taken from the Independent
O'Brien, 56, was the creator of the cult Rocky Horror Picture
Show and master of The Crystal Maze. These days he concentrates
on acting, recently starring with Drew Barrymore in the film
Ever After. He is shortly to release an album of new songs.
Although married, Richard lives alone in a south London town
house. His wife and two children, Josh, 15, and Amelia, 10,
live mainly in the country, but each of them has a bedroom in
kitchen we had, growing up in New Zealand, was in a colonial
homestead built in 1890. The kitchen was huge with a large wood-burning
range. We lived on a working farm of 120 acres at Tauranga,
where they still plowed using shire horses. I'm adventurous
with food, but I won't eat offaland especially not brains.
Being brought up on the farm, I saw enough offal to keep me
going for life.
"I love leg
of lamb, wrapped in two layers of tinfoil so the juices don't
leak out. I slip cloves of garlic into the joint, cover it with
garlic granules, honey and mixed herbs and sprinkles rosemary
over the top. Then I let it cook for about three hours. Lovely.
tip: with most tea towels you wipe the plate and it smears,
but muslin nappy liners are really much more absorbent. And
you get about 15 of them in Mothercare for £10.
"I enjoy cooking,
but mostly snack cooking. The kids like it when I make them
something on the griddle. I'll butter two pieces of bread, put
one slice butter-side down on the griddle and put some cheese
on top. Then I put the other piece of bread on top, this time
butter-side up. Cook it on both sides, letting it fry in the
butter, until the cheese has melted and it is nice and crispy:
the best toasted cheese sandwich you are likely to taste in
"I don't need
an awful lot of sustenance. I listen to my body and feed it
only when I'm hungry. I'm the original hunter-gatherer. I think
we eat far too much in the West. There's a compulsion to have
three meals a day, but it's just not obligatory.
about food. I forgot to take the plum pudding to my wife's for
Christmas, so it's still in my fridge. The chocolate belongs
to the children. At the moment I'm on a detox programme. I've
only had two cups of tea this week. I've been on water and fruit
for four days.
I like Italian foodso do the childrenbut I'm not
keen on Chinese. I prefer places where I can rubberneck, like
The Ivy or Le Caprice. That's partly because I like looking
across the table and seeing Robin Williams. But being a minor
celebrity, I don't get hassled for autographs."
Andrew G. Marshall
food fridge contains:
Ham, Stilton, Brie, onion and garlic dip, Mini Jaffa Cakes,
Anchor butter, plum pudding, Dolmio sauce, Pepperami, Champagne
Rosé Brut, Gordon's brandy butter, eggs, Caesar dressing,
Evian water, Chablis premier cru, yogurt, Hellman's mayonnaise.
( I thought he said
there was chocolate in there from the kids. Maybe not. -Q)
Fanta, Coca-Cola, ginger beer, Southern Comfort, Bacardi, Taittinger
champagne, Absolut vodka, Bombay Sapphire, PLJ lemon juice