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INDIRA NAIDOO

Journalist, author, and TV broadcaster
Indira Naidoo is a respected journalist, television presenter, environmental activist and author, but there’s more to her than the news. A passionate cook, gardener and traveller, Indira’s book, The Edible Balcony is a guide to reaping the benefits of growing your own fruit and vegetables, with plenty of tips and recipes to have you well on your sustainable way. She continues this theme on her blog Saucy Onion, sharing info on community and urban gardening projects, travel and the local food movement. We ask Indira for her best gardening tips, advice on healthy eating and ways to reduce our carbon footprints.

Home is?
Potts Point, Sydney, NSW

What do you do?
I am a journalist, author, and TV broadcaster

What are you researching?
A new TV show about food gardening.

What is your favourite cookbook?
The Edible Balcony, of course!

Top five must-haves…
1. Cup of tea in the morning
2. My garden
3. My iPhone
4. My husband Mark
5. Music

Top three health rules to live by?
1. Eat food. Not Much. Mainly plants (from author Michael Pollan ‘Food Rules’).
2. Drink lots of water even when you don’t feel thirsty.
3. Try not to eat things that have a barcode on them.

Your healthiest meal would be?
Kale and basil pesto with homemade egg pasta.

What’s a health myth you can debunk?
Being thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy.

Fresh food markets are popping up everywhere. Tells us your preferred fresh food providers when stocking up for a dinner party?
Feather and Bone and EQ Farmers Market.

Speaking of dinner parties…who would be included in your ultimate dinner table ensemble?
I’d cook a simple organic roast chook for comedian Jon Stewart (from the Daily Show), actor George Clooney and athlete Usain Bolt.

Where can we find the best cup of coffee in your city?
I’m not a coffee drinker but [my husband] Mark will only drink the coffee George makes at Fratelli Paradisoin Potts Point.

What’s one simple tip you can give people trying to reduce their carbon impact?
Grow some of your own food even if it’s just a pot of herbs.

  • YOU’RE KNOWN FOR YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD. WHO’S YOUR GO-TO GARDENING RETAILER/SEEDLING SUPPLIER?
  • I go to Eden Gardens for all my seedlings.

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