Five minutes with Hemsley + Hemsley

With a focus on fresh, seasonal cooking and vegetables at the heart of every meal, Hemsley + Hemsley take a quick break to talk about their current food obsessions.

Since launching in 2010, sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley have taken the health and wellness industry by storm. Within two weeks of creating their blog the girls were asked to contribute to Vogue online. The Art of Eating Well is their first cookbook focussing on nourishing, home-cooked food.

What would you make for yourself for a simple evening meal?
One of our favourites would have to be the beef ragu and courgetti. Glutinous, heavy pasta is replaced with spiralized courgette (courgetti) and topped with a hearty, bone-broth based beef ragu with chicken liver hidden inside to maximise the nutrition and flavour. 

We tend to skip any cooking or food prep that we can and instead take the time, once a week, to properly prepare foods. We call it our Sunday cook-off: a few hours spent getting our weeknight meals prepped so all we have to do is reheat a portion later in the week. It means much less stress if we get home too tired to cook. 

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Simple supper: beef ragu and courgetti

What is your favourite kitchen utensil or gadget?
It would have to be a food spiralizer. We began spiralizing veggies about six years ago when we realised that we wanted a tighter noodle-like spiral than you get with ordinary peelers. 

Try baking a tray of butternut squash curly fries: spiralize the squash, season the noodles add a little coconut oil, and after a short stint in the oven you'll have a deliciously crisp, healthy and comforting side dish.

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Favourite dish: chicken curry and cauliflower rice - a British classic with a healthy twist

What is your favourite recipe from your cook book?
Our chicken curry and cauliflower rice is definitely one of our most popular recipes. It’s a British classic, but far more nutritious than your local Indian takeaway. We swap the starchy rice for cauliflower and crunchy raw cabbage, so you’re treating yourself to two portions of vegetables. It's seasoned with cumin, coriander and turmeric which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and digestive health benefits.

The one item or ingredient that you’re currently obsessed with?
Home-made, immune-boosting bone broth. We use it to steam veggies, add it to sauces, soups, stews and quinoa risottos. We also love it for breakfast with an egg whisked in or as a soothing, warming drink before bed. It's packed with vitamins, minerals, collagen, keratin and healthy fats which help to assimilate important vitamins like vitamin D. It's also easy and affordable to make.

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Bone broth is nutrient dense: packed with vitamins, minerals, collagen and  keratin

Your favourite London restaurant?
We’re both South Londoners, living in Brixton (Mel) and Elephant & Castle (Jasmine) so we have a few recommendations on how to eat well in our neck of the woods, as well as beyond. Supper at The Dairy in Clapham, Brunswick House in Vauxhall or Canton Arms or its sister venue, Camberwell Arms, are some of our favourites. Brunswick’s interior is romantic and quirky, full of cleverly curated, salvaged and reclaimed furniture.

We also really like Elliot’s Café in Borough. They're passionate about provenance, so the lunch menu is dictated by the ingredients on offer at Borough market. The wine list also includes natural wine sourced from artisan growers who farm their land organically or biodynamically.

What are your favourite snacks?
We love apple rings with different toppings, chickpea crunchies, mung bean hummus with carrot and flax crackers for dipping or a small portion of some leftovers like a mini bowl of our quinoa and roasted vegetable salad with brazil nut pesto. 

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The Art of Eating Well by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley (Ebury Press, £25) is out now.


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