HOW I WORK IT
We chat to chef, writer and TV host Thomasina Miers
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’