Next vegan cooking class

Next vegan cooking class – Monday 11th February 2019 

I have a couple of places left on my next vegan cooking class, which is taking place on Monday 11th February between 11 am and 12.15 in West Bridgford.  You’ll have everything you need to make a delicious and nutritious vegan chilli 

 

The cost is £25 and includes all the ingredients, equipment and the recipe.  Plus nutritional guidance, advice and tips about the ingredients you will be cooking with.

vegan chilli

 

The chilli is packed with goodness like red kidney beans, antioxidant rich tomatoes, loads of fibre rich veggies (as you would expect) and protein packed lentils.

veg chilli

Contact me if you’d like to book a space on either classes, but please be quick as places are limited.

vegan cookery classes

If you can’t make this date I always have classes running on the following days and times Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 11 – 12.15pm, Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.30pm and  Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 5.30 – 6.45pm

 

Its fine if you want to come to just this class or you could attend a series, in which case you can have 6 for the price of 5 i.e. £125, and they can be used within a year.

vegan cookery class

Out of the 6 sessions only one is sweet based, the other 5 are savoury.  Previous guests have made sweet potato falafels, Mexican tacos, cauliflower and chickpea curry, chocolate pots, beetroot pearl barley risotto, tofu rice paper rolls to name but a few delicious vegan dishes.

cookery review

 

Feel free to take a peak around my kitchen!

 

If you’d like to come along please contact me on

07946 301338 or susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk to book your place.

Cheff, Trent Boulevard

 Cheff, Trent Boulevard Lady Bay – the new healthy eating takeaway

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The old Locksmiths shop on Trent Boulevard has recently been transformed in to Cheff, a new takeaway outlet.  But this is a fast food place with a difference it serves healthy ‘clean’ food.  The owner and inspiration behind the venture is Adam Sinnott..  You may think that Adam has a spelling mistake in the name of his business, but you’d be wrong because Cheff stands for Clean, Healthy, Energising, Fresh Food.

cheff

These are bold claims so I went along to buy and try some of his ‘clean’ food.  As its early days Cheff is operating a slightly reduced menu that will expand over the coming weeks and months.

cheff

Adam and the 5 steps

 

There are ‘5 steps’ to obtain your healthy food;

Step 1 (this sounds like a song!) choose your size, I went for the mini box for £5.95.

Step 2 Choose your protein; being vegan I could either have the homemade falafels or tofu.  I plumped for tofu.

Step 3 choose your base (basically your carbs), garlicky new potatoes for me.

Step 4 choose your veg (either hot or cold or both) roasted parsnips with maple syrup, crunchy slaw, roasted veg and spinach were all packed in to the recyclable cardboard mini box.

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My full review can all be seen on the wonderful West Bridgford Wire, where plenty of locals have also shared their comments https://westbridgfordwire.com/susan-hart-review-cheff-clean-food-takeaway-in-west-bridgford/?fbclid=IwAR2mO-Bl34YkrgF7RRJbL3u5A3_EmJ0Wcaah2sC33ogB9aHktesXtXveR7c

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Step 5 Choose your sauce. I’m not a huge bbq fan so I opted for the homemade blueberry sauce.  Secure the lid, take home and scoff!

mini tofu box

Which is exactly what I did.  And goodness me it was tasty.  I loved all the textures and flavours and the ‘mini‘ portion was certainly enough for lunch. If you were eating it in the park or in the car (not ideal but I know many of you do) then you can pick up compostable or recyclable cutlery and napkins.

The fresh colours of all the different veg made me feel very happy and healthy. The lightness and lack of stodge also made me feel energised and the absence of processed ingredients certainly fulfilled the ‘clean’ element. The protein packed tofu had me feeling nice and full

chef coffee

Another time I’d be happy to pop in for a coffee, not only does Cheff serve coffee from 200 degrees,  a local supplier  but they have a selection of plant based milks to go with them.  If you’d rather have a cold drink, the cabinet is full of healthier energy drinks, vitamin rich fruit drinks and water

As well as local coffee Cheff also sells locally made chocolate from Lovely Fodder , who just happen to be next door

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So if you’re in the area why not give the ‘golden arches’ a miss and pop down Trent Boulevard, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham for some healthy fresh fast food.  I know I’ll be back

Copper cafe, Central Avenue

Copper cafe, Central Avenue

They’ve added a vegan breakfast to the menu

Copper

It was 18 months ago that I first went to Copper cafe on Central Avenue in West Bridgford to have breakfast. And I was presented with a less than appetising ensemble for the price of £7. I vowed never to go back.

