Last word: Leah Itsines
AUTHOR OF THE NOURISHING COOK, LEAH ITSINES SHARES HER FAVOURITE MEAL IDEAS, MUST-HAVE INGREDIENTS, AND WHY TRIAL AND ERROR IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN
What’s one common healthy eating myth that you would like to set the record straight on?
No matter the meal, your food should never be boring. ‘Healthy eating’ means an abundance of good food, flavours and a huge range of food. Healthy is not just chicken, rice and broccoli and it certainly isn’t about cutting out food groups.
What has been your biggest cooking disaster?
Oh, I’ve had many! Setting fire to a tea towel while picking up a dish from the stove, adding salt instead of sugar to a cake, and ripping the handle off the oven while trying to take granola out of the grill… Safe to say it was a little burnt!
What are your pantry staples?
My staples would have to be canned beans, chickpeas and tomatoes in the pantry, and a jar of homemade pesto in the fridge. I always have homemade pesto on hand as it’s perfect for a quick dinner – pesto pasta is always a winner!
Where’s the next spot on your travel wish list?
I’d love to go to Asia, so I could experience the great food culture and learn how to make authentic Asian dishes.
What’s your favourite thing to cook?
Recently I taught myself how to make homemade pasta. It’s extremely messy, yet somehow satisfying when the pasta is processed through the machine and doesn’t tear. There is no better tasting dish than homemade pasta!