Hoovering - Episode 19: Sophie Medlin

Welcome to HOOVERING, the podcast about eating. Host, Jessica Fostekew (Guilty Feminist, Motherland) has a frank conversation with an interesting person about gobbling; guzzling; nibbling; scoffing; devouring and wolfing all up… or if you will, hoovering.

This week I’m talking to an actual dietitian. Real life eating expert, Sophie Medlin. We have a picnic in a classroom at KCL, where she lectures. We eat loads, while I learn loads: this is a myth-buster-episode-extraordinaire. From the importance of breakfast to some ironically cruel behaviour from vegans. 

Honourable Mentions

Here’s a link to the Kings College London Nutrition and Dietetics Department, seeing as Sophie waved the flag pretty hard for that as a potential career. 

And here’s the Guardian article by the magic Grace Dent about the perils of being veganish. 


I made Hugh Fernley-Whatsit’s carrots with almonds and cumin. I’ve found the recipe online here, but in the one I used (from the book: Three Good Things) there was a bonus tip if you’re eating this cold to add segments of orange flesh if you wanted. And I had one in, so I did. 

And the vegan potato salad I brought was from a wicked blog called The Veg Space. I didn’t have any cress to lob all over it and that was fine. Also - it lasted for AGES. 

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