I didn’t get a gap to dash across the road to check out the Herbert Baker house today, things were too busy, starting with breakfast. Here’s proof to our Australian friend, Nurse Myra,  that people (Moi!) do eat fish paste at breakfast. My trolley choice todat was anchovy toast and assorted melon.

My friends think that I am co-coordinating my working wardrobe with my daily packed lunch; today was a tuna salad which didn’t really match my brown shoes, but –anyway – there’s no room for debate as I didn’t eat my lunch; I was too full from the mid-morning surprise.


It turns out that our MD, a formidable businesswoman and a global industry player, is a foodie too. I found her in the kitchen whipping cream; a pile of impressive almond meringues and a bucket of mixed berries at her side. On a whim she had decided to spoil the agency with a mountainous Eton Mess. For some reason this incident filled me with bubbly mirth and I had to restrain myself from rushing to the balcony and screeching my good fortune, to have landed amongst this group of fascinating people, at the milling traffic on the road below.

What strikes me in this company; despite the frequent and discerning attention to culinary enjoyment, is the mature attitude of the staff at large. Time is made to eat, sure. But – boy oh boy – when they work they work. Everyone seems to own their particular function with a sombre sense of diligence and … pride. Yes, the pervading impression I get, having spent some time trying to analyse it, is pride. People seem very proud to work here.

I really can’t say I blame them.

I’m kinda proud too.


59 Comments Add yours

  1. You are going to get fat!!! Haha. Sounds awesome though. Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha! Not sure I want to get fat … will have to recover with a diet after the contract.

    1. theonlycin says:

      1st week of march … xxx

  2. Supa says:

    Tuna is brownish.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I guess it is, mine had beetroot slices added to the salad, though …

  3. nzwaa says:

    And they see nothing wrong with you taking pictures of your food?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Do you know, nobody has said anything yet, maybe they haven’t noticed my camera? Nobody knows I blog.

  4. nrhatch says:

    How fun! Glad that you landed in among some fellow foodies!

    Chow down, chow hound. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      *chomp chomp, munch munch*

  5. Leeswammes says:

    What a great job! And a pity it’s only temp. But who knows? Maybe they’ll want you again and you might want them again.

    Oh my, working with someone who whips up Eton messes in the kitchen!! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I know, can you believe it?!

  6. Good food and a lively and lovely work environment. Sounds like just a bit of paradise. How fortuante.

  7. Tilly Bud says:

    I’m glad your work experience has turned out so positive. All that yummy food!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, Tilly, I shall soon look like the house across the road 😉

  8. slpmartin says:

    Sounds like a great place to work…well if you have to work I suppose it’s a good thing. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, just like that, Charles 🙂

  9. Pseu says:

    Could I get a job like that?

    Pretty please.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, I’ll ask around, shall I?

  10. Bravo, Cin! It is such a pleasure to hear of someone landing a job that thrills and delights. Wallow in every day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, wallow I will 🙂

  11. A great environment then, hard work with time to play between to ease the pressure

  12. ps – I LOVE anchovy toast for breakfast

    1. theonlycin says:

      *makes a note in case there’s ever a sleepover party with Sidey *grin* *

  13. So glad you’re having such a good time there. The Eton Mess is delightful – my husband’s aunt used to make a similar dish and she called it “fog” because you’d never know what you were going to bump into!
    Sunshine xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      “fog” = clever 🙂

  14. suzicate says:

    Yummy pics…excuse me while I go check out my cupboards!

    1. theonlycin says:

      hehehe … hope you found good stuff?

  15. Artswebshow says:

    Ew, fish at breakfast. lol
    I know people do it but, why?
    Give me a full english breakfast any day. lol
    That eton mess looks good enough to eat

    1. theonlycin says:

      The Scandinavians to fish at breakfast all the time ;p

  16. Yvette says:

    Good fortune for sure…just a little sweetie for a sweetie! xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aw … what a sweet thing to say 😉

  17. Anchovy toast – YUMMY! And melon! Throw in a cuppa and I would be set for the morning! 😀
    So nice to hear people still take pride in their work.
    Looking forward to hearing about the Herbert Baker house *crossing fingers* you get a chance to get there today. 😉
    🙂 Mandy
    PS. Love your funky specs.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Mandy, the specs are an obsession with me … maybe I should do a post about them soon. xxx

      1. theonlycin says:

        Watch this space 😉

  18. bb(adair) says:

    Anchovy toast and coffee,I love that for breakfast.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Me too, but I had better stop with the toast every morning, feeling it like a shock to my system 😉

  19. Tandy says:

    happy people = good productivity! So glad you are happy there 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Really enjoying it, Tandy 🙂

  20. sarahmcgaugh says:

    This Eton mess has made me so hungry!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was delicious 🙂

  21. granny1947 says:

    I want to come and work there too!!!
    That berry mess looks scrumptious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was too good 😀 xxx

  22. nursemyra says:

    oh my god – meringue, cream and berries. Meringue is my undoing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, keep yerself buttoned, Lass, we want no undoing business here!

  23. Tammy McLeod says:

    I love anchovy paste on toast whether or not it matches my shoes – although it might today. Love the view from your window Cindy. And, have I just not noticed that Alice Waters quote on your blog before?

    1. theonlycin says:

      The Alice Waters has been there for a few months, I read the quote and it made perfect sense out of my life for me 🙂

  24. valbrussell says:

    Well, that’s it, berries and cream and meringue. I am officially STARVING now. I cannot begin to tell you how much you contribute to my refrigerator door developing a squeak for overuse.

    1. theonlycin says:

      A little oil on the hinges? 😉

  25. Cindy, it’s great to know that big step has taken you into such a positive environment: and one which marches on its stomach too….what a lovely new year this is turning out to be. Brilliant.

    Might need to see the shoes though.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The shoes are on Facebook (yesterday status) 🙂

  26. Naomi says:

    Sounds like a super cool environment, and OMG what a gorgeous surprise!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      The surprises just keep on coming 🙂

  27. i luv your eloquence. u know how to roll words my friend

  28. buttercup600 says:

    Eton Mess has always been a favourite of mine…so glad to see and feel your happiness girlfriend. 🙂 🙂 oxoxox

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