Nanse Kawashima is founder of Nanse Kawashima Art & Design with work focused in art installation, design, object curation and fashion. She is one of my most inspiring friends and makes the most delicious beet slaw that is great as a side or light summer meal. This dish is packed with vitamins and is perfect for detoxing after a weekend of heavy food. I've invited her to come to the studio for a Q&A and to share her recipe for this refreshing dish.
Photography and Styling: Diana Yen
Q&A with Nanse Kawashima:
1. What is your inspiration this summer?
The beach is always inspiring to me. Just the purity and simplicity of the elements. I've been experimenting a lot with paint and sandy textures to incorporate into my sculpture and collages.
2. Your beet slaw is so refreshing, it's become a summer favorite of mine when the weather heats up. Where did you get the idea for this recipe?
I love veggies and there is so much in their beautiful color and textures as well as flavors to be inspired by. I'm not a raw foodist, but I have been interested in incorporating more raw dishes into my diet especially in warmer weather; I was probably reading Natalia Rose's Raw Food Book and thinking about how she prepares raw food when I came up with this one. It's refreshing and crunchy and good for picnics and potlucks, and also happens to be great as a detox slaw! Bonus points for not heating up the kitchen in the hot summer months.
3. Do you have any favorite places to shop for food in Brooklyn?
I live in Northern Brooklyn so my go-to is The Garden on Manhattan Avenue, and also the farmers market on weekends in the park.
4. What do you look forward to cooking this summer?
I just got a vitamix blender, which is amazing! So I've been making cocktails with fresh fruits, and also smoothies and nut milk. Also, I have been super addicted to boquerones (marinated anchovy filets from Spain) this summer. I usually top them on crostini's with with diced tomatoes and garlic.