A Weekend Quickie with Julie Goodwin

I first met Julie Goodwin at a mutual friends birthday party and I have been a firm fan ever since. Not only does she cook like a culinary ninja, she exudes joy from every pore. She is also hilarious, no kidding, what a wit. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this weekend quickie and don’t forget to enter in the comments for your change to grab her newly released (and super good) book Essential Cookbook.

If you could do any job in the entire world, regardless of talent or qualifications, what would you choose to do?

 I’d love to something that requires creativity and combines food, writing and travel.  So maybe a food, cooking and travel blogger!

Tell me all about your first pet and how did it die?

My first pets were Patch and Judy.  They were goldfish.  Patch died first (I was 5, I was heartbroken) and Judy died not long after.  From loneliness, I suspect.

If faced with an open complimentary bar on a Friday night and you have a really good babysitter, what would you most likely order? And if they were out of that, what if your second choice?

For a special occasion I love a dry martini with really good gin, or a proper margarita.  I usually stick to wine though!

What is your secret food of shame. Something that you love but could never order in front of your healthy, judgemental mates?

That’s a tough one – my mates aren’t really judgmental!  I do have people peering into my trolley occasionally though and can sometimes get sprung with potato chips – plain Smiths. Yum.

Who or what do you despise?

I despise racist, sexist, intolerant, ignorant and arrogant people.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Who or what do you adore?

My kids, my dogs, my family and friends, good food, laughing, mother nature and little tiny birds.

What are you wearing right at this second and don’t lie to make yourself appear cooler than you actually are. Unless you are actually cool. Then tell the truth.

OK not lying, also not cool except maybe my shoes – black pants, a black t-shirt with Star 104.5 logo and “webmistress” on it (made especially for me by a listener), a cardigan and a pair of gold converse shoes.  Which I love.  (Thank god I answered these before I changed into my pyjamas.)

If you knew that you were going to pass into the next life tomorrow and was at peace with that, what would your “Day on a plate” look like right now?

So my last day on earth?  Home, back deck, pizza oven on, a rug and two or three dogs on my knees, a champagne in my hand and all the people I love best laughing and listening to music and eating homemade pizza.

What are you doing on the weekend?

I have a class at my cooking school on Friday night, two book signings on Saturday and a high tea at the kitchen on Sunday for Mothers’ Day.

Time to flog yourself! What project are you currently working on and where can we find it?

My latest book is out – Essential Cookbook – and my cooking school in North Gosford. www.juliesplace.com.au

WIN A COPY OF ESSENTIAL COOKBOOK

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What is your secret food of shame. Something that you love but could never order in front of your healthy, judgemental mates?

Winners will be announced on Friday 19th May.