Eat this my friend, Jade O'Donahoo
Jade O'Donahoo es colaboradora habitual de Lunch Lady. Hace tiempo que seguimos el blog de Jade O'Donahoo donde comparte recetas sencillas y prácticas para hacer en familia. A principios de febrero, publicaron el libro bajo el mismo nombre que su blog, donde recoge algunas de sus rectas preferidas acompañadas de sus propias ilustraciones.
Who is Jade O'Donahoo?
Jade O’Donahoo is just an everyday person who is passionate about food. But not in the way where I would spend hours preparing complicated meals, but more about making simple and healthy food absolutely delicious. I think this may come from my southern Italian heritage, where the concept of less is more is deeply ingrained into the food culture. I am a single mother of one little boy, now 9 years old. I have always drawn, and the book which I have created has combined my two passions into one lovely little cookbook!
When did you start writing about food?
When I sold my beloved café Switch Board in 2007, friends and regulars begged me for my recipes. I started writing them all down and a few years later started my blog (www.eatthismyfriend.com) to keep all the ideas together. At that stage I couldn’t take photos so I drew pictures to accompany each recipe with colour pencils. Once I had a few recipes and matching illustrations I realised it’s potential and I began to take the project a little more seriously. I am a crazy perfectionist so I wanted it to be a complete work of art, and into a book it evolved.
How has becoming a mom affected your writing process?
Being a mother makes most things a little more difficult, because I am always so busy, and always so tired. I would stay up all night drawing pictures or writing recipes, because during the day I would have to go to work, pick up my little guy from school, cook dinner etc. But beyond all the logistics, showing my son how keep motivated about your passion even when it is difficult, is incentive in itself. You know, planting the seeds by leading by example.
What are the basic ingredients a family with kids should have in the fridge?
It’s a hard one to answer, because everyone has their own set of recipes in their repertoire. I personally have my fridge stocked full of cheese, butter, eggs and fresh fruit – because these are the things my fussy kid likes to eat. Tins of lentils, tomato passata, nuts and seeds, packets of pasta and other grains are pantry essentials, and paired up with what I have in the fridge, many meals and variations can be prepared. I like to try to make food with what I have on hand, rather than a trip to the shop. It’s like a fun creative challenge for me.
Could you describe the best meal you've ever cooked for your children?
The best meal I think I have cooked for my son would be his favourite banana bread. It is really simple (he likes very simple flavours) plus it’s quick and easy to make. It’s actually a recipe in the book, and since releasing it he has even made it for me!
And the worst?
Oh there are lots of those! I get complaints almost every night, it’s a constant battle. But I also have fail moments, where it’s not a matter of taste but a matter of fail. Once I made a pasta sauce so salty I had to throw the entire meal in the bin. That’s a big deal for me – I hate waste.