Feel con­nected

Eat­ing sus­tain­ably and with friends is good for your well-be­ing and the planet’s

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Al­most a year ago, I was work­ing in Shang­hai and Bei­jing, cre­at­ing a se­ries of pop-up restau­rants for the New Zealand Govern­ment to pro­mote our food and bev­er­age prod­ucts. While I was there, the e-com­merce gi­ant Alibaba held its an­nual sale, the 11.11 Global Shop­ping Fes­ti­val. In a 24-hour pe­riod, this on­line event gen­er­ated a stag­ger­ing US$25.3b in sales. The next day it was al­most im­pos­si­ble to walk along the foot­path, there were just so many de­liv­ery boxes piled up. Bil­lions and bil­lions of dol­lars worth of stuff. I felt sick.

Less than a month later, I vis­ited Antarc­tica, in­vited by Antarc­tica New Zealand to learn about some of the im­por­tant work be­ing un­der­taken around cli­mate change. Be­ing on this vast white con­ti­nent, you get a first-hand in­sight into what life might look like when the cli­mate be­comes too in­clement to sup­port life as we know it.

I had a light­bulb mo­ment af­ter see­ing such ram­pant re­source-gob­bling con­sumerism in one part of the world, then to wit­ness the frail bal­ance and fierce power of na­ture in an­other.

When our daugh­ter Rose came home for Christ­mas, we started to talk about how piv­otal it is that we start to make changes in the way we shop and cook, not just for our own health but for the health of the planet.

We de­cided to col­lab­o­rate on a project that would com­bine our dif­fer­ent skills and knowl­edge to help em­power peo­ple to use less and waste less, and to build pos­i­tive habits that are kin­der on our wal­lets and the en­vi­ron­ment and more nur­tur­ing for our bod­ies and minds. And so our first joint project was born, a gor­geous new cook­book that will guide you to a fresh way of eat­ing, aptly ti­tled To­gether.

Like many of the mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion, Rose is pas­sion­ate about sus­tain­abil­ity and health. As a cash-strapped stu­dent for the past seven years, her ap­proach to cook­ing is re­source­ful and con­sid­ered, with a com­mit­ment to eth­i­cal food pro­duc­tion.

Like me, Rose is at her hap­pi­est when she is in the kitchen whip­ping up a feast for her friends or cre­at­ing some­thing de­li­cious for her­self.

I love the way she and I have ended up with the same ap­proach to cook­ing, even though we’ve come from dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions and dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. We both love flavours that are fresh and vi­brant, and food that will make you feel vi­tal and strong. More than any­thing, we love to bring peo­ple to­gether around the ta­ble in sim­ple cel­e­bra­tions that em­power us to feel con­nected.

Our new cook­book, To­gether, is an ex­cit­ing, less-is-more ap­proach to cook­ing, a way to eat that’s lighter on our waist­lines and on the planet. We hope it be­comes your blue­print for build­ing new habits of eat­ing and that cook­ing this way brings you the same joy it pro­vides us.

EGYP­TIAN OR­ANGE AND AL­MOND CAKE

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