I don’t see my friends as much any more, and I blame Jamie Oliver.
I used to adore him. That naughty smile, the Essex accent, all wrapped up in a funky t-shirt. What’s not to love? I bought his books and I bought into his ethos – stylishly presented home cooked meals are where it’s at, innit?
The Make The Time Report, commissioned by Baileys and presented by researcher and author Dr Rebecca Huntley suggests not. It’s not about the food, it’s more about the friends.
My girlfriends and I used to get together regularly for ‘curry nights’. Every few months we’d rock up to the designated hostess’s home, each slap ten bucks on the bench and order a vindaloo, rogan josh, palak paneer and a whoa of poppadoms. Someone would be nominated to pick it up and the lot would be washed down with a favourite beverage or two, and lots of laughs. It was great.