She’s baking for a new crop of politicians this season.
This morning I went to meet Annabel Crabb, and she greeted me with a tin of homemade ginger cake, her “current obsession”, made to Nigella Lawson’s specifications.
It was, of course, delicious.
Baking is just one of the many things Crabb does impressively well, and it’s the tool she uses to loosen up her interview subjects on her show Kitchen Cabinet. Well, that and her humour and extensive political knowledge.
The fifth season of Kitchen Cabinet airs on ABC tonight at 8pm, so I sat down for a chat with the baker herself to discuss the show, cooking, and how the hell one woman manages to fit in a TV show, newspaper columns, books, podcasts, and being a mother to three kids.
So, Annabel, how do you fit all those things in?
You can manage things as long as you do them at different times of the day. Or some of them you can do together!
Parenting and baking you can do together. One of the things I really like about baking is that you can do it while doing other things, you can do it with your children, and at the end of it there’s something useful that you can feed them with.
It’s a fabulous multi-tasking activity. And if you have one of those stupid headset things, you can even do work!
Why did you think breaking bread with politicians would make good TV?
I floated the idea a few times before it really caught on… I thought it would be an interesting thing to do but I didn’t really know how it would work.
In fact, I once proposed it at the Sydney Morning Herald because when you work in print, you think that television’s a doddle. It’s not until you try and make it that you realise it’s really hard and you need 50 people who know what they’re doing. I was thinking, “I’ll just go to their house with my video camera…” What an idiot.