MANDY LIEU

BEYOND FOOD: DIARIES

Five ways to make your life more sustainable

As lockdowns continue to ease across the UK, more and more of us are slowly getting back into our regular pre-covid routine. Saying goodbye to days spent in pajamas and working from home, tasks that were once mundane are exciting. As we adjust to our new norms,...

It’s Here! Ewhurst Park Summer Series

In this column, I’ve kept readers up to date on our journey at Ewhurst Park, as we transform the estate and explore its possibilities for bio-diversity.as well as developing a few local community group initiatives, I have been very focused on inviting the...

Celebrating New Life at Ewhurst

With the start of a new month comes the chance of a new beginning. As we change our calendars, we get a fresh start, an opportunity to leave the past and focus on our future. As I anticipate what this new beginning brings, I find myself smiling at the...

Why you should reduce your food waste

When thinking about ways we can help the environment, I am sure that very few of us think of reducing our food waste. However, this is one of the main ways we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions on an individual level. Moreover, it is a great...

Sunday Times: Born to rewild

If you live in a city, there is a high chance that lockdown passed in a blur of property listings as you dreamt of a new life amid rolling fields. Not many of us, however, were in a position to make that dream a reality — not, in any case, on the same scale as...

What is sustainable living?

“My Sustainable Life”, a new series by the Independent, looks at how famous figures take steps in their daily lives to make a more sustainable world. Drawing from the worlds of politics, fashion, music and beyond, the figures are interviewed about how...

Earth Day 2021

Today is Earth Day, an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection across the world. This year’s theme is Restore Our Earth, something which I definitely support given my own activities in regenerative agriculture. Restoring the...

Deer on the Norfolk Broads

So many of the landscapes we think of as wild are actually man-made, or fashioned over centuries through humanity’s partnership with animals through farming, hunting and co-existence. What does ‘wild’ mean to you?

Putting Purpose First

This month is B-Corp Month, the month where we celebrate businesses all over the world that choose to put people over profit. I’ve had extraordinary opportunities in my career, from being spotted while working as a dance teacher in my native Malaysia to...

Letting your Garden Grow

Last week, Monty Don, lead presenter of the BBC gardening television series gardeners’ world urged gardeners across the country not to cut their grass, but just let it grow. A messier lawn creates a much better environment for insects and little...

Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day comes at the end of the first week back at school for my kids, and I’m sure for many of your kids too. It’s a day of celebration in many ways, celebrating the gifts of motherhood, celebrating a gradual end to the pandemic restrictions,...

International Women’s Day

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge”, shining a light on the struggles women face in the workplace and beyond. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to make strides, challenge the status quo and do things...

Month of snow, crops will grow

The snowfall these past few days has made the reality of lockdown even starker. When you’re used to spending as much time outdoors as I do, it’s challenging to be inside most of the time. As I wrote back in November when my family and I finally got to...

Why Veganuary’s Not Just For Vegans

New Year, new resolutions, new outlooks… new diets. It’s that time of year when we all try to make a fresh start – and it’s no surprise that many of us want to begin by cleaning up our act in the kitchen. And, of course, with lockdown still a fact of...

Back to (home) school

If you’re anything like me, on 4th January, when we received the news that the kids weren’t going back to school after all, you would be forgiven for finding yourself in a slight panic. How could we be back here again!? How am I going to make sure they...

2020 is over, long live 2021!

The British tradition of families getting together to watch queen’s message on Christmas Day is one, I’ll confess, I wasn’t familiar with before i moved to the UK. It’s exactly the kind of quaint Britishness we read about from afar or watch in Richard...

A different kind of Christmas

Christmas in London is one of my favourite times of year. When I moved here to start a family, it was around this time of year that, even as the temperatures plummeted, I truly fell in love with the place. People’s spirits lift and the city discovers a...

Behind The Good Plot

People would always tell me: “whenever you start a new business, but especially a restaurant, you need a vision.” Mine, simply enough, was to create an organic farm-to-table deli that would celebrate sustainability and cater to all tastes. But to turn...

Visiting Worton Kitchen Garden

I have already used my blog to share my interest in land for agriculture – in the soil and what it means for crops and livestock – and how important this is to me on my Ewhurst journey. But as I build my dream for Ewhurst, there’s still one important...

