Have a drink already! Even if you are one of the growing number of men & women who are eschewing alcohol in the name of health, these days you'll still be able to find something exciting on the drinks menu of your local restaurant - at least if you're lucky enough to have a local as dedicated to liquid fun as Raw Duck in Hackney. The late, great A. A. Gill famously complained that the problem with addiction recovery is that no soft drink will ever taste as good as an alcoholic one, but recovering addicts today would struggle to make that same complaint. As we understand more about the importance of the gut to everything from our immunity to our mood, skin, energy & vitality, we have discovered more pleasurable ways to look after it. Enter kombucha, kefir & other fermented drinks, which are increasingly available even in supermarkets across the US & U.K. Ever so slightly alcoholic, they won't have you dancing on the table in your pants (you'll need another excuse!), but they will give you a little lift, AND deliver good stuff to your body, right where it needs it. But making a good brew is a bit of an art; it takes patience, creativity & a nose to rival any sommelier. We were therefore so delighted to speak to Rory McCoy, who is not only responsible for these inventive softs at his second restaurant Raw Duck, but also selects their lovely natural & bio-dynamic wines (which you can try by the glass for a fiver weekday evenings). Tune in to hear our slightly smitten host effervesce a bit herself as she talks the craft and pleasure of drinking well & healthy with Rory.
Dip your toe into the world of wellness, and it won't be too long before you encounter an avocado. And avocados are basically magic, right? The promise of food these days is enormous: it can make our skin glow, depression lift, energy abound, bodies strong, unblemished and fertile....our lives perfect? In Episode 9, we are at last getting into the specifics of nutritionally-sound (but still delicious!) eating with Stephanie Ridley and Dorothy Barrick of Fig & Bloom, a London-based nutritional therapy and recipe development service that truly embodies our dream destination of "where science meets lifestyle". Tune it to get the lowdown on the real power of food, looking at how much it can actually do for us (including possibly healing a nightclub-induced gunshot wound!), and the other factors that impact our health & wellbeing. We talk OG modelling culinary escapades, how homemade cookies might just be healthy, the potential transformation of gluten over the years, and the basics of how we can bring better health into our lives through recipes that are delicious, sexy and anything but basic.
And just so we're clear, though avocados get a bit of a hard time in this show, we do very much still enjoy them in the LB kitchen (and in restaurants where they are always perfectly ripe)! Check out Fig & Bloom's recipe page for an avocado cauliflower-toast recipe that looks especially yummy!