Archive for October, 2011

LITERARY LUNCH – 4/10/2011

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Hello, hello, hello, beautiful people how are you all? I hope my message meets everyone of you in good health. Please do forgive me for being somewhat elusive, but as you know, being a celeb?!!, (please don’t laugh), one takes their time to do things to accommodate others! So I thought am not going to rush, my friends understand, and they can wait. Of course, you don’t mind – do you?

Anyway here I am to tell you of some of the wonderful things that I have been up to:

I attended a literary lunch organised by the Daily Mail on 4th October 2011 at the Royal Lancaster Gate Hotel in the West End which was well attended. We travelled by train to Charing Cross and then by bus through the West End, passing through its theatres and cinemas. I must admit that I had found it difficult to tear myself away from looking at the fashionable shops – all very tempting.

On arrival, there was a champagne reception and then it was time to make your acquaintance with guests who will be at your table before lunch. And to my surprise the guest next to me was the Chair of Champneys Spa clubs.She was there with a friend from the same industry. Guest speakers were Countess of Carnarvon, Robert Hardman (who has just published a book about our present Queen) and Bel Mooney ( writing about her life). The reason for them being there was that they had books to sell and my husband and I (I sound like the Queen!!!) were there in some kind of supporting role (hahaha). Here was I rubbing one’s  shoulder with the ‘hoi polloi’ of society. The atmosphere was very convivial and there were hilarity all round when the speeches were made. Food was good, drinks flowed, networked and what more can one ask for.

Thereafter it was book signing session, books sold, comments made, will they read it or won’t they and so on and so forth…………

Then like life, all good things must come to an end. It was time to head home to my palace in Kent, having had such a wonderful time and meeting lovely people from different spheres in the business world.

Do you know what friends, I must go now, it’s past my bed time. I’ll definitely meet up with you next week and this time it’ll be all about foooooooood!!!!!

So long everyone!!

Nina G

PS: here is a picture of me with Bel Mooney at the lunch – don’t I look pretty?

Bell Mooney & Nina at the Book Launch

Bell Mooney & Nina at the Book Launch

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GENERAL –

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

This  information is to all my foodie friends and also those who have given me their kind support over the last month or so.

I enjoyed my last cookery demonstration in Greenwich, so am now holding another demonstration on 23rd October 2011 at 12noon.   The venue this time is at Blackheath Cooks and full details are as follows:-

Blackheath Cooks, 13 Old Dover Road, London E3 7BT.

I shall be preparing, as usual, mouth-watering recipes to blow your taste buds away – so be there!!

Take care everyone including the sunshine (enjoy whilst it lasts)  and hope to see you.

Love everyone

Nina Gaskell

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Fete at Rodmersham Primary School

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

My 'Cool Gang' at Rodmersham School Fete

My 'Cool Gang' at Rodmersham School Fete

My Come Dine with Me “Cool Gang” were invited to open the Fete at Rodmersham Primary School on 3rd July 2011. Rodmersham is a little village in the Parish of Swale Council in Kent.  It is near the town of Sittingbourne.  My husband was the chauffer for the day, as I am completely hopeless when it comes to finding my way round places. We drove past old farmhouses with thatched roof and lovely green fields with horses and cows grazing side by side. We were very lucky on the day that the sun shone and there was not a cloud in the sky. The road was very busy for many people who were all bound for the fete were driving or walking upon it.  When we got to the fete, there were shady areas to shelter from the burning sun!!

Now it was turn for me to do the deed i.e. cutting the ribbon. I was handed the scissors by one of the organisers. And when I was prompted to cut the ribbon to declare the fete  open, it was as blunt as “James Blunt” (hahaha).  After a couple of tries, I succeeded in cutting the tape to the relief to everyone around and there were cheers of delight.  And  I then declared the Fete open. We all mingled with the crowd, exchanged pleasantries, drank home  made beer, treated ourselves to ice-cream to cool down and finally I patronised a local lady who was selling home-made linen baskets – and I bought one for the grand sum of  “£12″!!  I love it as it blends with the decor in my house.

So my friends and I departed after spending  a couple of hours with everyone and it seems a good time was had by all.

Cutting the Ribbon

Cutting the Ribbon

Nina's Fete Gang

Nina's Fete Gang

Nina and Fete Friends

Nina and Fete Friends

 

 

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My first ever food column for Dartford Living – 30/9/2011

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Nina in the Garden

Nina in the Garden

Blackberry Pudding

Blackberry Pudding

This is my first ever Food Column for my local monthly magazine. I am so proud of myself and I hope you are too!  I’ve started very small (not wanting to be too greedy!!!!) with a simple recipe i.e blueberry dessert.  Just a little for the whole family to enjoy after dinner. So, by all means click on the link below and turn to page 21 to see my beautiful work. I am not blowing my own trumpet, but you need to prepare and eat it to come to the same conclusion!! So do me a favour, prepare and enjoy!!!!!

View my article in Dartford Living Magazine

Have fun and have a good day!

See you all soon

Goodbye

Nina G

 

 

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