Sensible eating is always a good idea, but once spring rolls around and the rich-food-filled days of winter wind down, it becomes a renewed focus for many of us. As we begin to shed layers and hunt for wholesome, delicious recipes, we’re turning to Instagrammer Jill Fergus of @feedtheswimmers for inspiration.
Jill’s concoctions speak to all our latest cravings — fruit and coconut milk sorbet, lemony, smashed and roasted artichokes and matcha rice pudding are among her recent recipes. And beyond the flavors, she also packs her feed with a rainbow of hues, an upbeat personality and a peek into her everyday life as a “swim mom”. It’s an all-around delightful Instagram account, and also a one-stop shop, since most recipes can be found right in the captions. Get to know Jill’s palette, food philosophy and entertaining tips right here, and find out the recipe for her miso salmon burgers.
NAME: Jill Fergus
PHILOSOPHY ON FOOD? Food should be real, never processed. Food made with love is more nourishing. Food shared around the table is the finest form of social engagement. Mostly plant-based. Nutritious and delicious are synonyms.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE RECIPE YOU’RE SHARING WITH US? Miso salmon is simple to prepare and always a crowd pleaser, even for salmon skeptics.
COOKING MAKES ME FEEL… Centered, calm, creative, happy.
BRIEFLY, HOW YOU CAME TO DO WHAT YOU DO: Cooking has been a passion since childhood.
ESSENTIAL KITCHEN TOOL? Sharp knife, good versatile pan, Vitamix, microplane zester.
THREE INGREDIENTS YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Olive oil, lemon, tahini, flaky sea salt and fresh ground pepper — sorry, thats 5!
QUIRKY FOOD HABITS? Rice cakes.
SOUNDTRACK IN YOUR KITCHEN? Rolling Stones. (I just dated myself.)
MIDNIGHT SNACK? Greek yogurt with chopped crispy apple.
BEST SOURCE FOR FOOD AND RECIPE INSPIRATION? Union Square Greenmarket. I also love to read cookbooks and food magazines.
I CAN NEVER RESIST… French fries.
THE RECIPE OR MEAL YOU ARE KNOWN FOR? It’s hard to name one, but I’ll start with the salmon dish I’m sharing. And, lots of fresh, simple prepared veggies, always.
THEY SAY YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT — WHAT ARE YOU? A big bowl of roasted veggies with a goat cheese and a lemony tahini.
TRIED-AND-TRUE ENTERTAINING TIP? Know your guests so you’ll be preparing food and drinks to make everyone happy. Always make more food than you think you’ll need. Have someone to help clean up. Tequila.