Ayurvedic eating with Jasmine Hemsley & American Express
Attending an Ayurvedic lunch that Jasmine Hemsley had curated for American Express was an experience that was both intriguing and enlightening. I found the more Jasmine spoke about the different doshas (body types) & meanings behind the order of things, the more curious I was about this somewhat scientific way of life.
With each dish having meaning, like the gram ladoos ~ though technically a dessert, we ate this first, so we could satisfy our ‘something sweet’ cravings, meaning once we were full on the savoury mains we didn’t feel like dessert was a necessity as we had already covered things in the sweet department. Why did we do this? Because some of us have the tendencies to over eat – even when we’re SO full on our mains, we somehow find space for dessert, and this is because our bodies are saying “yo, I might be full, but I still want something sweet”; enter having a small but natural sugar filled treat before the main.
Combining the event stylings of Patrick Janelle, the Ayurvedic, East by West experience from Jasmine & leaving with a tongue scraper that should be used, first thing every morning, as a way to check your body’s health (more info here), the whole experience was enriching and fun.
on arrival ~ golden milk | ginger, lime and salt pg 34
I ~ apple juice with a varta, pitta or kapha spice mix pg 214
II ~ rose & cardamom gram ladoos pg 84
III ~ griddled gem lettuce (fennel and sesame seed gomashio) – pg 218
IV ~ seasonal kitchari (rice, lentil & seasonal vegetables) pg 184
chutney (ginger & coriander) pg 235
cumin and rose lassi (yoghurt, spices, salt) pg 121
V ~ fresh infusion (fennel or mint tea) pg 240