The TV chef and magazine editor, 47, on Banting, the best hangover cure and where to eat on date night.
I wear many hats, but the one that describes me best is “mom”.
I was born and raised in Cape Town.
The thing I love most about living in Cape Town is the sea
When out-of-towners come to town, I love to entertain them at home. With kids we don’t go out much…
My favourite date-night restaurants are The Pot Luck Club and Hallelujah. I love Asian influences.
An annual Cape Town event I always attend is Taste of Cape Town, of course. [Justine is a director of the festival].
My favourite weekend getaway is Churchhaven in Langebaan. We also love visiting our farm along the Outeniqua Pass.
On my bucket list is take my daughter to feed the squirrels in the Company’s Gardens. It’s something I haven’t done since I was a kid, ’cause I somehow forgot about it.
The best hangover cure is a Bloody Mary.
The Banting diet is misunderstood. People take it as a blanket diet for everyone and it isn’t. You need to know if the diet is suitable for you or not. I don’t know if I’d recommend it for children. My biggest problem is the lack of grain, whole grain, which I think is vital for my kids and I wouldn’t let them go without it.
My favourite wine is a good sauvignon blanc.
I don’t have any regrets, except for the hangover I have right now – but even that I don’t even really regret.
The three things I’d like to change about myself are:
- I’d like to slow down.
- I’d like to concentrate more.
- And I’d like to find time to learn something new, particularity learn how to meditate.
On Sundays I read the paper in bed.
Money is a necessary evil.
Straight after this, I’m going into another meeting.
When I wake up in the middle of the night I wish I hadn’t.
One day I’m going to slow myself down.
Catch Justine Drake on Just Cooking on BBC Lifestyle, channel 174, every Tuesday at 9pm.