The perfect… Purse
Carly Hobbs, Deputy Lifestyle Editor
Wallet, £65, Stella & Dot
Rubber gloves: they have powers beyond washing-up
*Got fluff on your clothes or sofa? Slip on your Marigolds, get ’em damp, then run them all over the affected area for instant defluffing. Fuzzy!
*Snip off the arms of some clean gloves in slices and use as statement hairbands. Funkorama!
*Struggling to open a jar? Pull on the gloves, grip and go. It’ll pop off super easily. Fierce!
What would be your last supper?
“Everything I was ever told was bad for me, wrapped in bacon.” Jacqueline, via Facebook
“Rare steak, and lots of it!” Francesca, via Facebook
“My mother’s roast – nothing compares to it!” Laura, via Facebook
“Being a Londoner it would have to be good old pie and mash!” Michele, via Facebook
“Macaroni cheese, followed by apple crumble and custard.” Alisia, via Twitter
We chew the fat with chef Michel Roux Jr, 52 – do not disrespect his food!
I’m quite fit and healthy so my weight has never been an issue. I run marathons – I ran the London Marathon this year for the 10th time. I’m also a keen Manchester United fan.
So if you weren’t a chef, would you be a footballer?
Oh no, I’m pants at playing. I can’t even begin to think about what I’d be if I wasn’t a chef. There is no question. I’ve always wanted to be a chef. It’s the only thing I’m good at.
Why don’t you shout as much as Greg and John?
I can shout as much as anyone else, but only when it’s necessary.
So what would make you angry?
Lack of respect for food.
Talking of which, did you ever get the mickey taken out of you for having a girl’s name?
No, they wouldn’t dare because they know I’d punch them on the nose.
Ooh, masterful! If you were a food, what would you be?
Chocolate – 70 per cent proof cocoa solid. Only the best. It’s expensive, it’s tasty and it gives you pleasure.
Saucy! What would be your ideal superpower?
To feed the world!
If they respected your food! What would you call yourself?
Er… Superchef. No! Mightychef!
- Watch Michel Roux Jr on Great British Food Revival, Wednesday, 8pm, BBC2.
This week, we’re…
Carrie and Brody had us on the edge of our seats earlier this year, and now they’re back for the second series of the jigsaw that still needs piecing together. Gripping.
Tonight, 9pm, Channel 4
2 Multiplexing Hit & Run (15)
With the Feds and a former gang in hot pursuit, getaway driver Dax Shepard risks blowing his witness protection identity as he drives girlfriend Kristen Bell to LA.
Out on Friday
3 Reading Eloise by Judy Finnigan
After Cathy’s friend Eloise loses her battle with cancer, she thinks her death isn’t as it seems.
Out Thursday (£16.99, Sphere)
- To win a copy, enter here by October 20.
The moment when… you think you’ve killed your best friend’s pet. Your bezzie’s away for a week and she’s left you in charge of her beloved hamster. Everything’s going well until you go to feed the little guy and he’s not moving. Panic strikes. It looks like Mr Cuddles has gone to the great hamster wheel in the sky. You call your friend to break the news and she’s heartbroken. But wait! When you go to dispose of the body the little tyke is up and about again. It’s a miracle! You phone your mate: Mr Cuddles isn’t dead after all! Hurrah! But why isn’t she happy? Seems she thinks the whole dead/not-dead thing was just an elaborate and very sick joke on your part. Life is cruel.
Date for your diary…
The Black Keys
We love to rock out in the Fabulous office, so we are mega excited to hear The Black Keys are coming over the water from the US of A. The Ohio duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, will be supported by Brit boys The Maccabees, and their gigs promise to be filled with their distinct blues-rocking beats. If you don’t know them, YouTube Lonely Boy and Tighten Up right now. Go, go! Touring nationwide, December 7-13, Ticketmaster.co.uk
Is it just us or…
Have you ever found yourself getting increasingly angry waiting for a text – only to realise you’re the one who hasn’t replied?
This week we want to be… Miranda Hart
The funniest woman to hit our screens since French and Saunders, Miranda has filled the comedy void in our lives. And in the words of the lady herself, it’s mainly because she’s “such fun” that we want to be her.
Starting out 10 years ago at the Edinburgh Festival, Miranda came up comedy trumps with her self-titled, show and, more recently, her BBC1 drama Call The Midwife, where she plays clumsy Chummy Browne. Plus, she still found time to pen her book, Is It Just Me?, out Thursday.
In it Miranda offers her 18-year-old self – and us readers – guidance through life’s trials and tribulations. Both Real Miranda and Character Miranda embody all our insecurities in a slightly awkward manner, ultimately making us feel that bit better about ourselves. Thank you, Miranda.
Hailing from an aristocratic family tree boasting lords, captains, generals and admirals, Miranda, who turns 40 in December, has ploughed her own furrow in life. A funny furrow, and funny women go far in life even without a knighthood or top military ranking.
So it’s a good job that football trials for Queen’s Park Rangers ladies’ team in her 20s proved unsuccessful. Because where would we, and female comedy, be without her?
If we can’t actually be Miranda, we at least want her to be our bezzie. So, Miranda, give us a call, we’ll have fun!