Food Safari host Maeve O’meara on her go-to meal, favourite travel memory and staying confident in all situations
FOOD SAFARI HOST MAEVE O’MEARA TELLS US HER SECRETS FOR STAYING CONFIDENT, HER GO-TO MEAL AND HER WORST COOKING FAUX PAS…
Where is your favourite place to travel to and why?
Sardinia. I love the Mediterranean and discovering this incredible island 10 years ago was such joy. The people are so welcoming, the food is unique and the landscape is beautiful – swimming in the turquoise waters is a delight. I’ve taken many groups there on my Gourmet Safaris with my chef friend Pietro Porcu.
How do you fit in ‘time out’ and what do you like to do to relax?
My gorgeous partner Toufic Charabati (who directs Food
Safari) created a magical garden with exotic plants like dragon trees and xantheria, and over the years I’ve bought a few sculptures. It’s my happy place. I also love having friends and family round enjoying something we’ve cooked (often from our latest series).
What do you do to keep your confidence up in challenging situations?
Challenges manifest in so many ways. For public speaking it’s about being organised, reading the room and always being myself; for life’s hurdles it’s taking a deep breath and thinking through and reminding myself that everything is a chapter in life... it’s not all smooth sailing and it’s often the ‘bumps’ that teach you things.
Best piece of health advice you’ve ever been given?
It’s like the song, Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen). Wear sunscreen, decide to be happy.
Your earliest food memory?
My brother and I grew up on milk and bananas. So it would be baking with my grandmother, and licking the bowl after making Christmas cake with Dad.
What’s your favourite way to work out?
I try to exercise every day for 20 minutes. Interval training at my local oval with dance music through the headphones.
What’s your go-to meal if you’re short on time?
Broccoli pasta – so easy and quick and delicious.
What’s been your biggest kitchen disaster?
I had a big group of friends over for dinner and one girlfriend doesn’t eat anything with feathers so I decided a pork dish would be perfect… and only realised in bringing the big platter to the table that I hadn’t thought about my dear friend Samih who’s a
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