Angela and Dayne Nankervis have created a living celebrating healthy eating. Their company, Tucker Street, delivers easy, nourishing meal kits right to your door. We spent a day in the kitchen and at the table with the sunny couple and their two children, Arlo and Poppy.
Photography by Alexandrena Parker.
Tucker Street was born from the philosophy of providing accessible, healthy option for meal times. Why is this so important to you both?
“Healthy eating is a form of self-care that can have positive impacts on the other aspects of your life. Making the decision to eat healthy makes it easier to make other good decisions about your health and wellbeing. A motto we live by is 'You can't pour from an empty cup' and this was our North Star when we created Tucker St. For us, the importance of eating well came to a head four years ago when Dayne and I were both leading busy, corporate lifestyles. We were working long days and often scraping together dinner at the last minute—sometimes that meant rushed trips to the supermarket to buy everything needed for a hastily Googled recipe (and all the waste that goes along with that) and sometimes it meant take-away.”
“Unsurprisingly, that chaotic approach to weeknight dinners left us feeling flat and craving coffee and sugar during the day. Then the whole cycle would start again. It’s ironic that it’s when you’re busiest that you most need to take the time to nourish your body and eat mindfully. Dinner kits weren’t a thing in Australia back then so we dreamt up Tucker Street as a solution to the dinner dilemma that allows busy people to cook wholesome and delicious meals with quality ingredients without any of the hassle or the stress. Ultimately, we see healthy eating as the key to healthy living and that’s what keep us going and motivated at Tucker St.”
What is your approach to your family’s nutrition?
“Put as many colours as you can on every plate.
Try everything once. If you don’t like it it’s ok.
Choose grass-fed, sustainable and organic where possible.
Everything in moderation (I don’t ban foods).
Cook with whole foods as much as possible.
What will you always find in your fridge?
“The three C's of veggies: carrots, cucumber and capsicum - because they will never go to waste. These veggies get eaten during the week raw as a snack for Arlo (or for me!) and can be added as an extra veg boost to whatever I’m cooking.”
“Eggs: Arlo can eat up to 3 a day and proudly scrambles eggs himself—from cracking, whisking and folding them with cheese in a pan. I just turn on the gas!”
“Coco Quench: we can never seem to get through a carton of milk before the best before date so Coco Quench is our standard milk and it's the best all-rounder. We use it as the base of our smoothies, with Vita Brits or porridge for breakfast and add it to savoury dishes like coconut rice, pumpkin soup or curries.”
“Cheese: we always a parmesan or pecorino for pasta, Italian stews and risottos, goat cheese for salads and a block of tasty or cheddar for sandwiches and jaffles.”
“My Tucker Street stash: our meal kits that I’ll cook up for quick no-brainer dinners or lunches and new ingredients I’m experimenting with—at the moment I’m loving fermented beancurd, burrata and wasabi cured kingfish.”
What has been your most memorable meal as a family?
“Poppy just started eating solids a few months ago so family mealtimes have become a whole lot more hectic. We recently went out for ramen, which ended in both Dayne and myself proclaiming that we'd like to eat it every day. It’s so delicious and the perfect warming winter food! I watched Arlo and Poppy slurping noodles, banging chopstick and smiled and thought ‘Yep, they are definitely mine—they love trying new food and eat with gusto, mess and all, just like me!”
Describe your perfect day spent together as a family:
“Waking up with Dayne home—he leaves early most mornings so it's a treat to wake up and to find him in the house! Having cuddles in bed with both kids while Dayne cooks us eggs for breakfast—one of his specialties—before heading down to the coast for a delicious lunch, or a picnic or fish and chips on the beach. Spending time in the sunshine, building sandcastles, finding treasures, exploring rock-pools together are our favourite family activities then we’ll head home for an afternoon nap (Arlo no longer naps but in my perfect day he does). A great day is ended with an easy dinner, puzzles (even Poppy enjoys chewing the pieces) an early bedtime for the kids and reading in bed with a good book!”
What is the greatest lesson you have learnt from your children?
“Children take their time. They don’t worry about where they need to be, what they should be doing, what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. They live totally in the now and they’ve taught me to slow down, be present and live in the moment.”