OPRAH’S KITCHEN ESSENTIALS
I have my girls from South Africa (from Oprah’s Leadership Academy, which opened a decade ago) who are now in college! I have 172 girls, and 20 are in college in the United States and use my home as their home base. They are finding themselves and discovering what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.
It is more rewarding than I would ever have imagined. I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can’t explain. It’s very much like people who see their kids grow up and do well – and I have that 20-fold with my girls. When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children. Love knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10 or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works. For me it was perfect, because I didn’t want babies. I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies. I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage! But this is so rewarding…. I know a lot of people who have attained great fame and physical wealth and have no peace whatsoever. That’s the saddest thing ever. It is my number-one kitchen gadget! I make this thing for Stedman that I call The Love Sandwich. It’s turkey, Pepper Jack cheese, avocado, tomato and a little bit of onion. We use this almost every day, to the point where Stedman is like: ‘I can’t stand another sorbet! Can I have a sorbet break?’ Shaves vegetable so paper thin that a slice of courgette or asparagus becomes a ribbon. Especially good for truffles if you want just a dusting! I mostly use it to convert an ordinary courgette into a virtuous bowl of spaghetti I put lemon in an atomiser and spray it over air-popped corn. Then I add truffle seasoning and a pinch of truffle salt. If I really want to get decadent, I microplane 25g of Parmesan cheese over the whole thing. Yes. It is so unkind to punish yourself every day for what you ate last night. You wouldn’t do it to another person. The motto that came out of my experience is to live fully! That’s exactly what it has allowed me to do. I wasted energy on dieting and the burden and struggle of it. Now I have more energy because I am not wasting it on negative stuff.