22-02-2012 | 15.27
Two bunches of bananas? Ten peanut butter sandwiches? One liter of Red Bull? What does it take to keep resident DJ Sandrien on her feet during her sets at Trouw’s Imprint club nights?
No empty calories for Sandrien van Rossum. People don’t become bundles of energy just like that, and she knows it. "Working at night is an energy drain anyway. On such a day I tend to take extra good care of myself. It means starting the day with my favorite smoothie, a blend of fresh spinach, banana or mango, some stem ginger and water. Very simple, very tasty. Together with some muesli and yogurt it’s the ideal breakfast for me."
Running, cycling, weightlifting: this girl keeps her body in shape! And she is not the only one. "Most DJs who have been in the business for a while, stick to a healthy lifestyle. Stamina is what you need when you’re pulling an all nighter."
Sandrien’s diet is light and easy. During the day she tries to grab a bite every three hours or so. Veggies or a green salad at lunchtime, with some chicken or fish added: plain and healthy. "You know, I'm not Nigella Lawson. You won’t see me juggling with kitchen utensils. That’s why I tend to keep it simple. But the ingredients always have to be fresh and tasty."
Trouw’s exceptionally good restaurant is a fringe benefit to all the DJ’s who are invited to play there. "It is quite special, this combination of a dancefloor and restaurant. Everyone is amazed by the quality of the food. It is always great to start a club night with a meal you truly enjoy. Roasted organic chicken, wild venus rice, potatoes in goose fat, eggplant with feta cheese, carrots with coriander: there’s no crumb left afterwards! I lóve the steak from the charcoal grill. I hardly ever prepare red meat at home. Every time I order it at Trouw, it feels to me like a real treat!”
Sandrien doesn’t worry a bit about cravings during her performances. "I get loads of energy from the audience. When the vibes are good there’s no time to think about food at all. I might drink a beer or two, but that’s it. Red Bull? Only a little bit. The stuff makes me hyperactive, haha."
When it comes to playing mega sets this lady is not a rookie. Last year she was present at an Ostgut Ton release party. Berghain’s Marcel Fengler himself asked her to play a four hours opening set. "Goosebumps! Berghain was packed that night. To watch the crowd moving was an incredible experience. It was a dream come true."
What kept her on her feet that night? She confesses it sure was not a smoothie! "Early in the evening we went with some guys to a place Brits would call a gastro pub. What I got was the biggest Wiener schnitzel I have ever seen. The thing was literally too big for my plate! Enough fuel to pull an all nighter? You’re damn right!"
Sandrien's All Nighter Smoothie
150 g fresh spinach
1 banana or 1 mango
1 piece of Chinese stem ginger
400 ml of water
Put it all in a blender, and off you go!
Words: Bonita van Lier, freelance culinary journalist with articles in e.g. Wining & Dining, The Taste of Life and Bouillon Magazine. Always in search of true flavours and the stories behind the ingredients.