New food­ies on the block: Laura Jackson and Alice Levine

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Laura: My busy days mean that I move a lot. It’s not un­usual for my fit­ness tracker to say I’ve done 15,000 steps. I don’t fol­low fit­ness ac­counts on In­sta­gram but I love watch­ing the videos my friend Fearne Cot­ton posts of her­self do­ing yoga in the kitchen. I wish I could be that bendy! Aside from her, the peo­ple who in­spire me to get mov­ing aren’t the ones wear­ing Ly­cra in gyms; they’re the ones hik­ing through a for­est or along a coastal path. Give me a gor­geous set­ting and I could walk all day – prefer­ably if there’s a pub at the end. Alice: I don’t live for fit­ness but I pep­per my rou­tine with move­ment be­cause it makes me feel good. I can be pan­ick­ing about some­thing be­fore I get to my lo­cal lido but pro­pel­ling my­self through the wa­ter forces me to switch off. I love cy­cling too, and l get off the train early and walk the last half-hour of my jour­ney home. I’ll do the odd Frame Pi­lates class too – but I try not to heap pres­sure on my­self to do too much. Set­ting small goals means I’ll ac­tu­ally meet them.


L: We’re hap­pi­est when cook­ing for peo­ple, so food plays a big part in our well­be­ing. But we’re not about hav­ing a plan or be­ing pre­scrip­tive. We just fo­cus on qual­ity sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents. I see what looks good at the green­gro­cer’s and go from there. Ear­lier in the year, I had a load of cour­gettes, so I ate them chopped and topped with bur­rata, broad beans, olive oil and lemon for din­ner a lot. A: Grow­ing up, food wasn’t just food. Pre­par­ing it was a way to show some­one you en­joy their com­pany. Now, I’ll try to make ev­ery meal a bit spe­cial. I’m an East Lon­don stereo­type and love av­o­cado on toast for break­fast – but I’ll el­e­vate it by adding In­dian spices or top­ping it with pick­les. We’ll of­ten eat lunch to­gether when we’re work­ing. White beans with roasted gar­lic and toma­toes are a sta­ple, topped with a dol­lop of Greek yo­ghurt, harissa paste and fresh herbs from Laura’s gar­den.


My mum used to give me Liz Earle Cleanse & Pol­ish Hot Cloth Cleanser (£14.50, Boots) ev­ery Christ­mas – and I still use it with a hot cloth to clean my face ev­ery night. In the morn­ing I’ll ap­ply an oil: right now I’m us­ing one by a Dan­ish brand – Ru­dolph Acai Anti-age­ing Fa­cial Oil (around £99, rudolph­care. dk/en) – but I change it up ev­ery month. When we’re host­ing our sup­per clubs, we’re al­ways in a rush, so all we have time for is bold lip­stick and a flick of eye­liner. It’s a bit like our ar­mour: giv­ing the im­pres­sion we’ve got it to­gether... un­til it ends up across our fore­heads. When I’m done pre­sent­ing, I can’t wait to take off my heavy TV make-up with Der­ma­log­ica Daily Mi­cro­fo­liant (£48). I’ll fol­low that with my favourite mois­turiser: Sis­ley Black Rose Skin In­fu­sion Cream (£128, John Lewis). You can ap­ply it like a mask and leave it on overnight – but it’s so ex­pen­sive I use less than a pea-sized amount each time.


It’s easy to over­work when you do a job you love. I block out time with friends and fam­ily to get ev­ery­one to­gether for din­ners – or a week­end away. I value my sleep, too. Ev­ery night, I run an Ep­som salt bath, don my comfy py­ja­mas and spritz my pil­low with laven­der to help me get the solid eight hours I need to help me live to­mor­row to the fullest. It sounds a bit sad but I re­ally like my life and I want to en­sure I make the most of it. I like the idea of bal­ance, but never man­age to find the per­fect ra­tio of work, see­ing friends and en­joy­ing time alone. Some­times I push my­self too hard and end up run­ning on adren­a­line; other times I catch a train to my par­ents’ house in Not­ting­ham and just en­joy the quiet for a few days. I cher­ish my down­time in Lon­don too: those days when I put my phone on air­plane mode and don’t ven­ture fur­ther than a one-mile ra­dius of my house.

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