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…

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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

de­vout Mus­lim.

DRAGON TREE

Food Sa­fari re­turns to SBS on Oc­to­ber 12 in a vi­brant 13–part se­ries ex­plor­ing mul­ti­cul­tural Aus­tralia. Food Sa­fari Earth airs on SBS Aus­tralia, Thurs­days at 8pm.

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