In the chilly weather it's a must to stock up on warming grub aplenty – that’s my excuse for chubbing out the minute I have to dust off my winter coat from the wardrobe anyway - vital insulation.
When it comes to food, I’m not particularly fussy. I wouldn’t exactly leap out of my chair and make for the plate if you wafted haggis, sweetbreads (I was once conned into eating these thinking there were indeed some form of sweet bread and annoyingly didn't even notice what they were by the time I'd moved onto the side mash) or any other testicle-related animal part but I tend to wolf down most things.
Drinks, however, I am strangely particular about.
I can’t stand tea or coffee, this from the daughter of parents who rarely make it half an hour without another newly brewed mug in their hand. This also proves a pain when asked to host guests at work – you’ll either end up with a coffee so strong you won’t sleep for week or a mug of tea so milky you’ll question if a teabag was ever involved in the process. And I'll take water over juice always, not because I'm a health addict who thinks it'll turn me into a wrinkle-free goddess but because it's the only thing that actually quenches my thirst.
Thankfully when I am in need of a warming tipple, I rely on my love of hot chocolate, which unfortunately in any office environment usually looks and tastes like a sample from the Thames. I’m therefore something of a connoisseur when it comes to buying a decent hot chocolate - listen carefully chocolate-lovers:
Paul A Young – sitting in a corner of one his little shops you’ll see a saucepan with this heaven warming in it – liquid hot chocolate so good that I hope you may never face a Cadbury’s Light again.
Paul Patisserie – a different Paul this time. Served as they do a la Europe, this hot chocolate is of a similar ilk to Mr Young in its thick, gloopy consistency – like pureed chocolate brownies. One too many of these though and you may never come down from your sugar high.
Rococo – seduced not only by their scrummy packaging but their dedication to serious chocolate. This version is lighter but equally as seductive
And for home..I can’t be without Green & Blacks Hot Chocolate Drink. Made with dark chocolate – the key to a really superior choc in my opinion - the granules dissolve like, ahem, sugar, into a gorgeous frothy cocoay warmer. Yum.