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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

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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!

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