Here at Hot Tin Roof we like to know the answers to the important questions, to this end we asked Jane, the latest cat recruit, to give us the lowdown.
Here’s what she said:
Lunchtime! What do you do and where do you do it?
Food should nourish the soul as well as the body, so I try and avoid falling into the shop-bought sandwich trap – it’s too depressing trying to force down a soggy flavourless sarnie that’s 3 days old!
I like to bring leftovers or healthy salads whenever possible, but if not I’ll pop to somewhere nearby like Social Bite. I think it’s very important to support local businesses and know where your food is coming from. Social Bite is committed to using quality ingredients, and I really admire the work they do to help homeless people get back into work. It doesn’t hurt that their food is also delicious!
If money was no object, what would you spend your day doing?
I’d have a lovely lie-in with a book, and then head to my favourite local, Basement, for brunch. I love spicy food so it would have to be Heuvos Rancheros with loads of hot-sauce, and a Bloody Mary if I wasn’t planning on being too productive for the rest of the day.
I’d spend the rest of the morning trawling antique shops and junk-yards. Even if I’m not looking for anything in particular I can happily while away a few hours searching through old furniture and home ware, imagining how they would fit into my dream-home. I’d probably end up buying something ridiculously impractical, like a vintage set of Babycham glasses, or a beautiful old French enamel milk jug with a hole in it, but once something pretty takes my fancy I have to have it, I’m like a magpie!
In the afternoon I’d go to a spinning class to burn off brunch, then visit a local farmers market and pick up some lovely organic food. If money were no object, I’d have a humongous kitchen in which I would spend the remainder of the day cooking a feast for my friends and family – I love to cook, so I would be very content. The evening would be spent sharing good food and good company (and plenty of good wine, no doubt) with my loved ones.
If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would have stuck with a musical instrument, instead of abandoning each one I tried after a few grades. I can’t remember how to play any of them now!
What was the first record / CD / Download (select as appropriate to age group) you bought with your own money?
It was a cassette single of Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio. My father must have been devastated, he’d been taking me to gigs for years and attempted to broaden my musical horizons with his extensive record collection, none of which was rap. Now we’ve found common ground musically he is my favourite concert companion – we’ve yet to see Coolio though!
What is your favourite form of public transport?
TukTuk! I’ve travelled the world and I always loved jumping in a TukTuk. It’s a much more immersive experience as there is no glass, so no barrier between all the sites and sounds of a new country. Not very common here, unsurprisingly, our climate obviously demands more protection from the elements!
Who is the most famous person you’ve ever spotted at the Festival?
I served Stephen Merchant a sandwich once. He had good manners and is as tremendously tall as you would expect. I also met Marsha Hunt, who was just gorgeous. I worked in a café called Brown Sugar, which caught her eye when she was in Edinburgh performing a show with the same name, so she gave us some posters and stayed for a chat and a cupcake.
Tell us something about yourself that you’ve never told anyone else.
I’m a very open person, I don’t have any secrets! One thing that might never have come up in conversation though is that I think baked beans are just as delicious cold as they are hot. I’m actually lucky if they make it into the saucepan as I will sneak a few forkfuls straight out of the can. Sometimes I get carried away and scoff the lot!