Photography by Tara Noelle
I have had the honour and pleasure of teaching a group of fine, fabulous, healthy, energetic ladies a series of cooking classes. Most of them are former nutrition students, who never had the benefit of taking any practical cooking courses as part of their holistic nutrition program. So they requested an private 8-week private cooking series, custom make just for them. The classes started in the fall and the last one is schedule for the end of march- I am sad to say good-bye.
It was last year in Februray when I was fortunate enough to meet a few of them at a priave class that I held on behalf of the Holistic Cooking Academy, then I was lucky again to have them + more their friends join my Spring Detox Retreat in Collingwood. This incredible weekend together set the foundation for some amazing bonds and a platform to express our common interests.
Then come fall we started their very own private cooking series. They were keen, interested and intrigued to learn more about healtha nd nutrition. Most of them, being nutritionist are already well immersed in the world of holistic health and cooking, but just wanted to take their knowledge a little bit further…and that is where I came in!
We set out with several classes at one of the ladies, Susan Schroeter’s Lean on Me nutrition studio in Oakville. She has an incredible private kitchen cooking space that was very accommodating to our classes. Not to mention it is steps away from Organic Garage – so if I was ever in need of an extra lemon, or more quinoa, there it was! Then the last few classes have been held in my home, as we started to cover more complex and involved winter warming recipes that required more than one oven and a few gas burners.
I has been so amazing to work with a great group of ladies that live and breath health just as much as me, they have all taught me so much. They are all experts in the field of nutrition with their own focus and are extremely passionate and dedicated to a holistic, natural and a healthy way of life. It is so much fun to be able to teach and connect with others that are like-minded and have a similar path in life!
Here’s a glance of what our 8 – week itinerary looked like:
Week 5: Heart Health Recipes and Balanced Blood Sugar – baked cinnamon apples etc…
Week 6: Indian Flavours and Healing Spices – Cozy Chai Latte etc…
Week 7: Winter Warming Comfort Foods – Mac n Cheeze etc…
Week 8: Breakfasts and brunch foods: Granola etc…
Here are some pictures of the ladies in action, unfortunately not all of them were at this particular class Warming Comforting Veggie Meals – but we have 5 of 7!
Lovable Laurie chopping squash.
Thorough Susan..pulsing those beans!
Careful Anne, making those onions perfect!
Beautiful Sam, delicately adding water.
Joyous Jessica, peeling yams.
Thank you ladies, you have made my life and my knowledge that much richer – and I will miss our fun cooking sessions together!