Q. You’re known as the herb nerd, tell us what herb is best known for its aphrodisiac properties?
A. Korean ginseng is the way to go! It's actually the only aphrodisiac herb that has decent scientific research to back it up! There are plenty of others with a long traditional usage — damiana, for example — but they've yet to be extensively studied.
Q. From your new book The Garden Apothecary, what’s the best recipe to keep us feeling good this holiday season?
A. You need to have the Hangover Sherbet on hand! It's an old rehydration salts recipe, with added ginger to settle any nausea after a night of overindulgence. I can't do anything about the headache though, you're on your own there!
Q. What’s your number one party trick?
A. Leaving without anyone noticing. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I'm renowned for ghosting at parties. I'm more likely to sneak out and be tucked up in bed by 9pm, to the dismay of my friends.
Q. Coriander. Yay or nay?
A. Big YAY! I know some people hate it, but I love it. Although I will say that I think that Vietnamese mint is the new coriander. It has a similar flavour profile but adds a unique taste to South-East Asian dishes.
Q. If you were asked to do a nude calendar shoot what food item would you use to cover your manly region?
A. It would need to be for a very good cause to make me do it in the first place! Despite the overwhelming number of photos of me in my underwear circulating on social media, I'm something of a prude when it comes to getting nude. Sorry!
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