My favourite things

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I have loved cars since I was a lit­tle girl, and I think it was partly be­cause I grew up with two older brothers and they passed on their love to me. My en­tire fam­ily has al­ways been ob­sessed with cars and if I hadn’t be­come a chef, I would have be­come a rac­ing car driver. I think I’m a good driver. I drive around In­dia all the time, so if you do that, I think you can drive any­where. Most western­ers hire driv­ers but I don’t un­der­stand that be­cause driv­ing in In­dia is half the fun! This is my XE Jaguar and I bought it about six months ago. Jags are com­ing back into fash­ion, but they were pretty un­der­rated in the past. It’s a very smooth car to drive.


I have col­lected hand­made ceram­ics from wher­ever I have trav­elled and th­ese I got in Den­mark from (lo­cal de­sign­ers) KH Wurtz. It’s a bit of an ob­ses­sion of mine. We eat with our eyes first and I think it is re­ally im­por­tant to have lovely ceramic bowls and plates to eat off. It makes such a big dif­fer­ence. I am the per­son who, when they go out and the food ar­rives, is lift­ing up their plate or bowl to see where it is from. I have so many hand­made ceramic plates and bowls that I couldn’t even be­gin to guess how many are in my cup­board.


Tea is a big part of my life. I will have two cups of English break­fast, as well as a herbal tea be­fore I go to bed. I only started drink­ing cof­fee when I re­cently moved to Mel­bourne be­cause you pretty much have to! My favourite tea at the mo­ment is masala chai, which they drink in In­dia all the time. They are not much of a na­tion of cof­fee drinkers, al­though I am try­ing to change that as I have this great cof­fee ma­chine at the restau­rant in Goa. This ket­tle is very full-on. It has a bird on the end of it that will ac­tu­ally whis­tle when it boils wa­ter. When I first moved into my apart­ment in Mel­bourne, I didn’t have a couch, but I made sure I had a ket­tle from day one.


I love a prac­ti­cal hand­bag. Be­cause I have a young son, a bag that I can wear across me is even bet­ter. This bag is by Alexan­der Wang and it is the per­fect size and holds just the right amount of stuff. I wear it all the time. I tend to buy the same kind of bag and wear it un­til it wears out and then I will buy another one. I don’t tend to have lots of dif­fer­ent bags. They last for a long time, th­ese bags, and once I find some­thing I like, I will stick to that.


I just bought this per­fume: Guilty by Gucci. I like to buy a dif­fer­ent per­fume from each lo­ca­tion I go to. It’s a great way of re­mem­ber­ing the var­i­ous cities and coun­tries. I re­cently went to Dubai, so the Gucci per­fume will re­mind me of that city. I love the way per­fume makes you feel.

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