Lisa Faulkner, the former Spooks star, Celebrity Masterchef champion and Ideal Home Show at Christmas ambassador for food paid a seasonal visit to the Gocompare.com Lapland lodge to pick a winner for our prize draw from the snow globe.
So, we seized our chance for a festive tete-a-tete with the star by our roaring log fire…
So, Lisa, how are you doing? Are you having a lovely time at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas?
I’m loving it! It’s brilliant. It’s put me properly in the Christmas mood.
What exhibits have taken your eye?
Hamleys – there were some really glittery slippers there that my daughter would love. Oh, and all the food has taken my eye.
Anything particularly tasty?
Oh the wraps, definitely. They’re amazing – go and get one.
I will do. Maybe that’s what I’ll have for my lunch.* So, Lisa what’s the meaning of Christmas for you?
Having a break – it’s the only time when people don’t phone and say ‘can you work?’ So that’s good. Oh, and being with my family and friends. I love it.
What’s on your Christmas list this year?
Do you know what? We’re going to get small Christmas presents for everyone this year, and just do something little. Everyone has got everything they need. Well, apart from the children, I’ll always get them loads of things. I think with adults you end up buying loads of rubbish. So, we’re just going to get one present for everybody. Because it’s not really about that as you get older, it’s about getting everyone together.
You’re pretty adept in the kitchen – what’s Christmas dinner got in store this year?
Turkey, red cabbage, roast potatoes, every kind of stuffing you can imagine. Then Christmas tea, which involves a gammon and lots of mince pies.
What’s your gammon technique? Do you boil it beforehand?
Yes! I do it in Coca-Cola, like Nigella.
What’s your Christmas tipple this year going to be?
Red wine. But I like to have champagne as well. A mixture of the both. But not together.
What’s the lousiest Christmas present you’ve ever had?
Ummm – probably a pair of socks.
Were they particularly bad?
They were knitted. But it was the thought that counts, so they were good.
Finally, here’s the big question: Christmas pud or Yule log?
Well, I’m doing a Christmas pudding and a chocolate roulade. So both.
And with that, she was gone, heading into the hall on a cloud of stardust. Farewell Lisa! It was a pleasure.
*We later had a wrap on Lisa’s advice, and it was delicious.