Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spice Up Life with Recipe of Change

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spice Up Life with Recipe of Change

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Byline: By Bill Oldfield

I admire my wife. She's the type of person who wants to get as much out of life as possible.

I think I was particularly impressed early on when, during her speech at our wedding, she explained that she was working on the principle that a woman with a well mapped- out life has a game-plan that comprises three husbands: the first for sex, the second for love (I was, and currently am, that second) and the third for money ( providing he was very, very rich and very, very old with a weak heart.

You can't say that she didn't warn me, but the moment she stops smiling at me and starts looking longingly at a wizened, white-haired old fellow in a Roller I know my time's up.

And we seem to be kindred spirits, which might keep the rich old guy at bay a little longer, because as I've grown older I've vowed to get as much out of life as is reasonably possible.

Rapidly approaching forty ten I recognise that I've only a finite number of days left on this planet and it's essential that they be pretty jam-packed, if only involving occasionally lying on a tropical beach with a gin and tonic in my hand.

I have, in fact, been doing quite a bit of long distance travelling recently, all involving business, and there's more in the pipeline.

But none of it would have happened if I hadn't decided to throw caution to the wind and have a go at the opportunities that were presented to me.

I'm working on the principle that if we were all the type of people that settled for a holiday in Majorca every year then we'd have never discovered Australia, and now they'd have been arguing about whether the Spanish national anthem should be sung at state occasions rather than God Save the Queen, or the world's largest island would have been completely overrun with kangaroos.

Life's too short to be doing the same things, day in, day out. I know that my philosophy's not for all, but I'm not the type to do the washing every Monday ( after all, I'm male and the laundry does tend to take a back seat ( or eat roast beef every Sunday.

I'm keen to try different things because, in my experience, if someone else says they're good, the chances are they are good.

So I'm happy to go into a restaurant and choose my main course with a pin while closing my eyes.

Of course it causes much merriment as I occasionally scream and ask for a napkin for the blood, but it also means I try lots of different dishes.

And the same goes for cooking at home. A recent survey carried out for UKTV found that, although a typical family will own books with 1,000 recipes, the average person will try only 35 of them

In fact, it appears that almost a third of the nation's estimated 171 million recipe books remain unopened, and that two-thirds of the adults surveyed admitted that they had bought cookery books written by celebrity chefs for display purposes rather than to try out the recipes. …

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