FAVOURITE THINGS

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Annabel Lang­bein be­lieves in food in its most pure form and us­ing it to create sim­ple and de­li­cious dishes. In her Life­style Food se­ries Annabel Lang­bein: The Free Range Cook she show view­ers ex­actly how to do this. TV Guide met with the chef to find out about all her favourite things, not just food.

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Movie: The Lives Of Oth­ers. It’s one of those grip­ping, edge-of-your-seat movies that takes you right into all those themes of power, cor­rup­tion, greed, hope, hu­man­ity. Book: Michael Chabon’s The Amaz­ing Ad­ven­tures Of Kava­lier And Clay, is im­pos­si­ble to put down. TV show: Put Tina Fey and Alec Bald­win to­gether in 30 Rock and you have the quirki­est, fun­ni­est show ever. Band or singer: That’s hard. Down to the wire it prob­a­bly has to be The Doors. Jim Mor­ri­son was so bril­liant. Al­bum: Leonard Co­hen Ten New Songs. Such a poet, and also an amaz­ing vis­ual artist. Karaoke song: I don’t do karaoke, but if I did it would be Ella or Dean Martin or one of the croon­ers. Gad­get: My mi­croplane grater. It goes ev­ery­where with me.

LIFE­STYLE Hol­i­day spot: South­ern Turkey. You can still find peo­ple liv­ing a sim­ple peas­ant Mediter­ranean life as they have for hun­dreds of years. I love to swim and the wa­ter is pris­tine. Thing to do on the week­end: Go out for cof­fee, have friends over for Sun­day lunch or Satur­day din­ner. Place to go to re­lax: Wanaka, in the south­ern alps of New Zealand, where we film the se­ries. We live on the lake. Sport to fol­low or play: Years ago I came off a horse and broke my back and seven ribs. These days I just like walk­ing, swim­ming and yoga. Din­ner con­ver­sa­tion top­ics: We spend hours sit­ting around talk­ing about ideas, his­tory, events, the world, movies, life, food, wine and sto­ries.

HOME Room in your house: The kitchen. It’s where ev­ery­one con­gre­gates. Place to hide from ev­ery­one: The bath – with a good book or a movie on my lap­top. Art piece: My mother was an artist and on our bed­room walls I have some of her col­lages. Mum died about eight years ago, but hav­ing them there re­minds me of her and her won­der­ful cre­ativ­ity and en­ergy. Item you can’t live without: My Chi­nese teapot. It sits in a padded bam­boo holder, which keeps the tea warm for ages. Lux­ury prod­uct: I am a sheet gal. Bring on that thread count.

FOOD Meal of all time: On the beach cook­ing fresh abalone over the fire and mak­ing a big pot of seafood soup. Dish to cook: What­ever is fresh out of my gar­den on the day. Fam­ily recipe: My mother was a won­der­ful cook and her cho­co­late chip cook­ies con­tinue to please. In­gre­di­ent: Lemons. The juice adds this lovely fresh bright­ness to a dish. Guilty plea­sure: Cheese. I love it all, but es­pe­cially an ashed goat cheese – creamy with a lovely tang. Restau­rant: The bistro at the Am­is­field win­ery in Arrowtown, just out­side of Queenstown. They have a fab­u­lous sea­sonal menu of shared plates, very hon­est food that is not too com­pli­cated and re­ally well cooked. Cafe´: As long as the cof­fee is good I’m happy to check out a dif­fer­ent one al­most ev­ery day. My lat­est find is Ruben Hills in Surry Hills – re­ally good cof­fee and fab­u­lous break­fasts.

STYLE Style icon: Coco Chanel. Af­ter get­ting to know more about her through books and movies, what tal­ent, what a gal. Fash­ion de­signer: Col­lette Din­ni­gan and Diane von Fursten­berg al­ways hit the spot. Piece of cloth­ing: This soft, al­most­mush­roomy pink lamb­skin coat. It weighs a ton but you will be warm and look good at the same time! Shop: Maybe Sel­fridges for that on­estop shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence. Artist: Prob­a­bly Marc Cha­gall. The whimsy of his art I find en­tranc­ing.

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