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A food revolution in the making

For these sisters, a passion for healthy living is a family affair.

Good food had always been important to Jasmine and Melissa, but they found it hard to juggle eating well while living (and enjoying) their busy city lives in London. So what did they do? They launched Hemsley & Hemsley to share their tips (and insanely good recipes) on how to love healthy eating and cooking amidst the chaos of modern life.

Vogue thinks the sisters know what they’re talking about and we do, too. Here they share their food philosophy and their insider’s guide to London. Check out their new cookbook The Art of Eating Well.

What’s your food philosophy?

Wellness begins from within. Eating real, unprocessed and nourishing food allows you to live a healthier, happier, more energized life. Our philosophy is to keep things simple and as close to nature as possible. In essence, this means that we eat meat and vegetables, taking the best ingredients and foods from the animal and plant kingdoms as humans have always done. Our recipes are free from grain, gluten and refined sugar and focus on nutrient-dense, unprocessed foods, good fats and bone broth. We aren’t trained chefs and don’t have fancy knife skills. Once our clients start eating our food they instantly start to feel healthier and more energized. It’s simple, fuss-free, nutritious food to help you to feel more energized.

Where did your passion for food come from?

It started at an early age, helping our mum prepare meals in the kitchen. Our mum is Filipina and the kitchen was the epicenter of our world! As soon as we had finished breakfast it was on to talking about lunch. We’re big believers in taking the time to appreciate and enjoy food with family and friends and really taking the time to eat consciously. Our Dad is a British Army Officer and has a very refined palate so although we ate very frugally taste was always of key importance.

Can you describe your perfect day in London?

Jasmine: I love taking time on the weekend to explore new areas and spend time outdoors. That may mean exploring a new market, taking a 40-minute walk into town, taking a trip to the Tate Modern, a run and practicing yoga! In the evenings I like to travel to catch up with friends for long, relaxed dinners, enjoying good food in good company.

Melissa: I’d start with a morning meditation and a lovely breakfast sitting outdoors somewhere. I love eggs, so something like Shakashuka eggs or our version from our book, which is called Anytime Eggs (as in, I’d eat it anytime!)  Then a long, lazy walk somewhere with my boyfriend and his blue Staffordshire terrier puppy, like Hampstead Heath, ballet (preferably starring Carlos Acosta) in the early evening, and then supper with friends and some great red wine.

Where in London do you go for inspiration? And where do you go for fun?

Melissa: Maltby Street market for food and The Royal Opera House for ballet and opera (both fun and inspiring). We curated the menu for 300-person fundraiser there last summer – a truly awe-inspiring venue in the heart of London.

Jasmine: The farmers markets are always inspiring for food, meeting people who are passionate about their produce and hearing the story behind it and their favorite way to cook and eat it- there are plenty popping up around the city (I live between the famous Borough Market, the multicultural East street market and Kennington farmers market which has really grown in the last few years). Sundays are great for trips to Columbia Road Flower market to pick up a new plant!

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