Being a mum to 19-month-old twin lads, I’m always excited to speak to twins who are all grown-up and still the best of friends! As are 26-year-old identical twins Helena and Vikki Moursellas — My Kitchen Rules 2014 finalists and now the co-authors of their very own cookbook, Taking You Home: Simple Greek Food. Today I spoke to the blonde half of the pair, Vikki…
We’ve had The Block twins Lysandra and Alisa Fraser, Big Brother twins David and Greg Matthews, and now you guys! Why do you think twins have such an edge on reality shows?
Being a twin is pretty crazy [laughs]! It’s so hard to explain sometimes. You’ve just got a really strong connection and that’s why Helena and I got so far I think in the competition. We had such a strong connection that no one else had. Now we’re also working together, we’ve got our cookbook and our catering business, and we’re about to open up a restaurant — we just work so well together, because we’re so close. I think it’s a bit of a bonus being a twin [on TV].
Tell us about your new catering business.
We’ve been doing a bit of catering around Melbourne. It’s just under our own names. So we basically come to your home and we cook for up to 70 people. We’ve done a couple of birthdays and private dinners. It’s so much fun. We love it. It’s like being back on the show. We work off Instagram – http://instagram.com/helenaandvikki. If you’ve got the budget to fly us wherever, we’d do that, too!
And the goss on your upcoming restaurant?
Yeah, we only just announced that [at the Sydney book launch] last night, so that’s exciting. Hopefully [it’ll open] in April. That’s in Sydney in Pitt Street. It will be mainly modern Australian and a little bit of Greek [cuisine]. We haven’t announced its name yet, so maybe I’ll hold off on saying. My boyfriend’s actually in Sydney, too [which works well].
How big a process is putting together a cookbook?
It took a while but we just had so much fun. It wasn’t really a job at the end of the day. We just loved it. We started in April last year, and we had 85 recipes [to perfect]. Our friends and family loved it because we were always cooking away in the kitchen and feeding them. They weren’t complaining! It was a long process, but the wait is worth it. It was incredible how [the final stage] worked. You go to the studio and there’s a team helping make your recipes and photographing your food.
How do you stay so slim working around food all the time? :)
I’ve actually just lost 13kg! I put on a lot of weight when I was on the show. I’ve just been eating healthy and not having chocolate and bowls of pasta at 12am!
Did you have fun poring through your photo albums for personal pics to include in the cookbook?
It was a little emotional. [Shots include that of the twins’ father who passed away from a heart attack when the girls were 12.] It was [also] really fun matching every photo with a recipe, because every photo has a personal story and that’s what we love about the cookbook.
You’re from Adelaide, but now live in Melbourne. When did you make the move and why?
We’ve been living in Melbourne for the past two-and-a-half years. We love Melbourne. Our heart’s there. It’s a beautiful city... [Adelaide] is a beautiful city [too]. We lived there our whole life, 24 years! But it’s not the place I want to be [now]. It’s too quiet for me. I need to be in a place where things are moving quickly. Melbourne and Sydney are the places to be... I'd never put down Adelaide, because at the end of the day, it's home.
What were you doing before the whole TV thing happened?
We were just doing a bit of study [Vikki in graphic design and Helena in radio], but what we were doing we weren’t really passionate about. The show feels like it was meant to be. We didn’t go on My Kitchen Rules because we wanted to be on TV. We went on there because we have a passion for food and cooking and we’re very proud to be Greek and that’s what we love to cook... Food's our life and that's what we want to do.
Taking You Home: Simple Greek Food by Helena Moursellas and Vikki Moursellas, published by Hachette Australia ($39.99).
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