Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Carmen Smith
The Mischief Maker
Dishing up the Healing Feeling for Rockin’ Women Wednesdays today is Carmen Smith – a self proclaimed “freckle faced, red haired mischief maker who sings her little heart out” who has been an underground force in the music industry for some time.
Now we love a good mischief maker at Food Health Wealth, especially one that can cook too, so you can read all about Carmen’s touring tips and road food below.
You’ll all recall when Carmen first grabbed the nation’s attention by turning all four of The Voice judges’ chairs in the recent smash hit series. As a favourite of Team Joel, Carmen is most remembered for having to leave the show due to her work on longtime friend Guy Sebastian’s single “Gold” – a single that went top ten in the Aria charts.
Now this clip, Gold, above is extra special to me because it also has one of my cheekiest friends Sarah ‘Coco” Sappleton singing BVs on the right, err, she’s the back up singer on the left of the other vocalist on right….you’ll work it out! I’ll be hitting up Coco for a Rockin’ Women Wednesday recipe post real soon. She just doesn’t know it yet.
But back to Carmen and her no-worries attitude which saw her pick herself up, dust herself off and embark on Guy’s Armageddon tour, which played to sell-out crowds all around Australia. Good on her eh?
Carmen’s songs have been featured on the albums of both Australian and New Zealand Idol winners, including the likes of Rikki Lee and Casey Donovan. Her vocals have also been featured on the records of Diesel and Thirsty Merc in addition to Guy Sebastian.
Carmen is long known in the music industry as one of the most versatile vocalists, artists, songwriters and producers in the country. With two full albums already under her belt, Carmen recently released her single “They Don’t Know Me” on Australia; an in-your-face, festival of energy and a message of individuality.
You can check out Carmen’s work here
What Carmen eats and why.
1. What’s your survival food when you’re on tour?
My survival food on tour is most definitely apples, nuts and lots of water. I love a sneaky biscuit with a tea after a gig sometimes too.
2. What’s your healthy go-to comfort food – either at home or in a restaurant – when you come home?
Healthy go to comfort food is… quinoa crackers with some peanut butter and honey on them… mmmmmmm or date rolls with almonds.
3. Do you have a secret remedy that keeps your voice in shape?
Water water water water water
4. Do you have a hilarious tour story you would be willing to share?
Nothing ever too strange but cheese for singers is a really bad combo.
Had all brown m&m’s once, not sure if they thought J-Lo was coming haha!!
Carmen Smith’s quick and easy gluten free corn fritters with tuna and tomato
I made these fritters the other day and it’s so quick and easy to make. You can keep in the fridge and use over and over. I messed around with the recipe to suit me.
1 ½ cups of fresh corn kernels
1/3 cup rice milk
3 large organic eggs (room temp)
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon cumin
1 cup all purpose gluten free flour – amaranth or brown rice flour
2 tablespoons extra virgin organic olive oil
Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
1 x 425 gram can dolphin friendly tuna, drained
1 tomato, finely sliced
1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
• Combine milk, eggs, spices, salt and pepper in a bowl then stir in corn. Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir to combine. Let it sit for 10 mins to fully absorb the flour
• In a large fry pan over medium high heat pour oil and when hot add 1 tablespoon of fritter mix (1 tablespoon makes one fritter) to the pan and continue until finished. Turn the fritter when golden brown
• Serve with tuna, dill, fresh tomatoes and your favourite gluten free mayo.
*Alternatively, top with a poached egg and a dollop of your favourite relish or is delish too!