Your favourite snack and fab shows on the way!


Cheese and marmite on toastHello, I hope your week is going well and you're doing your upmost to stay dry. My heart goes out to those who have been badly affected by this relentless rain and floods. It's been a terrible time for so many. Let's hope things start to settle very, very soon.

I've been in touch with friends in Portland in Dorset who have lived most of their lives there. They tell me it's been decades since they've witnessed weather like this. Fortunately, for them, they're high up on the Isle so the floods haven't affected them directly.

Our studios, here in London, had some external damage due to the ferocious winds. The outside was cordoned off while repairs took place. All is fixed now I'm pleased to say.

Wherever you are, do take care and stay safe.

It's hard to believe we're well into February and, if you're a parent, can you believe half term is already here! I have a few days off and look forward to more walks with Misty and Bramble and family games with my children!

Now, if you know me, you'll know how much I love my food! I've never claimed to be a master chef, but when it comes to eating, I'm up there with the best! If I'm honest, I'm not too bad in the kitchen (modest!) but I'm not one for long-winded recipes which take several hours to prepare but minutes to devour! I'd rather be with the kids and dogs playing!

I do have a handful of favourite tasty snacks which take minutes to prepare. Many of which include marmite!

For example, cheese on hot buttered toast with marmite is divine. Then there are spaghetti hoops on toast with grated cheese. However, one of my favourites is thanks to Pipa. Hot buttered toast, marmite and a couple of poached eggs! It is fabulous! I highly recommend!

Then, of course, I love my homemade soup, thanks to my cook's essentials soup maker. Leek and potato is delicious! And, not to forget our yoghurt maker. Greek EasiYo with a dash of honey on top and a few crushed cashew nuts is divine… by writing this I'm making myself a little peckish!

I'd love to hear of your simple, tasty snacks to broaden my horizon (marmite is optional but it's a real favourite of mine!). Please drop me a line on the comments section below and if you get the chance, follow me on Twitter and even tweet a picture! I'm @mecharliebrook.

Well done if you guessed last week's 'just for fun' mystery picture, it was indeed, a highlighter pen!

What do you think this week's is?

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I'm back on air this weekend. On Sunday 16th I'm presenting a wonderful hour of Spring Catwalk Fashion at 9pm, followed by a fabulous hour of relaxation. Sealy Posturepedic at 10pm… Bliss, can't wait.

See you soon and take care,

Charlie x


  1. sandra Howard February 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    I like your quick ideas for snacks. But do not like marmite. So try my quick snack, hot buttered toast, well done spam cut thin and put under the grill till golden brown, put on toast and add your favourite sauce, mine is brown on this dish. Go on Charlie give it a try, you may be surprised and love it like we do. I will be watching you on Sunday and most of the time you do shows I enjoy your cherry personality you all ways have a smile on your face, and such a nice face to. let us know if you try this dish. We have a new pup Chihuahua named Dexter we brought him home on the 10 of January, we picked him when the day after he was born. We all ready have Chihuahua Rio he is 3 year old in April. He was very depressed after our 14 year old died in October 2013. we were very upset to lose Max, and decided to have another not just for us but a friend for Rio. We are busy getting Dexter house clean, He is black apart from 4 white feet which look like socks, a white chest it starts under his chin and goes all the way under his tummy. A little white has started to come through on each side of his nose and very thin faint lines down his head which look really strange, will send you a pic when I can get a descent one as he never stop, until he wants feeding or to sleep and go out to do his business, he is running rings round Rio who as yet cannot quite make the move to share toys or figure out why Dexter is here, they are like children I want what you have, he has never shared toys as Max was not a toy playing with dog when he got to about 7, we think because of his under shot jaw stopped him chewing chew bones and holding on to tug ropes as he got older. But Rio will get their with our help, as Dexter is so confident and determine to play with Rio and share each others things. The bad weather has stop us taking them out just yet, the wind picked Dexter up on the path out the back were they do toiletry things and he was well shaken by it. Trying to walk him on harness and lead in the house does not work, Plus the x small size we got him is to big and he can just walk out of it. I Have sent for xx small hope that fits better. Will let you know how we get on when I send you a pic.

