STARCHAT WITH ANNA GARE

Learn about new foods and new trends

QT Magazine - - WELCOME - BY DAR­REN HALLESY

WORK­ING in the food in­dus­try, au­thor and TV pre­sen­ter Anna Gare is con­stantly com­ing across new foods, new trends and the lat­est is “ex­pert” ad­vice.

Anna started her ca­reer run­ning a cater­ing busi­ness in Fre­man­tle, Western Aus­tralia. She’s a proud western girl and poured eight years of her life into it.

Get­ting well known around town, she started do­ing seg­ments for Perth At Five, and as time went on Anna’s ca­reer took off, host­ing Ju­nior MasterChef, The Great Aus­tralian Bake Off and of­ten ap­pear­ing as a guest on cook­ing shows.

Her first love though, is writ­ing cook books, and af­ter the suc­cess of her last book Eat In, which fea­tured a great range of

tra­di­tional home cook­ing, Anna’s lat­est book is a col­lec­tion of healthy foods full of flavour that any­one can make.

With her chil­dren all grown up and leav­ing home, Anna had the idea of writ­ing a cook­book for peo­ple who were about to set up their own home, but it soon evolved into what fi­nally be­came De­li­cious Ev­ery Day.

“I orig­i­nally had thought about writ­ing a ‘leav­ing home’ book for my kids, so I worked on some ‘sim­ple sides’ which are sim­ple dishes that do ap­pear in this new book,” Anna said.

“But then I de­cided (af­ter my friends said they loved the idea), I thought I’d make it for a broader mar­ket, which led to ‘De­li­cious Ev­ery Day’.

“My hus­band (for­mer bas­ket­baller Luc Lon­g­ley) moved to Den­mark, and it’s a food ma­niac’s dream. I’m sur­rounded by fer­tile soil, sheep, pro­duce, cheese… it’s a re­ally lovely part of the world to live in.

“We moved here and the kids left home. Luc al­ways wanted to live here, he bought it with the pro­ceeds of a trad­ing card, be­lieve it or not.

I be­lieve peo­ple want to eat healthy foods. We’ve gone so far from nat­u­ral foods with ad­di­tives and hor­mones that I be­lieve peo­ple want to go back to health­ier foods.

“He bought a prop­erty when he was 21, there was a trad­ing card he got paid for that went into a Wheaties packet when he was in the NBA. He got a large sum of money for do­ing that trad­ing card when he played for the Chicago Bulls and with that money he gave it to his dad and said ‘get me a prop­erty.’

“I’m lucky that with my work I can base my­self any­where, to be hon­est.”

In the 1980s, Anna was in the mu­sic in­dus­try. She was part of an all-girl band called The Jam Tarts which also in­cluded her sis­ter So­phie. The girls fa­mously did a sup­port tour in the mid 80s to Rik May­all and Ben El­ton, riding on the suc­cess of the pop­u­lar show The Young Ones.

So­phie and Ben El­ton even­tu­ally mar­ried, and with Anna hitched to Luc Lon­g­ley, the fam­ily is busy to say the least, is food is where Anna’s heart lies, and she en­joys us­ing her pro­file to spread the word about healthy eat­ing in one of the fat­test na­tions on earth.

“I’ve al­ways cooked healthy food to be hon­est, and as I say in the books, I’ve cooked mostly healthy food be­cause I be­lieve peo­ple want to eat healthy foods. We’ve gone so far from nat­u­ral foods with ad­di­tives and hor­mones that I be­lieve peo­ple want to go back to health­ier foods.

“It’s how I like to eat. I feel so much bet­ter af­ter a healthy meal than I would an un­healthy one. For ex­am­ple, you know how you feel when you crave a burger or some junk, then af­ter­wards you wish you hadn’t? I’ve only made that mis­take once, just the once, and my hus­band still doesn’t be­lieve me. I’m just one of those peo­ple that wants to feel good af­ter I’ve eaten and don’t want to

waste a time meal that isn’t good for me.

“Obe­sity is such a prob­lem in our coun­try, and I love to work with food or­gan­i­sa­tions and it in­spires me to do more work in the com­mu­nity. When I’m in shop­ping cen­tres do­ing demos or pro­mo­tions, that’s when you see lots of un­healthy peo­ple. I work with the Stephanie Alexan­der pro­gram which is fan­tas­tic, and it gets to kids when they are young. I do lots of work with them, and also Jamie Oliver’s or­gan­i­sa­tion, which in­volves go­ing out in food vans,” Anna said.

“We need a big­ger army of peo­ple out there spread­ing the word about the ben­e­fits of fresh food, and give them the tools to have a health­ier life.

“I don’t like go­ing around telling peo­ple how or what to eat. No­body likes rules. If some­one says don’t eat it, you go and eat it. When you cook some­thing that is yummy and de­li­cious, you want to share it with peo­ple.

“I make a recipe and if ev­ery­one goes ‘oh my god that was yum’, I think to my­self, right, I’ll put that in a book.

“I’ll make it again and put some­thing dif­fer­ent in, as of­ten recipes can evolve over time. Some of the recipes in De­li­cious Ev­ery Day I wrote a few years ago, and they’ve been with me for a while so you make them again and again over time.

“You can keep chang­ing things, but I do love the whole process of mak­ing up a recipe,” Anna said.

She loves the fact that she is shar­ing the love of healthy eat­ing. “Peo­ple come up to me and tell me ‘I loved your book’ or ‘I adored that recipe.’ That makes me feel like I’m mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. I nat­u­rally want to share the food love. I don’t feel any

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