copper breakfast sept 17

vegan breakfast sept 2017

But fast forward 18 months and I thought I’d give them another try,  and there is now a vegan breakfast on the menu and it was very tasty.  It’s basically a vegetarian breakfast but the scrambled egg and halloumi have been substituted for vegan friendly avocado and wilted spinach.  The little falafel balls were so flavoursome and had a lot of different textures, the mushroom was juicy and well cooked and they even had vegan spread for the hot toast. All for a standard price of £7.50

Vegan breakfast Feb 2019

Vegan breakfast Feb 2019

The breakfast is the only item on the menu that is specifically labelled as vegan, so I’d advise you to phone ahead to ask about the lunch time menu, cakes, etc. to see what if anything is on offer

Veganuary 2019: the story so far

Veganuary 2019: the story so far

Last year was a record breaking year for the number of people who signed up to be vegan for the month of January (and possibly beyond).  This year looks set to smash that figure, already over 250,000 people have signed the pledge to be vegan and the figure is set to rise to 300k by the end of the campaign

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The majority of people cite animal welfare and cruelty as the main reason for shunning, meat, fish, dairy, eggs and all of their by-products.  For some it’s also about protecting and preserving our planet, and for a smaller number it’s for health reasons.  Whatever inspires you to go vegan it can only be good news for all creatures that inhabit this precious resource
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And the retailers, restaurants, supermarkets and cafes have been quick to react to this growing trend, with more  vegan options on their menus and their shelves.  Making veganism even more assessable to the masses.

Portello Lounge, West Bridgford

So if you are taking part in veganuary (and there’s still time if you haven’t signed up yet https://veganuary.com/blog/veganuary-2019-campaign-launch/), let me share with you a few tips, suggestions and easy peasy recipes to get you going or keep you motivated

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You will also find my article on West Bridgford Online https://www.westbridgfordonline.com/2019/01/susan-hart-veganuary-2019-the-story-so-far/

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  • Harvester (along with other ‘chain’ pubs) has launched a vegan menu, featuring a Jamaican style katsu curry, Pizza Hut’s jackfruit pizza has smashed all sales targets and will now feature in all its eateries.
  • But lets not forget our smaller independents; Fordes café, near Tudor Square has a decent range of sandwiches, plant based milk options etc.  As does the recently refurbished No 8 deli on Gordon Road. Chocks Away at Nottingham City Airport is gaining a reputation for delicious breakfasts and scrummy cakes. The Tea cosy at Edwalton has also added some vegan options to its menu and you can now have a vegan cream tea at Tiffin tea house on Abbey Road.  The newly opened Garden café in Cobden Chambers, city centre not only has imaginative and delicious dishes but a zero waste policy.  And I challenge you to eat a better value vegan fry up than the one served at the Avenues café on Sneinton Market. Its £4.50 and that includes a hot drink.  Bargain of the
  • And supermarkets are not taking it lying down either; Marks and Spencer’s recently launched vegan range ‘Plant kitchen’ is proving a hit.  Their cauliflower popcorn is very tatsy and it’s hard to find their vegan slaw as it keeps selling out.  Iceland not only have a ‘no bull’ range of vegan burgers, sausages etc but they are also committed to ditching palm oil – a major contributor to deforestation which reduces the habitat of orang-utans as well as removing plastic packaging from its own-brand products.

marks and spencer

  •  B&M are selling vegan wines for a very reasonable price, as are Aldi along with vegan milk, ready meals, tins of jackfruit, gluten free spaghetti etc
  • Probably Greggs vegan sausage roll got most people talking, with many shops selling out, and if it winds up Piers Morgan all the better!

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  • In Nottingham we are also very lucky to have Sneinton Vegan market; an outdoor event that occurs on the first and third Saturday of every month.  There you will find vegan fast food, vegan products, clothing and delicious cakes, cheeses and breads.  All from local independent bakers and makers
Vegan sneinton Market

Vork Pies

  • And don’t forget your local greengrocer has been selling vegan friendly vegetables and fruits for years. That’s a point worth remembering because a lot of the new products hitting the shelves are processed, which means they could be higher in salt, sugar and fats.  I always advocate to my clients and cooking class guests that making most of their meals from scratch is not only cheaper but more filling and generally more nutritious
  • If you want to increase your repertoire of vegan dishes there are plenty of recipes out there to whet your appetite. A good place to start is the vegan society website https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipesand the Bosh boys cook up some mean dishes https://www.bosh.tv. I regularly share my favourite vegan recipes via my blog http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/blog/japanese-broth-tofu/.

