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Easy recipes for a healthy, happy life
I know what you are thinking and I was thinking the same.
This is going to be a book full of the author’s noble intentions. There
will be lots of green food and recipes for dishes that must do you good
as you sure wouldn’t eat them for the fun of it. Add to that the horror
of a celebrity having written the volume and you’ll have just the spot
for this book: under the leg of the sideboard to stop the plates
But actually Livwise is nothing like the above scenario. True it’s
written by a singer but Olivia Newton-John is looking well even after a
close brush with cancer. She speaks with authority about the place of
fresh food in a healthy lifestyle. These recipes might be good for you
but there is nothing meagre about them, and you won’t have to be
heavily into self-denial to find plenty here to tempt. Healthy food but
heavily disguised with a thick layer of delicious.
Olivia has been “Physical” and has rambled down “Country Roads” for
exercise and she has always taken care of herself. That bout of cancer
a few years back made her still more aware of the part that good diet
plays in our general well-being. We know that too, but it’s often
difficult to put that positive philosophy into practice.
Juice in the morning is a fine start and it’s easy (apart from the
washing up) to make fresh drinks if you own a high-power juicer.
Livwise offers a unique selection of mixed fruit and vegetable juices
to suit just about every taste. To begin your day try Spicy Carrot,
Celery and Tomato Juice. I think this would make a delicious cold
starter. Almond Milk is sweet, creamy and comforting, and
hazelnuts or Brazils can be substituted. For those who don’t own a
juicer this is a blended drink, and has the advantage of keeping well
in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Livwise has some tempting salad dressings and dips. An interesting
condiment is Davidson Plum and Goji Berry Chutney. I had never heard of
a Davidson Plum but it seems that it’s a fruit that looks like a
European plum, even though they are not closely related. They have a
sour taste and are highly regarded as gourmet bushfood. We don’t have
either Davidson plums or tracts of bush (although if this drought
continues...) so use a regular plum to make this sophisticated relish.
Keeping with the Outback theme Olivia offers Bush-spiced Barramundi
with Sweet Potato Mash and Fruit Salsa. No need to reach for the Qantas
timetable – you can substitute the Australian seafood for any
more-local firm white fish, and all other ingredients are available on
your high street. The salsa is a tropical melange of mango, kiwi and
pineapple. An ideal dish to savour while you watch your lawn desiccate.
Don’t you just love summer?
My pick-of-the-book is Balinese Chicken Curry. We don’t come across
this cuisine too much in the UK but it’s no surprise to find a recipe
from Bali in a book penned by Olivia Newton John. It’s a popular
holiday destination for Australians, who probably have the same
relationship with that island as we have with, say, Goa.
The list of ingredients looks lengthy but everything can be found in
your local shops these days and the method is simple. You could have
dinner on the table in half an hour. The recipe demands 8 chillies but
you can obviously adjust the spice to suit. Lemongrass gives a distinct
non-Indian note to this aromatic curry.
This is an attractive book with some interesting departures from the
general battery of healthy foods – an eclectic array of dishes to
inspire and support anyone who feels they want to make the best of some
vibrant salads, fruits and vegetables.
Livwise – Easy recipes for a healthy, happy life
Author: Olivia Newton-John
Published by: Murdoch Books