TV cook Sarah Todd’s recipe for a happy home
THIS 2014 MasterChef Australia contestant is a model, restaurateur and cookbook author. She grew up in the small town of Walkerston, in Queensland, and was raised by a busy single mother with a “meat-and-three-veg philosophy”, which left Ms Todd hungry to try new foods.
It was during her time as an international model in her twenties that she discovered a love of global food, and she completed a course at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu School in London.
A year ago, she went into business with Indian hospitality entrepreneur Ashish Kapur, establishing the 400-seat beach club and restaurant Antares, in Goa, India. She is starring in the SBS series My Restaurant in
India (Thursdays, 9pm), which follows the restaurant from chaotic inception to successful reception.
Ms Todd, 30, has a five-year-old son, Phoenix, and divides her time between Melbourne and Goa.
Typical Saturday morning
I make breakfast for my son, and it’s generally eggs and soldiers. Then it is off to his swimming lessons. If Phoenix is with his dad that weekend, I will take myself out for brunch and a power walk.
Secret domestic skill
I really enjoy cleaning, and find it therapeutic, if anything. I like washing up so much that I don’t even use the dishwasher!
My beef stroganoff. I learned it at the Le Cordon Bleu School. It’s a Russian dish, but I learnt to cook it with French techniques.
On my bedside table
There is a picture of Phoenix, a glass of water and my favourite candle, which is vanilla scented. I love the smell of vanilla. Chill-out music
I love Amy Winehouse. It’s music with a bit of soul but it’s relaxing at the same time. Her voice is so amazing, and she was such an incredible artist.
Walnuts and cranberries are a good go-to, a bit of protein and some sweetness to give me a pick-me-up. I do tend to eat healthily, but there are times when I go to restaurants and I just have whatever I want.
Ideal night in
Growing up, we had taco nights, where all the ingredients were put on the bench and we helped ourselves, and I like to do that with Phoenix.