how hard it was going to be. There are some fantastic bakers out there and I implore you to head over to her post where all the entries are showcased.
So with no further ado, drum roll please. The winner is….
Summer Strawberry Cupcakes by Amy Lane at Cooking, Cakes & Children.
Runner up is….
Jammie Dodgers by Working Mum at Working Mum on the Verge.
English Mum has also included a kid’s baking challenge. Entries can also be found on her bake-off post.
The winner is…
Wheat Free Cupcakes by Top Ender and Baby Boy over at A Mother’s Ramblings. (Never mind the cakes, just get a look at those yummy children!)
Runner up is…
Fairy Cakes by L over at NurtureStore.
When I was looking through all the pictures, (drooling aside) I was immediately struck by the number of entries that included fondant icing and decorations (sometimes referred to as sugarcraft). This is no easy feat and (as I mention above) one that has always been ever so slightly beyond my grasp. So I suggested to English Mum that we have a separate category for these cakes and, although they won’t get a Green & Black’s hamper, the winner might get something else rather special from me. Just to show my huge appreciation and awe at this incredible skill.
So back to that drum roll please.
The winner is…
Son’s second birthday cake by Mummy Sam at The Misadventures of Mummy Sam.
Runner up is…
Climbing Wall Cake by ExmoorJane at Diary of a Desperate Exmoor Woman.
So now that the business of judging is over, I can get back to baking. Thanks English Mum for organising this fab competition and to Green & Blacks for their excellent prize! Everyone over to Amy Lane’s for some serious chocolate mooching.