>>> Jing Lusi is best known for her Holby City junior doctor role as Tara Lo but has recently filmed with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth in Before I Go To Sleep (2014).
She thinks food is all about nourishment, socialising, gathering and enjoyment - but don't expect Jing to suggest cooking Chinese. Although she was born in Shanghai, she moved to England at the age of five and was raised in Hampshire. She leaves the Chinese cooking to her parents.
"My dad is an amazing cook but I haven't really been influenced by Chinese cooking at all - if anything, I've gone the other way, as I've always taken it for granted that my parents always cook Chinese."
Instead, Jing became more adventurous in other cuisines and she loves pasta.
"I learnt how to make fresh pasta on a cooking course I went to in Florence last year - I also learnt how to make proper Spaghetti Bolognese and Tiramisu, so if I were trying to impress, I'd probably go for an all-out Italiano feast!"
"My Raw Vegan Salad is more something that I'm known for eating on the go or it's a great accompaniment - it would complement something more exotic such as a grilled fish. It's a bit like coleslaw, creamy and crunchy, but it's packed with goodness. The first time I had it, it was served with Butternut Squash and Coconut Cream Soup!"
Her friends are all salad fans as well, even the not-so-health-conscious ones.
"I think that when some people think of salads, they think of lettuce leaves attached to a gnawing rabbit but you can have so much fun with salads - and put in meat, rice, noodles, cous cous. It doesn't just have to be sad, lonely leaves! People are surprised when you present them with a well-crafted salad."
Jing's dish is vegan but despite trying a strict vegan diet for six months, she finds her lifestyle too spontaneous and transient to stick to it all the time.
"When you're on your feet the whole time, you need fuel, so it's important to set yourself up with the right sources of energy - otherwise it's too easy to reach for crisp and chocolates. I'm health conscious but being healthy isn't worth being miserable for! I wouldn't want to have missed out on the Hot Cross Bun van that Nicole Kidman hired for everyone when we were filming Before I Go To Sleep at Easter. How lovely!"
Jing's Raw Vegan Salad
- ½ cabbage
- 2 carrots
- 1 cucumber
- 3 - 5 tomatoes
- 1 avocado
- Olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Alfalfa or broccoli sprouts (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- Cut the cabbage into shreds, amandolin or grater may be quicker. Using a Julienne peeler or grater, grate the carrot and cucumber. Leave the cucumber centre and add this section to a blender.
- Add shredded vegetables and sprouts into a big bowl. Cut tomatoes in half, take out seeds and juice and put in blender. Dice the tomatoes, add to bowl. Together with the tomato seeds and cucumber core, add an avocado, garlic clove, fresh lemon juice, a fair glug of olive oil and salt and pepper to season. Blitz it in the blender until you have a paste like consistency. Add more lemon juice or olive oil if too thick, but it should be quite thick anyway.
- Pour the dressing over your shredded vegetables and mix well. Serve and eat immediately.