Sunday, 24 January 2010

Finish Line

Well, who wouldn't want to take up the offer of a champagne reception, wine-tasting, good food and a cookery demonstration? To be honest, I'd have been happy with the first three, so the last one was a real bonus. But clearly I was in a rather small minority. James Martin was on stage - and in more ways than one, if you take my meaning...

I hope he escaped Vinopolis with his clothes intact. His dignity might not have been so lucky. What IS this lady doing to his bottom?




I, for one (well, maybe two) was genuinely interested in learning how to cook a three course dinner in just thirty minutes. I was also interested in what Finish had to say about getting the dirty dishes clean. (Quantumatic is the answer.) But I was more interested in the cookery demonstration.



Here is the great man in action making Arbroath smokie pate, pan-fried loin of lamb and cheats 10 minute strawberry gateau. Tasty. I shall be trying it out shortly. And timing myself.

I suppose, given that Finish paid for the food, the wine, the entertainment and my transport, this ought to be flagged as a sponsored post. But there seemed to be no requirement that I write anything. Just that I attend, drink wine, eat food, watch a cookery demonstration and find out - for the first time in my life - what going to a hen-night must be like.



One of these people drives women crazy, has his bottom stroked by random females and is treated like a Chippendale. The other is James Martin.

28 comments:

  1. Yes, that image looks like she is having a good feel, I dont see the attraction myself, but nevermind. Glad you had a good time.

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  2. So funny! Love your end line. Apologies for the lack of comments recently. I have been reading but haven't felt very inspired (personally...not from your blog!) to comment. Loved the pics of Charlie on the chair.

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  3. oh jeez, that poor guy! I don't understand this feeling of it being okay to grope someone like that. If this was a room full of men and that was Nigela Lawson, that picture would have been front page of The Sun with a court case around teh corner, instead it's okay to do it cause he's a man?

    Sorry, didn't mean to get all antsy on your post like that, it just really irritates me.

    Apart from that it looks like an interesting day out. I would have been interested in the demo too, it always looks so easy when they do things on the telly, must have been great to see them really cooking it.

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  4. That's so cool! How'd you get invited to that? How did he not react to that random grope? Ick. How rude.

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  5. He does nothing for me either, MH!

    Thanks Nicola. And don't worry re: the comments... at least you're reading. Sometimes I wonder why anyone would bother, but that's another story.

    I share your indignation Heather...not least because they never do that sort of thing to me! No, seriously... hordes of screaming female fans. Must be awful.

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  6. Oh dyam DJ, didn't mean to miss your comment. We cross-posted. As for the invite, it was an open one through British Mummy Bloggers (they think I'm called Tina) and I couldn't resist the offer of free champagne. So, if there are any vintners out there interested in a blog-post, please don't hesitiate!

    As for James Martin, he was the perfect gentleman....

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  7. I was at Vinopolis the other week, unfortunately for a work thing and nothing so lovely as meeting James Martin, not my thing but I can kinda see what others may see. But free wine...Bonus..(sorry alcoholic me just slipped out!)

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  8. He might be good looking but his cheese on toast recipe is rubbish!

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  9. You lucky lucky man, Dot! Did he also exlain how to make food for young Master Charlie or was it all group-up stuff with knives and forks and so forth?

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  10. I'd not been before MnS, and it was a bit of a revelation... wouldn't mind doing the whole wines of the world tasting experience next time either. Nice place to have to go for a work's do!

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  11. There's a recipe for cheese on toast? Well who'd have thought it, Rate my Sausage!

    It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it Gadj! And, no - it was grown-up stuff with very sharp knives although I did ask him a question about getting kids involved in the kitchen. The answer seemed to be bicarbonate of soda. That's all I can remember. Mind you, rather a lot of wind had been consumed by then.

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  12. I'd have liked to have been that woman lol

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  13. Wow, sounds like a good gig. Free anything is good, of course.....

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  14. I can't believe you were there and we didn't even bump into each other - mind you it was filled with screaming women. I only screamed a little *cough*. I had no idea James Martin had such a big following! And yes I've been using my Quantumatic too... and I've got to say, it's absolutely brilliant!

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  15. Poor guy LOL! Bet he loved it though! Sounds like you had a great time, will look forward to hearing how the recipes turn out. They sound yummy!

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  16. I wouldn't have minded being that man, Ang!

    Certainly was DD... I forgot to mention I got some free dishwasher detergent too. Wonder why that slipped my memory?

    I know, Liz. I did look around the room once or twice. But there were lots of people screaming and baying for James Martin's body. It was frightening!! I haven't tried mine yet, but I could do with something to cut through the grime, having just washed by hand at least a dozen dinner-party dishes from the other night!

    I might show you, Liz. I might get somebody to film me. In fact, I might pretend I'm James Martin and see what happens.

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  17. I had never heard of James Martin before, so I clicked on the link you provided and..........*lost train of thought* ...... and he cooks too?

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  18. Glad you were able to "fool" the ladies in order to take advantage of some of the bum stroking action...though it looked scary! I suppose that fine wine took the edge of everything. Looks like an entertaining night.

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I've tagged you in a meme over at my site :)

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  19. He does, Cate, he does. A dream come true?

    Absolutely Tanya... mind you, I find any kind of wine takes the edge off things! Thanks for the tag - I'm off to take a look.

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  20. Yes, that bottom stroking woman does look a little suspicious. And as for James Martin, tasty.

    CJ xx

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  21. Do you mean him or his cooking, Kathryn?! (Not both, surely....)

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  22. I'm envious I couldn't go. For the record, I would have done the same thing to James's bottom!!

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  23. Well, I am not familiar with any of the products or James Martin for that matter, but free food and drink, yes. That is how my husband gets me to staff functions at his work. There have got to be some perks to this stay-at-home mum/dad business, right?

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  24. I can understand the attraction of James Martin but what is the connection of a grown up food demo with mummy bloggers?

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  25. Surely not, Rosie! Ah, but then you would have confessed all afterwards and got it off your chest, wouldn't you?

    Sounds like a fair deal to me, Rebecca. And, yes - the more perks the merrier! As an impecunious would-be writer married to a schoolteacher, I don't get many.

    Er, we eat it CW. And then wash-up afterwards (hence the Finish connection).... I think that was it. Either that or I was invited to the wrong function!

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  26. So sad I couldn't make it. I would have left his bottom alone though, So rude! :D

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  27. Really Jo?!! That's not what Rosie Scribble said....Seriously, 'twas a very good evening.

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