Fir Farm’s sustainable farming with a megaphone

Sustainable farming, as you all know by now, is a new beginning for me. It’s a journey of exploration and education, as I meet brilliant farmers and ecologists who are seeking answers to the fundamental questions about our relationship with nature and food...

Visiting Neston Park

If you close your eyes and try to imagine an English country estate, the chances are you’re imagining something like Neston Park. Which is not surprising, as it’s often used as a location for tv and films! Over 200 years old, featuring a beautiful house...

Nose to tail – best to start early

Not long ago, a friend of mine had a had a baby. It’s a strange time to give birth, in the middle of the pandemic with all the restrictions, so I wanted to do everything I can to support my friend. Of course I was excited for her and her family, and all...

It all started with Poppy and Rosie

‘Mum, for Christmas this year I want a cow and a chicken’ – oh wow, here we go, we’re really moving to the English countryside. When my daughter told me she wanted a cow and a chicken for Christmas, and that they’d be called Poppy and Rosie, I knew that...

Eating seasonal and local

The early days of the pandemic feel like such a long time ago that it’s easy to forget the fears of food shortages that gripped many in the uk. As panicked shoppers rushed to supermarkets to stock up on essentials, empty shelves were a common sight around the...

What’s new for Mandy Lieu?

Fans of Mandy Lieu, Malaysian-American actress and entertainment personality, have learned to expect the unexpected. But even the most ardent fan couldn’t have predicted that she would resurface in London, five years after her last public appearance, about to set...

Mandy Lieu turns over a new leaf

Mandy Lieu causes a stir wherever she goes, but her latest reinvention as a food and farming entrepreneur has captured attention from Hong Kong to London. The Malaysian-American actress and entertainment personality built a huge following in Asia over 15 years with...

Life in Food

Welcome to my new regular column for sublime magazine, where I hope to discuss sustainable food, lifestyle and family. A few years ago I left behind a life in the entertainment industry spotlight in Asia to start a family in the UK. Now I invite you to share my...

One day everything changed

When I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, the whole world melted away. The maternity ward, the hospital, London, my career, everything I’d experienced in life up to that point – it all faded into the background. From then on, I knew it was...

Welcome to my website!

Hi there, and welcome to my website!   My name is Mandy and I am currently building a business and exploring food systems, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.   After I moved to the UK in 2015 to start my family, my passion for nutrition and education...

Five ways to make your life more sustainable

As lockdowns continue to ease across the UK, more and more of us are slowly getting back into our regular pre-covid routine. Saying goodbye to days spent in pajamas and working from home, tasks that were once mundane are exciting. As we adjust to our new norms,...

It’s Here! Ewhurst Park Summer Series

In this column, I’ve kept readers up to date on our journey at Ewhurst Park, as we transform the estate and explore its possibilities for bio-diversity.as well as developing a few local community group initiatives, I have been very focused on inviting the...

Celebrating New Life at Ewhurst

With the start of a new month comes the chance of a new beginning. As we change our calendars, we get a fresh start, an opportunity to leave the past and focus on our future. As I anticipate what this new beginning brings, I find myself smiling at the...

Why you should reduce your food waste

When thinking about ways we can help the environment, I am sure that very few of us think of reducing our food waste. However, this is one of the main ways we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions on an individual level. Moreover, it is a great...

Sunday Times: Born to rewild

If you live in a city, there is a high chance that lockdown passed in a blur of property listings as you dreamt of a new life amid rolling fields. Not many of us, however, were in a position to make that dream a reality — not, in any case, on the same scale as...

What is sustainable living?

“My Sustainable Life”, a new series by the Independent, looks at how famous figures take steps in their daily lives to make a more sustainable world. Drawing from the worlds of politics, fashion, music and beyond, the figures are interviewed about how...

Earth Day 2021

Today is Earth Day, an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection across the world. This year’s theme is Restore Our Earth, something which I definitely support given my own activities in regenerative agriculture. Restoring the...

Putting Purpose First

This month is B-Corp Month, the month where we celebrate businesses all over the world that choose to put people over profit. I’ve had extraordinary opportunities in my career, from being spotted while working as a dance teacher in my native Malaysia to...

