The first quarter of 2015 is in full swing, and by now you have probably forgotten your New Year’s Resolutions. If changing to a healthier lifestyle was one of them, keep reading! I believe following a healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination. The only place to start is where you are right now. The secret is in getting started. I trust that the contents of this newsletter will help you along the way!
I was very excited to hear about the 1st International Low Carb High Fat Health Summit that will be taking place in Cape Town later this month. No less than 17 local and international nutrition experts, including our own Prof Tim Noakes, will be sharing their medical expertise on lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular health, obesity and the “cholesterol myth”. I trust the Summit will shed some light on the way forward and what exactly a balanced diet should consist of in order to avoid these diseases.
For first time readers of my newsletter, I send it out every 2nd month and I write about local and international trends that relate to food in some or other way, cool kitchen gadgets, cool food products, cool foodie events and of course mouthwatering recipes that I have come across and tested myself. When I am not writing my newsletter, I teach individuals of all ages to cook. Either custom-made on-site cooking lessons for individuals or cooking parties for kids. I also do team-building sessions and talks on Nutrition for Corporates as part of their Corporate Wellness Programs. Please “like” Cooking Up A Storm’s Facebook page and you will get notified the moment I post something new, whether it is a new recipe to try or an upcoming foodie event. Read more further down.
The recipes I include in this newsletter consists of a variety of starters, mains, side dishes, snacks and desserts, so there is an arsenal of recipes for you to choose from and with which you can spoil your loved ones. I have also included recipes that are either low in fat, or high fat, or low in carbs or completely wheat-free – so there is something for everyone’s taste! They are: Asian Spinach Bundels, Baby Marrow, Bacon & Mushroom Boats, Home-made Cauliflower-base Pizza, Thermomix Banting Bread, Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken Rolls, Rosemary & Lemon Grilled Lamb Chops, Wheat-free Egg Pancake With Fresh Berries and Coconut Macaroons. As usual, I have also included recipes contributed by Carolié de Koster from her popular Art of Cooking Recipe Book. Carolié’s recipes are: Green bean, Potato And Melon Salad With Nuts, Avocado With Hot Barbecue Sauce, Rainbow Mousse, Raw Beetroot and Carrot Salad, Cauliflower salad, and Mango Ice-cream. Read more further down.
I hear complaints from friends and clients alike on a regular basis about the limited options available on restaurant menu’s for patrons following a healthier lifestyle. Whether it is LCHF, Low GI & Low Fat, gluten-free, etc. I was therefore thrilled when I found out the popular restaurant chain Col’Cacchio pizzeria’s have jumped on the “bant wagon” so to speak and are now also offering banting-friendly options on their menu. Click on the word “banting” on the right hand side of my home page under Trending for more banting-friendly recipes. Please use your own discretion if a recipe contains ingredients that are on the orange or red lists. Read more further down.
I recently attended a demonstration of the Thermomix ® TM5, also known as the “all-in-one kitchen appliance“, and I was blown away by all the new features and the ease with which a vast variety of recipes can be prepared with one appliance! For those of you who have a Thermomix, be sure to try the Thermomix Banting Bread. It takes under 2 minutes to weigh, mill and mix the ingredients and the bread will be ready to eat in 45 minutes! Read more further down.
In my post “Is Fat Black The New Skinny White?” I take a closer look at the high fat coffee drink Bulletproof® Coffee which has taken the world by storm. I also provide a recipe for this energy-giving brew. Drinking it will apparently help melt away fat, boost your energy and improve your focus. Read more further down.
MCT Oil, together with unsalted grass-fed butter, are two of the three ingredients used to make Bulletproof Coffee. Supplementation with MCT oil was initially used to help treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis, obesity and fat malabsorption. The Lifematrix Pure MCT Oil is a leading keto oil on the market, helping thousands of people convert their energy needs from carbs to good fats. Read more further down.
We are urged to eat more healthy fats like grass-fed butter by people that are in the know, like Prof Tim Noakes. His popular book, The Real Meal Revolution, recently won the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award. In my post Grass-fed Butter Is Best!, I look at the benefits of eating butter made from the milk of grass-fed cows and introduce you to Mooberry Farms, a small family run farm based in Northriding, Randburg, where they pride themselves in producing grass fed butter as well as other dairy and poultry products that are natural and organic.
My cooking parties for kids have proven to be very popular due to the fact that it can take place on-site, i.e. at your house or venue or at my venue in Robindale, Randburg. You also choose in which language the party is conducted and the items the kids make can be tied in with the theme of the party. Make your child’s next birthday extra special by booking an “I made it myself!/Ek het dit self gemaak!” cooking party. The format is similar to the popular “I Can Cook” series on DSTV’s CBeebies. Each recipe is demonstrated to the children step-by-step and each child makes his/her own recipe from start to finish. Kids get to take the fruit of their labour home and tell Mom and Dad: I made it myself! Most of them eat it right away though!” The recipes are age-specific and really tasty! It is also a fun activity to arrange for classmates or a group of friends during the school holiday’s. Read more further down.
