I'm not a great cook, well I can follow a recipe but I am not very creative or imaginative. I get fed up coming up with ideas to suit the family and to make sure that we all eat a healthy and balanced diet, it really isn't easy, everyone has different tastes. And now they are teenagers, with different timetables too, so that adds in a new problem - who will be in to eat and at what time? If I could afford to employ a full time cook I absolutely would!
I've been wanting to find somewhere for cookery lessons for a while but various google searches hadn't turned up any ideas so it just stayed at the back of my mind. Then a friend recommended Jen at Fearless in the Kitchen and I booked myself onto one of her 'Healthy Eating Main Meals and Snacks' half day workshops.
I hadn't met Jen and I didn't know anyone else attending but off a I went. Jen runs all her cookery workshops from her pretty cottage in rural Berkshire. It was easy to find and I arrived at 10 am, there were three of us attending that day. The kitchen is warm and welcoming and we sat down at the table to meet each other and Jen took us through the recipes she had chosen for that day. We tried some of her 'fermented' snacks and we chatted about healthy eating and gut health. Jen is clearly very knowledgeable and is skilled at communicating ideas and making suggestions to improve your health. She has a passion for food and cooking and loves to share her enthusiasm.
The cottage is set within a beautiful garden and Jen grows a lot of her own fruit and vegetables so I borrowed some garden shoes and we went for a little wander in the garden armed with a basket to pick some fresh produce for our recipes. Sadly it was raining so we were unable to spend as much time in the garden as we would have liked - but I will do that next time!
We returned to the kitchen to start our cooking, lots of chopping and chatting with advice and ideas thrown in. We stopped for a light snack and then later we sampled some of our dishes and other delicious bits that Jen had prepared for us.
We took home two main dishes to enjoy that evening. In fact mine lasted me for two lunches as well and they really were fabulous!
Jen has lots of different workshops available, take a look at her website (details below) or contact Jen if you would like something more tailored or a specific date, she is always happy to accommodate if there is a group of friends interested.
I fancy doing Healthy Baking and Sweet Treats next but then I am also interested in the Fermenting and Preserving day as fermented foods are so good for gut health. There are also workshops on Losing Weight Without Trying and Lose the Sugar.
I'm back at Jen's lovely cottage next week for a Wellness during Menopause Workshop - Jen will be doing a cookery demonstration and she is joined by Chloe Leibowitz - a life coach who inspires women to focus on themselves and Janet Padfield - a nutritionist who is passionate about helping support peoples health in a natural but science based way.
Fearless in the Kitchen
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