Most of us have grown up with a plethora of dietary advice that ranges from educational to completely outrageous. There are so many diets that at a glance at least there appears to be one that is tailor made for every individual.
Yet we live in an age where obesity and other diet related diseases are the highest that they have ever been. How can this be?
I knew a time when eating was a simple experience, an enjoyable, daily custom that did not require access to the internet, scientific papers and medical dictionaries. I looooove my food and in a quest for this hobby of mine to become a simpler pastime I embarked on a college nutrition qualification. I am currently at the stage in my studies where I feel that I know a little bit about a lot and can’t wait to know a whole lot more.
What I have learnt from my friend and business partner Diana who is a qualified Nutritionist is gold. Her philosophy on delicious, nutritious eating is intelligent, evidence based and completely credible.
Whist I did know which oils were best in salad dressings and cakes I was lost when it came to frying the shiitake mushroom patties. I know why we need to eat brassicas and what the rainbow on my plate is important. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I know why so many of us are bamboozled and what to do about it.
If you are like the majority of society who is trying to keep up with the latest nutrition news and the newest healthy eating craze but does not want to be confused with empty superfood rhetoric, our Cook and the Nutritionist Classes may be just what you are looking for.
Diana explains to us in simple but scientific terms how to feed and nurture our families through a nutritiously balanced diet of whole grains, legumes, fruits, nuts and vegetables and small amounts of protein sourced from animals and seafood.
The recipes I have created for you to include these magical ingredients in your life are delicious. A lot of them are vegetarian; some are simple and others are a little more complex. We talk and guide you through all of the recipes and boost your confidence in trying new foods and changing the ways you cook old ingredients.
Check out the schedule of classes and book in for Friday 3rd August’s Vitality and Longevity with Wholefoods.
As promised to yesterday's taste testers at our Village Grocer cooking demonstration, I have uploaded the Shiitake Mushroom Patty recipe. Just click on the recipe page.
The shiitake mushroom patties were made form gorgeous Huon Valley shiitakes, brazil nuts and cashews. We made a delicious, really simple cauliflower soup and a yummy vegetable nachos which is bound to become everyone's family favourite. It's a great one for the kids to cook.
Make sure you use the Village Grocer corn chips which contain, corn, salt and water rather the cheese flavoured ones from the supermarket. They really are far superior. All ingredients available from the Village Grocer.
Di and I had a ball yesterday. I felt like a kid in a candy shop with all of the beautiful fresh ingredients from the Village Grocer at our fingertips. It was our first "public appearance" and it felt a little like a very nurturing masterchef moment.
Thank you to our friends new and old and clients who popped in to say hello. We really appreciated the support.
And of course we could not have done it without the generosity and support from Sebastian, Tanya, Angelo, Frank, Mary and all of the wonderful Village Grocer staff. Thank you to our hosts at the Village Grocer for making us feel so welcome
Happy cooking. Until next time.
Lou & Di x