For 19 consecutive days my team and I entertained kids between the ages of 2 and 10 years while their Moms, nanny’s or grandparents did their Christmas shopping or go for a cup of coffee. Mrs Claus’ Kitchen was a great success for a 2nd year in a row! Read more further down.
I specialize in custom-made cooking lessons – whether for yourself or your domestic worker, housekeeper or nanny. Regardless of what lifestyle you are following, your current level of skill, or your budget, learning to cook will change your life. Once you know the basics, you will be able to make just about anything. The possibilities are endless! This is what one of my clients had to say after I trained her domestic worker: “Jeanri is extremely professional, comes fully prepared for every lesson and puts every effort into making sure that your domestic worker learns to cook. She even spent time with mine, teaching her maths so that she could halve recipes, double up on portions etc. Jeanri goes shopping on your behalf and makes sure that you have everything you need for a lesson, even down to the equipment needed in the kitchen so that there is no delay in lesson time. Everything she taught Fredah to cook has been delicious and we have used her recipes over and over. My domestic worker has gained a lot of confidence in the kitchen. Jeanri ensures that your domestic is able to write up a shopping list, keep to excellent hygiene standards in the kitchen, cook, bake, and tidy up properly afterwards. Definitely money well spent, I can only highly recommend her.” Kelly, Parkview. Please see the Testimonials page on my website for more info. Read more further down.
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa. Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer. It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm. Read more further down.
In this newsletter:
- February/March 2015 Recipes
- It’s All About That Base!
- TM5 – The All-In-One Kitchen Appliance
- Is Fat Black The New Skinny White?
- Grass-fed Butter Is Best!
- Get Oiled Up With MCT Oil
- Feedback: Mrs Claus’ Kitchen Dec 2014
- Cooking Parties For Kids
- Private Cooking Lessons
- Cooking Up A Storm’s Services
Note: Please click on each heading to read the full post.
February/March 2015 Recipes
In line with the healthy theme, most of the recipes I have included are on the healthy side, but they are nevertheless very tasty and worth a try! As usual, I include my own favourites as well as a few recipes by Carolié de Koster.
It’s All About That Base!
The well-known Col’Cacchio pizzeria recently included a Banting-friendly pizza range on their new summer menu.
TM5 – The All-In-One Kitchen Appliance
The Thermomix ® TM5 is the 5th generation food processor developed by Vorwerk. The Thermomix ® TM5 is not called the all-in-one kitchen appliance for nothing.
Is Fat Black The New Skinny White?
Bulletproof® Coffee (also known as Fat Black) is a brand founded by Californian businessman Dave Asprey. He claims drinking Bulletproof coffee will help melt away fat, boost your energy and improve your focus.
Grass-fed Butter Is Best!
Grass-fed butter is all the rage these days for being used in Bulletproof coffee, high fat lifestyles such as Banting and Paleo, but more so for its health benefits.
Get Oiled Up
MCT Oil, probably best known as one of the three ingredients of a Bullet Proof or Fat Black coffee, is one of the latest natural supplements to catch the attention of foodies and fitness fanatics alike.
Feedback: Mrs Claus’ Kitchen Dec 2014
During the 2014 December holidays I once again had the opportunity to run the Mrs Claus’ Kitchen event for Bedford Centre in Bedfordview.
Cooking Parties For Kids
My cooking parties for kids have proved to be very popular due to the fact that you can choose the language in which the party will be conducted, as well as if you want the party to take place at your house or at my venue in Robindale, Randburg.
Private Cooking Lessons
My cooking lessons are suitable for beginners, intermediate or advanced cooks – no experience required. I also teach domestic workers, house keepers, nanny’s and kitchen staff. The lessons take place in your own kitchen!
Art Of Cooking Recipe Book & CD
Carolié de Koster’s Art Of Cooking recipe book consists of more than a 1000 recipes and is the most comprehensive cookery book in South Africa. Written by a renowned food consultant it offers everything for everyone’s needs – from the beginner and home cook to the career chef, caterer and trainer. It is available exclusively from Cooking Up A Storm.
Cooking Up A Storm’s Services
- Custom-made private cooking lessons – in your own kitchen! For yourself, your kids, your domestic worker or nanny.
- Cookery demonstrations on a variety of topics (in your own house if you prefer!)
- Cooking classes and parties for kids in Afrikaans or English
- Hands-on cookery sessions for social or corporate events or staff training
- Recipe development
- Consulting to Guest Houses, coffee shops, etc.
- Nutrition talks e.g. as part of Corporate Wellness Programs.
- Individual consultations on nutrition and healthy eating
- Custom-made healthy meal plans
- Supplier of a variety of quality cooking utensils & equipment, e.g. Wizbake sheets
- Kitchen accessory, bakeware and gadget demonstrations.