On Sunday, the Lunge Yoga studio was temporarily transformed into a cosy cooking classroom. The charming and eccentric Charlotte Wirnsberger taught the class how to prepare a collection of light and easy meals with love that are delicious and nutritious. Charlotte has over 40 years experience as a wholefoods chef and it was great to have her in the studio to share her wealth of knowledge of all things, wholefood, organic and quirky.
We had a full house and everyone joined in, fired questions and got up close to the deliciously smelling concoctions being brewed in front of us. Not only did Charlotte share some handy cooking techniques and organic produce knowledge, we also learnt a lot about how consuming wholesome food can change your mind, facilitate good health and your life for the better!
The meals we helped create and enjoyed at the conclusion of the class included:
Spiced Vegetable and Chickpea soup with Baby Spinach and Coriander
Stir fried Tempeh with Leek, Mushrooms and Bok Choy
Brown rice with Amaranth and Quinoa
Salad of Rocket, Snow Peas, Watercress and Roasted Pumpkin
Apple, Blueberry and Pecan Crumble Cake
Delicious Date and Nut Balls
All meals were refined-sugar free and dairy free. (The only meal with flour was the Crumble Cake – although Charlotte did mill her own flour so it still retained good life force!)
The three most valuable cooking lessons we learned from Charlotte were:
- The more love and positive energy you put into your cooking, the better the outcome.
- Good cooking is created with quality, organic, fresh, seasonal produce, a lot of hands-on love and a bit of fire.
- Consciously deciding to cook and eat well-balanced, wholesome, organic meals for yourself, family and friends helps balance your body, (and your mind) so one can more easily deal with any stresses that may come your way.
Charlotte will be running more courses throughout the year at Lunge. The next course will be coming in Autumn/Winter and the class will focus on warming, nourishing and substantial recipes and the key ingredients for the colder months. Contact me if you are interested.