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Nobody wants to live forever; especially if you’re in pain or if your husband has halitosis.

Could we possibly enjoy both health and longevity as scientists continue to make huge advances in our understanding of human biology? I think even Disney would be doubtful.

If science cracks eternity, frankly we’ll still have unquantifiable, self-destructive tendencies like jaywalking or social boxing. Few of us will see our ninth decade. And those of us who do, will be burdened with arthritic shopping rounds, or worse still, bad conversation.

The most dramatic changes in our cells begin at the age of 38, says Dr Rose Anne Kenny. Foly huck! Kenny is professor of clinical geriatric medicine at Trinity College, so she has seen a thing of two. Next year when I hit 40, we’ll know if kale is all that super.

Making your own food with unprocessed, fresh ingredients is the ultimate ammo against aging. We can’t fight off the aging process, but we can certainly engage in battle. Every cookery class I give around the country, I’m always asked for my Number One kitchen tip. Here it is: eat a little salad before your supper. Not during. Not after. Just before. This will ensure you mainline a suite of antioxidants and essential minerals into your system before you fill up on other stuff. If you do this everyday, you will cash-in the benefits of 365 bowls of goodness each year to help your skin glow and your limbs ignite. Here’s one to get you started. Kale-free.





Makes 1 large jar


500g Napa cabbage or sweetheart, sliced

2 tablespoons fine sea salt

1 carrot, peeled

2 spring onions, trimmed

Bit of ginger, peeled and minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1-2 teaspoons Korean chilli flakes or 3 fresh red chillies


Massage the salt into the cabbage leaves until nicely softened. Cover with water, weigh it down with something heavy and leave for 1 hour.

Rinse under cold running water, and leave to drain on a clean tea towel.

Using a sharp potato peeler, slice thin long ribbons of carrot into a large bowl.

Halve the trimmed spring onions, and add to the bowl.

Now blitz the ginger, garlic, fish sauce and chilli with a little filtered water to form a paste. Add to the bowl of carrot and onion strips.

Now you can squeeze any excess water from your cabbage leaves before adding to the bowl of ingredients. Coat everything really well and transfer to a half-litre glass jar, pressing down firmly so the brine rises to cover the veg. Add a weight such as a clean stone or tiny bowl, and seal the jar at room temperature for 5 days (2 days in summer). Tah-dahhh! I like to stand mine in a bowl to catch any adventurous brine going AWAL. Transfer to your fridge and enjoy within the month.


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  • Reply Miroslava Mia October 1, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Hello Susan Jane,
    Can red cabbage be used for this recipe? Thank you kindly. Miroslava Mia

    • Reply Susan Jane October 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Yes definitely. It would be gorgeous! Good luck!

  • Reply Christina Burger October 5, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Hello Susan
    How was your experience with your protein you tried for some month? I turned 44 and I wonder if you would recommend to look like 28 😝
    Best regards

    • Reply Susan Jane October 15, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Christina! I’m enjoying the collagen matcha from Beauty Heroes (Vital Protein I think is the brand). I only use 1/3 of the packet as I find it strong, so I’m still going on that delivery whooop! I reckon it’s a good help. Have a look into vitamin C powder by True Botanicals on Beauty Heroes too. Also ace for collagen. I’ve had my one since February 2017, so it’s money well spent. Also, it might be worth googling gua sha and facial acupuncture in your city. I found a fabulous nurse in Dublin who does acupuncture for me, and simultaneously a gua sha face massage / Chinese cupping. Everyone always asks if I’ve just woken up from a long sleep afterwards, my skin is so dewy and bright. If that’s not an option, you could source some silicone facial cups yourself and get your hands on a really good face oil (LilFox, Khus&Khus, Laurel are my fave). Spoil yourself! Hope this helps 😉

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