Too busy too cook? Money too tight to eat out? The No Recipe Cookbook might be just what you need. We have its author, Dr Samantha Pillay joining us to help us change habits and perceptions and take control of what goes into our bodies.

Plus, the musical, The Wedding Singer, is opening in Adelaide soon, so we’ll talk to someone who knows about balancing busyness with eating well, Nadia Komazec. She’s playing Holly in the show and has much experience in the gruelling lifestyle of doing back to back musical theatre, so we’ll get her tips and hear a bit more about this show.

The SA Drink Of The Week is not alcoholic! It’s from Samantha’s garden!

And in the musical pilgrimage we are going to play yet another track that will continue surprising you about the quality of talent we have here in South Australia.

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Running Sheet: No Recipe Cooking For Busy People

00:00:00 Intro

Introduction to the show.

00:03:32 SA Drink Of The Week

The SA Drink Of The Week is a homemade mint tea.

00:15:50 Dr Samantha Pillay

I am the cook in our family household but because I have been absorbed in writing, producing, and performing a Fringe show this year, while also running Talked About Marketing, I’ve been living at hyperspeed. As a result, I have hardly cooked a meal from scratch since January. It is now March 28 at the time of recording, and only tonight am I about to don my apron and get back into the kitchen. I’ve missed cooking, and I’ve been disappointed by my absence from the kitchen but I have had to apply triage in my life to survive these few months of overload.

This is why I am very keen to have an extended conversation with our special guest, Dr Samantha Pillay. Not only is she a surgeon, a public speaker, a single mum, and the director of Continence Matters, she is the author of The No Recipe Cookbook. Welcome to the podcast.

Did this book emerge from you DESPITE your busyness or BECAUSE of it?

We are recording our interview on a Sunday afternoon. Tell me, what is Sunday usually like in your house?

Why “no recipe”? Is there something about the recipe format that’s broken?

Another obstacle to being self-sufficient in the kitchen is not having ingredients which means, shopping. And during my period of overload, that’s what often made me resort to ordering in. I might have had time to shop OR cook but not both. What’s your reaction when hearing this?

You start with evening meal ideas. That’s ingenious.

Tidy cooking – less dishes, think about the order of using utensils and dishes (even plates). Plus, clean up as you go.

Buy the book online everywhere, ask at your local bookstore, or visit her website: The No Recipe Cookbook

01:11:47 Nadia Komazec

The Wedding Singer is coming to Her Majesty’s Theatre in April and local “triple threat”, Nadia Komazec, is in the cast and joins us to give us a peep behind the scenes.

Nadia, before delving into your Adelaide upbringing and your role in The Wedding Singer, I have an important question that marries with the theme of this episode – which is about mindfully taking control of our cooking. When you’re flat out in musical rehearsals and then during a run in which you’ll have matinees and late nights, how do you stay in control of the food you eat to keep your body and voice in top shape?

Whereabouts in Adelaide were you born, and what are your childhood memories of life here?

How much as your life journey been shaped the the fact that your mother was running the iconic Adelaide dance school, Barbara Jayne Dance Centre in Norwood? If she’d been running an accounting office, would you have become a bean counter?

You left Adelaide at 17 to be in Phantom Of The Opera. I saw it in New York in January last year, just before Covid, and I must say, it was like a musical that had 2-3 interesting songs and then a lot of “busy work”. Are you allowed to speak frankly about it now?

My recollection of The Wedding Singer movie with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, was that it was a comedy with some songs along the way. How much does that focus shift with the stage musical version?

Who do you play?

What should we look forward to the most?

01:25:29 Musical Pilgrimage

In the musical pilgrimage, we have a new release from Dino Jag, Sweet Summer Smile.

Dino recorded the vocals in the US, just before Covid went crazy, in the same studio where other stars have recorded songs, like the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Prince. All power to you, Dino.

Here’s this week’s preview video

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