Interview with Leigh Drew – Author of Greenlicious – 101 Ways to Love Your Greens


A month ago I was invited to celebrate Leigh Drew’s new cookbook, Greenlicious, 101 Ways to Love Your Greens. It was a marvellous event! I was able to eat ALL of the food for once.

You see, I get invited to launches and food events a fair bit, but eight out ten times it is a non-vegan event. I’d often get a special meal and most times people are very accommodating of my dietary needs but there’s nothing like the freedom of being able to eat everything on the table without having to check the ingredients or interrogate the waiting staff. I shared some photos from Leigh’s event in my weekly recap video – you can check it out here.

Now back to this cookbook. Greenlicious shows all the different ways you can eat more greens and illustrates just how versatile and delicious veggies can be. It was a real pleasure to meet Leigh in person, she is so warm and friendly and passionate about her food. The book is also co-authored by Amanda Benham, an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist, which makes her ideal to answer any questions surrounding plant-based nutrition.

I bought the book, got it signed, and I felt healthier already. I asked Leigh and her publisher (Arbon Publishing) if I could interview her. Here’s how it went down.

PS: Make sure you read all the way to the bottom of the page for an exciting announcement.

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Weekly Recap and How To Drink More Water

Hello peeps,

My weekly (more like fortnightly now) recap video is up and this week I’m giving you my number one tip on how you can drink more water this summer.

Here’s some of the other stuff I talked about in the video.

1. Breakfast with Bill Granger

I’m big fan of breakfast and I’m big fan of Bill too so it was just plain awesome to be invited to the Rise & Dine breakfast event at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney to celebrate the importance of taking time out for breakfast. Oh yeah! People always make time for dinner events, but maybe we need to do more breakfast events together…

Breakfast with bill

2. Mindful Dinner Series, Mind Food – Collaborative Consumption

A pretty cool event with some great speakers and of course, great food (all vegan too!).

I didn’t know anything about this ‘sharing economy’ until a few weeks ago. You can read all about it in my previous post here.

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 3. Perth Trip

I was in Perth last week for four days (work trip) and I had a great time. I did a half day 3 day juice cleanse and had three days’ worth of juice delivered to the hotel. I think I probably had the healthiest bar fridge in the entire hotel. I stayed at Duxton Hotel. Pretty cool. Convenient location. Clean. No bed bugs (very important) = happy me.

3 day juice cleanse collage

I went for a jog one morning along King’s Park. It was very scenic. I also had my first Uber experience while I was there. If you don’t know what Uber is, it’s an app for taxi/ride sharing service. Very convenient. You can check out their website here.

Perth collage


How To Drink More Water

Now this is the big one especially now that we’re approaching a very hot summer!

Since I tend to forget to drink water, this is my way of making myself to want to drink. And that is by adding flavour to water, infusing it with fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables.

A simple beginning is my two-ingredient Vitamin Infused water recipe which you can make at home now.

If you want to go fancy afterwards, you certainly can. Add some berries and lemon. Boom!


I highly recommend using sparkling water as it just makes the drink that much more refreshing. I make my own soda water using my Soda Stream (check out the unboxing and product review post here) – it’s more cost effective and it’s a good way to make sure that there’s only water (and CO2) in my sparkling water, and it’s free from artificial flavourings and other nasties. You’d be surprised what they add to sparkling water. Check the label next time you get a bottle.

I know how some of you might want to make your own soda water and own your very own soda drink maker so like I said in the video I will try to make it happen for you guys.

And…. *drumroll*

GIVEAWAY is confirmed! I will have not one, but two of the latest model of Soda Stream (Soda Stream Play) to give away. It is valued at $99 so make sure your on my VIP List so you don’t miss out on this giveaway!

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Now, a very important question. Do you like watching videos more, or do you prefer reading written posts, or are you indifferent? Let me know so I can write/record more stuff in the format you like!

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