Food: Chef and food blogger Natasha Corrett on healthy eating

Natasha Corrett
Natasha Corrett
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If you’re giving your home a clear-out this spring, Natasha Corrett wants you to spare a thought for your kitchen.

If you’re giving your home a clear-out this spring, Natasha Corrett wants you to spare a thought for your kitchen.

“We spring clean our wardrobes and chuck out all the old clothes we don’t want to wear any more,” says the chef and food blogger. “I do a bit of a cull in my kitchen and find things I don’t really need. The amount of times I’ve gone through my drawers and found measuring spoons broken in half, blunt knives...”

The author of the Honestly Healthy blog and cookbooks, offering tips and recipes for health-conscious foodies, Corrett knows a thing or two about kitchens. In fact, she’s currently helping her mum, celebrity interior designer and former Dragon’s Den investor Kelly Hoppen, to design the functionality of her new one.

Hoppen has been “an amazing mentor” to the chef, whose father is restaurateur Graham Corrett.

“My parents both started their businesses when they were 16. They’ve both worked very hard and instilled that in me,” says the 31-year-old, who spent summer holidays working in her dad’s restaurants.

“My mum said to me, ‘As long as you’re passionate about what you do, you’ll succeed, because that’s what’s going to get you through those late nights and early mornings and working on the weekend’, and she was right. You never want to say your mum’s right, but she was!”

The pair work out of the same office in London, but Corrett insists it isn’t too close for comfort.

“I’m always out and about, recipe-developing or filming, so it’s maybe once every two weeks that we’ll have lunch together,” she says. “It’s quite nice to have each other and have a cuddle if we’re feeling stressed, stuff like that.”

Busy Corrett - an advocate of the alkaline diet, which involves eating mainly alkaline foods for the optimum pH balance - has also teamed up with Currys PC World to create new recipes based on some of the most popular foods and kitchen appliances on social media (with papaya, roasted aubergine and pomegranates getting people talking and sharing snaps).

She confesses to the occasional evening “sitting in front of the TV and watching EastEnders”, tucking into her “guilty pleasure - a proper good old-fashioned pizza”.

“My whole philosophy is my 70-30 rule. So 70% of the time, you follow the alkaline way, 30% of the time you do whatever you want, whether it be eating meat, having a chocolate brownie, or a glass of wine or a cocktail,” she adds. With 120,000 Instagram followers and 26,000 on Twitter, Corrett’s approach to healthy eating has been a hit. As well as the health factor, her recipes are often very simple too (as you will see below), so there really is no excuse!

She loves nothing more than getting messages from fans online who have tried out her methods. “When you’re at home working away creating things, you can forget that there’s a whole world out there about to try these recipes,” she says. “When people take photos and upload them, and tell you how easy it was and how delicious they were, it really makes it worthwhile.”

Here’s one of Corrett’s recipes to try at home...

Pomegranate bircher muesli

(Serves 4)

Ingredients

150g oats

1/2 lemon, juiced

325g almond milk (or milk of your choice)

1/2 grated apple

1tsp cinnamon

A handful of pomegranate seeds

1tbsp sesame seeds

Method

Put the oats into a bowl and cover with the milk. Add the lemon, apple and cinnamon and mix together.

Put into the fridge overnight.

Garnish with the pomegranates and seeds.