The TV chef, food blogger and author welcomes us into her home on her Instagram feed. And shares wonderfully personal anecdotes in her recipe books. We all feel we’ve really come to know the golden girl that is Sarah Graham.
One of the things we love about this talented foodie is her total lack of airs and graces. We’ve seen amusing bloopers and behind the scenes moments on her TV show, Sarah Graham’s Food Safari. And charming typically mom moments with her kids on Instagram. There’s no doubt that Sarah is down-to-earth, relatable and genuinely happy being the person she is.
Here are a few things you might not have known about Sarah Graham…
She’s eaten her fair share of exotic food
While she mostly sticks to plant-based food and healthy meat options at home, when she’s abroad Sarah is quite adventurous. The most unusual thing she’s eaten? Eel in China. “Rob and I were in Beijing for a few weeks in 2010. We ate plenty of street food and explored loads of restaurants – it was amazing,” she says. “The eel tasted fairly like you’d imagine. Quite salty and fishy with a similar texture to calamari.” We’ll remember to try it!
Sarah Graham loves hole-in-the-wall style restaurants
When she’s travelling, she tends to eat more in restaurants than at street-side set-ups but, she says, “Not the high end ones.” Sarah loves the tucked away, hole-in-the-wall restaurants where all the locals go. “They have such character,” she says. A recent favourite? When Sarah and her husband were in Italy recently, they found a gorgeous place in Florence run by three brothers and their dad. She says, “it was the quintessential Italian family eatery and the food was phenomenal.”
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Italian food has a special place in her heart
She and her husband celebrated their anniversary in Italy a few years ago. But Sarah’s love affair with Italian food started long ago. When asked which restaurant she dreams of eating at, the immediate response was, “Massimo Bottura’s restaurant in Modena in Italy.” She says, “while I enjoy everything from Asian stir-fries and Indian curries to simple Scandinavian dishes, Italian food has my heart.” Sarah has been a Massimo’s fan for years and loves how much he loves food. According to her, he’s made his own way with Italian classics.
Here’s a snap of Sarah Graham exploring Roma…
Her kitchen isn’t as tidy as you might think
While she admits to being incredibly organised, sometimes her kitchen is a different story. “I’m a very messy cook,” says Sarah. “I try to do too many things all at once. And not necessarily in an ordered way. My mise en place is far from top-notch.” We’re so glad there’s a kitchen faux pas in there somewhere!
Sarah Graham’s latest cookbook, Super Natural (Penguin) is available now. You could stand a chance of winning one of two copies, worth R320 each. Complete the form below to enter.
Competition ends 13 March 2020. Terms and conditions apply.
By Features Editor Stephanie van der Plank
Main image: Candice Askham
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