Hello, I’m Rosannagh (or Wuzzle to some) and thank you so much for visiting CLOVE food co, a place where you are going to find lots of delicious, healthy recipes! Everything that I make and share on this healthy food blog is is designed to nourish you from the inside out. Expect bucket loads of good fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and all things super duper good for your body.
I am 26 and spent most of my time working as a private healthy chef, food stylist and cookery teacher. Mostly in London but often all over the world too! I cycle pretty much everywhere and live in a cozy little flat with my main man Nick. He works in the tea industry and if he brings home one more teapot…well I just don’t know…currently we have 10,
My life is full of greens and veggie goodness, and in our household, making food together and sharing it at the kitchen table is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Especially when it makes you feel so good.
FOOD AS OUR MEDICINE
Over the years my family has been confronted with some challenging hurdles in the health department – little sh*t that is cancer, the devil that is depression and the thug that is an overactive thyroid. As a result, the ethos of the food I make, and recipes that I write, come from a saying that all of my family like to keep in the forefront of our minds. It comes from a jazzy little guy who lived in Greece in around 400BC.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Hippocrates knew his stuff in my opinion, and I believe he is 100% right on this one. After I left University I found myself feeling very, very low and was diagnosed with depression. After struggling through the conventional therapies, I started looked to food to help me break away from feeling so low. Looking back, I can honestly say that food was the most powerful of all remedies for me. You can read more about my experience with this illness here, but in short, rather than heading straight for the antidepressants that the doctor prescribed, my Dad and I put together my ‘tool kit’. This involved:
- Nutritious food
- Outdoor exercise
- Routine & stability
Five years on and I will always maintain that food and a healthy lifestyle was what got me through, and both remain the most powerful tools in life’s toolkit for me. I am never going to get rid of them, while other members of my family who have been hit by illness would say the same. I am right as rain now and back to my Wuzzly self, but he whole experience, though horrible, was in a weird way invaluable. It taught me how to truly nourish myself and to listen to my body, and all the while my ‘tool kit’ has now become the very ethos behind all things CLOVE food co.
Diets, detoxes and fads are not really my thing, as feeling deprived and hungry is never going to make you feel happy. Natural ingredients, bright flavours, an abundance of nutrient rich veggies, grains and greens is what I fill my plate with. Lots of exercise and time outdoors is key for me too. It’s all about lifestyle and maximum enjoyment, so expect to find lots of both right here on CLOVE food co!
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM CLOVE food co…
Every week I share new recipes and tips based on my love of plant based foods. I am the cook and Nick, my family and friends are the tasters. Most of the recipes are vegetarian with a hint of herby delicious fish and lots of refined sugar free treats and snacks – check out my Philosophy page for more on the ingredients I like to cook with and those that I like to avoid.
Contact me at any time for info on cooking classes, supper clubs and other events. I’m never far away and up for helping you out whenever I can.
So have a little explore of my recipes, my goal is to help you feel a little inspired and boost your kitchen confidence. It does not matter if you are a meat eater, vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy free, or just someone who loves good food, I am pretty sure there are recipes for everyone! All the while, every one of my recipes is filled with goodness from the earth to hopefully help you feel healthy, happy and well – your very best! They sure do for me.
Hope you like it and tell me how you go in the kitchen! x
QUESTIONS I GET ASKED
How did you get into healthy food?
I have been going to the health food store since the day I was born, it’s been in the blood since day dot. Mum used to take us pretty much weekly well before the health food store was deemed a ‘cool’ spot. We just thought it smelt a bit weird, but she was onto something well before the rest of us!
How did you become a chef?
I decided to train to be a chef at a place called Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland. It was the best thing I ever did, it shaped my career and ignited in me a complete love of food and for making food from what nature and your surroundings has to offer. We milked cows, we made cheese, we picked fresh salad leaves from the garden, grew sweet tomatoes to cook with and learnt how to cook everything from vegetable soup to lobster consommé! It taught me how to make something delicious out of not much and how to nourish my body with plant based goodness from the ground. It has also allowed me to make a living from food and I know that I will always find a job anywhere in the world. Everyone needs to eat after all!
Are you a nutritionist?
At the moment I am not a nutritionist, however or the last three years I have worked closely with some of the leading names in the health and wellness industry, namely the amazing Honestly Healthy As a result I have absorbed a whole load of incredible info along the way, on nutrition and what good nutrition can do for our bodies. I also read a heck of a lot on the subject so slowly but surely I am getting pretty clued up. What I will say though is that I am not going to preach about the latest superfoods and fads and I cannot advise anyone on a nutritional basis – what I can do is share with you all the way that I eat. For me, natural foods from the ground can do pretty amazing things for us and if we stick to nature and the seasons we will be doing a pretty good job by our bodies. In your heart of hearts you know what your body needs and you know what is healthy – CLOVE food co. is just about bringing that to life.
What is your background?
I grew up in Scotland and trained as a chef in 2005. I then went to Leeds University and studied photography & filmmaking. I cooked a lot at university and worked as a private chef during all of my holidays. When I graduated, for various reasons food took president over filmmaking and seven years on I am still working as a chef, food stylist and cookery teacher. It’s funny how the world works though because having brushed my photography and film making to the side over the last ten years, here I am picking it up again with this blog and LOVING it all over again! What a lucky old goat I am to combine the two things I love doing in one!
What are your favorite cookbooks?
Ballymaloe Cookery School by Darina Allen- this was my bible when I first started out as a chef. It contains EVERYTHING!
Plenty More by Ottolenghi – I have all of the Ottolenghi cookbooks as I adore his style. I think Plenty More is the best of them though.
Persiana by Sabrina Ghayor – I am 100% in love with this cookbook. It is filled to the brim with the most beautiful Eastern inspired recipes.
Honestly Healthy Cleanse by Natasha Corrett – her other two books are great too but I just happened to have some recipe and food styling input on this one! Ha.
What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davis – I often give this book as a gift to friends. It is beautifully laid out and full of all sorts of different recipes – something for everyone.
Scandinavian Baking by Trine Hahnemann – I am actually obsessed with everything about Scandinavia, their design, their lifestyle and mostly their food. They bake the best bread, buns and cakes!
Nourish Cook Book by Lorna Jane Clarkson
What camera do you use?
I am actually currently saving up to buy a new camera but for the moment I am working on a Nikon D50. It is quite a few years old but I do love it.