HOW I WORK IT

We chat to chef, writer and TV host Thomasina Miers

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On Mon­days I wake up at 6.30am and play ten­nis. I’ve al­ways loved it but hadn’t played prop­erly for years. I took it up again dur­ing my ma­ter­nity leave with my youngest daugh­ter and I find it helps keep me level.

Ev­ery other morn­ing, the first thing I do is make break­fast for my daugh­ters, Tatti, six, Otti, four, and Isadora, one – usu­ally home-made muesli or fried toast with my mother’s mar­malade and peanut but­ter. Next Tatti and I prac­tise the pi­ano, then I walk her and Otti to school, take Isadora to nurs­ery, and cy­cle 45 min­utes to the Wa­haca of­fice in south Lon­don.

I also spend two days a week work­ing from home, usu­ally test­ing new recipes. I spend rather a lot of my week eat­ing, and I have Wa­haca food when I’m in the of­fice. My favourite dishes are the sweet potato taquitos and crab tostadas.

I tend to go out two or three nights a week – of­ten to staff par­ties or din­ners – and I’m fond of a glass of wine or a cheeky cock­tail (a mar­garita or whisky sour), but I try to stay off al­co­hol two days a week.

The nights I’m at home, I go through my emails or watch a box set with my hus­band Mark – at the mo­ment we’re hooked on Board­walk Em­pire. Bed­time for us tends to be 11.30pm, but I usu­ally need half an hour to un­wind by read­ing a good book. At the mo­ment it’s Any­thing Is Pos­si­ble by El­iz­a­beth Strout.

On the whole I think my life­style is fairly bal­anced; the only down­side is not hav­ing enough time to see my friends and to host din­ners or Sun­day lunches. But then again, we are all try­ing to make our ca­reers work, raise our chil­dren, and ev­ery­thing else. It’s the busiest chap­ter of our lives.

‘Home Cook: Over 300 De­li­cious Fuss-Free Recipes’ by Thomasina Miers (Faber, £25) is out now

‘I’m fond of a glass of wine or a cheeky cock­tail (a mar­garita or whisky sour), but I try to stay off al­co­hol two days a week’

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