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Kate Garraway: 'Mess is half the fun of baking, except for mum who cleans up'

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By Susan Griffin

Published 10/12/2015

Kate Garraway
Kate Garraway

The 48-year-old Good Morning Britain presenter is backing a campaign to get people baking for the Wallace And Gromit's Children's Charity.

Q: How it is having Piers Morgan join the Good Morning Britain team?

A: It is exciting to have Piers join GMB. I have known Piers a long time and he is a huge personality and a brilliant journalist. It's great to have him in the GMB team.

Q: Do you ever get used to the early starts?

A: Well, I don't think anyone gets used to an alarm clock going off at 2.15am. But I have been doing it for a very long time now at 18 years - so I must like it. It also helps that I love my job and am lucky enough to work with a great bunch of people. That's worth getting up early for.

Q: What can you tell us about your involvement in the Wallace and Gromit BIG Bake campaign?

A: I am lucky enough to have two healthy children, but either of them getting sick is my greatest fear. So being involved with a campaign that raises money for such a wonderful cause was an easy choice for me. And as an added extra, I got to share some of my favourite baking recipes.

Q: Are you a natural in the kitchen?

A: I do love cooking, but I'm not sure if I am a natural - you would have to ask whoever I am cooking for that! I am definitely experimental and I love trying new things. My mum says I am good at combining ingredients to mix flavours. I do a slow-baked red cabbage which I layer with Bramley cooking apples, which I discovered when I was trying to use up a load my grandma had, and then a layer of onion, fresh spices and honey. Pour over apple cider vinegar and bake for hours - great with sausage and mash. She also loves my apricot jam coated roast carrots.

Q: Do you encourage your children to bake?

A: Yes, we love baking cakes together. We made some delicious cupcakes only last week. If you think about it, cooking for kids is like the magic of Harry Potter. You take things that look totally different from a kid's perspective - flour, butter, eggs and sugar - mix them all together and they come out of the oven as a cake - it's like alchemy for kids. And of course my children love getting messy like most do, so that's an added bonus. But mess is half the fun of baking - except for the muggins mum who has to clean it up. At least then I can get to lick the spoon.

Q: What has been your career highlight?

A: As a film fanatic, covering the Oscars was amazing. But I have also flown all over the world covering some of the most challenging and affecting stories, like interviewing refugees, women and children on the Syrian border who have seen horrors we can only imagine, and speaking with those caught up in the Paris terror attacks.

Q: How do you relax?

A: I love the cinema and cooking dinner for friends and family. But nothing quite beats a bubble bath, a scented candle and an empty house for relaxing.

Q: What's the best bit of advice you've ever been given?

A: Treasure every moment and opportunity and remember how lucky you are.

Q: What will Christmas be like for you this year?

A: Christmas this year and every year is all about family time for me. I have always loved Christmas, but it all changes again when you have kids and the magic is reinvigorated.

Q: Do you have any Christmas traditions?

A: Every year we travel to my in-laws in Chorley in Lancashire. It's a long drive, so we all always dress up in festive costumes and decorate the car in fairy lights, which is quite a sight on the motorway. It really helps to make the journey part of the Christmas fun. I have got something special planned for my costume this year, but I can't tell you as my family don't know yet - it's a secret for the day.

Q: Will you be making New year's resolutions?

A: Well, I will certainly be making them, but whether I stick to them is another story entirely. Ask me again in March to see how I am getting on.

The plug

To join Kate in ‘raising some dough’ for Wallace & Gromit’s BIG Bake (until Sunday), visit www.bigbake.org. Good Morning Britain airs every weekday morning on ITV.

Belfast Telegraph

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