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  • If you need to build up your cooking confidence then why not come to one of my vegan cooking classes, where you will be guided through such delights as sweet potato falafels, beany tacos, mac no cheese or a classic nut roast

Professional baker-to-be

Professional baker-to-be

Last week I read a post on Facebook from Vicky Leigh asking for volunteers to taste and critique her vegan cake.  Well, it would have been rude not too.  So the following day two generous portions of cake were delivered.

vegan cake

Vicky had already warned me that it was the first time she’d made this banana biscoff cake, based on the ‘Bosh’ boys recipe (with some tweaks) and said the presentation wasn’t right; having run out of icing, it wasn’t looking as good as it could.

Well, I disagree, don’t you?  I think it looks professional and appetising

If you’d like to check out the original Bosh recipe follow a link to their tv channel https://www.bosh.tv/recipes/biscoff-coffee-cake

What did it taste like I hear you ask!

First of all it looked like any other sponge cake.  Now that’s a good thing in my book because some vegan cakes are very solid but Vicky’s cake was light and airy.

vegan cake

 

I bet if you waved that under anybody’s nose they would not assume it was vegan.  The taste was very caramel (thanks to the biscoff biscuits) and the banana didn’t overpower but made it nice and moist.  The butter cream, made with vegan spread was really creamy and not too sweet.

How many of you didn’t know those individually wrapped caramel biscuits you often get at coffee shops with your Americano were ‘accidentally vegan’!

vegan cake

All it all it was a winner and I’d happily pay for a slice with my oaty cappuccino, if it were served in a local coffee shop.

Which might be a possibility because if Vicky’s cakes prove tasty and popular it may become her new line of business.

Being creative is a constant learning exercise and after watching a few more ‘how to’ videos Vicky seems to have mastered the art of presentation.  This is another of her creations this time a simple (anything but!) chocolate cake

vegan cake

Isabel (another taster) had this to say “I tried the chocolate one and it was absolutely delicious, one of the best vegan chocolate cakes I’ve tried. Heaven.”

So here’s to many more vegan cake tasting experiences.   It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!

Vicky, the soon to be professional baker has done it again.  This time it’s a simple Victoria sponge, that’s been pimped up with some gorgeous pink frosting

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The inside was as good as the outside

But how did it taste….. wow amazing.  If I served this with a pop of tea no one would think it was vegan.  The cake was moist and light with the right amount of sweet jam and ‘butter’ cream.  The frosting was very light and almost mousse like in its consistency.

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I asked Vicky about the sugar she had used to make her frosting, and she admitted her usual make of sugar wasn’t available and the alternative just didn’t come top to scratch as it left a felt slightly graining feel.

It just proves every day is a ‘school day’ and there is always something new to lean and an experiment to me conducted.  But if the results are as good as this….Wow!

vegan cake

 

Another slice of Vicky’s vegan cakes made its way to me this week.  It was a variation on the biscoff cake.  It was very moreish, moist and very tasty.  Im not a massive cake eater so I found it a bit too sweet and the icing was a bit grainy.  Vicky explained that crushed biscoff biscuits were used in the icing hence the texture.

vegan cake

But a breakthrough came when we discussed how Vicky could have the caramel intensity without the grainy texture.  This is all part of perfecting the best cake ever, and sadly it may mean more taste testing for me.  Oh well somebodies got to do it!

vegan cake

Sausage and bean casserole

Sausage and bean casserole

This is a really great dish if you want to follow a more plant based diet, you’re supporting the veganuary campaign, participating in meat free Monday, need a bit of a change to your current vegan diet or just fancy something that’s really simple tasty and comforting

Using sweet potatoes not only adds complex carbs to the dish (our primary energy source), but also great levels of fibre, protein and vitamin A.  The addition of tinned beans – here I used borlotti beans but cannellini, butter beans or haricot would all work, adds plenty of protein and fibre and of course will count as one of your five a day.

So here’s what you need for 2 – 3 people

4-6 vegan sausages.  At the moment I love Sainsburys Shroomdogs and Frys sausages, but feel free to use your own personal favourites

1 tsp olive or rapeseed oil

1 onion or half a leek – or a mix of the two

2 sweet potatoes – washed but not peeled

1 tin of borlotti beans and their liquid

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 garlic clove

2 tsp smoked paprika,

Large pinch (or more of) chilli flakes

and 1 – 3 handfuls of red lentils.