Letting your Garden Grow

Last week, Monty Don, lead presenter of the BBC gardening television series gardeners’ world urged gardeners across the country not to cut their grass, but just let it grow. A messier lawn creates a much better environment for insects and little...

Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day comes at the end of the first week back at school for my kids, and I’m sure for many of your kids too. It’s a day of celebration in many ways, celebrating the gifts of motherhood, celebrating a gradual end to the pandemic restrictions,...

International Women’s Day

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge”, shining a light on the struggles women face in the workplace and beyond. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to make strides, challenge the status quo and do things...

Month of snow, crops will grow

The snowfall these past few days has made the reality of lockdown even starker. When you’re used to spending as much time outdoors as I do, it’s challenging to be inside most of the time. As I wrote back in November when my family and I finally got to...

Why Veganuary’s Not Just For Vegans

New Year, new resolutions, new outlooks… new diets. It’s that time of year when we all try to make a fresh start – and it’s no surprise that many of us want to begin by cleaning up our act in the kitchen. And, of course, with lockdown still a fact of...

Back to (home) school

If you’re anything like me, on 4th January, when we received the news that the kids weren’t going back to school after all, you would be forgiven for finding yourself in a slight panic. How could we be back here again!? How am I going to make sure they...

2020 is over, long live 2021!

The British tradition of families getting together to watch queen’s message on Christmas Day is one, I’ll confess, I wasn’t familiar with before i moved to the UK. It’s exactly the kind of quaint Britishness we read about from afar or watch in Richard...

A different kind of Christmas

Christmas in London is one of my favourite times of year. When I moved here to start a family, it was around this time of year that, even as the temperatures plummeted, I truly fell in love with the place. People’s spirits lift and the city discovers a...

Behind The Good Plot

People would always tell me: “whenever you start a new business, but especially a restaurant, you need a vision.” Mine, simply enough, was to create an organic farm-to-table deli that would celebrate sustainability and cater to all tastes. But to turn...

Visiting Worton Kitchen Garden

I have already used my blog to share my interest in land for agriculture – in the soil and what it means for crops and livestock – and how important this is to me on my Ewhurst journey. But as I build my dream for Ewhurst, there’s still one important...

Visiting Neston Park

If you close your eyes and try to imagine an English country estate, the chances are you’re imagining something like Neston Park. Which is not surprising, as it’s often used as a location for tv and films! Over 200 years old, featuring a beautiful house...

Nose to tail – best to start early

Not long ago, a friend of mine had a had a baby. It’s a strange time to give birth, in the middle of the pandemic with all the restrictions, so I wanted to do everything I can to support my friend. Of course I was excited for her and her family, and all...

It all started with Poppy and Rosie

‘Mum, for Christmas this year I want a cow and a chicken’ – oh wow, here we go, we’re really moving to the English countryside. When my daughter told me she wanted a cow and a chicken for Christmas, and that they’d be called Poppy and Rosie, I knew that...

Eating seasonal and local

The early days of the pandemic feel like such a long time ago that it’s easy to forget the fears of food shortages that gripped many in the uk. As panicked shoppers rushed to supermarkets to stock up on essentials, empty shelves were a common sight around the...

What’s new for Mandy Lieu?

Fans of Mandy Lieu, Malaysian-American actress and entertainment personality, have learned to expect the unexpected. But even the most ardent fan couldn’t have predicted that she would resurface in London, five years after her last public appearance, about to set...

Mandy Lieu turns over a new leaf

Mandy Lieu causes a stir wherever she goes, but her latest reinvention as a food and farming entrepreneur has captured attention from Hong Kong to London. The Malaysian-American actress and entertainment personality built a huge following in Asia over 15 years with...

Life in Food

Welcome to my new regular column for sublime magazine, where I hope to discuss sustainable food, lifestyle and family. A few years ago I left behind a life in the entertainment industry spotlight in Asia to start a family in the UK. Now I invite you to share my...

One day everything changed

When I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, the whole world melted away. The maternity ward, the hospital, London, my career, everything I’d experienced in life up to that point – it all faded into the background. From then on, I knew it was...

Welcome to my website!

Hi there, and welcome to my website!   My name is Mandy and I am currently building a business and exploring food systems, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.   After I moved to the UK in 2015 to start my family, my passion for nutrition and education...