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my perfect weekend

On Friday night I'd: Probably be in the kitchen making dinner for friends. All my best memories of good times with family and friends are in the kitchen, centred on a wonderful meal. At the moment my favourite dishes to make are Moroccan lamb tagine and yellow Thai curry.

My favourite stiff drink is: I'll have a Joan Collins. Joan spent a lot of time on Dynasty drinking cocktails, so much so she had one named after her. It's a mix of bourbon, lemon juice, syrup and club soda. Decadent, rich and delicious . . . just like the lady herself.

Saturday morning lie-on or gym session: Neither. I believe that pottering should be an Olympic sport. I would then certainly be in with a chance of winning a gold medal. I love to potter in the Temple Bar food market and the Blackrock market.

My favourite item of clothing is: Flip-flops. High heels make your legs look thinner and longer and I know that if I want to feel elegant in a knee-length skirt, a heel is essential. But they are so uncomfort- able!

My Saturday night fever: I dislike big crowded pubs or clubs, as they can make me feel really claustrophobic. So my perfect night out is usually a meal with a friend in one of Dublin's many restaurants – Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese are my preference. My current favourite is Hilan Chinese on Capel Street.

My favourite hangover cure: My best hangover cure is a green smoothie – filtered water, lots of leafy greens and fresh fruit. It doesn't do miracles after a big night but it definitely helps.

On Sunday, I rest by: Most people will see it as an excuse to lie in, but I Iove getting up early on a Sunday and having the early morning to myself. Few things in life can be better than heading out early to the park or the beach, and getting some time alone with your thoughts.

I'm currently reading: The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. I bought this ages ago but am, shamefully, only finishing it up now. The language is quite, erm, fruity, so if you're easily shocked maybe it's not for you.

My last supper: Would be with my good friend Joanne O'Brien. She's a fashion stylist in the RTE wardrobe department and I'm a milliner, so we catch up once a week to share ideas. She's the best cook I know and creates spectacular dishes at the drop of a hat – fresh lobster, venison steaks and roast lemon chicken.

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