Thursday 22 March 2018

Side orders with Rosanna Davison, model and author

Model and author, Rosanna Davison
Model and author, Rosanna Davison

The model and nutrition author dishes the dirt on her eating habits and how her death row meal would be loaded with carbs.

Do you do breakfast?

Yes, I have breakfast every day as I usually train quite early in the morning and need the fuel. I'll have a green smoothie or a green juice, and either a chia seed pudding made with almond milk and berries, or else creamy coconut milk porridge with seeds and berries.

Signature dish:

I love making big curries, soups and stews. My favourite dish to make is probably a roast butternut squash and chickpea stew, which is also one of the most popular main courses dishes in my book, Eat Yourself Beautiful.

Favourite take-out meal:

I love an Indian takeaway. I'll get a veggie curry with rice, and loads of side orders.

Favourite restaurant:

I love Rasam Indian Restaurant in Glasthule, I've been going there with my family for almost 10 years.

Red or white?

I don't drink wine, as I try to avoid yeasty foods and drinks.

Lunchbox staple:

Homemade soup, salad, almonds and blueberries.

Guilty pleasure:

I love a few squares of dark chocolate when I feel like a sweet treat, although it's easy to make a decent version at home using coconut oil, cacao powder and maple syrup when a chocolate emergency strikes!

Favourite veg:

I like broccoli and mushrooms, stir-fried in a little coconut oil, chilli, garlic, salt and pepper.

Do you Consider yourself a picky eater?

I'm definitely fussy when it comes to the quality of my food, and I won't eat anything that's processed or contains refined sugar, sweeteners, chemicals or preservatives. So yes I probably am!

What's always in your fridge?

Sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, blueberries, coconut water, unsweetened almond milk, broccoli, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, onions and apples.

Favourite spud style:

Baked and puréed sweet potato with plenty of seasoning.

Death row meal:

Carb-loaded everything! How many courses could I have? It would probably involve a veggie curry, rice, naan bread, garlic bread, chocolate cake with coconut cream, dark chocolate truffles and Champagne.

Dream dinner guests:

My husband and family, plus the very much missed relatives that have left us.

Favourite dinner your mum used to make you:

My mum makes a great Lebanese-style mezze spread, with loads of different dishes, roast vegetables, salads and dips. I love her cooking, and she grows most of her own produce at home in the garden.

What's your go-to comfort food?

I love the recipe in my book for a coconut curry with sweet potato noodles, as it's so warming, filling and has some really nice flavours.

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