2 minutes with Rosemary Ferguson, who has a thing for lentils and loves toast with butter and Marmite

June 1, 2020 7:30:05 AM

Rosemary Ferguson was discovered by a model scout aged 15, and went on to star in major campaigns for the likes of Prada and Miu Miu, became a Vogue cover girl and is still great mates with Kate Moss.

Today though, Ferguson is a nutritionist with a homeopathic and complementary medicine background. She’s written a book on cleansing juices and her Instagram feed is filled with recipes ideas that go big on all things fresh and green.

We grilled her on her life in food…

Your death row meal would be… Toast (granary) with butter and Marmite.

The thing you still can’t make is… Fish stew!

Your favourite store-cupboard essential has to be… There are loads but if I have to pick one, it would be split lentils. I also keep Strong Roots kale & quinoa burgers in my freezer as they’re so easy to make into a tasty snack straight from the oven, and my family love them!

The kitchen utensil you couldn’t live without has to be… Vitamix.

If you get hungry late at night, the snack you’ll reach for is… Hummus and crackers – or ice cream, ideally a nice vegan one.

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14 DAY PLAN Family favourite – you can never go wrong with a pie. Full of plant power, medicinal herbs, fibre and vitamin A. LENTIL PIE WITH SWEET POTATO MASH serves 4 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 large carrots 1 bunch of fresh thyme wrapped 1 vegetable stock cubes 500 ml water 500g puy lentils (already cooked or pre cooked before making this) 4 sweet potatoes 2 bay leaves Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, then fry the onions and garlic until golden. Add 2 large carrots, 1 stock cube and 500ml of water, lentils and the bunch of thyme. Simmer for 20 minutes Meanwhile, cut the sweet potatoes into small chunks, place in boiling water and simmer for 15-20 mins until tender, drain well. Then mash by hand or using a food processor pulse until smooth adding olive oil, salt, pepper. Remove the thyme bunch from the mixture and pile the lentil mixture into a pie dish, spoon the mash on top and smooth out. Heat oven to 180C fan. Cook for 20 mins if cooking straightaway, or for 40 mins from chilled, until golden and hot all the way through. Serve with extra greens.

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Your signature dish is… Oh I don’t know – I change what I cook often. My lentil dahl is always a goodie!

You like your eggs… Soft boiled – five minutes.

Your favourite childhood dinner was always… Jacket potatoes.

Last night you had… Puy lentil soup and sourdough – yum.

Your takeout of choice is… I love Thai or Indian for a takeaway – curry is always a hit.

Your ultimate hangover cure has to be… A super smoothie is a great cure – some berries, protein powder, coconut water, spinach and some nut butter; hydrating and with good fats and lots of antioxidants!

You cannot stomach… Eeeeeek – I am not great with mushrooms. Much as I love their health benefits, I am not that keen on their texture.

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DAILY IDEAS No.4 – VITAMIN D ☀️ Immune cells have vitamin D receptors, these immunologic cells are all capable of synthesizing the active form vitamin D. Active Vitamin D is sent to many different areas of your body, including your bones, intestines, colon, brain, and immune cells, which all have these Vit D receptors. The active Vitamin D binds with these receptors and promotes Vitamin D responsive genes – which basically means turning those genes on. Sufficient levels of Vitamin D reduce your risk of infectious disease by strengthening your innate immune system. Vitamin D turns on key peptides in your immune system and they trigger a strong anti-microbial response, allowing you to quickly and effectively fight off invaders before they can develop into a full-blown infection. Autoimmune diseases occurs when your immune system is confused or stressed and begins attacking your own tissues instead of outside pathogens. Vitamin D helps prevent this by promoting regulatory T cells, which are responsible for accurately differentiating between outside invaders and “self” cells. When active Vitamin D promotes them, it teaches your immune system to not attack itself and prevents the development of an autoimmune disease!!!!. Most people can make enough vitamin D from being out in the sun daily for short periods with their forearms, hands or lower legs uncovered and without sunscreen from late March or early April to the end of September, especially from 11am to 3pm. So let’s make the most of this lovely weather and do that. Otherwise effect ways to get your Vitamin D levels up is through supplementation. I suggest starting between 3,000-5,000iu daily.

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Rosemary Ferguson teamed up on recipes with Strong Roots, available at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods and Ocado.