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Kirstie Allsopp: I'm phobically tidy and all my clothes live in the same place

From rising early for runs to cooked tomatoes on sourdough, Kirstie Allsopp reveals what gets her going in the morning

By Kate Whiting

When she's not busy filming with Location, Location, Location with co-presenter Phil Spencer, Kirstie Allsopp is busy looking after her two sons and two stepsons with partner Ben Andersen.

They split their time between homes in London and rural Devon.

As her first cookbook, Kirstie's Real Kitchen, is published, the domestic goddess reveals how she starts her day.

Are you a morning person?

Yes. Well, I'm a 'don't sleep enough' person. I tend to potter around at night tidying everything up and making sure I am ready for the next day, but at the same time I'm one of the earliest up in the morning. So yes, ish.

What time does your alarm go off?

At 6.30am for the Today Programme (on Radio 4).

What do you have for breakfast?

Yoghurt and fruit. Or, sometimes, if it's the weekend, cooked tomatoes on sourdough, which is a real treat. Or, if I'm out in a restaurant, a good old poached egg and avocado.

What would your ideal morning be?

My ideal weekday morning would be a day when I wasn't away filming, so get up, make breakfast with the children, take them to school, go to a cafe around the corner, meet up with a friend and have a cup of coffee.

I run between 6.30am and 7am, so that would have already happened, and then I would have a meeting, have lunch with a friend, pick up the children from school, come home, or have supper with my stepsons and have an early night. That would certainly be my ideal weekday.

Busy mum: Kirstie Allsopp and her sons, who take up a lot of her time

What are mornings like when you're in Devon?

I usually wake up first. Sometimes Ben, sometimes me. The children kind of drift down at all different times, which I like, because it's quite difficult doing three breakfasts simultaneously.

It's good when you're just doing breakfast for one of them and you're sitting chatting and having a cup of coffee while they eat, and then the next one comes down and you can sort of keep on top of everything.

My 18-year-old stepson is the latest sleeper, so I will do something for him, but I will be saying: 'It's lunch in an hour and a half so I will just do you a smoothie'.

Are you a shower or a bath person?

I would be a shower person if it wasn't for the fact that I can't wash my hair every day.

I would happily have a shower every day, but is just simply not good for your hair to wash it every day, certainly when you are my age, so I am a bath person from that perspective.

I like the cleanliness of a shower, I like the cosiness of a bath.

I quite like sitting in the bath late at night with my iPad propped up on the side of the bath watching something good on Netflix.

Kirstie's Real Kitchen is published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton, priced £25. Available now

Do you sing when you're in the shower?

No, absolutely not. I hum when I'm anxious, according to Ben. But Phil (Spencer) said the other day when we were driving along in the car, 'I've never worked out what the humming means'. And I said, 'Ben says I do it when I am anxious'. And Phil went, 'Not always, I don't think'. It was a very funny conversation, it's very funny to have two men in your life in that way.

Do you organise your clothes the night before?

This is a difficult one. Yes and no. I'm almost phobically tidy and all of my clothes live in the same place and my shoes live in the same place and tights and pants and bras and everything.

I only wear dresses, so I always do my bag the night before if I am packing.

I will put in my nightie, hairdryer, cables and chargers, washbag, everything like that the night before, but actually, I'm very bad at deciding what to wear the day before, so I will get up the next day, just look and decide.

  • Kirstie's Real Kitchen is published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton, priced £25. Available now

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