I am a list maker and I used to specialise in checklists. Before I left work every night I had to compile and check the lists to see if every task had been completed. I also use lists for shopping, packing, holidays and occasionally for fun. This is a fun list! 6 people who can be real life or fictional that I would love to sit around the table with and have a relaxed meal with delicious food and lots of wine.
1 – David Bowie: Hero of my high school years and just because, well he’s David Bowie! He was the soundtrack of my youth alongside Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran. I based my whole Year 12 art project around the 1983 Serious Moonlight tour and images from it.
2 – Atticus Finch: The father character in the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” and wonderfully played in the movie of the same name by Gregory Peck. Gregory Peck went on to win an Academy Award for his performance as Atticus as well as receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The character taught us to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you get to judge their character, that you don’t really know someone until “you climb inside his skin and walk around in it”. Atticus Finch showed bravery in a time of racial intolerance with the Harper Lee book being published in 1960.
3 – Julie Goodwin: The inaugural Masterchef winner who I identified a lot with at the time. Whilst I still love Masterchef, the first Masterchef was a time before contestants knew how to use a blowtorch, a smoker and a sous vide. Julie is unpretentious and unpolished in the media world and could be anyone’s mum. She has shown that food doesn’t need to be look perfect if it tastes fantastic. I’d love to do classes at her cooking school if anyone would like to come along with me?
4 – Jamie Oliver: I just love Jamie and his passion for food. Yes my husband will crap on about how his 30 minute meals aren’t realistic to do in 30 minutes, the same story I’ve heard 43 times but I don’t care. His focus on seasonal food and using local producers is inspiring to me and his cookbooks are the only ones I use consistently. He doesn’t use fancy equipment in the kitchen although his equipment must work all right because he’s had 5 kids! It’s just a shame that his restaurant here in Adelaide has some service issues because the food there is amazing. Hopefully now he is the owner some attention will be given to Jamie’s Italian.
5 – Toadie: A character from “Neighbours” I reckon would be a laugh and I really want to find out where Dee has been for 13 years and the show is not progressing fast enough to give me answers. I’ve loved him since 1995 and I’ve watched him grow from a teenager into a married man with children. He’s survived being shot, run over by a car and a bomb blast at Lassiters. He is Australia’s answer to Stefano DiMera rising from the ashes of disaster. And yes, I have voted for Ryan Moloney to win a Silver Logie this year with Grant Denyer getting my vote for the Gold 🙂
6 – Katherine Kelly Lang: Actor who plays Brooke Logan on “Bold and the Beautiful”. She seems to love Australia and genuinely enjoys being here as opposed to those US actors who you can tell are only here because it’s in their contracts. I’d ask her about her many weddings on the show and the clothes that she gets to wear and the men she gets to snog. She’s involved in triathlons and charities also. Plus she is just gorgeous and maybe she could get me a discount on a kaftan?
So there’s my list of who I’d have around my table. The guests cover most of my interests with food, books, music and TV soapies. Who would you like to invite as your guests at your own table?