Small handful of chopped parsley

Fry the sausages in oil until golden, about 15 minutes (but read the packet). I

sausage casserole

In a large pan fry 1 sliced onion and/or half a leek until soft.

Add the cubed sweet potatoes cook until softening, you may need to add some water if the ingredients stick.  

sausage casserole

Add the beans and their liquid, chopped clove of garlic, tinned  tomatoes, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and the red lentils. cover and cook until the lentils and sweet potatoes are really soft, about 20 minutes.

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Half way through add the cooked sausages and check if you need to add more water.

 

Once cooked pour in to two or three bowls and scatter over chopped parsley 

sausage casserole

And why not serve it with some toasted garlicky sourdough bread.  Delicious

garlic bread

Make your own chocolate mini Easter eggs

Make your own chocolate mini Easter eggs

Welcome to my mini Easter egg making class, where you will learn how to create your own bespoke raw chocolate mini Easter eggs for yourself or a loved one this April.

Join me Susan Hart, nutrition coach to learn how make raw chocolate from 3 simple ingredients.

vegan chocolate egg

The Easter egg events will take place at my cooking school in West Bridgford, Nottingham week beginning 15th April and repeated at the following times and days

Monday 15th, 11.00 – 12.15pm

Tuesday 16th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Tuesday 16th 5.30- 6.45pm

Wednesday 17th 11.00- 12.15pm

Thursday 18th 1.30 – 2.45pm

Simply pick a date and time that suits and contact me to book your place

Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk or 07946 301338

The workshop is open to both individuals and parents and supervised children

easter egg class

 

You will experience

  • How to create your own raw chocolate from scratch at home with minimal equipment and experience
  • The differences and benefits of raw chocolate over commercial chocolate
  • Customise your chocolate eggs with a variety of freeze dried fruits, nuts or flavours
  • Take home Easter Eggs in your own customised packaging

Check out this short video of previous chocolate making guests

 

All this and lots of tasting too for £25.

christmas chocolate vegan chocolate

I welcome any questions you may have about the event or if you’d like to book a place or book as a group then please get in touch

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

07946 301338

 

 

Mother’s Day Special – Raw vegan chocolate

Mother’s Day Special – Raw vegan chocolate

Looking for some Mother’s Day ideas or inspiration; how about a unique gift for you to enjoy with your Mum?

Join me Susan Hart, nutrition coach to create your own raw vegan chocolates, all free from gluten, dairy, soy and egg.

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Learn how to make your own bespoke raw vegan chocolates from 3 simple ingredients and a bit of my nutritional knowhow.  The chocolate making workshop takes place at my West Bridgford cooking school

 

chocolate

You will take home the recipe from the session plus your personalised gift wrapped Mother’s Day chocolates.

All for the very reasonable price of £25.

The classes will take place week beginning 25th March and repeated at the following times and days

Monday 25th, 11.00 – 12.15pm

Tuesday 26th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Tuesday 26th 5.30- 6.45pm

Wednesday 27th 11.00- 12.15pm

Thursday 28th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Friday 29th 11.00 – 12.15pm

The workshop is open to both individuals and mothers and daughters/sons.

Simply pick a date and time that suits and contact me to book your place

Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk or 07946 301338

Some previous guests show their creativity and flair

 

The classes will be held at my vegan cooking school in West Bridgford. This is a small group workshop (max 4 people) and you’ll be making your Mothers day chocolates from scratch.  And whilst they are setting you’ll personalise your gift bags with a selection of labels, stickers and ribbon

Check out this short video montage of previous guests enjoying themselves

 

I welcome any questions you may have about the evening or if you’d like to book then please contact me Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk  07946 301338

I look forward to welcoming you in March

Valentine chocolate making class

Valentine chocolate making class

Learn how to create your own bespoke raw vegan chocolates from 3 simple ingredients and a bit of nutritional knowhow.  The chocolate making workshop takes place at my West Bridgford cooking school

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Previous guests getting stuck in.

