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
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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