As Mums who cook daily, there are times when we all need some inspiration and although I class myself as a fairly good cook, my repertoire consists of meals I ate as a child, homemade pies, casseroles, stews and spuds of some description with everything, and although all of these meals do contain some healthy elements, I have never cut out the pastry, white pasta or dumplings nor made a concious decision to introduce healthier meals into my menu plans, but that has all recently changed after I attended a Deliciously Healthy Cookery course last week.
I was really excited about attending this event as I tend to think that anything healthy is boring and tasteless but I couldn't have been more wrong! The Cookery Class took place at Witherdens Hall in the Kent countryside on the outskirts of Canterbury and we were greeted with tea and coffee before the lovely Emily (the founder of My Deliciously Healthy Kitchen) explained what the day would involve and that we were more than welcome to join in with the food preparation or just sit with a cup of coffee and make notes, all very informal, although everybody was more than happy to get involved, although I think I took more pictures than do actual food prep!
We started off by making a healthier cake which we would later eat for pudding, followed by a Moroccan spiced winter vegetable soup for starter and garlic chicken skewers, dukkah roast vegetables, chickpea stew with fragrant quinoa for main course. We made a tapanade for a mid morning snack which impressed me no end as I dislike olives immensely, but mix them with some sun dried tomatoes, lemon juice and olive oil, and ta da! a healthy snack packed with goodness.
Emily explained to us that after years of yo yo dieting and trying every diet known to man, she finally gave up and adopted a healthy eating lifestyle which has led her body to find it's natural weight. Couple this with her extensive knowledge of benefits every ingredient used has for you, I couldn't help but be impressed by the whole set up.
Once all the food was prepared and cooked, we all sat down to a beautifully laid candle lit table, white and red wine, and got to taste the meals, and boy were they delicious! I was totally stuffed after eating all three courses but having come away with a recipe pack of all the meals we cooked, I am totally inspired to get cooking and have ordered everything I need to replicate these meals with this weeks Sainsbury's order, so the family are in for a real treat tomorrow night!
In hindsight I think these workshops would make a great day out for a group of girlfriends (a hen day you are not afraid to take your Mum on?), a husband and wife who perhaps share the cooking duties, and gift vouchers are also available if you are stuck for an idea for someone who has a passion for healthy eating or is looking to start a healthy eating regime. The class runs from 10am until 3pm although ours was finished a bit earlier than this, so plenty of time to do a spot of shopping in Canterbury or even a cultural visit to the Cathedral to round off your day.
The price for the workshop is currently £65 and when you think you get to eat a three course meal with wine, snacks, endless tea and coffee and leave with a detailed recipe pack, in addition to everything you learn, I personally think it is worth every penny which is why I felt compelled to write about it!
To book a place on the next workshop and to find out more click here.