Recipes with Vivienne

Vivienne Westwood recipesThis week we have some recipes for you. All through my life my mother has been concerned with healthy eating & she has always been an adventurous & delicious cook.
Maybe she got some inspiration from her mother, my grandmother Dora who was also a brilliant cook. Nothing complicated, just good eating (& Dora lived to be nine days shy of 93 before she died).

I remember when I was about eight that Vivienne got into macrobiotic food & there was always an iron pan full of brown rice in the kitchen with seaweed. She used to ask me to go out to the grass areas of the street we lived in, in London to dig up dandelion roots with a desert spoon & also to collect the leaves, as these were good for a salad. The roots were delicious when sliced & lightly fried to be eaten with the rice.
I wasn’t so impressed with the bread she made at the time as although it was tasty, she didn’t use yeast & it was hard as rock. It used to take ages to cut & chew it :-) .
At about the same time we used to eat out at a restaurant called ‘Cranks’ in Macclesfield St which was one of the originators of organic eating. It later became ‘Wholefoods’.
About 20 years ago she got into the Haines diet which as far as I know was about not mixing protein foods with carbohydrates because the digestive enzymes concerned with each, clash & stop the body assimilating the food properly. No butter on your toast. No milk with your cereal (we had goats milk & butter instead).
We did eat meat at the time but it was always free range & organic. I used to get it once a week at the Wholefoods butchers in Baker St.

Now she is vegetarian & hardly ever eats grains of any kind. Uncooked raw foods are the best.
Whilst I was living on my own some years ago she quickly wrote down some simple recipes for me for a Waldorf salad, Guacamole, Coleslaw, a salad dressing & a few snacks (cucumber(sliced), carrot & Fennel(grated)). I thought that I would share these with you.

Happy eating! 

Vivienne Westwood Recipes

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5 thoughts on “Recipes with Vivienne

  1. Thanks for sharing Ben. Yet another insight into life with your mother. Vivienne truely is an inspiration to people and life today.

    Thankyou x

  2. Thanks for this post Ben! My mother always makes Waldorf Salad for Christmas lunch, so it has a special meaning for me as well. I also have been eating as much organic food as possible and more raw foods than I had in the past, and I do feel better and have more energy. I would recommend this diet to everyone who is interested in trying it.

    Thanks again,
    Jeffrey Jordan

  3. What bouillon powder did she recommend? It’s such an important ingredient in these recipes! I love raw food, all these salads seem simple and enticing.

  4. Thank goodness for Vivienne Westwood. The world is a much better place with her on it….thanks, gayle