  2. Marie.mEllis February 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    It was well known that Margaret Thatchers favourite supper when she was Prime Minister was marmite on toast with poached eggs on top. She was into that a long time before any of us.
    Simple food is always best.
    Marie x

  3. Debby Slauenwhite February 14, 2014 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Morning Charlie.
    Bella and I watched Charlie Bears, Bella in her usual perched way. Although the wind and rain had upset her a little. It wasn’t until she saw you put the picture of Misty and Bramble up that she became alive. Did you you get Difor ???? We think she looks a lot like Bramble. I managed to get ” Slipper” [ the keyring].
    Don’t we have strange eating tastes ??? I quiet like having left over mash potato mixed with tomato ketchup on toast,but you have to put it back under the grill. I also like banana and peanut butter [ crunchy] on toast as well. Don’t like marmite though, although vegimite is too bad. Unfortunately I can’t have cheese as I’m allergic to it.
    Glad every one is safe weather wise], hope your mum and dad are safe on the Isle of White. They don’t mention the Isle of White and how they are affected by this weather.
    Hope you enjoy half term with the children.
    Take care.
    Love Debby and of cause a Big Whoof from Bella.x

  4. Valerie February 14, 2014 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Love your blogs Charlie keeps an old ‘un amused. I got a new dog last year after losing 2 shelties within 12 months. She was 4 months and within 24 hours was in the vets with parvo virus for a week. She now thriving thank goodness. She is a very active blue merle border collie with blue eyes. The breeder breeds for sniffer dogs in Afghanistan (she was saved by me) I like to think. Will get round to sending a photo and one to Charlie and Wilf for a Saphy bear. All the best Val

  5. Christine Shine February 17, 2014 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    Had to reply as am a marmite lover too. The small marmite flavoured cheeses are perfect but seem to have disappeared from most shops unfortunately. My favourite snack is toasted crumpets with marmite, cheese and sliced tomato (in that order) then grilled until cheese melts and tomato browns a little. Delicious!
    Hope you give it a try

  6. Mary February 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, first time I have written..swayed by the marmite. I love it and ate it with a spoon out of the jar when I was pregnant with my daughter..she loves marmite and eats cheese and marmite sarnies for lunch everyday. . I like those too but love marmite and ham, marmite and lettuce but must be on brown granary bread and marmite pasta…add a spoonful to hot pasta shapes stir well, serve with a sprinkling of grated cheese..preferably mature chedder…DELICIOUS!! Also love it on toast with either beans, cheese, scrambled eggs or lots of grilled tomatoes. Enjoy. Mary

  7. Mary February 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Mary again..forgot to mention I love crunchy peanut butter on slices of apple and crispbreads with low fat white cream cheese topped with lemon curd. Yum yum. Xx

  8. Charlie Brook February 18, 2014 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sandra and thanks for your reply.
    Sounds like you have your hands full! Good luck with the house training and I will be sure to try your snack! I haven’t had spam for years!
    Take care

  9. Charlie Brook February 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hello Marie, I never knew that fact about Margaret Thatcher! Shall I run for PM then!?

  10. Charlie Brook February 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debby and whoops to Bella….
    Now I love the sound of your snack… Mmmmmm mash and ketchup! I’ll give that a try.
    Mum and Dad are well thanks and from what I hear the Isle of Wight is in tact!
    Take care

  11. Charlie Brook February 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Valerie.
    Our pets do worry us at times don’t they! Would love to see a photo! She sounds beautiful. I’ve always loved border collies.
    All the best

  12. Charlie Brook February 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Hello Chris. Will definitely give that a try… Sounds right up my street! Now, marmite cheeses, haven’t come across those but they sound fabulous as well!
    Thank you
    Charlie :-)

  13. Charlie Brook February 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mary lots and lots of delicious suggestions… Thank you so much!
    Peanut butter is another weakness of mine too!
    Kind regards

  14. Anne Carslake February 23, 2014 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    One of the best is hot buttered crumpets, on top of which there is cheese , then baked beans and then fried egg, oh and I am sure you could get some Marmite on there as well!

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