What I see in the mirror: Annabel Karmel
‘I wasn’t going to have Botox but then all my friends had it and I felt the odd one out’
I am very petite; five foot one. I see myself as a bigger person than I am until I catch sight of myself in a photograph – everybody else is so big compared with me. I think being small makes you look younger than you are. I am hoping I don’t look 50. My mum is 85 and she looks 60. She’s got fantastic skin, although she has had skin cancer. I never put my face in the sun any more. I don’t spend money on fancy creams, either: I use Boots Protect And Perfect day and night cream.
Twice a year I have Botox around the eyes – it holds back your wrinkles, so you never have to have plastic surgery. I wasn’t going to have Botox, but then all my friends had it and I felt the odd one out. I never liked my lips – I always thought they were too big – but I have come to terms with them. My eyes are green and I like them, although sometimes, when I am really tired, my left eye will move of its own accord. It’s a lazy eye and I should have had an operation to correct it when I was a child.
Everybody thinks that because my books are about good food for children, I must eat an incredibly healthy diet – nothing could be further from the truth. I eat a huge amount. I love chocolate, ice-cream and bread. I can get away with it because of my metabolism. I don’t weigh myself, ever. I am a size 6 and although sometimes it’s quite hard to buy clothes that fit because I am so small, I do count myself very lucky.
• Eating For Two, by Annabel Karmel, is published by Ebury Press at £12.99.