The latest interview in my “What I…..” series with inspirational bloggers is with the truly talented – Bern le Roux.
Bern dons a multitude of hats – mother, wife, foodie, restaurant part-owner (café Roux in Noordhoek), food writer, stylist and editor at a variety of publications including Conde Nast Home & Garden, award-winning author (Prickly Pears & Pomegranates by Quivertree Publications won a World Gourmand Award in Paris for Best Local Cookbook), and now blogger – and she does all these brilliantly!
She blogs over at Live to Eat about all things food – how to grow it, how to eat it, how to live it. Pop by to be kept up to speed on food trends and new happenings in the restaurant industry.
Here are Bern’s answers:
I know that food connects people. It crosses boundaries of race, culture and creed. People who love to cook, inevitably cook with love. The food you put on a plate is an expression of who you are.
I love spending time on our family farm in the Karoo. It’s been with us for six generations and has hopefully been immortalized by my great-aunt Eve Palmer’s books Plains of the Camdeboo and Return to Camdeboo, which have both recently been republished. They give an accurate account of life – and food – on Cranemere. In my spare time I love trawling second-hand bookshops for classic cookbooks. I recently discovered a 1966 edition of Elizabeth David’s Italian Food on a scout in Napier. And I love my job.
Any cookbook by Nigel Slater. I read them like I would a novel: tucked up in bed at night.
A red KitchenAid. At the moment I use a Kenwood, which was passed down to me from my grandfather. It’s ancient, hums like a Rolls Royce and works like a dream. But The KitchenAid would look fab in my kitchen… and a coffee machine would be nice too.
My heart on my sleeve. I’m one of those people who thinks aloud. Sometimes to my detriment.
Breathing space. Life is so full and busy I feel it’s important to have some me-time. I try to take myself away once a year for a night or two. I prefer the mountains, but being near sea is always a good second. I’ll spend the days walking, reading. And dreaming.
Thank you Bern for taking part in my series – it was such an honour to have you share this space and reveal a bit more about your life!
images: all by Bern le Roux