BUZZING ON THE GOOD VIBES

We love to eat good food. Keep­ing your body fu­elled prop­erly is all part of a healthy life­style for surfers. That’s why we were stoked to hook up with Jane and Myles Lam­berth again to help pub­lish their lat­est cook­book. Good Vibes Cook­book is stuffed with

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Jane, this is your third book, what in­spired the recipes this time around?

Since hav­ing our son Arlo, and pos­si­bly ad­mit­ting to get­ting a bit older, we found our­selves seek­ing out health­ier op­tions, but still dishes that are packed with flavour. Our style of eat­ing has change in light of en­vi­ron­men­tal and health is­sues that can no longer be avoided. So we have in­tro­duced more meat-free days into our week, hence the pres­ence of some fab ve­gan and veg­gie op­tions. The book has been in­flu­enced by our goal of stay­ing fit and healthy, while be­ing true to our love of flavour, colour and fun food.

How would you sum up the gen­eral feel of cook­ing th­ese days?

I think peo­ple are a lot braver now than a few years ago, and we have be­come a lot more ex­posed to dif­fer­ent food trends and styles. There is a lot more raw food go­ing into our di­ets, as well as more ex­otic dishes in­spired by coun­tries like In­dia and Sri Lanka – giv­ing us new flavours and ex­cit­ing ways to eat more veg. Our cook­ing has also be­come a lot more cre­ative, us­ing al­ter­na­tives to meat and dairy. We have more choice when shop­ping and it feels like peo­ple are crav­ing a more whole­some life­style – one where phones and tech­nol­ogy take a back seat and more hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties win. Cook­ing is great for that – you get so en­grossed in get­ting it right that it feels like a form of mindfulness in it­self.

How im­por­tant is healthy eat­ing to our gen­eral well­be­ing?

I think it’s un­der­rated. So many stud­ies have shown the neg­a­tive ef­fects of non-nu­tri­tious di­ets on our men­tal health. Even the joy of eat­ing has changed, as we feel so guilty for in­dulging nowa­days. By eat­ing good food that’s eth­i­cally pro­duced, and tak­ing the time to cook and en­joy it, shows a cer­tain re­spect for our bod­ies and our health – over time your mood will lift, as will your en­ergy lev­els. We need to re­mem­ber that food is fuel and it keeps our body work­ing – so don’t un­der­es­ti­mate that. How easy is it to cook th­ese recipes?

Most of them are super easy. Our goal was to make it easy for peo­ple to get in the kitchen and re­gain con­fi­dence in pre­par­ing meals again. Even down to the smooth­ies; just to start with some­thing sim­ple like that a few times a week builds up a de­sire to eat bet­ter. Lots of them only in­volve a cou­ple of sim­ple steps, and act like an an­chor to in­spire new flavours in your cook­ing. Of course there are some more com­pli­cated dishes in there that we couldn’t re­sist as they are so awe­some – but you can build up to those!

How have your surf trav­els af­fected your cook­ing?

We love travel and love food; the two go hand in hand for us. My friends are al­ways laugh­ing at me when I find a super-cool café abroad – I lit­er­ally or­der loads of dishes just to try them, then start ha­rass­ing the staff as to what the dif­fer­ent flavours are and why they have used cer­tain foods. It’s such a pas­sion though; I just can’t help my­self!

As most peo­ple are short on time, do you have any short cuts for good cook­ing? Flavour, flavour, flavour. In­tro­duce more sea­son­ing to your food. Sea­son meat about 30 min­utes be­fore you cook it. Same with veggies – try us­ing the green chilli sauce (you’ll find this on page 97), it can trans­form any dish. Have a few sauces ready in the fridge to pimp up any reg­u­lar meal. Of course, the bet­ter the qual­ity of in­gre­di­ents, the less you have to do.

What tunes do you like to cook to?

For me it’s all Bey­oncé, Lorde and lots of fe­male vibes. Myles on the other hand has the dub step blar­ing and Arlo chop­ping to the beat along­side him!

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