We had the pleasure of sitting down with Rebecca Foster in her dreamy Santa Monica home on a Friday afternoon. Over a meal of fresh vegetables and crisp rosé, we chatted about mindful eating, grocery shopping, and the beauty of California living.
Q&A With Rebecca
Brightland: How do you have fun in the kitchen?
Rebecca: Fun in the kitchen begins when I walk in! I love to cook for my family, my friends, and even just for myself. I also love to grocery shop, my fridge is always filled with fresh, local (when possible), and organic fruits and vegetables.
Brightland: What do you cook for yourself when nobody’s looking?
Rebecca: When nobody is looking, I pop a big batch of organic popcorn, then drizzle it with Brightland and sprinkle a bit of parmesan cheese over it (my big dairy splurge).
Brightland: What does living in a golden state mean to you? How do you live in a golden state in your kitchen?
Rebecca: Living in California has always been my dream. At a moment's notice I can be sitting on a beach, hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, be in the desert, or skiing down the slopes. Living in a golden state in my kitchen means opening my windows to let in the beach breeze, which fills my place with the fragrance of fresh lemons & limes that find their way into so many of my dishes.
Brightland: What 3 words would you use to describe your cooking?
Rebecca: Simple, fresh, and beautiful.
"It is important to me to be mindful as I cook, to feel gratitude for the fresh bounty and to remember those who planted the seeds and harvested the plants."
Brightland: What is your night-time/wind-down routine?
Rebecca: I wind down by setting the table, lighting a candle (even if only for myself), and eating out of my oversized white bowls.
Brightland: What advice do you have for the aspiring-but-overwhelmed home chef?
Rebecca: To keep from getting overwhelmed, make several staples ahead of time like roasted tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, pasta, etc. I recommend always having fresh arugula, spinach, and romaine on hand as well. In 5 minutes, I can throw any of these pre-prepped items and greens together for an amazing meal.