And really enjoy making these luxurious chocolatey treats

 

The class will take place week beginning 11th February and repeated at the following times

Monday 11th, 11.00 – 12.15pm

Tuesday 12th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Tuesday 12th 5.30- 6.45pm

Wednesday 13th 11.00- 12.15pm

Thursday 14th 12.30 – 1.45pm

Simply pick a date and time that suits and contact me to book your place

Susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk or 07946 301338

valentine chocolate making

 

What’s included

  • How to create your own raw chocolate from scratch with minimal equipment and experience
  • All ingredients are included and you’ll receive a recipe card
  • The differences and benefits of raw chocolate over commercial chocolate
  • Customise your chocolates with a variety of freeze dried fruits, nuts and flavours, including heart shaped moulds
  • Take home your chocolates in your own customised packaging

All this and lots of tasting too for £25 per person: maximum 4 people

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Photo courtesy of Wilow and Dove

 

Take a virtual peak around my kitchen where you will be making your own chocolates

My WORKSHOPS ARE FREE FROM GLUTEN, DAIRY AND EGG

 

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If you’d like to come to any of the workshops please contact me

Susan Hart, nutrition coach

susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk

07946 301338

 

Mindfulness and healthy eating for Wellbeing

Mindfulness and healthy eating for Wellbeing

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We held our first workshop on Monday 21st January, and it was lovely to have such a wonderful group of people enjoying themselves

the feedback was so positive that we have decided to deliver another one, this time in the evening
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Thursday 28th February 2019, 6-8.15pm, West Bridgford, NottinghamPrice : £30

Join Yasmin and Susan for a wonderful workshop of mindfulness followed by a vegan dinner prepared by Susan.

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In the first hour or so Yasmin will guide you through mindfulness practices that help cultivate an increase in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

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Photo by Tim Goedhart on Unsplash

 By directing our awareness to our experiences and working with the breath, the body and whatever is present in our experience we can develop skills that help us savour the good and respond with greater wisdom to what is difficult.
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Mindfulness is a skill we can all develop and when we do it brings greater peace, compassion and happiness to our every day lives.
Photo by Artem Bali on Unsplash

Photo by Artem Bali on Unsplash

When we bring the quality of mindfulness to our eating, we can enjoy our food even more and so we will also practice eating mindfully with Susan’s delicious and nutritious vegan lunch!
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Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

Yasmin’s classes are experiential and encourage a sense of exploration with a quality of playfulness to combine learning with enjoyment.

This session is suitable both for people who are new to mindfulness and want to experience the practices first hand and also those who have studied and/or practice mindfulness regularly and would like to enjoy practising in a small group setting.
Nourishing nosh
This session is all about healthy eating and enjoyment.  We’ll spend time relaxing around the table and as a trained nutrition coach and chef I will share some of my nutritional expertise, deliver tips for healthy eating and answer any questions.  All whilst you all enjoy a healthy balanced vegan lunch.  Yasmin will also be on hand to answer any specific questions about her mindfulness practice.
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Here’s a taste of the food that has tantalised previous tastebuds:
Wholesome soup, colourful quinoa salad, pea and mint pakoras, veggies with tahini lentils, apple cinnamon tarts, banana bread and fresh fruit.  All served with refreshments
Allergies or intolerances  No problem, I can make separate dishes that are suitable for you, just let me know in advance
This is a small workshop for a maximum of 8 -10 people so please book early to avoid disappointment
Contact Susan on 07946 301338 or susan@nutrition-coach.co.uk  or Yasmin info@mindfulnessmakessense.com Tel: 07714290127
for more information or to make a payment
About Susan Hart and Yasmin Holmes
me2Susan is a Nottingham-based nutrition coach, advising clients about the benefits and process of healthy eating. This is delivered on an individual, group or organisation basis. For clients wishing to stay healthy and possibly lose weight she offers vegan cooking classes.  As a vegan chef she also writes restaurant reviews for the Nottingham Post as well as regularly writing for the West Bridgford Wire, Nottingham Aspect, Happiful magazine and other local and national journals.  Visit her website www.nutrition-coach.co.uk to find out more.
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Yasmin has been teaching mindfulness for a number of years and is a Breathworks and .B qualified mindfulness teacher.  She works with individuals and organisations teaching mindfulness practices for a range of situations from stress and anxiety management to pain management, leadership development and improvement in wellbeing.  She is founder of Mindfulness Makes Sense  http://www.mindfulnessmakessense.com/, and is an Associate tutor for the University of Nottingham’s Professional Development mindfulness and well-being courses.
Detail about this event can also be found on Yasmin’s website http://www.mindfulnessmakessense.com/mindfulness-with-healthy-eating.html