Images above: Jules Kane and a testimonial from a happy client
Not all takeaways are bad for you …
Jules Kane is a chef trained at Leith’s School of Food and Wine, she used to be operations manager at the Crucial Food cafe at The Hogarth Club and she wants to feed you, properly.
Her specialism is healthy food and when she found herself at a loose end when the health club closed temporarily for lockdown in March 2020, she was inundated with requests from friends and family for nutritionally balanced meals. She has now started a home delivery service and is offering Club Card members who place an order a little foodie gift in addition.
“Loads of people were asking me for meals” she told The Chiswick Calendar. “People are more time-poor or stressed and stretched than ever and cooking healthy food that actually tastes good takes time and can be expensive. I think for some, the novelty of the DIY cooking kits is also beginning to wear off, although the desire to eat more healthily remains”.
Fridge fill menu
She offers to fill your fridge with ready meals from a menu of six main courses, three soups and three salads, plus options from ‘savoury bites’, ‘sweet bites’ and the ‘pantry section’, which includes her home made granola.
Main course sample menu (options at time of writing) include:
- DIY Mexican burrito kit with black beans and butternut squash and chilli with flour tortillas, grated cheddar cheese and sour cream (V). Enough for two £16.00
- Chickpea, aubergine and date tagine with almond cous cous (Ve). Enough for two £16.00
- Tomato dahl with sweet potato coconut, red lentil served with flatbread. Enough for two £16.00
- Tomato, chickpea and basil. £8.00 Serves two
- Broccoli, courgette, spinach with almonds. £8.00 Serves two
- Thai butternut squash, coconut and lentil. £8.00 Serves two
Savoury bites: eight bites for £16.00
- Feasting sausage rolls with pork, apple and Dijon mustard
- Indian spiced samosas (V)
- Spinach, lemon and feta rolls (V)
- Molten dark chocolate brownies. £21 for twelve
- Anzac biscuits. £6.00 for six
- Vegan cashew, cacao and date energy bites. £7.00 for six
Nourish and Thrive
Jules also offers to plan your every meal for three days – breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner – for busy people who work long hours and want a diet which is nutritionally led, but which they don’t have to spend time preparing, or even think about. A day’s menu from the ‘Nourish and Thrive’ section might include a Chia seed breakfast pot with berries and coconut; for lunch: tomato, lentil and beetroot soup with pumpkin seed protein crackers; as a snack: 70% dark chocolate rice bites; for dinner: peanut, red lentil & coconut dahl with brown rice & spinach.
“It’s not meant to be a diet or a detox” she says, “but a way of life, and if you know you’ve got three busy days coming up, that’s three days when you won’t have to think about shopping and preparing food, but you know you will eat healthily and well”.
For this Jules has teamed up with nutritionist Amber Silverman, who has her own business offering personal advice on nutrition, tailoring diets specifically for individual needs.
Jules knows a lot of her clients just from living in Chiswick. She grew up in Bedford Park and went to Chiswick & Bedford Park Prep School. Since then she has travelled the world, living for periods in California and Australia, coming back to W4 in 2010. She has a lot of experience as a chef, having worked with the “godfather of modern British cookery” Alastair Little, as well as enjoying stints at Le Gavroche and Bibendum, and running her own pub in south Devon.
Her husband Mike Brown is also a chef and helps her with orders a couple of days a week. They have a daughter called Lily, aged 12, and a Jack Russell called Milo. You may know her from the Crucial Cafe at the Hogarth Club, or from the Cookbook Festival events and supper clubs of 2018 – 19.
Club Card offer
Jules the Foodie is part of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme and offers Club Card holders two free molten chocolate brownies or a taster bag of home made granola with each order (minimum order £30 for local delivery).
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to order (saying you’re a Club Card member if you would like to claim your Club Card bonus).
See what her current menu is on her website.
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