I would say the best thing about my day-to-day life is that none are ever the same. I’m very lucky in that I have a job that means I’m rarely in the same place all day everyday and that allows me to travel around the country and the world.
Having said that, I do have to start my day the same way - by mediating. For me, it sets the day up the right way and is an essential part of my morning. I never feel quite the same if I haven’t got up and had some time to contemplate the world and centre myself! I find that exercise really helps me focus and takes out the stresses of everyday life, so I will also try and get to the gym or do some Pilates if there’s time during the day. If not, the mediation goes a long way to getting me ready to take on the day.
But after that, it really can be anything! A lot of my time at the moment goes towards making videos for my own channels. I love interacting with my fans and doing that directly through the likes of YouTube and Twitter is a brilliant way to share some of my top tips or simply answer questions on baking or whatever else is on their minds.
Recently, I set myself a challenge of doing 100 videos in 100 days on my YouTube channel. Honestly, it seemed like a good idea at the time! But in all seriousness, I’m loving the creative challenge that it presents, such as having to come up with an endless stream of new ideas, plus having to shoot it on a new camera I’ve bought and then edit the videos myself.
I am a naturally very curious person and always want to be learning more or trying new things. The camera kit is a good example of that, and so is the fact that I’m also studying for a degree in psychology. I am fascinated by how the mind works and the course is helping me appreciate so much more about what drives people. It’s also helping me on a personal level, and I truly believe we’d all benefit from understanding a bit more about what makes people tick.
Travel is a big part of my day-to-day life too. A lot of that is moving around London going to different events or photo shoots, filming or seeing friends. I spend a lot of time flying back and forth between London and the US too due to my filming commitments with the Food Network. It’s a lot fun, but nothing beats being at home in London and hanging out with my daughter as much as possible.
Most of the past few months has been dedicated to my new book, BAKE. It’s made up of 125 recipes so I’ve spent hours and hours developing and then fine-tuning each and every bake in the book. I wanted it to be the best it could be and I’m very proud of what has been produced. There is a lot of me in the book and I hope people love it as much as I do.
Lorraine Pascale’s new book, BAKE is out now (Bluebird, £20).