Aside from the creativity of it all, another big reason to cook at home is the health factor. That being said, tracking down nutritious, yummy recipes, especially in the face of dietary restrictions, can be a challenge. UK-based sisters Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley of Hemsley + Hemsley get it — and they’re filling that void with whole-food-packed dishes, free from common sensitivity triggers and potential food ills like gluten, refined carbohydrates and more. And while they’re at it, they’re building something of a wholesome food empire in the process, having penned two cookbooks, “The Art of Eating Well” and “Good + Simple“, launching a TV show, “Eating Well with Hemsley + Hemsley” and starting a cafe at Selfridges, “Hemsley + Hemsley”. More about their philosophy behind the food right here — plus their recipe for Green Goddess Noodle Salad. It’s a great choice for Sunday-dinners-turn-weekday-packed-lunches.
NAME: Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley
FOOD PHILOSOPHY? We believe in simple, wholesome, home-cooked food. Our recipes are free from gluten, grains, refined sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils; instead we concentrate on embracing a variety of natural, nutrient-dense ingredients.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE RECIPE YOU’RE SHARING WITH US? This vibrant salad is a great way to pack a whole host of nourishing greens into one dish.
THREE INGREDIENTS YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Mel: Lemons, bone broth, sea salt
Jaz: Butter, eggs, extra virgin olive oil
QUIRKY FOOD HABITS?
Mel: If in doubt, put an egg on it, or Sriracha (we make our own)
Jas: Kimchi with everything!
SOUNDTRACK IN YOUR KITCHEN?
Mel: Classic FM
Jas: ’80s pop classics
BIGGEST SINGLE INFLUENCE ON YOUR COOKING STYLE? Our Filipina mum. She cooked intuitively based on what was in the fridgeand we picked that up — definitely where our frugal streak comes from.
Mel: Cheese — really strong cheddar cheese
Jas: A paradise bar (chocolate-covered coconut bar from our first book, “The Art Of Eating Well“)
THE RECIPE OR MEAL YOU ARE KNOWN FOR?
Mel: Stews and curries
Jas: Dessert! (Can you see a theme here?…)
MOST SWOON-WORTHY RESTAURANT?
Mel: Newman Arms in Fitzrovia, London
Jas: Sea Containers at Mondrian London and Umu for fancy Japanese for special occasions
THEY SAY YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT — WHAT ARE YOU?
Mel: If we’re going off what I last ate, then I’m an egg with a perfectly runny yolk!
Jas: Something fruity. My hair is usually wild, so…a pineapple!